Strawberry Tanner the Triceratops – Free Pattern Modification

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You have likely seen the strawberry version of my pattern, Tanner the Triceratops, made on TikTok by Kaarin! After receiving countless messages asking how to modify Tanner’s pattern to recreate the strawberry version, I set to work making my own strawberry Tanner the Triceratops. But that’s not all… I also made a strawberry Mini Tanner!

strawberry triceratops crochet pattern modification for Tanner the Triceratops and Mini Tanner the Triceratops

Below you will find all of the information you need to alter the original Tanner and Mini Tanner patterns into your very own strawberry triceratops version!

For this modification, I used Bernat Velvet yarn. You can see the colors and adjustments made below.


This pattern is a free strawberry triceratops modification to my Tanner the Triceratops and Mini Tanner the Triceratops patterns. An ad-free, formatted PDF version of each of the original crochet patterns can be found using the buttons below.

Tanner the Triceratops:

Mini Tanner the Triceratops:


If you like this pattern, you may be interested in all of my other dinosaur patterns. You can find my dinosaur patterns here.

I would classify this pattern as “advanced beginner”. It would be helpful to have had some experience with amigurumi before creating this project.

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Free Crochet Pattern for Strawberry Triceratops

Pattern Specifics

Measurements for Tanner: Approximately 11.5” tall (sitting) or 15.5” tall (standing)
Measurements for Mini Tanner: Approximately 7.5” tall (sitting) or 10.5” tall (standing)
Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Hook Size: 4.0mm (G) crochet hook
Other Tools: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight:  Bulky (5)
Yarn Used:  Bernat Velvet
Other Materials: poly-fil stuffing, 21mm safety eyes (Tanner)/12mm (Mini Tanner)

Abbreviations

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
SC2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease is recommended)
ch = chain

Special Stitches

SC2tog (using invisible decrease method): Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Draw through the first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Draw through both loops on hook.

Notes

  • Checking your gauge is not required for this pattern. Use a hook that is smaller than the size recommended for your yarn weight. This will ensure that your stuffing will not show through the stitches.
  • All pieces, with the exception of the frill, are worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of each round.
  • Invisible decreases are recommended. Please see “Special Stitches”.
  • Safety eyes and noses pose a choking risk for babies; therefore, if making this toy for a baby, I recommend using yarn, felt, or embroidered details.
  • Body, head, legs, arms, tail, and strawberries require stuffing. Stuff each piece as you work to ensure the piece is completely filled. Do not add stuffing to the ears.
  • See tutorial photos.

Pattern

Please review the above notes section for required materials for the strawberry triceratops, as they differ from the original pattern.

To make the strawberry triceratops, use the Tanner the Triceratops pattern or Mini Tanner the Triceratops pattern follow Body, Head, Frill, Legs, Arms, and Tail as written, substituting color A to Pink Dusk and color B to Quiet Pink, or vice versa. Further, substitute recommended size safety eyes to 21mm for Tanner and 12mm for Mini Tanner.

You will also need additional colors for the strawberries: Frosted Cranberry, Pagoda, and White.

Tanner the Strawberry Triceratops

Strawberries (make 3)

Using color Frosted Cranberry:

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 1 SC in each st around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (15 sts)

R6: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

Using color Pagoda:

R8: Sl st to next st, * ch 4, sl st into 4th ch from hook, sl st to next st and the following st. Repeat from * around, creating 5 leaves.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Mini Tanner the Strawberry Triceratops

Strawberries (make 3)

Using color Frosted Cranberry:

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 1 SC in each st around. (4 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R5: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

Using color Pagoda:

R6: Sl st to next st, * ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st to next st. Repeat from * around, creating 6 leaves.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing

Using white yarn, embroider seeds on the strawberries using small lines.

Using the Tanner the Triceratops pattern or Mini Tanner the Triceratops pattern, follow Assembly instructions as written, substituting the strawberry triceratops “horns” for the original horns.

Bernat Velvet

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a stitch marker to track your continuous rounds.
  • Use pins to hold your pieces in place to help keep them from moving while sewing!
  • Adding extra stuffing in the neck can help to prevent the head from falling. Read more and check out my video on preventing amigurumi head wobble.
  • Amigurumi tips and tricks is full of additional ideas to help with your amigurumi projects!

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Nicole

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22 Comments

    1. Hello! No, I don’t have an official modification for a sunflower version, but have seen others freehand their own modification ideas.

  1. What size hook did you use for the bernat yarn? Was it the 4.0mm or a larger one? I started it with a 4.0mm and I can barely distinguish each stitch with the bernat velvet yarn.

    1. Hello! I do use a 4mm with Bernat Velvet, but you can of course go up a hook size if you crochet with a more tight tension. ????

      1. Thank you! I am now trying it out with a 5mm and it is working out so much better! I think I definitely crochet with a tight tension lol

  2. ok i bought the pattern on etsy but it doesnt shwo us how to make the full triceratops with bernat velvet, the mod just shows how to make strawberries. Is their a pattern for making the entire triceratops with bernat velvet instead of with normal yarn? or should i just follow the normal pattern and just use ther bernat yarn

  3. Did you use Bernat velvet or Bernat velvet plus in the pink dust? They only carry that color in the plus, pomegranate in the regular velvet. BTW I am so excited to make these for my granddaughters for Valentines Day.

      1. I cannot find where to actually get the pdf to print it out, I don’t mind if I have to purchase, I’ve clicked every link on this page went to your website to revelry I just can’t seem to find how to purchase the dang thing

        1. Hello,

          The strawberry modification is only available here on my blog. The PDF includes only the original Tanner the Triceratops pattern. 🙂

  4. Do you have a picture direction for how to do R6? For some reason my brain just won’t comprehend it lol
    But I absolutely adore this version

      1. Sorry, I do not. Feel free to send me an email if you’d like to explain what you’re unsure of, and I’d be happy to help you!

    1. The modification instructions are right on this page. You will need the original Tanner the Triceratops or Mini Tanner the Triceratops pattern as well.

  5. I would love to make as birthday surprise for neighbor girl. Cannot find the full free directions. Can you give me a link, please? Birthday is next week.

  6. Did you happen to use bernat baby velvet for the pink dust? I can’t find that colour in the regular velvet yarn.

    1. I didn’t keep track of exact yardage for this one, but if I were to estimate, I’d say about 200 yds of the main color and about 50 yds of the secondary color. Not far off from the original pattern’s yardage.

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