• Elisa

Baby Sea Turtle Free Crochet Pattern

Updated: Oct 19, 2019



For those of you living in the North hemisphere, Summer is literally around the corner, even though at least here in Michigan the rain and the chilly temperatures of the past few weeks scream Fall already!


In fact, the spring here has been so unpredictable that all I can think of is white sandy beaches and green palms.

Since my vacation is still pretty far away I thought to bring a bit of summer vibes to my craft room by crocheting a cute baby sea turtle.

When I was a kid, I happened to witness that magic moment when these little creatures come out of the egg and start running toward the ocean...what an experience! I will never forget it!


So, have you grabbed your hook and yarn yet?...It's crochet time!


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Here's the FREE pattern! Enjoy!


SKILL LEVEL: Beginner/ Intermediate

YARN: Medium Weight Cotton Yarn (Lace 4) in Salmon, Light Gray, Dark Gray, White and Black

OTHER MATERIALS: Polyester Fiber Filler

HOOK SIZES: E/3,50 mm

STITCHES USED and ABBREVIATIONS: magic ring (mr), chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), reverse single crochet (reverse sc), back loop only (BLO), front loop only (FLO), decrease (dec), increase (inc), fasten off (F/O).

INSTRUCTIONS: work in rows (join with a sl st and ch1 at the end of each row) otherwise instructed.


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BODY (salmon and white yarn)

1) 8 sc in a mr (8)

2) inc around (16)

3) *1 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (24)

4) *2 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (32)

5) *3 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (40)

6) sc even (40)

7) *4 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (48)

8-9) sc even (48)

10) *5 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (56)

11-12) sc even (56)

13) *6 sc, inc*, repeat ** around (64)

14) working in FLO, 64 reverse sc (64)

Check this helpful tutorial to learn how to work the reverse single crochet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TW0dBKoFck

15) switch to white yarn, work in BLO of round #13, *6 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (56)

16) *5 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (48)

17) *4 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (40); start stuffing the body

18) *3 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (32)

19) *2 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (24)

20) *1 sc, dec*, repeat ** around (16); finish stuffing the body firmly

21) dec around (8); F/O, close the hole and hide the yarn.

Embroider few horizontal short lines with some scrap dark gray yarn on the shell.


HEAD (light gray yarn)

1) 6 sc in a mr (6)

2) inc around (12)

3) *1 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (18)

4) *2 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (24)

5) *3 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (30)

6) *4 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (36)

7-11) sc even (36)

12) *4 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (30)

13) *3 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (24)

14) *2 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (18); F/O and leave a long tail of yarn to sew the head to the body.

Stuff the head firmly.


Embroider the v-shaped EYES with some scrap black yarn.


FRONT LEGS (light gray yarn; make two)

1) 6 sc in a mr (6)

2) 4 sc, 2 inc (8)

3) sc even (8)

4) 6 sc, 2 inc (10)

5) sc even (10)

6) 8 sc, 2 inc (12)

7) 10 sc, 2 inc (14)

8) 4 sc, 2 inc, 4 sc, 2 dec (14)

9) 1 dec, 3 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc, 2 dec (13)

10) 1 sc, dec around (7); F/O and leave a long tail of yarn to sew the leg to the front side of the body (below the reverse sc round).

Do not stuff the leg, flatten it instead before attaching it.


BACK LEGS (light gray yarn; make two)

1) 6 sc in a mr (6)

2) 4 sc, 2 inc (8)

3) sc even (8)

4) 6 sc, 2 inc (10)

5) sc even (10)

6) 8 sc, 2 inc (12)

7) 3 sc, 2 inc, 3 sc, 2 dec (12)

8) 1 dec, 2 sc, 2 inc, 2 sc, 2 dec (11)

10) 1 sc, dec around (6); F/O and leave a long tail of yarn to sew the leg to the front side of the body (below the reverse sc round).

Do not stuff the leg, flatten it instead before attaching it.


TAIL (light gray yarn)

1) 4 sc in a mr (4)

2) *1 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** twice (6)

2) *2 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** twice (8); F/O and leave a long tail of yarn to sew the tail to the back of the body (below the reverse sc round).

Do not stuff the tail, flatten it instead before attaching it.


I can't wait to see your version of my BABY SEA TURTLE! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!



Elisa

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