Sunday, November 11, 2012

Crochet Sea Turtle

This little guy is fast and easy to make! I can turn one out in about 1 1/2 hours. What a sweet little toy to give away (or to keep for snuggling!). 

Items Needed:

Size G Crochet Hook
1 Skein of mixed color yarn 
1 Skein of solid yarn
Stitch marker (you can use a paperclip if you don't have one)
2 Small black eyes (I found them in Joann's near the googlie eyes)
Yarn needle (I used my crochet hook, because I don't have a yarn needle, but if I did have one, stitching this bad boy together would have gone a lot faster.)
Stuffing (not the kind you put in a turkey...heh...I'm so funny)

I like to use cotton yarn for this pattern, especially because there is so much more variety for the mixed color yarn. For the color combos I used, try a combo of Lily Brand Mod Ombre & Mod Green or Emerald Isle & Sage.
Emerald Isle & Sage are pictured above
Here are the pics for Mod Ombre & Mod Green

Key:
sc-single crochet
sc2tog-single crochet 2 stitches together
ch-chain
sl st-slip stitch
rnd-round

Top shell-Use mixed color yarn:
Rnd 1: Crochet 6 sc using the Magic Loop method. Place marker to indicate beginning of round and move it up as each round is completed.
**Here is a great tutorial if you're not familiar with the method: Magic Loop Tutorial**
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around
Rnd 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc. repeat around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc. repeat around
Rnd 5: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc. repeat around
Rnd 6: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc. repeat around
Rnd 7: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc. repeat around
Rnd 8: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc. repeat around
Rnd 9: sc around and fasten off

Bottom Shell-Use mixed color yarn
Rnds 1-8: Work rnds 1-8 of top shell, fastening off after the eighth round.

Flippers-Use solid color yarn-Crochet 4
Ch 6
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc across, ch1 and turn
Row 2: sc in next 4, sl st in fifth sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: skip first sc, sc in next 3, 2 sc in next sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc in next 4, sl st in fifth sc, ch1 and turn
Row 5: skip first sc, sc across, ch1 and turn
Row 6: sc in next 3, sl st in fourth sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: skip first sc, sc in next 2, 2 sc in next sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 8: sc in next 3, sl st in fourth sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 9: skip first sc, sc across, ch1 and turn
Row 10: sc in next 2, sl st in third sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 11: skip first sc, sc 1, sl st next ch1 and turn
Row 12: sc in first sc, sl st next ch1 and turn
Row 13: skip first sc, sc next, ch1 and fasten off

Back Feet-Use solid color yarn-Crochet 4
Ch 5
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc across, ch1 and turn
Rows 2-4: sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 5: sc 2 tog, sc 2 tog, ch 1 and turn
Row 6: sc 2 tog, ch 1 and fasten off

Head-Use solid color yarn
Rnd 1: Crochet 6 sc using the Magic Loop method. Place marker to indicate beginning of round and move it up as each round is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around
Rnd 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc
Rnd 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc
Rnd 5: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 14 sc, 2 sc in next sc
Rnd 6: sc 2 tog, sc in next 14 sc, sc 2 tog
Rnd 7: sc 2 tog, sc in next 12 sc, sc 2 tog
Rnd 8: sc 2 tog, sc in next 10 sc, sc 2 tog
Rnd 9: sc around and fasten off

Affix the eyes to the head and stuff it. Sew 2 flippers together, repeat with remaining 2 flippers. Sew 2 feet together, repeat with remaining 2 feet. 
The head, feet and flippers will been sewn on between the top and bottom shell. Be sure to go through both the top and bottom layers of the head, flippers and feet and both the top and bottom shell. For example, when sewing on the head, the layers will go: Top shell, top layer of head, bottom layer of head, bottom shell. 
Sew on the head, and flippers (sew on the flippers so that they are angled away from the head), sewing the shell together between them as you go. Sew the shell together to the point where you will begin sewing on the back feet and then stop to stuff the shell. Sew on the feet and add more stuffing if needed before sewing up the shell. Be sure to sew tightly when sewing on the pieces and when sewing the shell together, or the fluff will come out of the sides. Work in ends and then give that cute baby turtle a squeeze!!!











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