Terrific T-Rex

This is the Terrific T-Rex Kids Unisex Sweater! I recently realized that nearly every crochet children’s item I see is for girls. But two of my really good friends just had boys, and I wanted to make sure they had something special! And since I personally consider dinosaurs to be unisex, this is a fun unisex kids sweater. With the colorwork T-rex on the front, this top is sure to be a hit with any kiddo! And it’s perfect for a quick an easy weekend project! 


You will need a 5mm hook and 300-1000 yards of any DK (#3) weight yarn. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday DK in colors Dove and Treetop. If you prefer to make a short sleeved spring top, any cotton DK yarn will also work! 


For this kids top I decided that dinosaurs need some representation! You can make it in short sleeved cotton for the spring/summer or long sleeved acrylic or (superwash!) wool for the fall/winter. The T-rex is a fan favorite, and with his characteristic big head and little arms, I figured he would look fantastic on a sweater! I used rows of turned HDC for this pattern to keep the seam straight, while keeping a simple texture for a lovely unisex child sweater!


This yoke top sweater is completely seamless! You start with the collar, and move easily into the yoke, turning your work every round. When it’s time to add the colorwork Rex, you keep turning your work, and only carry the rex color until the end of the dinosaur, so there is very little yarn waste (which is a personal peeve of mine in a lot of colorwork!).


Any DK (#3) weight yarn. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday DK in Dove & Lake.

5.0mm hook (or size needed to meet gauge)

Gauge: 16 sts and 12 rows is 4” square of Hdc.

Finished measurements: (Fits as expected)

            6m: Fits up to 16” (300 yards)

            12m: Fits up to 18” (350 yards)

            2T/24m: Fits up to 20” (400 yards)

            3T: Fits up to 22” bust (475 yards) 

            4T: Fits up to 24” bust (550 yards) 

            5: Fits up to 26” bust (625 yards) 

            6: Fits up to 28” bust (700 yards)

            8: Fits up to 30” bust (800 yards) 

            10/12: Fits up to 32” bust (900 yards)

            14/16: Fits up to 34” bust (1000 yards) 

All sizes need an additional 25 yards in an accent color of your choice. 

Yardages listed are for long sleeved version.

You can find the pattern for FREE at Bella Coco Crochet HERE! And while you’re at it, give it some love on Ravelry!

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