Diplodocus Dino Mini Pillow | New Crochet Pattern

(You can purchase a PDF copy of this pattern at my Etsy shop or my Ravelry shop! Or purchase the pillow itself at Ginger Peachy Store!)


Hey there, and happy St. Patrick's Day!

Unfortunately, this pattern has nothing to do with the holiday. *Sigh* Too bad. But hey, there's a little green -- that qualifies, right?

I love a holiday, as I'm sure I have said before, because it is a chance to do a little something new. Even if it is just preparing Irish stew and watching a movie with an Irish actor (by the way, I recommend The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Irish Maureen O'Hara).

It's funny because every time the holiday rolls around we start the whole debate on what qualifies as green and what doesn't. We've gathered some scanty rules over the years, mostly: the green must be obvious (undergarments do not qualify), and having green in your eyes is not enough. The ongoing conflicts regarding St. Patrick's Day start anew each year, and it is hilarious. There's always the hasty pinching before proof of green is revealed or the opinions of whether a tiny spot in the pattern of your shirt is really green or not. My Dad is usually the worst about bending the rules, but despite our determined opposition, he usually gets away with it.

For me, no sweat. Green is my favorite color, and my red hair combined with the fraction of Irish blood in me, makes me the winner every time. Or so I say. I like to boast that I'm the most Irish person here. When someone is searching for something green, they can often find what they are looking for among my things.

But I suppose I'll get on with my pattern and let the green lie.

Another Mini Pillow

Since making my second mini pillow ever a few months ago, I have (obviously) been on a mini pillow rampage. You can see the very first one I made here. To start out my spree, I made a Valentine's pattern for Crochet Spot called Pastel Hearts Mini Pillow, then another Valentine's pattern for Ginger Peachy called Glitzy Heart Mini Pillow. I actually had a third Valentine's pillow in mind but couldn't fit it as well as the next one in on time, so I sacrificed it. Maybe next year. I wanted to complete the next one for my sister's birthday, Cupcake Delight, which I did but you can look back over my posts to see my revisions. That makes four mini pillows and now this one.

The revised mini pillow is going to my niece for her birthday. She's 2-years-old and when she saw a picture of the unrevised version on her mother's computer she said it was hers. Totally adorable! So, like a pushover auntie, I set about working on another just for my little sweetie.

When I finished the Cupcake Delight and its revisions, I thought, why not make one for my nephew? And that is the one I am sharing with you today!


Why a Diplodocus?

A dinosaur was a natural choice since 1) I know he likes them, 2) practically every child likes dinosaurs, and 3) I've always loved them myself. I began by sketching a few poses and species, which is a fancy way of saying I scribbled some odd shapes on paper. Obviously, I didn't like them. I'm not too fond of my attempts at cartooning things so I turned to other inspiration. I saw the dino sketch of Laura Uy's and was intrigued. It was round and looked like a good candidate for "crochet-ifying". It turned out pretty cute, but in the end, it really didn't resemble Laura's sketch. Mostly, my insecurities got in the way, so I ditched the idea (though not the pattern) and started over.

I scanned the dinosaur books we had, Dinosaur's by Design by Duane Gish and Dinosaur's by Ken Ham, and came up with a diplodocus. Long neck and tail and bulgy in the middle. Even after designing it I wasn't convinced I was satisfied. And if you asked me now I'm not sure I am yet. But the other half of me is pleased at my little creation and hoping all of you will be too!

So here's the pattern! (Be sure and check out my shop soon to purchase a copy of the pattern or your very own pillow)!


Diplodocus Dino Mini Pillow


All the details you'll need for a successful creation!

Skill Level Easy

Finished Size 
10” (25.5 cm) square

Materials 
Medium Weight Yarn
 Yardage: 100 yards each of color A (white) and color B (blue), 20 yard of color C (green), 2  yards of color D (orange)
Crochet Hook 7 (4.50mm) and H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle
Polyester Fiberfill
Fabric glue
Cross-stitch needle and black floss

Gauge 
With hook size H,
7 sc = 2’’
7 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 8.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 7 sc
Row 2 – 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 7 sc
Finish off.

Stitches and Abbreviations 
Ch (chain)
Sc (single crochet)
Sl st (slip stitch)
St (stitch)
Sts (stitches)
Beg (beginning)
Hdc (half double crochet)
Tr (treble)
Dtr (double treble)


The actual pillow is practically the same as the revised version of the Cupcake Delight Mini Pillow, with a few minor details changed.

PANEL #1
Round 1: with color A (white), make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in first sc:
12 sc
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as sc and ch 2 here and throughout), sc in first sc, sc in next 2
sc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first ch of
beg ch-3: 16 sc
Round 3: (sl st, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 sp, sc across to next ch-sp, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in
next ch-2 sp, sc across to next ch-sp, repeat from * around, sl st in first ch of beg ch-3:
20 sc
Round 4 – 14: repeat Round 3: 112 sc
Round 15: with color B (blue), repeat Round 3: 116 sc
Finish off.

PANEL #2
Repeat panel #1 instructions in color B (blue).

Join panels with color B (blue) in sc, leaving a gap at the end. Stuff generously with stuffing and seal up.

I recently bought a different kind of fiberfill, I mentioned on my Instagram, and have had an interesting experience using it. After giving is some more use, I will have to post a review!


DIPLODOCUS APPLIQUE
This dinosaur applique is worked by first crocheting the body in the round, then the tail and next the head. The legs are worked separately and then attached afterward.

Body
Round 1: with color C (green), ch 4, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 3 sc in last ch to turn to opposite side, working in back ridge, sc in next ch, sl st in first sc: 8 sc
Round 2: ch 1, * 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 14 sc
Round 3: ch 1, (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) 3 times, sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in last st, sl st in first sc: 20 sts
Round 4: ch 1, (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 3 times, sc in next st, (sc, hdc) in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, [tail] ch 20, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc in next ch, sc2tog, sc in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 ch, dc2tog, dc in next 2 ch, tr2tog 2 times, dtr in next ch [end of tail], skip 2 sc of body, 2 sc in next sts, sc in next 3 sts, sl st in first sc: 42 sts
Round 5: sl st in next 2 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, [neck and head] ch 24, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, (3 sc, 2 dc, 2sc) in ring, (sc in next ch, sc2tog) 2 times, (hdc in next ch, hdc2tog) 2 times, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, dc2tog, dc in next ch, tr2tog, tr in next ch, dtr in next ch [end of neck], skip next 3 sc of body, sc in next st,  sl st in next st: 29 sts
Finish off.

Top Hind Leg
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 8 sc, sl st in first sc: 8 sc
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 16 sc
Round 3: ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, sc2tog (skipping a st in the center so that you are decreasing by 3 sts), 3 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, skip next 2 sc of Round 2, sl st in next sc: 7 sts
Finish off, leaving a long end for sewing.

Bottom Hind Leg
Repeat Round 3 of Top Hind Leg.

Top Front Leg
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 8 sc, sl st in first sc: 8 sc
Round 2: ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, dc2tog (skipping a st in the center so that you are decreasing by 3 sts), hdc in next ch, hdc2tog (skipping a st in the center so that you are decreasing by 3 sts), hdc in next ch, skip next sc of Round 1, sl st in next sc: 6 sts
Finish off, leaving a long end for sewing.

Bottom Front Leg
Repeat Round 2 of Top Front Leg.

Sew the legs to body as if he were walking, very close to each other but not overlapping.

Embellishments
With color D (orange) and a yarn needle, whipstitch partial triangles over back and down tail, then from head to mid-neck. Or cut out triangles from felt and glue. I considered this but felt the stitches looked more like what I had in mind.

With black floss and a cross-stitch needle, embroider an eye at the center of the head. Stitch or glue applique (I used this glue) to front pillow panel.

And that's it!

This pillow is perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs, not just little nephews. Frankly, I would love to have a bunch of dinosaur pillows and stuffies all over my bed. They never get old.

You can visit my Etsy shop or my Ravelry shop to purchase a PDF copy of this pattern! The instructions are concise (leaving out all my blabbering gibberish) and easy to understand. Plus, it's free of ads and great to keep in your own pattern stash!

For those of you who are not crocheters but like the pillow, I will be offering the actual pillow for purchase at Ginger Peachy Store on Etsy. Keep in mind that I do custom orders as well!

If you run into any mistakes in my pattern, please notify me and I will fix them!

This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

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