My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Sherman

Check out this little cutie:

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This is Sherman the Square Dancing Stegosaurus, knit from a Rebecca Danger pattern.

I knit Sherman from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the “Hullabalo” colorway, using a U.S. size 2 (2.75mm) needle to achieve a nice firm fabric.

Sherman measures 14″ from the tip of his nose the the end of his tail and took around two-thirds of the skein of yarn.

I did make a few mods — rather than knit the spines and legs separately and sew them on. I picked up stitches from the body and knit them directly onto the body. To aid in this, I marked the placement of the appendages along his body with locking stitch markers:

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I knit Sherman entirely on two circular needles. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-on to cast-on the few stitches needed to start his nose, As you knit the body, you stuff as you go, so that by the time you have bound off the last stitches at the tip of his tail, you have a fully stuffed critter.

Picking up stitches and knitting the spikes and legs from a stuffed body was a bit awkward but I discovered a trick that helped — I divided the stitches over my two circular needles (all the appendages are knit in the round) but instead of using the end of the same needle to knit the stitches, I knit each set off onto another circular needle. It’s a lot easier to do this when you are knitting the stitches right up next to the stuffed body. When I got an inch or so away from the body, I was able to go back to knitting on the two circulars normally.

My favorite thing about Sherman?

His little feet!

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Lucy is enjoying her Sunday brunch.

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Comments

  1. Love it!!! Great yarn choice, too!
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  2. My first thought was to stuff with catnip and stuffing. I know my Scarlett would like it; how about Lucy?!

  3. This Dinosaur Nut absolutely loves Sherman! Now I can combine my two loves: knitting and dinosaurs!!!

  4. Very cute little dinosaur. My friend’s kids both love dinosaurs, so I probably should make them something like this for the holidays.
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  5. Very cute!!!

  6. He’s adorable! Very clever to pick up stitches instead of sewing appendages!

  7. I agree with Bam. I thought it might be a Lucy toy.

  8. Maureen J says:

    Very cute! I wonder if my nephews will outgrow dinosaurs soon. I know their mother would be relieved. I bought them two dino books for Christmas two years ago and they both have to be read at bedtime every day since then. I bought them another last year, and now all three are part of bedtime.

  9. Sherman is just adorable! My kids were nuts about dinosaurs growing up – and now we have a grandchild coming – so excited that I’m starting to make toys too!

  10. Very cute indeed!

  11. I love Rebecca’s patterns; I made a robot as a birthday gift for a robot-loving friend, and he was a big hit. That dinosaur is adorable, and his little feet are perfect!

  12. Just bought the pattern, need three… sigh… Finish the pirate sweater first, then the leaf blanket and then I can begin. Got little boys in the fam for the first time in generations… Too cute! Thanks… I think… haha

  13. Did you knit this dinosaur? Wow, I think this is really hard to knit. I think you have high patience in knitting.
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