Triceratops Amigurumi

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In this lesson we’ll be crocheting a Triceratops! The first of my mini dino themed patterns. This pattern is very succinct and can be made with almost no sewing together needed. It is accessible for beginners, but I always suggest browsing through Crocheting 101, my free intro crocheting course, for complete beginners!

Louie Mensinger

Created by

Louie’s Loops





~ 45 min

What you'll create

What you'll learn

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn



Crochet Hook

Size G6 / 4.00mm

Safety Bead Eyes

Size 6.00mm

Darning Needle


Get the kit!

Get the full dino kit for this pattern including all the materials and tutorials to make 5 different dinos in a variety of colors!


Other Useful Info


5 Rnds and 4 sts per 1” 
Finished piece is about 4.5” tall

Worked in the Round:

Unless otherwise stated

The Lesson


These boxes are checkboxes

These time codes correlate to the video for this lesson


The Horns (make 3)

[All in White]
Ch 2, Working in the BLO of the 2rd ch from the hook, sc 1

Ch 1, cut the yarn and pull through to sew along the neck and back.


m.p = Ch 2, working in the BLO of the 2nd ch from the hook, 1


The Body

[All in Main color]
Ch 2 or use the magic loop method

Rnd 1

Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook or into magic loop (4)

Rnd 2

sc 1, inc, working in BLO, sc 1, working in both loops, inc (6)

Rnd 3

inc in each st (12)

Rnd 4

[sc 3, inc] repeat 3 times (15)

Rnd 5

[sc 4, inc] repeat 3 times (18)

Rnd 6

sc 6, working in FLO, sc 1, [hdc 1, m.p, hdc 1] repeat 5 times, sc 1 (18 [+5 m.p])

Alternate Frill Option

Use the following Rnd to create an alternate version of the frill crown which is slightly larger and has a white edging. I’ve even made a second full length video for it which you can watch here!

Rnd 6*

sc 6, working in FLO, sc 1, hdc 1, dcinc 1, dc 1, dcinc 1, dc 2, dcinc 1, dc 1, dcinc 1, hdc 1, sc 1 (22)

Using a strand of white yarn begin going around the outer stitches of the frill towards the center. When you reach the center hide the end down through the center of the frill and into the body. Repeat this same process on the opposite side of the frill so that the white stitches are both pointing inward towards the center of the face.

Rnd 7

sc 6, working in BLO from Rnd 5, sc 12 (18)

Rnd 8

sc 1, bo, sc 2, bo, sc 13 (18)

(08:18) Add eyes and horns.

Rnd 9 – 11

sc in each st (18 x 3)

Rnd 12

sc 2, bo, sc 3, bo, sc 11 (18)

Rnd 13

sc in each st (18)

Rnd 14

[sc 1, invdec] repeat 6 times (12)

Stuff slightly.

Rnd 15

invdec, sc 2, invdec 4 (7)

Stuff fully.

Rnd 16

invdec, sc 1, invdec, sc 1, 1 (5)

Cut the yarn and pull through. Sew together


  1. Joan

    Am I the only one who find the math on this weird. If you sc 3, inc] repeat 3 times does this not = 12 (3+1)x3=12 and then the round 5 is 15. What am I missing here.

  2. Alexis

    Sorry for pointing this out, but in round seven it says to work in blo from round five but aren’t you supposed too work in the blo from round six?

  3. Emziez

    Easy to follow and the video helps as well! I’m new to amigurumi so it’s fun to learn new thing like the bobble legs and the frill.

  4. brbein

    Bought your Dino kit. Started with Triceratops. Yellow yarn. Got to part of Round 7. Realized that I must have made mistakes in earlier rounds because I don’t have the stitches you describe in Round 5.

    So: I have a strange looking body. Is there enough yellow yarn if I start over?

    Can I send an image of what I have to you? P.S. I did review the crochet stitches for beginners, the PDF and the video. Try, try again?

    1. Ponchic

      You can take out your hook and pull on the yarn to undo as much as you like. That way you won’t need extra yarn, it just sucks having to start over. If you’re not considering that option, then I don’t know.

      Being a beginner, something I like to do is count the stitches I have after completing each round. It’s a bit tedious, but if something is off I typically only will have to undo one row. I discovered from watching his video that using a strand of different color yarn is an excellent way to keep track of the beginning and end of rounds. Counting the stitches as you crochet a round is another safety measure so that when you reach the end of the round as marked by a yarn strand, you should have counted all the stitches that were supposed to be crocheted for that row.

      Whenever I had a problem, careful observation of the video was usually enough to solve it ( I watched the frill variation live stream). The biggest problem I ran into was for invisible decreases. I would tend to skip a stitch after an invisible decrease which for the last round (4 invdec in a row), caused the work to scrunch up much too quickly.

      Other than that, I wish you luck. I’ve heard that crocheting is relaxing, but when I don’t understand why something looks wrong, crocheting makes me frustrated like nothing else ha. I really try to take my time with crocheting because it’s so easy to mess up.

    2. Alexis

      Ok I believe there is a typo because if you look at row six and if you look at the video that’s where you use flo so that should be what route you get your blo from. Pay no attention it should still be fine.

  5. Rachel Sedrick

    I made the pattern but somehow I didn’t get legs! I followed the pattern so am not sure what I did wrong. Watching the video you have legs but this doesn’t. What am I missing?

  6. K

    I’m going to be making a lot of these. They are soooo cute! Everyone loves them and wants one. It was very easy. So far I have made two of each frill type.

  7. Funcai

    My membership level is suppose to contain printer friendly PDFs, but it always brings me to the change member ship level page. Am I missing something here?

  8. Emrys

    This pattern is weird and confusing, my project didn’t even turn out remotely right. Will try again but I’m very frustrated.

  9. Rain

    So fun I made one for my brothers along with the t-Rex pattern as well! They loved them. Your patterns are amazing <3

  10. William Carey

    I wondered if, since this is a free pattern, I could sell these little guys on Etsy, or would you prefer me not to. Btw they are so cute and a great pattern.

  11. Kitty

    Hey I have a question, how do you get your bobbles so prominent? Mine seem to barely poke out but yours are like little feet!

  12. Claire

    thats so cool I made raimbow ones I got a rainbow one and Im working on a red orange yellow green blue purple and pink one

  13. Sophiefink

    Hey! I love this pattern, but my only suggestion would be that for the rounds 9-11 where yourjust doing the same thing severala times, can you put a checkbox for each round? like for that step have 3 check boxes?

  14. Sunshine

    Louie, I just wanted to say Thank You for all these dino patterns.
    They go very well with the volcano and trees I’ve made.
    And my grandsons really love the set.
    Thank you so much for all your hard work in making the patterns.

  15. Rachel

    This was so fun to make! Would you ever consider making more dinosaur patterns? I’d love a little Stego friend for my Triceratops!

    1. Claire

      thats so cool I made raimbow ones I got a rainbow one and Im working on a red orange yellow green blue purple and pink one

  16. Laurie Andersen

    Soooo CUUUUUTE! I just made it and it’s all cute and wistfully staring up at me, saying, “can I have a buddy?” Of course, cute I must make A HERD for you to be with 😀