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Giant Amigurumi Dinosaur!

Way back in February, I announced on Twitter that I was going to make a Giant Dinosaur:

And now it’s time for the big reveal!

Giant Amigurumi Triceratops Dinosaur by PlanetJune

Georgette the Giant Purple Triceratops is 36 inches (over 90cm!) long, weighs 1.9lbs (850g) and is impossibly soft and cuddly.

I made her using my Triceratops pattern from Dinosaurs Set 1 and the techniques from my Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi.

Giant Amigurumi Triceratops Dinosaur by PlanetJune

Isn’t she huge?!

Although she turned out beautifully, I did have a few hitches along the way…

Yarn

I was excited to find a new (to me) yarn to try for this project: Bernat Blanket Extra. According to my calculations, one strand of Extra would be the equivalent of the two strands of Bernat Blanket I use for most of my giant ami, so it seemed like the perfect yarn for Giant Amigurumi! In the picture below, it’s the purple yarn second from the top:

yarn for giant amigurumi (pictured: worsted weight, super bulky, and two sizes of jumbo yarns)
Pictured top to bottom:

  • Bernat Blanket Big (#7 jumbo – good for Extreme Amigurumi)
  • Bernat Blanket Extra (#7 jumbo – good for Giant Amigurumi)
  • Bernat Blanket (#6 super bulky – use 2 strands for Giant Amigurumi or 1 for Mini Giant Amigurumi)
  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (#4 worsted weight – a standard amigurumi yarn, for comparison)

While I was correct that a single strand of Extra is an ideal yarn for Giant Amigurumi, I made a bit of a miscalculation and used the weight instead of the yardage when I was figuring out how much yarn I’d need (using the calculation method from the book). Converting from 2 strands of Blanket to 1 strand of Extra, the yardage is a straight 2:1 conversion, but the weight isn’t quite the same (as the Extra weighs just a little more per yard than 2 strands of Blanket).

Thanks to that mistake, I didn’t buy quite enough yarn for the Giant Stegosaurus I had planned πŸ™ , but I ran the numbers and realised I had enough to make a Giant Triceratops instead – problem solved!

Structure

Giant ami aren’t as rigid as standard amigurumi, and, even though they are light for their size, the weight of Georgette’s head, including the horns and frill, was a bit much for her front legs – they were squashed down a little, which made her chin touch the ground. So I added an extra round to her front legs to offset that ‘squish factor’, which worked out fine πŸ™‚

Giant Amigurumi Triceratops Dinosaur by PlanetJune

Other than that, I followed the pattern, together with my book’s technique advice, exactly:

  • The secure magic ring was a lifesaver, especially for those giant horns!
  • It turns out that a giant triceratops frill is very floppy, but the stiffening flat pieces technique sorted that right out.
  • The large size crocheted eyes were the perfect finishing touch.

Giant Amigurumi Triceratops Dinosaur by PlanetJune together with a standard-sized triceratops

Awww, don’t they look just like a mama triceratops and newly-hatched baby?

Georgette is exactly 4 times the length of the standard Triceratops, and 15 times the weight! But she’s extremely cute and cuddly – yay for non-scary dinosaurs πŸ˜€

Make Your Own!

If you’re inspired to try crocheting a giant dinosaur too, here’s what you’ll need:

The Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi ebook by June Gilbank - available in right-handed and left-handed versions

Of course Giant Amigurumi isn’t limited to just dinosaurs (although I’m still tempted to buy more yarn to make a giant stegosaurus!) – see the book for lots of other examples, and advice for which amigurumi patterns will be easiest to scale up to giant size.

Please share photos of your giant amigurumi projects on any social media using the #giantamigurumi hashtag, and tag me @planetjune so I can see what you’re making! And if you’re a member of the PlanetJune Ravelry group, you can also share your giant amis in our ongoing Giant Amigurumi CAL πŸ™‚

I’m still smitten with Giant Amigurumi – they’re just so much fun, don’t you think? Who could resist a giant purple triceratops?!

8 Comments »

  1. Lana said

    Hi June,

    How many oz/g of the Bernat Blanket Extra do I need for one Giant Dinosaur? Thank you.

    • June said

      It depends which dinosaur you want to make! Two 300g balls of Bernat Blanket Extra is enough for a Giant Triceratops like mine; if you wanted to make a Giant Stegosaurus, you’d need a little more yarn, and my other dino patterns may also take more yarn (I haven’t calculated for any others). If you want to make a different dinosaur pattern, you can use the yardage calculator in my Complete Guide to Giant Amigurumi (and then divide the yardage by two, as you only need 1 strand of Bernat Blanket Extra, vs 2 strands of Bernat Blanket).

      • Lana said

        I’m very excited to make a Giant Triceratops! How much oz of polyfil stuffing will I need for the Giant Triceratops? Thank you!

        • June said

          Hmm, I don’t think I can give you an answer – that’s very dependent on a) the type of stuffing you use and b) how squishy you want it to be. Basic answer: A LOT! From the weight of my finished Triceratops and the weight of yarn I used, I must have used about 9oz of stuffing, but I could easily have added a couple more to make her a bit less squishy, so I’d guess 9oz as an absolute minimum.

  2. Erica said

    What a sweet dinosaur, June! Your crochet work is flawless.

  3. Judy Carlson said

    Outstanding!!!

  4. MotherOwl (Charlotte) said

    I like your giant amigurumi. I don’t crochet apart from occasional minor works, but as an avid Science Fiction reader a purple dino could only be a pterodactyl to me πŸ˜‰

    • June said

      I had to google this to get the reference! πŸ™‚

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