Dexter the Dinosaur – UPDATED Free Crochet Pattern

This crochet dinosaur is an updated version of my first amigurumi pattern Dexter the Dinosaur, everything looks the same but in this version the body is worked from the legs up. In addition, this is more beginner-friendly pattern. However, if you like the original version better – you can find it here.
In addition, there is also a new picture-tutorial on how to sew all the parts together – here.

You can also hook this free crochet dinosaur amigurumi pattern on Ravelry here! After that, check out many other Dexters in the Projects section.

Dexter stands 6,7 inches (17cm) tall, and he is 13 inches (33cm) long. In short, if you want to make him, here is what you need:

  • crochet hook 4mm/US G
  • 2 yarns in contrasting colors(Aran weight) – I used Red Heart Soft Classic for the main color, and Red Heart Niki for the light parts
  • 2 safety eyes (6mm)
  • stuffing
  • tapestry needle

This pattern also uses US terminology and these abbreviations:

  • sc – single crochet
  • ch – chain
  • sc2inc – two single crochets in one stitch (single crochet increase)
  • sc2tog – single crochet two stitches together (single crochet decrease)
  • slst – slip stitch
  • ML – magic loop/ring/circle

Let’s start!

The Legs

  1.  sc6 in ML                   (6)
  2. sc2inc x 6   (12)
  3. (sc, sc2inc) x 6     (18)
  4. sc18 around    (18)
  5. (sc2, sc2inc) x 6       (24)
  6. sc24 around        (24)
  7. (sc3, sc2inc) x 6        (30)
  8. sc30 around         (30)
  9. (sc2inc, sc14) x 2     (32)
  10. sc32 around             (32) – fasten off and make three more.

The Body

I used different color yarn just to show the next step more clearly. IMPORTANT: Before you start with the body, cut about 4 ft of yarn which will be used later for sewing the inside of the legs together. Firstly, join the yarn to the first leg and do 16 single crochet stitches. Secondly, hold the second leg next to the first one and just continue doing 16 sc stitches on that leg. After that, do the same with third and fourth leg. Now you have a line of legs, 16 stitches on each leg, 64 stitches total.

Connect the first and the last leg as shown on the pictures #5 and #6 below.

1.(Start from the first sc stitch) sc16, sc2inc, sc31, sc2inc, sc15 (66)
2. – 9. sc66 around (66)

Sew the legs together as shown on the photos #7 and #8 above.
Do 6sc stitches to move your starting point to the middle of the leg and continue:

10. sc2dec, sc19, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc19, sc2dec, sc10 (62)
11. sc2dec, sc17, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc17, sc2dec, sc10 (58)
12. sc2dec, sc15, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc15, sc2dec, sc10 (54)
13. sc2dec, sc13, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc13, sc2dec, sc10 (50)
14. sc2dec, sc11, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc11, sc2dec, sc10 (46)
15. sc2dec, sc9, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc9, sc2dec, sc10 (42)
16. sc2dec, sc7, sc2dec, sc10, sc2dec, sc7, sc2dec, sc10 (38)
17. sc12, sc2dec x 2, sc15, sc2dec x 2, sc3 (34)
18. sc11, sc2dec x 2, sc13, sc2dec x 2, sc2 (30)
19. sc9, sc2dec x 2, sc11, sc2dec x 2, sc1 (26)
20. sc7, sc2dec x 2, sc9, sc2dec x 2 (22) – lastly, stuff the body with a lot of stuffing and sew it shut.

The Tail 

1.sc6 in MR     (6)
2. – 5. sc6                 (6)
6. sc2inc, sc5     (7)
7. sc 7 around     (7)
8. (sc2inc) x 2, sc5   (9)
9. sc9 around            (9)
10. sc, (sc2inc) x2, sc6   (11)
11. sc11 around               (11)
12. sc2, (sc2inc) x2, sc7   (13)
13. sc13 around               (13)
14. sc3, (sc2inc) x2, sc8   (15)
15. sc15 around               (15)
16. sc4, (sc2inc) x2, sc9 (17)
17. sc17 around            (17)
18. sc5, (sc2inc) x2, sc10   (19)
19. sc19 around               (19)
20. sc6, (sc2inc) x2, sc11   (21)
21. sc21 around               (21)
22. sc7, (sc2inc) x2, sc12   (23)
23. sc23 around               (23)
24. sc8, (sc2inc) x2, sc13   (25)
25. sc25 around               (25)
26. sc9, (sc2inc) x2, sc14   (27)
27. sc27 around               (27)
28. sc10, (sc2inc) x2, sc15 (29)
29. sc29 around (29)
30. sc11, (sc2inc) x2, sc16 (31)
31. sc31 around (31)
32. sc12, (sc2inc) x2, sc17 (33)
33. sc33 around (33) – fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

The Head

  1. sc6 in MR  (6)
  2. sc2inc x 6  (12)
  3. (sc, sc2inc) x 6 (18)
  4. (sc2, sc2inc) x 6  (24)
  5. sc24 around       (24)
  6. sc 24            (24)
  7. sc24                      (24)
  8. (sc2inc) x 4, sc20  (28)
  9. sc2, (sc2inc) x4, sc22  (32)
  10. (sc2inc) x 2, sc8, (sc2inc) x 2, sc 20   (36)
  11. sc16, (sc2tog) x 2, sc12, (sc2tog) x 2 (32)
  12. sc16, sc2tog, sc12, sc2tog                   (30)
  13. sc30                 (30)
  14. sc30                 (30)
  15. sc2, sc2tog, (sc3, sc2tog) x 2, sc8, (sc2inc) x 3, sc5   (30)
  16. sc2, sc2tog, (sc2, sc2tog) x 2, sc8, (sc2inc) x 3, sc7   (30)
  17. (sc, sc2tog) x 3, sc9, (sc2inc) x 3, sc9 (30)
  18. sc, (sc2tog) x 3, sc10, (sc2inc) x 3, sc10 (30)
  19. sc2, sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, (sc4, sc2inc) x 3, sc3, sc2tog, sc (30)
  20. sc, sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, (sc4, sc2inc) x 3, sc3, sc2tog, sc2 (30)
  21. repeat row 20.     (30)
  22. repeat row 20.     (30)
  23. sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, (sc4, sc2inc) x 3, sc3, sc2tog, sc3   (30)
  24. repeat row 23.     (30)
  25. repeat row 23.     (30)
  26. sc30                     (30)
  27. sc30                     (30)
  28. (sc4, sc2inc) x 6   (36)

Note: Insert the safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, and 9 stitches apart.

The light parts

Front:

1.ch4      (4)
2. in 2nd chain from hook sc, sc2, *ch, TURN* (after every row chain and turn your work)   (3)
3. sc, sc2inc, sc,   (4)
4. – 5. sc4,    (4)
6. sc, sc2inc x 2, sc   (6)
7. – 10. sc6                (6)
11. sc, sc2inc, sc2, sc2inc, sc  (8)
12. – 14. sc8            (8)
15. sc, sc2inc, sc4, sc2inc, sc   (10)
16. – 18. sc10            (10)
19. sc1, sc2tog, sc4, sc2tog, sc   (8)
20. sc1, sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog, sc   (6)
21. sc, sc2tog x 2, sc           (4)
22. sc2tog x 2                      (2) – fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Back:

1.ch4      (4)
2. in 2nd chain from hook sc, sc2, *ch, TURN* (after every row chain and turn your work)   (3)
3. sc3     (3)
4. sc,sc2inc, sc   (4)
5. – 7. sc4     (4)
8. sc, sc2inc x 2, sc             (6)
9. – 11. sc6                (6)
12. sc, sc2inc, sc2, sc2inc, sc   (8)
13. – 15. sc8            (8)
16. sc, sc2inc, sc4, sc2inc, sc   (10)
17. – 19. sc10            (10)
20. sc, sc2tog, sc4, sc2tog, sc   (8)
21. sc, sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog, sc   (6)
22. sc, sc2tog x 2, sc           (4)
23. sc2tog x 2                       (2) – fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Dots:

You can make as many as you like in different sizes. I made two big ones by sc6 in ML and than sc2inc in all 6 stitches. Two by sc9 in ML, and four little ones by sc6 in ML. Certainly, you can make your crochet dinosaur without dots. However you prefer.

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Lastly, for picture tutorial on how to stuff and sew all the parts of this crochet dinosaur together click here.

Certainly, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me in comments section of this post, on my Facebook page, and by e-mail [email protected] Also, if you make Dexter, send me some pictures, I’ll publish them on my Facebook page. On the other hand, you can tag me on your Instagram or Facebook post so I can share those.
Most importantly, have fun making your crochet dinosaur.

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This pattern is copyright of Barbara Peček / TheMagicLoop.com .  Please do not claim this pattern as your own.  If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. Do not sell this pattern or parts of this pattern. Lastly, you may sell finished items made from this pattern, but please clearly credit the design to me and provide a link to my blog www.themagicloop.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi there, I finished one Dexter and decided to make a second Dexter. While making Dexter #2 I noticed the body ended up a lot bigger.
    To my surprise, I had not done row 2 through 9 on the body of Dexter #1. Funny thing is, when I see the pics of your Dexter, it seems you also skipped row 2-9 on the body.

    1. Without these 8 single crochet rows I would have just that decreasing part of the body, right? 🙂 it would be much smaller.

      1. Indeed. Without the 8 rows I ended up with a smaller one. It is the same size as the one shown in the pictures on this page.

        I made my second Dexter with the 8 rows and only the next morning I figured out why Dexter 2 was so much bigger than Dexter 1, but I blame that on me being blond. 🙂

        I made the two Dexters for the two grandsons of my two sisters (2 years old and 3 years old) and they loved them as soon as they saw them. I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t post any pictures, but I thank you very much for this pattern. It was really fun to make them.
        Cheers!

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