Dinosaurs all around!
Saurus is a fun hooded cowl you can knit for dinosaur-fans of all ages. It is a fitted cowl, knit in the round, from the bottom-up. The hood portion is knitted back and forth. Spikes are knitted separately and attached.
1-3 yrs (4-6 yrs, 7-12 yrs, Teen/Petite adult, Full-sized adult)
Finished Height (not including spikes): 12” (14”, 16”, 18”, 20”)
Circumference of Cowl Portion: 18” (20”, 21”, 22”, 23”)
10 sts & 16 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch
US 15/10mm circular needle, minimum 24”/ 60cm
Worsted yarn, held double throughout. 250 (300, 350, 400, 500) yards. (See Notes)
Tapestry needle, Stitch markers.
Please see our standard abbreviations.
- Have fun! Using two strands of worsted weight yarn throughout the project allows you to play with different shades of same yarn, achieving a better animal skin look. By all means, go for a single strand of heavier weight yarn if that is what you prefer.
- Yardage estimate for spikes : The pattern allows you to make as many spikes as you want to. It is advised to reserve about 150 yds/135m of spike color yarn to complete the project.
Using body color yarn, CO 46 (50, 52, 56, 58) sts. Place BOR marker. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Purl 3 (3, 3, 6, 6) rounds.
Knit 4(5,6,7,8) inches in stockinette stitch.
Remove BOR marker. Start knitting back and forth, while decreasing on both sides.
Row 1 (WS): Purl.
Row 2 (RS) : K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have 38 (42, 44, 48, 50) sts remaining on the needle.
Continue knitting straight in stockinette stitch, slipping first stitch of every row purlwise wyif, until the hood measures 8(9,10,11,12) inches from the beginning of the decrease rows.
BO loosely and seam. Alternatively, use a three needle bindoff to close the hood.
Using spikes color yarn (held double), pick up and knit 48 (54, 60, 66, 72)sts evenly along the edge of the hood. Place BOR marker and join to knit in the round.
Purl 3 (3, 3, 5, 5) rounds. BO loosely.
Using spikes color yarn (held double), CO 2 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k until end.
Put a marker to indicate the right side of knitting, if that would help to keep track of RS and WS of the garter stitching.
Row 2 (WS): K
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 7 more times; 10 sts.
BO all sts, leaving the last one on needle. DO NOT CUT YARN.
This completes one spike.
CO 1 st. Continue to work row 1 of the spike instruction above to knit the next spike.
Knit as many spikes as desired. BO.
Place the spikes, without twisting, on the seam of the hood behind the purl edging. Use several locking stitch markers to attach the spikes to the hood. Thread a tapestry needle using body color yarn and stitch the spikes to the hood, going through the stitches at the base of the spike and the stockinette stitches of the hood. Check often to ensure correct positioning of the spikes.
Remove stitch markers. Weave in all loose ends.
About the Designer: Kavitha Raman
Kavitha Raman used to be Wireless Systems Specialist is now a SAHM to two kids. Knitting/Crochet has been a 10 year old hobby for her. She crafts for family, gifting and sometimes for commission. Designing and writing patterns is a fairly new path, where she hopes to explore and discover more in this amazing world of fibers.
She blogs at https://craftdoodling.wordpress.com/