UPDATE: Joann has retired their original sea turtle pattern and no longer has a copy on their archives. I am working on engineering a similar pattern so you can make the full crochet sea turtle. I am very sorry! I will get this written up as soon as I can.
Recently, I was contacted by Joann to participate in a fun summer craft challenge. Joann has a fun catalog with all sorts of crafts to do with/for kids, with free patterns and instructions. And of course, I chose to make the crochet sea turtle stuffed toy. They call it a tortoise at Joann.com, but I believe tortoises have feet not flippers, no? So even though this is a recreation of their project, I am calling my versions a crochet sea turtle :)
HERE is the link for the original tortoise pattern at Joann.com.
I love the hexagon shell, so cute!
Since this was my first plushy/amigurumi crochet project, it was a bit of a challenge. Someone with more experience doing this type of project would probably have an easier time. But it was still fun to make, and I was grateful for the opportunity to step outside my crochet comfort zone.
For those who are new to this, I have simplified a few of the instruction, so that it is much easier to work. (At least for me). I also made the eyes bigger and more cutesy. I liked them better than the slit pupils that the original pattern had.
Here are the two projects:
CROCHET SEA TURTLE
What you need: (affiliate links)
-Medium weight yarn [I made two, one with Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Seaspray and Blueberry)and one with Knit Picks Brava (the acrylic one turned out about half the size of the cotton one, so be sure to match your gauge!]
These are the changes I made the the pattern. Follow the rest of the original pattern for your completed sea turtle.
Neck: ( I used the original pattern for the head, note the two colors on the neck, but it turned out to be difficult to attach to the body, so for beginners, I recommend doing the neck with this pattern, in one color, then hop over to the Original Pattern of the top of the head.)
Ch 18. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring, taking care not to twist ch.
1. – 5. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc all around the ring (18 sts). Join with sl st.
6. Ch 1. Sc in same st. (Sc 2 in next st. Sc in each of next 7 sts) work twice. Sc in last st. (20 sts) Join with sl st to first st.
7. – 8.Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in each st around. (20 sts) Join with sl st to first sc.
9. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 8. Sc 2 in next st. Sc 9. Sc 2 in last st. Join with sl st to first sc. (22 sts)
10. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same st. (Sc 3, sc 2 in next st) work 5 times. Sc in last st. (28 sts)
Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
Ch 18. Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring, taking care not to twist the the ch.
1. – 7. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in each st. (18 sts)
8. – 13. Ch 1. 2 sc in same st. Sc in next 6 sts. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 6 sts. 2 sc in last st. Join with sl st. (18 sts)
Fasten off after 13th rounds leaving a long tail.
Turn Leg inside-out. Fold leg flat and sl st along 13 row, sewing the end shut. Turn leg right-side out and stuff with Polyfil.
1. Sc 4 into ring.
2. – 4. Sc in each st around. (4 sts)
5. – 7. Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. 2 sc in next st. 1 sc in next. 2 in next. (6 sts)
8. – 10. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 2 in next st. *Sc in next st. Sc 2 in next st* work twice. (9 sts)
Leave a long tail.
I also found it was easier to sew the belly to the shell if you pinned it in place. Be sure to stretch it a bit so it reaches out the 2nd color yarn. (Sew it in place with the 2nd color yarn). I also found that the starting point in the PDF was incorrect! Go down to the corner just below. The dc3tog should be worked in the valley between the two hexagons.
I also found it was easiest to pinch the ends of the feet and neck closed before sewing them.
It’s amazing the size difference between the cotton and acrylic! This little guy (made with acrylic) fits on Finny’s shell.
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