Gili the Dinosaur - FREE Crochet pattern - Skill Level - Intermediate


You are invited to crochet a sweet dinosaur named Gili with me.

The written instructions for this dinosaur are followed by video tutorials for the parts I thought you might need help with.

The demonstrations – photo tutorials and video tutorials - might be using different colors than the colors that will be used for your doll, yet all stages are the same. Skill Level of this crocheted dinosaur - Intermediate.


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Materials

YarnArt JEANS PLUS yarn (1 skein = 100 g, 160 mt/178 yds, 55% Cotton & 45% Pac). For each doll you need 1 skein of beige #05 and partial skein of yellow #35, orang #85 & green #69.

A 3.75 mm crochet hook.

A pair of 12 mm safety eyes.

A tapestry needle to weave in all extra yarn.

Sewing threads in the doll colors and a suitable needle.

Stitch markers - yarn in a different color than the colors being crocheted.

Stuffing materiel such as Acrilan.

Tension / Gauge

10 cm/4” = approx. 18 sc & 16 rows.

Final Measurements

Approx. 39 cm/15.3”


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Abbreviations - US Terms

ch = chain sc = single crochet

inc = increase Inv dec = invisible decrease

sl st = slip stitch dc = double crochet

rnd (s) = round(s) fl = front loop

bl = back loop yo = yarn over

pm = place a marker st(s) = stitch(s)

WS = wrong side RS = right side


General

  1. The written instructions are followed by video tutorials for the parts I thought you might need help with. I recommend viewing all the tutorials before crocheting the doll.

  2. In every part you crochet in a round using the spiral method, you should place a marker (pm) at each rnd end. I recommend to use a different color of yarn than the color that is being crocheted as markers. I pull the marker with me while I crochet each rnd and keep all the markers in their place till the doll is completed. You can view this process in the "Crocheting the head of the doll video tutorial".

  3. Make sure that the RS of each crocheted part is facing you - as shown in the "Crocheting the head of the doll video tutorial".

  4. X sc = crochet 1 sc to each of next X sts. For example, => 6 sc = crochet 1 sc to each of next 6 sts.

  5. Inc = crochet 2 sc to the next st.

  6. [ ] - you should crochet the instructions in brackets, the number of times mentioned right after them. For example, => [inc, 3 sc] * 5 = crochet 5 times the following instructions: 2 sc sts to next st, 1 sc to each of next 3 sts

  7. ( ) = you should crochet the instructions in brackets, to the st mentioned right after them. For example, => (1 sc, 1 dc) to next st => crochet the following 2 sts to the next st => 1 sc & 1 dc.

  8. In each rnd end, the sts number will be mentioned in brackets ( ).

  9. After you finish crocheting each part of the dinosaur, weave in all extra yarn, unless otherwise is stated.

  10. Some parts of the dinosaur will be sewed with jeans plus yarn, and some parts with a double sewing thread – instructions will be written later.

General Video Tutorials

Creating the magic ring (2 methods).

Crocheting an invisible decrease (inv dec).

Crocheting the head of the dinosaur => - Crochet rnds 1 to 5, while explaining the written instructions. - Work with yarn as a marker (min 1.04). - Identify the RS and WR of your work (min 9:41). - Count rnds (min 10:23). - Create the last loop using a needle & how to crochet under it in the next rnd (min 11:09). - Switch colors (min 12:54).

Closing rnd opening in a “shrink” method. In this video tutorial I demonstrate it on the head of the dinosaur.

Closing rnd opening in a “one row” method. In this video tutorial I demonstrate on the arm of the dinosaur.

Locating & inserting the safety eyes of the dinosaur.

Joining the legs and explaining how to sew the hole between them (the 2 first body rnds).

Joining the neck to its cover & the sewing process.

Joining the back triangles & tail.

Head - stuff as you go

It is recommended to watch the video tutorial before you start crocheting the head.

Using beige yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 6 sc into the ring (6 sts). Rnd 2 inc * 6 (12 sts).

Rnd 3 [inc, 1 sc] * 6 (18 sts).

Rnd 4 [2 sc, inc] * 6 (24 sts).

Rnd 5 1 sc, [inc, 3 sc] * 5, inc, 2 sc (30 sts).

Rnds 6-11 30 sc (30 sts).

At the end of rnd 11 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial.

Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st.

Using a needle, insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd (photo 1)

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and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd (photo 2).

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When you will crochet to this st in the nextrnd, you will crochet onlyunder the new loopyou just created – where the needle is in photo 3.

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Rnd 12 In this rnd you will switch colors - min 12:54 in the video tutorial. Insert the hook to the last st in the last rnd and pull a loop using orange or yellow yarn. Crochet 30 sc starting the next st. The last sc will be crocheted to the st where you pull the loop (30 sc). Rnd 13 [4 sc, inc] * 6 (36 sts). Rnd 14 2 sc, [inc, 5 sc] * 5, inc, 3 sc (42 sts).

Rnd 15 [6 sc, inc] * 6 (48 sts).

Insert one safety eye to the 14th st in rnd 8, and the second safety eye to the 18th st in the same rnd (photo 4). A video tutorial is available here.

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Rnds 16-20 48 sc (48 sts).

Rnd 21[inv dec, 6 sc] * 6 (42 sts).

Rnd 22 3sc, [inv dec, 5 sc] * 5, inv dec, 2 sc (36 sts).

Rnd 23 [inv dec, 4 sc] * 6 (30 sts). Do not forget to stuff the head with Acrilan as you go.

Rnd 24 2 sc [inv dec, 3 sc] * 5, inv dec, 1 sc (24 sts).

Rnd 25 [inv dec, 2 sc] * 6 (18 sts).

Rnd 26 [1 sc, inv dec] * 6 (12 sts).

Cut the yarn, leaving a 15 cm/5.9” tail, and pull the yarn from the st. Using a needle, insert the yarn to each of next 12 sts to the fl (in photo 5 the needle is under the 1st st and the next 3 sts are marked with pins) & pull the yarn (photo 6) so the hole will be closed (photo 7 in the next page). Closing rnd opening in a “shrink” method video tutorial is available here.

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Legs (*2 units) - stuff as you go

Using orange or yellow yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 6 sc into the ring (6 sts). Rnd 2 inc * 6 (12 sts).

Rnd 3 [inc, 1 sc] * 6 (18 sts).

Rnds 4-6 18 sc (18 sts).

Rnd 7 [inv dec, 4 sc] * 3, (15 sts). Rnd 8[3 sc, inv dec] * 3, (12 sts). At the end rnd 8 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial. Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st. Using a needle insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd, and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd.

Rnd 9 In this rnd you will switch colors - min 12:54 in the video tutorial. Insert the hook to the last st in the last rnd and pull a loop using beige yarn. Crochet 12 sc starting the next st. The last sc will be crocheted to the st where you pull the loop (12 sc). Rnds 10-16 12 sc (12 sts).

At the end of rnd 16 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial. Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st. Using a needle insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd, and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd. Create the 2nd leg, but when reaching to the end of rnd 16, DO NOT cut the yarn. From this point you will join the 2 legs & crochet the body and neck as one part.

Body & neck - stuff as you go

It is recommended to watch this video tutorial before start crocheting the body & neck. Rnd 1 In this rnd you will join the legs and start crocheting the body.

ch 4, join the 2nd leg to the 1st leg by crocheting 1 sc to its 1st sc (under the last loop you created on it in the last rnd of the leg), 11 sc, ch 4, join back to the 2nd leg by crocheting 12 sc – starting the 1st st of its last rnd (32 sts – 24 sc, 8 chs – we will sew the hole that the chs created later).

Do not forget to pm after you finish crocheting each rnd, so you will be able to count the body rnds.


Rnd 2 4 sc to the ch 4 sp, 5 sc, inc , inc 5 sc, 4 sc to the ch 4 sp, 5 sc, inc, inc, 5 sc (36 sts). Rnd 3 36 sc (36 sts). Rnd 4 10 sc, inc, inc, 16 sc, inc, inc, 6 sc (40 sts).

Rnd 5 40 sc (40 sts). Rnd 6 [4 sc, inc] * 8 (48 sts).

Rnds 7-12 48 sc (48 sts).

Rnd 13 [inv dec, 4 sc] * 8 (40 sts). Rnd 14 40 sc (40 sts). Rnd 15 [3 sc, inv dec] * 8 (32 sts). Rnds 16-17 32 sc (32 sts).

Rnd 18 [2 sc,inv dec] * 8 (24 sts).

Rnd 19 24 sc (24 sts).

At this point you should stop crocheting and sew the little hole between the legs with white

yarn and a needle (photos 8 & 9). This will enable you to stuff the doll as you go.

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Rnd 20 [inv dec, 6 sc] * 3, (21 sts). Rnds 21- 22 21 sc (21 sts).

Rnd 23 [inv dec, 5 sc] * 3, (18 sts).

Rnds 24-32 18 sc (18 sts).

At the end of rnd 32 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial. Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st. Using a needle insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd, and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd.

Body cover

Using beige yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 9 sc into the ring (9 sts). Rnd 2 inc * 9 (18 sts). Cut the yarn, leaving a 20 cm/7.8” tail and pull it from the st and DO NOT weave it in. Use this yarn to sew each 2 sts of the body cover & neck as shown in the video tutorial here.


Joining the neck to the head

You can decide which side of the doll will consider to be its front or back. While the front side of the doll and head are facing you, sew them with the beige yarn & a needle: In the neck you will sew around the last rnd under the sc sts - where the orang yarn is placed under 5 sts for an example in photo 10.

In the head you will sew around a similar rnd area, around rnds 12 – 18.

Tip – In order for the head not to get twisted, start sewing from the middle of the front neck & head to your left - 4 sts, and then complete 4 sts to the right. Only then sew around.

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Arms (*2) - stuff as you go only until rnd 15

Using orange or yellow yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 6 sc into the ring (6 sts). Rnd 2 inc * 6 (12 sts).

Rnd 3 [inc, 3 sc] * 3 (15 sts).

Rnds 4-5 15 sc (15 sts). Rnd 6 [inv dec, 3 sc] * 3 (12 sts).

Rnd 7 [inv dec, 4 sc] * 2 (10 sts).

At the end rnd 7 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial. Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st. Using a needle insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd, and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd.


Rnd 8 In this rnd you will switch colors - min 12:54 in the video tutorial. Insert the hook to the last st in the last rnd and pull a loop using beige yarn. Crochet 10 sc starting the next st. The last sc will be crocheted to the st where you pull the loop (10 sts). Rnds 9 – 25 10 sc (10 sts).

Enlarge the last loop & take the crochet hook out of it (photo 12 ). Insert the crochet hook to the 1st sc of the last rnd (photo 13 ) & pull the enlarged loop through it (photo 14). While the arm is folded in half, ch 1 & crochet 5 sc through each 2 sts of the last rnd –

1 & 10 | 2 & 9 | 3 & 8 | 4 & 7 | 5 & 6 (photo 15).

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Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail, ch 1 to secure & pull it through the st. You can view the process in the video tutorial here.

Back triangles (* 7)

Using green yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 6 sc into the ring (6 sts). Rnd 2 [inc, 2 sc] * 2 (8 sts).

Rnd 3 [inc, 3 sc] * 2 (10 sts).

Rnd 4 [inc, 4 sc] * 2 (12 sts).

Rnd 5 [inc, 5 sc] * 2 (14 sts).

Rnd 6 [inc, 6 sc] * 2 (16 sts).

At the end of rnd 6 create the last loop with a needle - min 11:09 in the video tutorial. Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm/3.9” tail & pull it through the st. Using a needle insert the yarn to the 2nd sc in the last rnd, and to the bl of the last sc in the last rnd.

Put the triangles aside. We will join them later in one row with the tail.


Tail

Using green yarn create a magic ring.

Rnd 1 6 sc into the ring (6 sts). Rnd 2 6 sc (6 sts). Make sure that the RS of your work, where the sc sts look like a V shape, is the external side. Rnd 3 [inc, 2 sc] * 2 (8 sts).

Rnds 4-5 8 sc (8 sts).

Rnd 6 [inc, 3 sc] * 2 (10 sts).

Rnds 7-8 10 sc (10 sts).

Rnd 9 [inc, 4 sc] * 2 (12 sts).

Rnds 10-11 12 sc (12 sts).

Rnd 12 [inc, 5 sc] * 2 (14 sts).

Rnds 13-14 14 sc (14 sts).

Rnd 15 [inc, 6 sc] * 2 (16 sts).

Rnds 16-17 16 sc (16 sts).

Rnd 18 [inc, 7 sc] * 2 (18 sts).

Rnds 19-20 18 sc (18 sts). DO NOT cut the yarn.

Joining the tail & back triangles


The tail & back triangles will be joined by crocheting sc sts along them in one long row. A video demonstration is available here.

Fold the tail in half – the 2 increases should be at the sides (photo 16).

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