Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Meet Trilobite

Other than knitting my other interests include fossil hunting. As I looked at some fossil trilobites I was thinking that I could probably knit one. So, last night I knit a trilobite while thinking of a cute name for it. Unfortunately, I didn't think of one. Therefore, I present to you ..... Knit Trilobite. If you want to knit one for your self than you may do so by clicking here. If you are more of a Ravelry type, than you can click here.

EDIT: Since the link for the pattern has died (it's dead Jim) I am posting the pattern here:


  • 1 50 gr ball of Needful Yarns Kim (discontinued). Each trilobite takes about half a 50 gr ball so use whatever scraps you have.
  • 4 3.25mm DPNs (use whatever needles give you a firm gauge with the yarn that you are using, usually 1-2 sizes below the recommended needle size on the ball band)
  • Crochet hook in whatever size needle you used
  • Darning needle
  • 3 stitch markers
  • Small amount of fibrefill or yarn scraps
  • Catnip and bell (if you are making a cat toy)


Any gauge will do just as long as it is firm enough so that the filling doesn't show through.


Pygidium (“tail”)
Cast on 6 sts, pm marking beginning of round
(K1, m1, pm, K1, m1, K1) 2 times - 10 sts
(K2, m1, K1, m1, K2) 2 times - 14 sts
(K3, m1, K1, m1, K3) 2 times – 18 sts
(K4, m1, K1, m1, K4) 2 times – 22 sts
(K5, m1, K1, m1, K5) 2 times – 26 sts
(K6, m1, K1, m1, K5) 2 times – 30 sts

Thorax (“body”)
P7, K1, P14, K1, P7 for 2 rows
K the next 2 rows
Repeat this pattern 5 times

Cephalon (“head”)
P6, K3, P12, K3, P6 for 2 rows.
K5, P1, K3, P1, K10, P1, K3, P1, K5 for 2 rows
K5, P2tog, K1, P2tog, K10, P2tog, K1, P2tog, K5 – 26 sts
K5, P3tog, K10, P3tog, K5 – 22 sts
ssk, K7, K2tog, ssk, K7, K2tog – 18 sts
ssk, K5, K2tog, ssk, K5, K2tog – 14 sts

Antenna (make 2)
Using crochet hook ch 7. Break yarn and pull through loop.

Stuff him to desired firmness, than graft the head. Sew the antenna to the top of head. Weave in ends.


  1. How adorable! I can't wait to dive into my stash for something suited to a trilobite. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. It's brilliant! My friends and family may think they are getting jewelry this Christmas--imagine their surprise when they open the little box and find a Knit Trilobite instead. Thanks for a very clever pattern.

  3. I was wondering what to give my fossil-collecting 82-yr-old Mom for Christmas - this is perfect! I found her some ammonites for her birthday,and didn't know what other fossil I could give her that she doesn't already have. I'm sure she doesn't have a knitted trilobite!

  4. Thanks for the pattern.
    BTW your rat is so cute!

  5. Your rattie is cute. I miss mine. I don't know why I am surprised to see people who have ratties as pets. The scarf is beautiful and the brilobite is funny and cute!

  6. My nine year old who is profoundly autistic will love this,I am definitely going to make her one.

  7. I just found this pattern, and it's amazing! My husband (who will hopefully be getting a completed Trilobite Hat for Christmas) totally needs one of these in his stocking. Thanks for putting the pattern up!

  8. This is wonderful! Thank you. Have you seen this trilobite cookie recipe?

  9. I'm a bit late to the discussion- having just found the pattern via Ravelry - but I love it! I now have my fossil hound husband's next birthday/Christmas present! By the way, we've made the trilobite cookies and they are delicious! They are very buttery and taste absolutely decadent when you add the chocolate. We don't make them into sandwiches, so we leave out the preserves and just use the single cookies. These have been taken many places and are always a great hit.

  10. OMG THIS IS AMAZING. hahaha i love it. as soon as i finish typing this comment, i am off to hunt for some appropriate yarn and needles to make my trilobite!! thank you!!

  11. My paleo curator friend will adore this! So kind of you to share. Thanks :)

  12. The link doesn't work to get the pattern anymore... help?

  13. Just found this when searching for knit cat toys - I'm going to go start it right now!! :)

    Oh, and I actually laughed aloud at the "it's dead, Jim" above. Thanks. :p

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