Have you heard of Heidi Bears? She is a South African Crochet Designer and Blogger who creates the most gorgeous animals using the African Flower Motif.
Heidi’s latest pattern release is Puff the Magic Stegosaurus – would you like to see?
Puff the Magic Stegosaurus’s pattern is a 39 page delight of coloured crochet charts, instructions and photos. The pattern is written in US terms, but with the helpful crochet charts, you will be fine converting to UK stitches. Make sure you read all the instructions before you start as it helps you to understand how the motifs join so you can pick your colours accordingly.
I’m crocheting Magic out of Stylecraft Special Double Knitting Yarn – a great way to use up my Attic 24’ Granny blanket left overs! As the DK yarn is thicker than the sock weight yarn suggested in the pattern, Magic will come out bigger. My double knitted Magic is 37cm tall from the tip of his plate to his toe and 72cm long from nose to tail. Heidi’s sock weight version is 24cm tall and 45 cm long.
To make sure Magic’s toy stuffing doesn’t pop out of the motif’s natural holes, you need a tighter stitch density so use a smaller hook than the yarn recommends (I used a 3mm crochet hook).
The pattern has really clear instructions for making the Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, Heptagons and Octagon motifs.
Assembling Puff’s body may seem a little daunting at first. All those shapes and learning how to “join as you go”! Just stay calm – you will be fine – the photos in the instructions really help.
The motifs tessellate so beautifully to form Magic’s dinosaur scales. It feels weirdly maternal as through you are crocheting his soul!
Here is Magic without his back plates.
At this stage he looks like a cute and cuddly Diplodocus!
Now, for his final features…….
………. back plates. A fully formed Stegosaurus!