Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller

Knitted stegosaurus instructions

Revised 27 December 2012 to add line numbers and make other minor adjustments. This pattern is now also online at http://music.jwgh.org/knitting/stegosaurus.html, to protect against Livejournal outages.

Stegosaurus, three quarters view

Finished Measurements

  • length: approx. 14 inches
  • height: approx. 9 1/2 inches
  • width: approx. 6 inches


  • 130 yards worsted (for this one I used Knit Picks Panache, about a skein and a half of the green and a half-skein of the blue)
  • a couple of hanks of yarn for the mouth and eyes


  • #6 straight needles (a few sizes smaller than recommended for the yarn)
    a pair of #6 DPNs (to make icord)
  • embroidery needle
  • 10 large heavy green guitar picks (optional, to stiffen back plates)
  • polyfill fiber

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.
  • Cast on 5 stitches, leaving long (24 inch or so) tail for sewing shut.
  • Rows 1-6:    Work 6 rows
  • Row 7:    K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K1 (7 st)
  • Rows 8-12:    Work 5 rows
  • Row 13:    K1, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K1 (9 st)
  • Rows 14-18:    Work 5 rows
  • Row 19:    K1, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K1 (11 st)
  • Rows 20-24:    Work 5 rows
  • Row 25:    K2, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K2 (13 st)
  • Rows 26-30:    Work 5 rows
  • Row 31:    K2, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K2 (15 st)
  • Rows 32-36:    Work 5 rows
  • Row 37:    K3, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K3 (17 st)
  • Rows 38-40:    Work 3 rows
  • Row 41:    K3, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K3 (20 st)
  • Rows 42-44:    Work 3 rows
  • Row 45:    K4, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K4 (23 st)
  • Row 46:    Work 1 row
  • Row 47:    K4, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K4 (26 st)
  • Row 48:    Work 1 row
  • Row 49:    K5, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K5 (29 st)
  • Row 50:    P18, w&t, K7, w&t, P to end
  • Row 51:    K7, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K7 (33 st)
  • Row 52:    Work 1 row
  • Row 53:    K8, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K8 (37 st)
  • Row 54:    P22, w&t, K7, w&t, P22
  • Row 55:    K8, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K5, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K8 (43 st)
  • Row 56:    P26, w&t, K9, w&t, P26
  • Row 57:    K8, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K7, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K8 (49 st)
  • Row 58:    P30, w&t, K11, w&t, P30
  • Row 59:    K10, (Kfb, K2)x3, Kfb, K9, (Kfb, K2)x3, Kfb, K10 (57 st)
  • Row 60:    P35, w&t, K13, w&t, P35
  • Row 61:    K13, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K3, Kfb, K13 (63 st)
  • Row 62:    P38, w&t, K13, w&t, P38
  • Row 63:    K15, Kfb, K9, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K9, Kfb, K15 (67 st)
  • Row 64:    P41, w&t, K15, w&t, P41
  • Row 65:    K14, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K13, Kfb, K11, Kfb, K14 (71 st)
  • Row 66:    P43, w&t, K15, w&t, P43
  • Rows 67-69: Work 3 rows
  • Row 70:    P43, w&t, K15, w&t, P43
  • Row 71:    K14, K2tog, K10, K2tog, K15, K2tog, K10, K2tog, K14 (67 st)
  • Row 72:    P41, w&t, K15, w&t, P41
  • Row 73:    K15, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K13, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K15 (63 st)
  • Row 74:    P38, w&t, K13, w&t, P38
  • Row 75:    K13, (K2tog,K3)x2, K2tog, K13, (K2tog, K3)x2, K2tog, K13 (57 st)
  • Row 76:    P35, w&t, K13, w&t, P35
  • Row 77:    K10, (K2tog, K2)x3, K2tog, K9, (K2tog, K2)x3, K2tog, K10 (49 st)
  • Row 78:    P30, w&t, K11, w&t, P30
  • Row 79:    K8, (K2tog, K3)x2, K2tog, K9, (K2tog, K3)x2, K2tog, K8 (43 st)
  • Row 80:    Work 1 row
  • Row 81:    K8, K2tog, (K2, K2tog)x2, K7, (K2tog, K2)x2, K2tog, K8 (37 st)
  • Row 82:    P22, w&t, K7, w&t, P22
  • Row 83:    K8, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K8 (33 st)
  • Row 84:    Work 1 row
  • Row 85:    K7, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K7 (29 st)
  • Row 86:    P18, w&t, K7, w&t, P to end
  • Row 87:    K5, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K5 (26 st)
  • Rows 88-92:    Work 5 rows
  • Continuing directly on from row 92, finish knitting the head as follows:
    • K1, K2tog, K21, w&t
    • P2tog, P19, w&t
    • K2tog, K17, w&t
    • P2tog, P15, w&t
    • K2tog, K13, w&t
    • P2tog, P11, w&t
    • K2tog, K9, w&t
    • P2tog, P7, w&t
    • K2tog, K5, w&t
    • P2tog, P3, w&t
    • K2tog, K2tog, turn
    • P to end
    • K2 tog to end
    • P2tog, P3tog, P2tog
    • Break yarn, leaving long (24 inch or so) tail to sew shut
    • Thread yarn through remaining three stitches.

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)

  • Row 1:    Cast on 16 stitches, leaving 8-inch tail to attach leg to body
  • Rows 2-10:    Work in stockenette 8 rows.
  • Row 11:    Cast off 12 stitches, finish row.
  • Rows 12-15:    Work remaining stitches in stockinette (starting on the wrong side) for 4 rows (ending with knit row).
  • Cast off remaining stitches purlwise, leaving 8-inch tail to sew together.

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

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OMG so cute!!!! I will be making one for my son.
Great! If you have time to let me know how it turns out I'd love to hear it!

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Fun to knit!


March 3 2008, 16:25:04 UTC 10 years ago

I loved knitting this!! It was a blast and my son loves his Steggie. I can't believe that more people on Ravelry have not made this pattern.
Thanks for the kind comments! I'm glad you enjoyed making it, and it is very cool seeing your completed stegosaurus. :-)

Love it!


March 19 2008, 23:59:30 UTC 10 years ago

This was so much fun to knit. My nephew loved it :-)
Thanks! I'm glad your nephew enjoyed the dinosaur. :-)

So cute!


March 31 2008, 22:52:50 UTC 10 years ago

Thank you for posting this pattern. I am hearting it to make for my son's upcoming birthday!!!!
You're welcome! I hope that he likes it!
I'd love to make this! What is the Kfb in the instructions? Thanks.
Whoops, I didn't see this question sooner -- sorry! It stands for 'knit front and back' and is a way to add a stitch. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases has instructions and video on how to do this (and I would expect most knitting books to have at least a brief explanation also).



April 22 2008, 21:19:16 UTC 10 years ago

for the wrap and turn part, when its time to turn, am i supposed to turn the whole project or flip the yarn back to the back of it?
You turn the entire piece and start knitting (or purling) back in the other direction, just as if you had reached the end of a row.
My little dinosaur turned out really well--wish I knew how to post a photo. Anyway, I made the bony plates out of assorted colors instead of all blue and stiffened them with shapes cut from a Cool Whip container instead of buying guitar picks. (A cheap plastic place mat would work, too.) I used small black buttons for eyes, which wouldn't be safe for a really small child. Anyway, he's beautiful and I know our four-year-old grandson will be thrilled!
That sounds like an excellent stegosaurus! Man, I wish I could see it. I'm glad you like my pattern!


June 13 2008, 13:47:37 UTC 9 years ago

My dino turned out sooo good!My kids want me to make other kinds of dinosaurs. Do you have more patterns to match this one! Thank You!!!
That's great to hear! I don't have any other dinosaur patterns designed, but perhaps I should try one ... thanks for the kind comments!

Another designer has a for-pay pattern called 'Prehistoric Pals' that seems to have some really cute dinosaurs, so maybe you'd be interested in that: http://www.KnittingAtKNoon.com/FSprehistoricpals.html



July 4 2008, 15:37:22 UTC 9 years ago

At the 4th line from the end of the pattern, it says:
K2tog, K2tog, turn
Should that "turn" be W&T? I can't figure how to just turn and then do the next purling. Thanks.
Just turn as if you were at the end of a row and start purling as if you're at the beginning of a row.

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October 19 2008, 16:02:04 UTC 9 years ago

what does tog mean? I'm knitting the stegasaurus and i got to that line with no idea what it means
k2tog means 'knit two together' -- I think that's what you're asking about, but if not, let me know.

More information, including a video, can be found at http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases .
Most excellent pattern, can't wait to caston for him. INproper stone age grey wool :-)
Thanks! I look forward to seeing the finished object. :-)
I just finished your pattern. And the resulting dinosaur is adorable. And I almost don't want to give it up. In any event, thank you so much for this pattern - I may be making it again some time soon :D
Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad you like the pattern! If you have any pictures I'd love to see them.
Thanks for the pattern! My stegosaurus is freaking adorable, and here's hoping the one-year-old boy he's going to likes him. :) I made some changes in the pattern: I knit the plates in stockinette stitch. I also varied the size of the plates, to make it a little more stegosaurus-like - made them in three sizes, with shorter ones in front near the head and in back near the tail.

Cool! Thanks for letting me know.
Thank you so much for posting this pattern! I've already made three of them and the requests for more just keep coming in. It's fun to knit and pretty easy - just a bit time-consuming. In any event, I'm sure the one I just finished won't be my last. Again, thank you!
That's great to hear! Thanks for your kind comments, and it's good to hear that stegosauruses are roaming the planet once again. ;-)
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