Dinosaur Hand Puppet Knitting Pattern

Impress your kids with a homemade hand puppet with a moveable mouth!

The dinosaur hand puppet is a great knitting pattern to make up, with a number of body pieces which are then sewn together.

You can have hours of fun playing with this and can adjust to experiment with different animals.

dinosaur hand puppet

Dinosaur Hand Puppet DIY

The hand puppet pattern is easy to follow, knit flat on straight needles and then seamed.

This pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for practising garter stitch and learning how to shape.

If you would like to make more knitted items for kids, please take a look at the other patterns in the kids knitting pattern library.


Dinosaur hand puppet

Materials

1 x 100G chunky yarn (I used Hayfield Bonus Chunky) in green

1 x 100G chunky yarn (Hayfield Bonus Chunky) in white

1 x 50G double knit yarn in black – or a small amount for eyes and nose

1 x Double knit yarn in pink (small amount for tongue)

1 x 6.5 mm (10.5 US) knitting needles

1 x 4mm (6 US) knitting needles

1 x 4 mm (G/6 US) crochet hook

Darning needle

Scissors


Dinosaur hand puppet

Dinosaur Hand Puppet

Body and Head – Make 2 pieces

With chunky yarn in green and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 20

Knit all rows until piece measures 10 inches (This can be longer or shorter depending on how long your arm is and how long you want the body to be).

Shape head – Front piece

1. Skpo knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

2. Knit

Repeat those two rows until 10 sts are left on the needle

Cast off.

Mouth Insert

With chunky yarn in flesh tone or light pink and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 6

Knit 3 rows

Row 4: Increase row – K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 9: Knit

Row 10:  K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 15: Knit

Row 16: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 17: Knit

Row 18: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 21: Knit

Row 22: Knit 6 rows

Row 23: – Decrease – SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 24: Knit

Row 25: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 26: Knit

Row 27: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 28: Knit

Row 29: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 30: Knit

Row 31: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 32: Knit

Row 33: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 34: Knit

Row 35: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 36: Knit

Row 37: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 38: Knit

Row 39: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 40: Knit

Row 41: 4 Stitches left Knit

Row 42: knit

Row 43: Cast off.

Tummy Panel

Cast on 10st in white yarn

Beg with a knit row, work 2 rows in st st

Inc 1 st at at each end of next row

Beg with a Purl row, work 9 rows in st st

Inc 1 st at each end of next row

Beg with a Purl row, work 3 rows in st st

Repeat the last 4 rows 1 more time

Beg with a Purl row, work 6 rows in st st

Dec 1 st at each end of next row

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st

Repeat the last 4 rows 1 more time

Dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll alt row until 10 st are left

Knit

Purl

Cast of knitwise.

Tongue

With pink double knit yarn and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 3 stitches

1.    K1, M1, K1, M1, K1

2.    Purl

3.    K2, M1, K1, M1, K2

4.    Purl

5.    K3, M1, K1, M1, K3

6.    Purl

7.    K4, M1, K1, M1, K4

8.    Purl

9.    K5, M1, K1, M1, K5

10.  Purl

11. K6, M1, K1, M1, K6

12. Purl

13. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K8, K2TOG

14. Purl

15. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K5, K2TOG

16. Purl

17. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

18. Purl

19. K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

20. Purl

21. K2TOG, K2TOG

22. P2TOG

23. Fasten off.

Arms – Make 2

With green yarn and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 8

Start with a knit row and work in st st till piece measures 9″

K1, K2TOG then sew remaining stitches down side seam, inside out.

Eyes – Make 2

With double knit yarn in white and 4mm (US 6) Knitting needles cast on 4

1.    Purl

2.    Purl

3.    Knit

4.    Purl

5.    Knit

6.    Purl

7.    Purl

8.    K2TOG to end

Thread yarn through all edges then pull tight into a ball.

Stitch through the bottom of the ball to secure. Leave a tail of at least 7 inches for sewing onto the puppet head.

Stitch a black dot into the eyeball or make a smaller bobble to stitch ontop, using the same pattern but fewer sts, cast on 2.

You can also add plastic safety eyes if you have them.

Nose – Make 2

With double knit yarn in black and 4mm (US 6) Knitting needles cast on 8

Work in st st until piece measures 1.5″

Thread yarn though all edges then pull tight into a ball. Stitch through bottom of ball to secure. Leave a tail of at least 7 inches for sewing onto the puppet head.

Teeth (Make 16)

In white yarn with 4mm needles cast on 2

Knit

Purl

K1, M1, K1, M1 (inc in every st)

Purl

Inc in first and last st

Purl

Knit

Purl

Cast off knitwise

Tail

In green yarn, cast on 2

Knit

Purl

Inc into each stitch

Purl

Inc into first and last st

Purl, Knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl

Inc into first and last st

Purl, knit, purl

Inc into first and last st

Purl, knit, purl, knit, purl

Inc into first and last st

Purl, Knit, purl

Inc into 1st and last st

Purl, knit, purl

Cast off knitwise

Triangles for the back (make 6 pieces)

With green yarn and 6.5 needles cast on 2

Knit 3 rows in garter st

Row 4 – Inc in first and last st

Repeat these 4 rows until piece measures 3.5″

Sew two pieces together and turn out ready to be stitched onto the hand puppet back piece. Make 6 triangles for 3 finished pieces.

Cast off knitwise

Dinosaur hand puppet

Making up.

1.    Stitch the tummy panel onto the front body piece.

2.    Sew in any loose ends on the body pieces that are not needed.

3.    Place mouth inserts with right sides facing and stitch half the mouthpiece together.

4.   Turn the right side out, then place second body piece on top and sew mouthpiece into place. Turn the right side out.

5.    Stitch the tongue into place in the middle of the mouth insert piece.

6.    Sew the mouth insert piece to the front head/body piece (inside out) leaving a gap for where the hand will go inside

7.    Turn inside out and sew body side seams together, stitch the arms into place, insert 1cm of end inside. Turn the right side out.

8.    Sew tail pieces together with right side facing. Turn the right way out and stitch to back piece of the body.

9.    Eyes – stitch medium size stitches around the white knitted square, pull together to form a ball shape. Either stitch a black line across the middle or fix a plastic eye into the shape.

10. Stitch through pulled p square and stitch into place on the head.

11. Nose – stitch nose balls into place

12. Back triangles – stitch them into place down the back piece of the hand puppet.

13. Teeth – stitch the teeth into place around the mouth. You may have to make extra if there are any gaps!

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

P2tog – purl 2 stitches together

Sts – stitches

Garter stitch – every row knit

Stocking stitch – knit 1 row (front), Purl one row (back)

K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together

SKPO – slip one stitch; knit one stitch, and pass slipped stitch over knit stitch.

M1 – make one stitch

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