Crochet Dinosaur Basket: Triceratops

A Crochet Dinosaur Basket is the perfect addition to any child’s room. We are definitely dinosaur fanatics in this house and when I discovered a needed something to hold the kids toys, it was the perfect opportunity to add a little extra something to their rooms.

This basket is the first and smallest of a set that I will be releasing. The basket is a very easy design with a graph worked into the side to give it a lot of character. If you don’t want to miss the other two baskets, make sure to sign up for my email newsletter and you won’t miss a single new free pattern.

To make a nice clean picture of a triceratops, I used the tapestry crochet stitch. This is a wonderful stitch for doing color work. I have included instructions below for how to complete this stitch as well as a quick video tutorial.

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Crochet Dinosaur Basket: Triceratops

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Materials Needed

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7.47 oz or 121 yds of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Dallas Grey (2 Skiens)
1.08 oz or 18 yds of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Syracuse Orange
Crochet Hook, Size L/8.0mm
4-5 Feet of  Dritz Cable Cord, 9/32″ or another rope
Yarn Needle
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Stitches and Abbreviations

Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Tapestry Single Crochet – See Special Stitch notes and video below
BLO – Back Loops Only
St(s) – Stitches
Slst – Slip Stitch
CC – Change Color
MC – Magic Circle (Learn a new way to make a MC here!)

Difficulty Level – Easy/Intermediate

Gauge and Finished Size

Gauge – 5 Sc x 5 rows = 2″
The finished basket has a diameter of 8 inches and is 6.5 inches tall.

Special Stitch – Tapestry Single Crochet Stitch

The tapestry single crochet or square single crochet is a modified single crochet. The modifications allow for the stitch to sit directly on top of the stitch from the previous row. The tapestry single crochet only works when working in a single direction.

Tapestry Single Crochet – Insert your hook into the Back Loop Only of the next Stitch. Yarn over and pull the loop through the stitch, Yarn Under and pull the first loop on the hook through the second and third loops on the hook. Your tapestry single crochet is complete.

Crochet Dinosaur Basket Video Guide

Crochet Dinosaur Basket, the first free pattern in a series of three nesting crochet baskets. Design by Winding Road Crochet. #dinosaur #crochetdinosaur #crochetbasket #crochethomedecor

Crochet Dino Basket: Triceratops Pattern

Notes:
– Written in US terms.
– Worked in continuous rounds
– Starting with Row 11 you will only be using the Tapestry Single Crochet in the Back Loops Only for every stitch.
– The entire pattern is worked in one direction.
– Starting with Row 13, you will be working with two colors of yarn. You will crochet over the color that you are not using at the moment. This is also demonstrated in the video guide above.

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Bottom of Basket

R1: Work 6 Sc into a MC. (6)

R2: *2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (12)

R3: *Sc into the next St, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (18)

R4: *Sc into the next 2 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (24)

R5: *Sc into the next 3 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (30)

R6: *Sc into the next 4 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (36)

R7: *Sc into the next 5 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (42)

R8: *Sc into the next 6 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (48)

R9: *Sc into the next 7 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (54)

R10: *Sc into the next 8 Sts, 2Sc into the next St* Repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. (60)

From now on we will only be working Tapestry Single Crochet Stitches into the Back Loops Only. When you see “Sc” it is referring to a tapestry Single Crochet St. Below you will find the written pattern for the chart. 

R11-12: Sc into the next 60 Sts. (60)

R13: Sc into the next 25 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 26 Sts.

R14: Sc into the next 25 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 3 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 3 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 22 Sts.

R15: Sc into the next 20 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 4 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 7 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 21 Sts.

R16: Sc into the next 21 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 11 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 6 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 21 Sts.

R17: Sc into the next 22 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 9 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 6 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next St, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 21 Sts.

R18: Sc into the next 23 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 8 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 3 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next St. CC to Grey, Sc into the next 23 Sts

R19: Sc into the next 24 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 6 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 6 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 23 Sts.

R20: Sc into the next 25 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 5 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 7 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 22 Sts.

R21: Sc into the next 27 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 9 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next St, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 2 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 21 Sts.

R22: Sc into the next 30 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 6 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 24 Sts.

R23: Sc into the next 31 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 5 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 24 Sts.

R24: Sc into the next 32 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 4 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 24 Sts.

R25: Sc into the next 33 Sts, CC to Orange, Sc into the next 4 Sts, CC to Grey, Sc into the next 23 Sts.

R26: Using Grey, Sc into the next 60 Sts. Slst to the next 2 Sts, Fasten off and weave in your ends.

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Twisted Rope Handles

Adding the Twisted Rope Handles

Cut four pieces of rope about 12 inches long. You will be using two pieces of rope on each side.

Decide where you want the handles to start and end. Feel free to mark this with a stitch marker.

Use your hook to pull one end of the first rope through a stitch in the second row from the top.

Use your hook to pull one end of the second piece of rope through the stitch directly under where you inserted the first rope. On the inside of the the basket knot these two pieces of rope together.

One the outside of the basket gently twist your two pieces of rope together. You will need to experiment with how many twists you will need. This them too much and they will not lay right. This is shown in the video guide.

Now use your hook to pull the second ends of the rope through the basket. One rope end will be pulled through the second to top stitch and the other through the stitch directly below it. Knot the ends together and take a look at your handle.

If you are happy with how the twist looks and the length of the handle then you can cut the excess rope off the other side of the knot. Repeat this process for the second handle.

Your Crochet Dinosaur Basket is complete. If you love this basket keep an eye out for the next basket in this series. I will be releasing a total of three dinosaur baskets that will nest inside of each other. The Triceratops is the smallest crochet dinosaur basket of the three.

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