FREE PATTERN: Arlo from ‘The Good Dinosaur’

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Without further ado I present to you my amigurumi pattern for Arlo from Disney Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’! Though he’s a huge Apatosaurus in the movie – this Arlo is only 12cm (about 5″) tall. I hope you enjoy making him as much as I did!


  • Green Yarn (I used DK Lightworsted Yarn as that is the Australian standard)
  • Darker Green Yarn (for mouth)
  • White Felt
  • Brown Felt
  • Black Felt
  • Dark Green Felt
  • Fibre Fill
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 2.75mm Hook
  • Tweezers (optional)

This crochet pattern is written is US terms.


Arlo’s tail, body and neck are worked together in one piece. The pattern begins at Arlo’s tail.

R1: Sc5 into a Magic Ring

R2: Sc5 (5sts)

R3: Sc2 into 1sc, sc1 in next 3 sc, sc2 into 1sc (7sts)

R4: Sc2 into 1sc, sc1 in next 5 sc, sc2 into 1sc (9sts)

R5: Sc2 into 1sc, sc1 in next 7sc, sc2 into 1sc (11sts)

R6: Sc11 (11sts)

R7: Sc2 into 1sc, sc1 in next 3sc, sc2 into next 1sc, sc1 into next sc, sc2 into next 1sc, sc1 into next 3sc, sc2 into 1sc (15sts)

R8: *2sc, sc2 into 1sc* rep 5 times (20sts)

R9: Sc20 (20sts)

R10: *3sc, sc2 into 1sc* rep 5 times (25sts)

R11-12: Sc25 (25sts)

R13: *3sc, dec 1sc* rep 5 times (20sts)

R14: 5sc, 10 hdc, 5sc (20sts)

R15: 3 sl st, 2 hdc, 10dc, 2 hdc, 3 sl st (20sts)

Stuff the body. You will now be crocheting the neck and may want to progressively stuff it as you crochet.

R16-18: Repeat R15

R19: *2sc, dec 1sc* rep 5 times (15sts)

R20-23: 15sc (15sts)

R24: *3sc, dec 1sc* rep 3 times (12sts)

R25-30: 12sc (12sts)

Cast off and leave a long tail so that you can attach the head later.

Arlo’s ‘Body’ should looks something like this when you are done. Your neck part will look longer as I added rows to the neck part after I took these photos.

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The yellow dots are where various rows began. As you can see, they are not in a straight line, so don’t worry if yours looks the same way.

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FRONT LEGS (Make 2):

R1: Sc6 in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc (12sts)

R3: *1sc, 2sc in next sc* rep 6 times (18sts)

R4: 18sc in BLO

R5: *1sc, dec 1sc* rep 6 times (12sts)

R6: *2sc, dec 1sc* rep 3 times (9sts)

Stuff the foot base. I didn’t stuff the rest of the leg to maintain the lankiness of Arlo’s legs.

R7-R11: Sc9 (9sts)

R12: *1sc, dec 1sc* rep 3 times (6sts)

Cast off. Leave tail for sewing.

BACK LEGS (Make 2):

R1: Sc6 in Magic Ring (6sts)

R2: 2sc in each sc (12sts)

R3: *1sc, 2sc in next sc* rep 6 times (18sts)

R4: 18sc in BLO

R5: *1sc, dec 1sc* rep 6 times (12sts)

R6: *2sc, dec 1sc* rep 3 times (9sts)

Stuff the foot base.

R7-R10: Sc9 (9sts)

R11: *1sc, dec 1sc* rep 3 times (6sts)

Cast off. Leave tail for sewing.

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Chain 7 (Foundation Chain)

R1: Starting with the second chain from the hook, Sc 4 into the back loops. Sc4 into next sc. Turn and Sc4 into front loops. Sc4 into last sc. (16sts)

R2: *3sc, 2sc in next sc* rep 4 times (20sts)

R3-5: Sc20 (20sts)

R6: 2sc into 1sc, 2sc, 2sc into 1sc, 16sc (22sts)

R7-8: Sc22 (22sts)

R9: Dec 1sc, 2sc, dec 1sc, 16sc (20sts)

R10: Sc20 (20sts)

R11: *2sc, dec 1sc* rep 5 times (15sts)

R12: 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 10sc (15sts)

R13: 2 dc into 1 sc, 2 dc, 2 dc into 1sc, 1 hdc, 10sc (17sts)

R14: 1 hdc, 2hdc into 1 sc, 2 hdc, 2 hdc into 1sc, 2 hdc, 10sc (19sts)

R15: 18sc, 2sc in 1 sc (20sts)

Begin stuffing head.

R16: *2sc, dec 1sc* rep 5 times (15sts)

R17: *1sc, dec 1sc* (10sts)

Complete stuffing head.

R18: Dec 1sc 5 times (5sts)

Cast off. Sew in end.

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Sew Arlo’s legs to his body.

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Using your dark green yarn sew a mouth onto Arlo’s head.

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Attach Arlo’s head to his body. I chose to attach Arlo’s head at an angle – I thought it gave him a bit more character. After this, Arlo should look something like this:

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Cut out the following pieces out of felt.

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Glue the different felt pieces to Arlo. As the pieces are quite small, I found using a tweezer to glue pieces helpful.

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After all this you will have your very own Arlo!

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I hope you like this pattern. Please let me know if you find any mistakes. Please also let me know if you make your own Arlo – I would love to see them!

Arlo from ‘The Good Dinosaur’ is copyright of Walt Disney Studios (2015).This pattern is an original pattern by Rachel of Drawn and Hooked (December 2015). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. You may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site, sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern. Thank you!


Coming Soon: FREE Arlo – The Good Dinosaur Pattern

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Now that I’m back to blogging, I decided to attempt something I haven’t before – create an amigurumi pattern based on an animated character!

In the past I studied animation and even though it’s not a career I pursue anymore I still love animated films. And as you know I also love crochet. So I thought it would be fitting (and amusing) to mash together my skills and passion in character design and crochet to create an amigurumi pattern inspired by Arlo from Disney Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’.

I began my design process by looking at images of Arlo and sketching him up as he was, just to familiarize myself with how he looked. Arlo has long, lanky limbs and that was something I didn’t want to lose when recreating him! Practically, I also felt like my amigurumi Arlo should be able to stand/sit on its own. With these things in mind, I decided that I would create a sitting Arlo.

I felt that in creating Arlo that I didn’t want to replicate his look 100% but create perhaps a kawaii version of him – an interpretation of him, altering the proportions of Arlo’s head and body etc. I looked at other’s illustrations of him and eventually came up with a sketch that looked like this:

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My sketch was not really kawaii (though that was an inspiration) and even as I worked on Arlo (I frogged the ‘body’ and ‘head’ patterns a few times before I was happy!) my design morphed. However, I’m pretty happy with how my mash up has turned out and will be working the next few days to write out my notes into a pattern. I look forward to sharing it with you sometime next week! 🙂