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RAWR, Its a Dino Plant Holder!

This planter originally came to be when my sister was planning her nursery for her first baby! The nursery theme was Dinosaurs! boy or girl all dinos, so all the dinosaur-making had begun. I created this pattern for my niece’s nursery before she arrived. Last year this pattern was a part of the Spruce Up Your Space blog hop that was hosted by Madame Stitch and features many awesome crochet designers. And this year is part of the New Year's Crochet Pattern Sale! Check out the pattern sale with this link or by clicking the image below.

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Dino Plant Holder Crochet Tutorial Video:

Things you need to complete the Dino Plant Holder


Yarn: Three colors of worsted/Standard 4 weight

I used:

¹ Red Heart: Spring Green – 115 yards

² Big Twist: Teal – 10 yards

³ Red Heart: Black – < 1 yard

Crochet Hook:

G (4.00mm) hook & E (3.50mm) hook

Other Supplies:

Scissors, Tapestry needle, Stitch markers (⁓3), Poly-fil (stuffing),

safety eyes (10mm to 16mm), 2oz cup

(cup measurements: approx. 2” tall & 2” diameter at the opening and 1.5” diameter at the base)

Gauge swatch:

**Gauge is not particularly important for this project, however the measurements given are taken from a project that meets this gauge, the cup you choose may need to be bigger or smaller to match the gauge you get if you choose to use different yarn or hook size. Measures: 4” x 4": With G (4.00mm) hook and worsted (4) weight 100% acrylic yarn

Ch 17, Row 1: in 2nd bb from hook sc 16, Row 2 – 16: ch 1, turn, sc 16

Project Measurements:

When gauge is met:

Tall: 7” Tail to Nose: 9” Right to Left: 6½”


- It can be beneficial to look through the entire pattern before starting.

- The pattern is written in standard US terminology and written working right-handed

- every Rnd will be worked continuously unless otherwise noted to turn, placing a stitch marker in the last stitch of each Rnd can make tracking your Rnds easier.

-stitch makers can be placed in noted stitches to make placement when sewing easier.

- joining slst(s) will be pulled tight, so they do not become confused with another st

-2sc is same as increase, if you are not used to the number before the st you can mark them before you start. (because of patterns I make with 3plus in one st as various increase I do not use inc and dec when writing patterns)


This Patten is for Beginner to Advanced Beginner skill levels

Please Do not distribute copies of or sell this pattern in part or whole. To acquire a written copy of this pattern, please direct people to my website or shops to obtain the pattern

Dino Plant Holder Crochet Pattern


Video: (starting at 02:20)

Spring Green: 49 yards

G (4.00mm) hook

Start with a MR

Rnd 1: sc 7 in the MR (7)

Rnd 2: [2sc]x7 (14)

Rnd 3: [sc 1, 2sc]x7 (21)

Note: diameter at this point should be ⁓ 1¾” Rnd 4: BLO- sc 21 (21)

Rnd 5-7: sc 21 (21)

Rnd 8: [sc 6, 2sc]x3 (24)

Rnd 9-12: sc 24 (24)

Rnd 13: hdc 24, slst to join (24)

Note: At this point your cup should be able to fit in the pouch you just created, this also creates the inside edge of the body of your dino

Rnd 14: ch 1, turn, BLO- sc 24 (24)

Note: this is the point that you will start to make the outside of the body, you will be stuffing between the inside and outside lining to give your dino some bulk.

Rnd 15: [2sc]x2, [2sc, sc 1]x3, sc 8, [sc 1, 2sc]x3, [2sc]x2 (34)

Note: place a st marker in the middle of the 8 sc, this marks the front of your dino

Rnd 16: sc 34 (34)

Rnd 17: [2sc, sc 16]x2 (36)

Rnd 18-24: sc 36 (36)

Rnd 25: sc2tog, sc 34 (35)

Rnd 26: sc 35 (35)

Rnd 27: [sc2tog, sc5]x5 (30)

Rnd 28-29: sc 30 (30)

Rnd 30: [sc2tog, sc 4]x5 (25)

Rnd 31: [sc2tog, sc 4]x3, sc2tog, sc 5 (21)

Note: this is the point Rnd 31 will match up with Rnd 4

Start stuffing, slst the back loops of Rnd 31 to the front loops of Rnd 4 (see video at 12:30 for assistance), stuff as you slst around to desired firmness. Once 21 slst(s) are made, cut, tie, and wave in ends


Video: (starting at 14:35)

Spring Green: 10 yards

G (4.00mm) hook


Rnd 1: sc 4 in the MR (4)

Rnd 2: sc 4 (4)

Rnd 3: [2sc, sc 1]x2 (6)

Rnd 4: sc 3, hdc 3 (6)

Note: the middle sc is the top of the tail

And the middle hdc is the bottom of the tail

Rnd 5: sc 3, [2sc]x3 (9)

Rnd 6: sc 3, hdc 1, dc 4, hdc 1 (9)

Rnd 7: [2sc, sc 2]x3 (12)

Rnd 8: hdc 1, sc 4, hdc 2, dc 4, hdc 1 (12)

Rnd 9: [2sc, sc 2]x4 (16)

Rnd 10: sc 16 (16)

Rnd 11: [2sc, sc 3]x4 (20)

Rnd 12: hdc 5, sc 5, hdc 5, dc 5 (20)

Rnd 13: sc 20 (20)

slst 2, leave a long tail to sew tail to body, cut and tie

add stuffing and sew to back of body between Rnds 19 & 27, over a span of about 5 sts, once sewn on weave in all ends

Back Legs: Make Two

Video: (starting at 22:15)

Spring Green: 26 yards

G (4.00mm) hook


(10 yards per thigh)


Rnd 1: sc 10 in MR (10)

Rnd 2: [2sc]x10 (20)

Rnd 3: [ 2sc, sc 1]x10 (30

Rnd 4-6: sc 30 (30)

Rnd 7: [sc2tog, sc 1]x10 (20)

Rnd 8: [sc2tog]x10 (10)

slst 2 and Stuffing thigh to desired firmness, leave a tail, cut, and tie (do not pull hole closed). The diameter of the hole would be approx. 1⅖”


(3 yards per foot)


Rnd 1: sc 8 in MR (8)

Rnd 2-6: sc 8 (8)

slst 2, Stuff foot from Rnds 1-4

Leave tail for sewing, cut and tie.

Pinch Rnd 8 shut and sew the top 4 st to the bottom 4 sts, sew foot to thigh between Rnds 4 -6 of thigh.

Sew thigh to sides of body. feet should be flush with the base so they rest on the ground when placed on a flat surface. Rnd 8 of the thigh would span Rnd 20 to 25 and about 5 sts on the body, and 4 to 5 sts away from the tail

Note: these landmarks are just suggestions, best way to place the legs is to pin them on and see what you like the look of before sewing them on.


Video: ( starting at 28:16)

Spring Green: 22 yards

G (4.00mm) hook


Rnd 1: sc 7 in MR (7)

Rnd 2: [2sc]x7 (14)

Rnd 3: [sc 1, 2sc]x7 (21)

Rnd 4-8: sc 21 (21)

Rnd 9: sc 8, [FLO-2sc]x5, sc 8 (26)

Note: the FLO 10sts will make up the top of the nose of the dino

Rnd 10: sc 9, [2sc, sc 1]x4, sc 9 (30)

Rnd 11: [sc 1, sc2tog]x2, sc 18, [sc2tog, sc 1]x2 (26)

Rnd 12 -13: sc 26 (26)

Rnd 14: sc 1, [sc2tog, sc 3]x5 (21)

Rnd 15: [sc2tog, sc 5]x3 (18)

Place safety eyes between Rnd 6 & 7 and 2 to 3 sts apart making sure the space between the eyes is center over the nose. Start stuffing head.

Rnd 16: [sc 5, sc2tog]x2 sc 5 (16)

Rnd 17: sc 6, [sc2tog]x3, sc 4 (13)

Rnd 18: sc (13)

Rnd 19: BLO sc 13 (13)

Finish stuffing head to desired firmness

Rnd 20 -21: sc 13 (13)

slst 2, leave a long tail to sew head to body, sew over Rnds 16 to 22 of body on opposite side of tail. Once Rnd 21 is attached to body, weave yarn though Rnd 19 of head and Rnd 14/15 of body over 4 to 5 sts so the head is held upright.

Optional facial features for your dino:

Eyelids: make two

Video: (starting at 41:53)

Spring Green: 2 yards

E (3.50mm) hook

Ch 5

Rnd 1: in 2nd bb from hook, sc 4 in each bb of the ch, slst in same bb as the 4th sc, working around to the other side of the starting ch, ch 1, sc 3, slst 2 (the last slst will be in the 5th ch/1st ch from hook before the sc) (8)

Leave long tail for sewing, cut and tie. Place above eye covering the top edge of your safety eye, angle the eyelid in a way that gives your dino the expression you want it to have (insides down=mad/aggressive, low with insides up=sad/passive, raised in the middle=surprised, ect.) could be helpful to pin the eyelids before sewing them on to ensure your dino has the expression you want.

Embroidering features:

Video: (starting at 44:37)

Black: approx. 1 yard

Eye brows:

embroider two above eyes, the angles will provide different expressions.

Generally over the span of 1 to 3 sts and 1 to 3 strands thick.


embroider two at the end of the nose over the span of 1 to 2 sts and 2 to 4 strands think, between Rnds 10 &11.


embroider from one end of the nose to the other 2 to 3 rows/rnds below nostrils, you can adjust as you would like to give your dino different expressions.

Note: be creative with your facial embellishments to have your dino look just the way you want.

Arms: make two

Video (starting at 39:00)

Spring Green: 6 yards

G (4.00mm) hook


Rnd 1: sc 6 in MR (6)

Rnd 2-7: sc 6 (6)

Stuff arm

slst 2, leave long tail for sewing to body, cut and tie. Sew arms one to each side of the head between the thigh and head between Rnds 20 & 22.

Spikes: Make Five to Eight (can be various sizes)

Video (starting at 45:55)

Teal: 5 to 10 yards

G (4.00mm) hook

Note: you can make various sizes of spikes by adding a row or skipping the last row, two options will be given below, however you can be creative and give your dino unique spikes.

ch 2

Row 1: working in the bb of the 2nd ch from hook, sc 1 (1)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2sc (2)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, [2sc]x2 (4)

Rnd 4: ch, NO turn, slst 3 (up side), picot (at top of triangle), slst 3 (down side)

Leave a tail for sewing spikes to dino, cut, and tie, once all your spikes are made sew to head from top down the center of the back and top center of the tail.

Option for a smaller spike:

ch 2

Row 1: working in the bb of the 2nd ch from hook, sc 1 (1)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2sc (2)

Rnd 3: ch 1, No turn, , slst 2 (up side), picot (at top of triangle), slst 2 (down side)

Leave a tail for sewing spikes to dino, cut, and tie, once all your spikes are made sew to head from top down the center of the back and top center of the tail.

Option for a larger spike:

ch 2

Row 1: working in the bb of the 2nd ch from hook, sc 1 (1)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2sc (2)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, [2sc]x2 (4)

Row 4: ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc 2, 2sc (6)

Rnd 5: ch, NO turn, slst 4 (up side), picot (at top of triangle), slst 4 (down side)

Leave a tail for sewing spikes to dino, cut, and tie, once all your spikes are made sew to head from top down the center of the back and top center of the tail.

Now you have a completed Dino Plant Holder, your Dino will hold a 1” to 1½” potted plant inside the cup for your dino to hold.

Your dino can also hold pens, pencils, stitch markers, or any other small object you wish to place in your dino cup.

Tester Photos for Inspiration

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