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Dinosaur Sweater

By: Sharon Mann for Red Heart Yarn

Create a sweater that any little kid will love with this kid's sweater crochet pattern featuring a big, green dinosaur. The dinosaur is crocheted separately and then sewn to the sweater for easy construction.

If your little boy loves this, he'll certainly enjoy these other easy crochet projects for kidsBlue and Green Boy Striped Hat, Kid's Dragon Hat, and Little Boy Blue Hat and Scarf Set.
 

Crochet Dinosaur Sweater


Materials: Size 2 (4, 6, 8)

  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Designer Sport™”: 2 (2, 3, 4) Balls 3290 Brick A; 1 ball each 3620 Celadon B and 3650 Pistachio C.
  • Crochet Hooks: 5mm [US H-8] and 4mm [US G-6].
  • Yarn needle
  • sewing needle and thread to match B and C
  • 2 buttons

Size:
To Fit Chest: 21 (23, 25, 27)”.
Finished Chest Measurements: 22 (25½, 29, 32½)”.

Gauge: 14 sts = 4”; 14 rows = 4” in pattern with larger hook.

Instructions:

SWEATER BACK-Ribbing: With larger hook and A, ch 8.
Row 1 (Wrong Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across; turn – 7 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in back loop of each sc across; turn.
Rows 3-39 (3-45, 3-51, 3-57): Repeat Row 2. At end of last row, pivot to work across row ends.
Sweater Body-Row 1: With wrong side still facing, ch 1, work 39 (45, 51, 57) sc across long edge; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * dc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * dc in next dc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Rows 4-35 (4-39, 4-47, 4-55): Repeat Row 3 for pattern.

Shape Shoulder-Row 36 (40, 48, 56): Keeping continuity of pattern, work across first 14 (16, 18, 22) sts. Fasten off.
Skip center 11 (13, 15, 13) sts, join yarn and work in pattern across last 14, (16, 18, 22) sts. Fasten off.

SWEATER FRONT: Work same as Back to Row 24 (30, 34, 40).
Divide for Neck-Right Front-Row 25 (31, 35, 41): Work in pattern across first 20 (24, 26, 29) sts; TURN.
Rows 26-32 (32-36, 36-42, 42-48): Work even in pattern.
Shape Neck-Row 33 (37, 43, 49): Work in pattern across first 14 (16, 18, 22) sts; TURN.
Rows 34-36 (38-40, 44-48, 50-56): Work even in pattern.
Fasten off.
Left Front Neck-Row 25 (31, 35, 41): With wrong side facing, skip next st, join yarn and work in pattern to end; turn – 18 (20, 24, 27) sts.
Rows 26-32 (32-36, 36-42, 42-48): Work even in pattern.
Fasten off.
Shape Neck-Row 33 (37, 43, 49): With wrong side facing, skip first 4 (4, 6, 5) sts, join yarn and work in pattern across last 14 (16, 18, 22) sts; turn.
Rows 34-36 (38-40, 44-48, 50-56): Work even in pattern.
Fasten off.

Neck Edging-Row 1: Sew shoulder seams. With right side facing and larger hook, join A at the bottom of the right side neck opening; ch 1, sc in same space, work 8 (8, 10, 10) sc up the right side opening, work 46 (50, 53, 56) sc evenly around the neck to top of left side opening, work 9 (9, 11, 11) sc down the left side neck opening. Fasten off.
Row 2: Join A at the top right corner of the neck; ch 2, dc in next sc and in each sc around neck to top left hand neck corner; 3 dc in corner st, skip 1 sc (buttonhole), dc in next 3 (3, 5, 5) sc, skip 1 sc (buttonhole), dc in each sc to end.
Fasten off.
With left side over right side, tack bottom of edging to the sweater. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

SLEEVES-Cuff Ribbing: With larger hook and A, ch 6.
Work in ribbing same as for Back across 5 sts for 21 (23, 25, 27) rows. At end of last row, pivot to work across row ends.
Row 1: With wrong side still facing, ch 1, work 26 (28, 30, 32) sc evenly spaced across long edge; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in sc, dc in sc; repeat from * across.
Row 3: Ch 2, * dc in dc, sc in sc; repeat from * across.
Row 4: Ch 1, * sc in sc, dc in dc; repeat from * across.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Ch 2, (dc, sc) all in first sc, * dc in dc, sc in sc; repeat from * to last dc; (dc, sc) all in last dc; turn – 28 (30, 32, 34) sts.
Row 7: Repeat Row 2.
Row 8: Repeat Row 3.
Row 9: Repeat Row 2.
Row 10: Ch 1, (sc, dc) all in first dc, * sc in sc, dc in dc; repeat from * to last sc; (sc, dc) all in last sc; turn – 30 (32, 34, 36) sts.
Rows 11-34 (11-36, 11-40, 11-42): Repeat Rows 3-10 3 (3, 3, 4) more times, then work Rows 0 (3-4, 3-8, 0) once more – 42 (44, 48, 52) sts Fasten off.
Place center of sleeve top at shoulder seam and sew in place. Sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in loose ends

DINOSAUR
To change colors in sc: Work to one st before color change, draw up a loop in next st, drop working color, with new color yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook.

HEAD: With smaller hook and B, ch 9.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in next 4 dc, 3 sc in next dc, sc in next 3 dc. Fasten off.

BODY: With smaller hook and B, ch 6.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 5 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc to last sc; 2 sc in last sc; turn – 7 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Rows 4-9: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 – 13 sc.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc across to last sc; 2 sc in last sc; turn – 14 sc.
Rows 11-12 (11-14, 11-14, 11-14): Repeat Rows 3 and 10 – 15 (16, 16, 16) sc.
Rows 13-17 (15-19, 15-19, 15-19): Repeat Row 3.
Row 18 (20, 20, 20): Ch 1, sc in each sc across to last 2 sc; skip next sc, sc in last sc; turn – 14 (15, 15, 15) sc.
Row 19 (21, 21, 21): Repeat Row 3.
Row 20 (22, 22, 22): Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next sc and in each sc across to last 2 sc; skip next sc, sc in last sc; turn – 12 (13, 13, 13) sc.
Rows 21-28 (23-30, 23-30, 23-30): Repeat Rows 3 and 20 (22, 22, 22) – 4 (5, 5, 5) sc.

Tail: Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, tr in next 3 ch; slip st tail to the body. Fasten off.

LEGS
(Make 4): With smaller hook and B, ch 7.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 6 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in back loops of each sc across changing to C in last sc; turn.
Row 3: With C, ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in back loops of each sc across to last sc; 2 sc in last sc; pivot to work across row ends; ch 1, 2 sc across bottom of leg. Fasten off.

CIRCLES
(Make 7): With smaller hook and C, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Sew head to body. Sew circles on the body.
Sew legs on the back of the body so body overlaps the legs.

Spikes
-Row 1: With right side facing, join C at top of head; ch 1, sc in same space, [(sc, ch 4, sc) all in next st] twice, sc in next st, sc evenly across the back of the body to the end of the tail. Fasten off.
Row 2: With right side facing, join C at the neck; ch 1, sc in same space, sc in next 2 sts, * ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, skip 2 sc of last row, sc in next sc; repeat from * 5 (6, 6, 6) more times, sc in next 2 (3, 3, 3) sts, ch 4, sc in same st, slip st in last st. Fasten off.

Embroidery: With C, sew a running stitch along the bottom of the body from the neck to the end of the tail. On the head, make a French knot for the eye and single stitch for the mouth.
Sew the dinosaur to the center front of the sweater, just below the neck opening, using sewing thread.

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