Math is my Friend

A view of my kitchen table as the triceratopses help me revise patterns. I'm going into the third day of revising my existing patterns to change the short row technique I use (see last week's post, Short Row Knitting and Dinosaur Knees). It has given ...

I Blame Ruffles OR Why I Make Dinosaurs

The Triceratones: Ruffles (center), Flourishes (left) and Timpani (right) In my world, toy triceratopses are herd animals. It started with Ruffles, who was a birthday present from my friend Scott over a decade ago. I soon realized I had another tri ...

The Emergency Teddy Bear

Emergency Teddy Bear is ready for his closeup. Today's free pattern was originally made as a baby shower gift. He's called the Emergency Teddy Bear because I found out on a Wednesday evening about a surprise baby shower three days later on Saturday ...

How an Idea Becomes a Pattern

Emergency Teddy Bear's pattern notes - written and rewritten How do you get a pattern? Revise, revise, revise! Here's the notes from a quick teddy bear pattern I worked up a few weeks ago. In this case, I used my existing Sitting Dragon pattern as ...

Short Row Knitting and Dinosaur Knees

Symphony the Apatosaurus shows off his short row knitted neck curve and dimpled knees I use a lot of short row knitting for my dinosaurs. They need curved necks and tails, head crests, neck frills and cute little dimpled knees. Short row knitting allo ...

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Size Matters: Choosing a Yarn Weight for Your Toys

Sitting Dragon made in two weights of yarn I deliberately don't specify a yarn weight to use for my knitted toys because I want knitters to choose based on the desired size for their finished toys. I provide approximate finished dimensions for version ...

Animal Luchadores

Puerco Verde, Chorizo Piquante, Gatotastrophe and Perro Caliente (l to r) wish you a Feliz Cinco de Mayo It's Cinco de Mayo, so here's a free pattern for you. A few years ago, I found Rebecca Danger's 50 Yards of Fun  and immediately began knitting ...

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Welcome to Dancing Triceratops Designs

As the site's tagline says, I design patterns for adorable and distinctive stuffed toys. I blog about design, knitting, sewing, inspirations and whatever else strikes my fancy that day. Welcome from me, the dinos, and all the other toys. Patricia