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Dinosaur Jacket

My little niece is absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs. One of her favourite games is the dinosaurs versus the Daleks, a typical game for a 2 year old. Thanks to my little sister her dinosaur vocabulary is impressive. While she does like the T-Rex, her favourite kind, nicknamed Bronte, is the brontosaurus. For her second birthday there was no doubt that we were going for a dinosaur themed present. After her first birthday crochet vegetable set, I felt that her second birthday also needed a hand made touch.

With the theme of dinosaurs, I set out to find any clothing patterns for a 2-3 year old that were adaptable for tailoring. This was when I came across this beautiful pattern by heart hook home. I loved the two tone pattern and I loved the simplicity.

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So, how did I make this a Dinosaur Pattern? I maintained the same base pattern by Heart Hook Home. There were two main additions, the triangles for the spine, and a cute little tail addition. For those who are interested I plan to share the dinosaur themed ice cream recipe book I also prepared for her birthday.

To make this pattern I used two skeins of value ball worsted weight yarn in peacock and one skein of the Shiraz. The Shiraz colour was used for the border and each cuff section of the cardigan. To make these additions you will need three buttons around 30mm in diameter. The additions can use the same hook as the rest of the jackets.

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The Tail

To make the tail we will work from the wide end to the tip. The spine will be added afterwards.

This pattern is written in US terminology. If you are familiar with UK terms each SC listed is a DC.

R1: make 31 foundation SC. If you are not familiar with foundation stitches, CH32, in 2nd from hook SC, SC to the end [31]

R2: SC2, SK1, CH1, SC12, SK1, CH1, SC12, SK1 CH1 [28 +3CH] Each CH1 space is a button hole.

R3: SC across. SC in each CH1 space. [31]

R4-14: SC2TOG, SC across to last 2 stitches, SC2 TOG.

R15-19: SC2TOG, SC across.

R20: SC2TOG.

Border: CH1, SC in the end of each row around. Work 3 stitches into each corner in the tail. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Spine Pattern

The Spine is all based off the same pattern. This pattern is worked in a cone and folded flat. There are 11 triangles needed in total the number of each size, and corresponding number of rows needed are listed in the table below.

SizeNumber of RowsNumber Needed
Extra Small81
Small92
Medium103
Large112
Extra Large122
Largest131
Number of rows needed for each size spine
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Triangle Spine

R1: Make 4 SC in a magic circle. Tighten. [4]

R2: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC, 2SC in same stitch, SC. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [6]

R3: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 2, 2SC in same stitch, SC 2. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [8]

R4: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 3, 2SC in same stitch, SC 3. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [10]

R5: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 4, 2SC in same stitch, SC 4. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [12]

R6: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 5, 2SC in same stitch, SC 5. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

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R7: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 6, 2SC in same stitch, SC 6. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

R8: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 7, 2SC in same stitch, SC 7. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

R9: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 8, 2SC in same stitch, SC 8. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

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R10: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 9, 2SC in same stitch, SC 9. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

R11: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 10, 2SC in same stitch, SC 10. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

R12: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 11, 2SC in same stitch, SC 11. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

R13: CH1 Make 2SC in the first stitch, SC 12, 2SC in same stitch, SC 12. SL in the starting CH1 stitch. [14]

Attachments

  1. Follow the instructions on Heart Hook Home to assemble most of the jacket.
  2. Sew three buttons aligned with the tail section made. These buttons need to align with the tail attachments.
  3. Take one small triangle, fold in half with the increases on the leading edge (not critical). Sewing through both loops on each side, sew onto the hood two rows down from the hood.
  4. Continue sewing the triangles onto the jacket in the following order:
    1. Medium
    2. Large
    3. Extra Large
    4. Largest
    5. Extra Large
    6. Large
    7. Medium
  5. Sew the remaining three spines onto the tail section smallest to largest.

Your Jacket is now complete! I hope you enjoy these modifications to make your own dinosaur jacket!

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