The Making of Magic – Heidi Bears Puff the Magic Stegosaurus Crochet Pattern

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.

African flower motif heidi bear hexagon

Heidi’s latest pattern release is Puff the Magic Stegosaurus – would you like to see?

Puff the magic stegosaurus heidi bear

Heidi bear puff the magic stegosaurus pattern
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.

Attic 24 Granny Stripe colours

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.

Heidi bear african flower 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.

join as you go crochet motifs

The motifs tessellate so beautifully to form Magic’s dinosaur scales. It feels weirdly maternal as through you are crocheting his soul!

joined motifs heidi bear

Here is Magic without his back plates.

 At this stage he looks like a cute and cuddly Diplodocus!

heidi bear stegoasurs as a diplodocus

Now, for his final features…….

Puff the magic stegosaurus with his back plates Heidi Bear

………. back plates. A fully formed Stegosaurus!

Puff the Magic Stegosaurus Heidi Bear



38 thoughts on “The Making of Magic – Heidi Bears Puff the Magic Stegosaurus Crochet Pattern

  1. I just did tomato the frog and he came out beautiful. Had so much fun making him. My older son (26) asked me to make him one. I’m one it. I have the hippo will be buying more. Thanks for such great patterns.

  2. I am having a hard time figuruing out the tail instructions on page 15, joining the hex on 4 sides. I can’t quite figure out which is the 4th side. I just completed happypotamous, and didn’t think I’d have this much trouble right off the bat, any help?

  3. Hi! He looks absolutely gorgeous! I was just thinking about making one myself, also using the stylecraft special dk yarn – so I am wondering how much yarn did you need to make him?

    • Thank you. I would love to see a photo of your dino when he / she is finished. I brought 2 balls of the main colour yarn (green) and 1 of plum for the scales (I did have lots of green left over). The rest of the yarn was left over from blanket makes. Remember to use a smaller hook than the yarn recommends (mine was a 3mm) so the holes aren’t too big. x

      • Yah, I saw that you used join as you go, but your seam looks different from the one Heidi did in her tutorial: do you have a link for the particular one YOU used? It doesn’t have holes the way hers does…


      • I checked out the technique Lucy uses over at Attic 24 too and then just went with the flow! I think you just need to go with it and try what seems right. Although I try to do what I’m supposed to do but I am a bit random sometimes and put extra stitches in every now and then if the gap looks to big! Hope that helps….

      • But yours looks different from the one Heidi did in her tutorial: do you have a link for yours? Hers had holes in it; your’s doesn’t and has a pretty zigzag effect to it.

  4. Lovely post, yes Heidi and I love Lucy of Attic24~~ both of these ladies are one of a kind! Sandy

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