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Stegosaurus, three quarters view

Knitted Stegosaurus Pattern

Finished Measurements



Pattern notes:

I've put up lots of pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwgh/sets/72157603888991257/ People making knitted stegosauri of their own might find them useful. Ravelry users can find the pattern here.

The instructions and photos show Stegosauruses made using worsted yarn, but I've also had pleasing results using bulky yarn with the same size needles. Or use size 1s and sock yarn for a mini Stegosaurus!

The pictures all show the Stegosaurus being sewn together knit side out, but you can also do it purl side out to get a different texture, which I find in some ways preferable. An example of what this looks like can be found here.

When you encounter 'w&t' in the instructions, use whatever technique you prefer to wrap and turn the yarn. One method is described here.


The body is worked in stockinette stitch.

At this point it looks something like this:

unstuffed Stegosaurus body, interior view

Sew bottom edge together from each end, leaving hole for stuffing (and with stockinette side out).

Stegosaurus body: basically complete

Stuff, then finish sewing shut.

Legs (make 4)

Sew together, using these photos as a guide:

Stegosaurus leg, not sewn together Stegosaurus leg, assembled Stegosaurus leg, assembled

Stuff, attach to body.

scratch its belly!

Back plates (make 10)

Make two of the following, leaving a 18 inch tail on the second.

  1. Cast on 4 stitches. Work the following in garter stitch.
  2. Rows 1-2:    Knit two rows.
  3. Row 3:    Kfb, K2, Kfb
  4. Rows 4-5:    Knit two rows.
  5. Row 6:    Kfb, K4, Kfb
  6. Row 7:    Knit one row.
  7. Row 8:    K2tog, K4, K2tog
  8. Cast off.

After you've made both, sew the two together around the edge, leaving the cast-off edge unsewn, using these photos as a guide:

anatomy of a backplate assembled backplate

Then sew to the back of the Stegosaurus:


If you want to make the backplates extra stiff you can insert a guitar pick point-first before attaching each back plate. This is not really necessary, though.

Spikes (make 4)

On two DP needles, cast on 3 stitches and work as i-cord for 6 rows. Cast off. Attach to tail:

thagomizer, top view thagomizer, side view


Embroider face.

Stegosaurus, three quarters view Stegosaurus, front view