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Triceratops Snuggle Pattern

Hello everyone!!! Welcome back to another Free Pattern Friday!!! Today’s pattern has actually been in my WIP (work in progress) pile since 2015! Can you believe that? My, how time flies. When I first designed this pattern I was actually wanting to make a teddy bear snuggle, but I used a light teal, white, and yellow color combination and by the time I picked it back up this year I decided that I didn’t really want to use that color combination for a bear. So I started thinking about what I could make since I really didn’t want to leave this project unfinished. That’s when I began thinking about what the best animals are to make out of fun colors! That’s right. It’s dinosaurs! Because I mean, nobody was there to see them, right? So, nobody can tell you that a dinosaur was not, in fact, light teal, white, and yellow. I went with a triceratops solely because I was slightly lazy and didn’t want to try and design those little T-Rex arms, but maybe in the future, I will!

After I finished with the original 2015 snuggle, I decided to make it in pink (because why not) and then I took a poll on what color I should make the snuggle for this pattern. The best suggestion I found was the one I’m using today! I forgot who suggested this color combination in the Instagram poll, so I can’t give them a proper shoutout. But, if that person is reading this… then you, my friend, have great taste in color combinations because I doubt very much I would have ever come to a combo so cute on my own! Ha!

Anyways, this pattern is super fun to make and I am so excited to share it with you! I have had such a fun time designing this pattern and I’ve learned a lot in the process. I will say, the granny square portion takes me the absolute longest time to finish (like a whole day, not even joking) so please don’t get discouraged if it’s taking you a while to get through that part. We all do things at our own pace and I never want you all to think that just because it seems like someone can do something better or faster that you shouldn’t try it, because you should! And if you need any encouragement, please do look back at the quality of my first few plush patterns! Some of them are not the prettiest to look at, but I feel like I’ve improved quite a bit. And it will be great to come back in another few years from now and see how much I’ve improved by then!

Well, let’s just get right into this pattern and create something fun, shall we?!



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For this pattern you will need:

-Worsted weight yarn (size 4)

-12mm safety eyes

-Polyester Fiber Fill

-3.75mm crochet hook

-5.5mm crochet hook

-Yarn needle

-Scissors

-Stitch markers


Abbreviations:

Mr- magic ring

St- stitch

Sc- single crochet

Inc- increase (sc twice in one stitch)

Ch- chain

Dec- decrease (sc two stitches together)

FO- finish off

BLO- back loops only



Granny Square Blanket:]

*Using the 5.5mm hook*

(switch colors every round if you want. Alternatively, if you’re only using one color, instead of tying off at the end of each round, you can just ss to next corner)


Round 1: (In main color) into a mr, ch 2 (this counts as your first dc), dc 2, ch 3, (dc 3, ch 3)x3 ss into first dc. It should look like a square now. Snip thread and tie off. Weave in ends.


Round 2: (In contrast color) in previous round’s ch 3 corner space, place a ch2, dc 2, ch 3, d3, ch 2. (in next ch 3 corner space, dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2)x3 ss into first stitch and tie off. Weave in ends.


Round 3: (In main color) in previous round’s ch 3 corner space, place a ch2, dc 2, ch 3, d3, ch 2. (in next ch 2 space, dc 3, ch 2, in corner ch 3 space, dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2)x3 ss into first stitch and tie off. Weave in ends.


Round 4: (in contrast color) in previous round’s ch 3 corner space, place a ch 2, dc 2, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2. {(in next ch 2 space, dc 3, ch 2)x 2 (in corner ch 3 space, dc 3, ch 3, dc 3, ch 2)}x3


Continue in this fashion until you have 14 rounds. Each round will have one extra dc 3 cluster per side. You should finish with 16 “dc 3” clusters per side.

If you need more help, there are a lot of tutorials on the internet for making granny squares! An especially great place to look is on youtube!



*Everything else in this pattern uses the 3.75mm hook*

Head:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 [24]

Rounds 5-7: sc around [24]

Round 8: FLO, inc x3, sc 9, inc x3. (In both loops) sc 9 [30]

Round 9: (sc 1, inc)x3, (sc 2, inc)x3, (sc 1, inc)x3 sc 9 [39]

Round 10: (sc 2, inc)x3, (sc 3, inc)x3, (sc 2, inc)x3, sc 9 [48]

Round 11: sc 13, (sc 1, inc)x6, sc 23 [54]

Rounds 12-21: sc around [54]

*Put safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, 9 stitches apart, (above the nose, not below it <3)*

Round 22: (sc 7, dec) [48]

Round 23: (sc 6, dec) [42]

Round 24: (sc 5, dec) [36]

Round 25: (sc 4, dec) [30]

Round 26: (sc 3, dec) [24]

Round 27: (sc 2, dec) [18]

Round 28: (sc 1, dec) [12]

Round 29: dec x6 [6]

FO. Leave long tail for sewing. Pull the tail through the center bottom of the head, so that it will be easier to sew to the blanket. I also added some sculpting to the eyes to make the cheeks and nose stand out a little bit more, but you certainly do not have to do that!




The head bumps are not made in the round, but rather rows, so at the end of each row, you will chain 1 and flip your piece over and begin working on top of the row you’ve just finished.



Large head bump (make one):

Row 1: mr 3 [3]

Row 2: inc x3 [6]

Row 3: (sc 1, inc)x3 [9]

Row 4: (sc 2, inc)x3 [12]

Row 5: (sc 3, inc)x3 [15]

Tie off, leave a long tail for sewing and weave in the middle string that was part of the original mr.


Medium head bump (make two):

Row 1: mr 3 [3]

Row 2: inc x3 [6]

Row 3: (sc 1, inc)x3 [9]

Row 4: (sc 2, inc)x3 [12]

Tie off, leave a long tail for sewing and weave in the middle string that was part of the original mr.


Small head bump (make two):

Row 1: mr 3 [3]

Row 2: inc x3 [6]

Row 3: (sc 1, inc)x3 [9]

Tie off, leave a long tail for sewing and weave in the middle string that was part of the original mr.



Forehead horns (make two):

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: sc around [6]

Round 3: (sc 2, inc)x2 [8]

Round 4: sc around [8]

FO, leaving long tail for sewing


Nose horn:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: sc around [6]

FO, leaving long tail for sewing


Legs:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 2, inc)x4 [16]

Round 4: BLO sc around [16]

Rounds 5-16: sc around [16]

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the opening in half and embroider the toes.





Assembly:

Starting with the head, attach the bumps with the large bump in the middle, medium bumps on either side of that one, and then small ones on the other side of medium bumps! Then sew down the horns, the smallest one on the tip of the nose and the two slightly bigger ones a few rows back from the eyes. After that is all finished, sew down the head to the very center of the blanket, being sure to sew it down as securely as possible! Then, after that is finished, securely attach the feet a row or two to the side of where you sewed down the head! And then you are all done!




As always, I cannot wait to see your finished products! It always makes my heart so happy to see all of your sweet selves enjoying my patterns <3 It truly means the world to me! If you'd like to make my day and share a picture of your finished snuggle, you can email me at crochet_things@yahoo.com or tag me on Instagram @cutiepie_crochet


That is all for this week's pattern! I can't wait to see you here next time! Until then, HAPPY CROCHETING! <3



Here's some extra photos of my finished Triceratops snuggles!

Little burrito snuggle!