Friday, October 07, 2016

DINO knits: Dilophosaurus

Over a year ago, I had this brilliant idea to design a series of knitted shawls inspired by dinosaurs. Yep, dinosaurs. I was so excited, I finished the first one in under three weeks. Unfortunately, life gets in the way, and we don't always have as much time to devote to knitting as we would like. Or we get distracted by other knitting projects or sewing competitions. But I digress. Now, after a full year of doodling, swatching, knitting, ripping, re-knitting, over and over again, I now have eight completed dinoshawl patterns to share with the world! Each is made from a single skein of sock-weight yarn, using a wide variety of stitch patterns and techniques to capture your imagination and hold your interest.


I'm so thrilled to finally be finished with these babies! I think they deserve a parade! So that's what we're gonna do then. I'll be releasing each one as an individual pattern over the next eight weeks - a new dinoshawl every Friday throughout October and November!

It seems only fitting to start off with the original shawl that sparked this whole, crazy circus - the Dilophosaurus! There is no fossil evidence that Dilophosaurus had a vibrantly colored, retractable neck frill which would fan out as it spat venom in your face, as depicted in a popular 90s Hollywood production.

But a little creative license makes for a lot of knitting inspiration. Worked from the center out, this lacy shawl is perfect for those colorful cakes of ombre yarn that always seem to follow you home from the yarn store. Or is that just me?

Dilophosaurus Shawl
Dilophosaurus Shawl
Dilophosaurus Shawl
Dilophosaurus Shawl

One size

Distance around outer edge: 90 inches
Radius: 15 inches

Vice Blurred Lines [80% merino, 20% nylon; 549m/600yd per 150g skein];
color: Goddess; 1 skein
US #6/4mm circular needle
Tapestry needle

24 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

BUY IT NOW on Ravelry!

And in case you just can't wait eight weeks to get your hands on the full set, I've also put all eight dinoshawl patterns together into one e-book, also available for purchase through Ravelry.

DINO knits


  1. WOW! Carissa! Interesting Patterns! You are so generous to share these great patterns!
    When do you find time to sleep?

    1. Oh, if I only I didn't need a good 7-8 hours a night! Just think of how much more knitting and sewing I could do!

  2. These are gorgeous! I am a crocheter, but totally appreciate and envy a knitter. Your work is outstanding!

  3. I love the dinosaur inspiration! Sock yarn feels so elegant and works up a delicate shawl, but I'm thinking this same pattern would look and feel cozy and snuggly if done in a heavy worsted instead. You do have my wheels turning...actually I'm having the same thoughts about Triceratops now, too. So many possibilities.

    1. Indeed! You could totally work it up in a thicker yarn for a larger shawl/wrap. I'd love to see pics if you do!