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Dinosaur Sweater

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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.  Little boys (and girls!) of all ages will love this sweater!  If you're making it for a girl who loves dinos, add a little bow to the dinosaur to give it a sweet feminine touch.  Since the sweater and dinosaur are created separately, this is an easy sweater to make and customize, especially for beginners.

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)

  • 2 (2, 3, 4) balls RED HEART® “Designer Sport™” yarn in Brick (A)
  • 1 ball RED HEART® “Designer Sport™” yarn in Celadon (B)
  • 1 ball RED HEART® “Designer Sport™” yarn in Pistachio (C)
  • 5mm [US H-8] and 4mm [US G-6] crochet hooks
  • 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

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

Shape Shoulder

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

Front

  1. Work same as Back to Row 24 (30, 34, 40).
     
  2. Divide for Neck-Right Front-Row 25 (31, 35, 41): Work in pattern across first 20 (24, 26, 29) sts; TURN.
     
  3. Rows 26-32 (32-36, 36-42, 42-48): Work even in pattern.

Shape Neck

  1. Row 33 (37, 43, 49): Work in pattern across first 14 (16, 18, 22) sts; TURN.
     
  2. Rows 34-36 (38-40, 44-48, 50-56): Work even in pattern.
     
  3. Fasten off.

Left Front Neck

  1. 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.
     
  2. Rows 26-32 (32-36, 36-42, 42-48): Work even in pattern.
     
  3. Fasten off.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. Rows 34-36 (38-40, 44-48, 50-56): Work even in pattern.
     
  6. Fasten off.

Neck Edging

  1. 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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. Fasten off.
     
  4. With left side over right side, tack bottom of edging to the sweater. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.

Sleeves

  1. Cuff Ribbing: With larger hook and A, ch 6.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. Row 1: With wrong side still facing, ch 1, work 26 (28, 30, 32) sc evenly spaced across long edge; turn.
     
  4. Row 2: Ch 1, * sc in sc, dc in sc; repeat from * across.
     
  5. Row 3: Ch 2, * dc in dc, sc in sc; repeat from * across.
     
  6. Row 4: Ch 1, * sc in sc, dc in dc; repeat from * across.
     
  7. Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Row 7: Repeat Row 2.
     
  10. Row 8: Repeat Row 3.
     
  11. Row 9: Repeat Row 2.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. 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

  1. With smaller hook and B, ch 9.
     
  2. Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 4 ch; turn.
     
  3. 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

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

Tail

  1. 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)

  1. With smaller hook and B, ch 7.
     
  2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 6 sc.
     
  3. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in back loops of each sc across changing to C in last sc; turn.
     
  4. 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)

  1. With smaller hook and C, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a slip st to first sc. Fasten off.

 

FIinishing

  1. Sew head to body. Sew circles on the body.
     
  2. Sew legs on the back of the body so body overlaps the legs.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. Sew the dinosaur to the center front of the sweater, just below the neck opening, using sewing thread.

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I'm just about finished with this project. It is a darling sweater, but I still can't figure out why the left and right front are not centered. On the size 4, you have one side 24 stitches worked and the other side 20 stitches worked. Maybe when I'm finished I'll see the wisdom in this. In the pictures people have posted of their finished products, you can see that the front is not centered, giving it kind of a lopsided look. I'm going to work 22 stitches on each side with the one unworked in the middle. Also, you can't repeat Row 2. That row is worked over the foundation SC row, so it can't be repeated. Just repeat Row 4 instead. I also used the Size 4 pattern, but used the Size 6 length, because it was just coming out too short. All in all, it's a nice pattern, with some minor adjustments. Thanks! mamacathy

I made this sweater for my 2 1/2 year old grandson for Chistmas. He loved it when he saw it! It made up well. The stitch is very nice rather than a plain sc. Please include more patterns for boys size 4T and up size.

I think the sweater is adorable. Love the dinosour

I am having a hard time with the sleeve on this sweater. row 7 says repeat row 2 but row 2 calls for sc in sc and dc in sc. the previous row is sc and dc. HELP

Love this one - with three boys, this would be great!!! Too bad it takes me FOREVER to get a project done. they will have all outgrown it before I would finish :D

I love it! I have been looking for any dinosaur pattern to either knit or crochet for months!! THANK YOU

I prefer the look of knitted sweaters over crocheted but this is so cute. There are not enough cute sweaters for boys anyway and this is awesome thanks for sharing

This is too cute. Any little man would look wonderful with a dinosaur. Not every little girl looks good in red or hot pink.

I like this one.

Love it. Much better than the other one.

This is way cuter than the other pattern which looked "messy" to me like it really didn't go together well!

ExtraorDINOSSAURy!

A great idea,means that you could change the dinasour next time you crochet the sweater.

This is adorable! I have other dino graphs I can also use. I will most likely crochet the design into the sweaters instead of making the applique but I love the sweater design

going to make two for my grandsons...

YES YES YES!!! Finally one that I can make for grandson that has two parents that knit a LOT!

Adorable!

soo cute, and nsusasnroberts i like the pillow idea

I love this. But I am going to do the dinosaur and put it a pillow he can carry around.

This is way too cute any little boy would love to wear this!!

I see sooo many cute options for girls, but the selection for the rough and tough is pretty slim. This pattern is very cute and is a nice concession to those without extensive skill and experience. ....two thumbs up!

My 2-year-old & 6-year-old grandsons will love this for Christmas!

Really nice to have a pattern that a boy can use.

The pattern for the little boy works up nicely. I didn't do a dinosaur instead I found patterns for crochet applique of little cars and put one on the front and back and also on a matching hat. The other for the little girl appears to be equally cute.

Both sweaters are adorable - can I vote for both!

Absolutely adorable!! My granddaughter would love this one.

When I saw the dinosaur sweater, I was reminded of the movie "Home Alone" where the little boy tells his neighbor about his grandmother giving him a dinosaur sweater. He then tells the man that he can't wear it because it would get him beat up. That same Christmas, my mother had made my (then) 6-year-old son a sweater with a big hippopotamus on it. He refused to ever wear it, stating he would get made fun of by other kids, plus beat up by other boys. He never did wear the sweater, but I also never told my mother that. Please, although things like this might be cute, it also falls into the "Would You Crochet This" category, and my answer would be a very loud "No."

I finished this sweater last night but didn't put anything on it. It's a really cute sweater and the pattern is easy to follow. Pretty true to size too.

I made this sweater for my 2 yr old grandson. His mom loved it. The sweater itself is not really a difficult pattern. It went fast and I used a red as I didn't like the terra cotta. I also used buttons that matched the dinosaur. Iam glad the pattern goes up a bit in size as most 5 and 6 yr olds love dinosaurs.

I did this sweater similar and put a dancing bear on the front of the sweater. My little niece loved the sweater and wore it out. I want to do this again for my new nephew with the dinousar on it.

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