Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fred the turtle

my first pattern. thought i'd post it here. if you get confused leave a comment and i'll try to help you out.


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It all started when I was looking for a turtle pattern and couldn’t find a suitable pattern. So I made one up. Here it is for your enjoyment

I used a G hook and Red Heart Super Saver in camouflage for the shell and an F hook and Red Heart Super Saver in sand for the head and legs. I used two different hooks because there is a difference in the weight of the 2 colorways. It you use the same weight yarn do not switch hooks. You will also need a tapestry needle to sew the pieces together.

Gauge is not important. You should crochet as tightly as possible to prevent the stuffing from showing through.

The pattern is not very difficult but you do need a basic understanding of amigurumi construction. Uses SC along with increase and decrease stitches.

Start with the upper shell:

Row 1: SC 6 into an adjustable ring and pull tight. Do not join. Use a stitch marker to mark first stitch of row (6 SC)

Row 2: 2 SC into each SC (12 SC)

Row 3: 2 SC in every second stitch (18 SC)

Row 4: 2 SC in every third stitch (24 SC)

Row 5: 2 SC in every fourth stitch (30 SC)

Row 6: 2 SC in every fifth stitch (36 SC)

Row 7: 2 SC in every sixth stitch (42 SC)

Row 8: 2 SC in every seventh stitch (48 SC)

Row 9: 2 SC in every eighth stitch (54 SC)

Rows 10 – 14: SC around (54 SC)

Row 15: 2 SC in each stitch around working front loop only. (108 SC)

Slip stitch into first SC and fasten off

For the bottom shell repeat rows 1 -9 of upper shell. Slip stitch into first SC and fasten off

Now make four legs:

Row 1: SC 6 into an adjustable ring and pull tight. Do not join. Use a stitch marker to mark first stitch of row (6 SC)

Row 2: 2 SC into each SC (12 SC)

Rows 3 – 6: SC around (12 SC)

Row 7: *decrease, 1 SC repeat from * till end of round (8 SC)

Rows 8 – 10: SC around. (8 SC)

Slip stitch into first SC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Now make the head:

Row 1: SC 6 into an adjustable ring and pull tight. Do not join. Use a stitch marker to mark first stitch of row (6 SC)

Row 2: 2 SC into each SC (12 SC)

Row 3: 2 SC in every second stitch (18 SC)

Row 4: 2 SC in every third stitch (24 SC)

Rows 5 – 9: SC around (24 SC)

Row 10: *decrease, 1 SC repeat from * till end of round (12 SC)

Rows 11&12: SC around (12 SC)

Row 13: *decrease, 1 SC repeat from * till end of round (8 SC)

Rows 14 – 16: SC around (8 SC)

Slip stitch into first SC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Assembly:

Stuff head and legs. Sew four stitches each of head and 2 legs near front of upper shell leaving a small space between head and legs. You should be sewing along the leftover loops of the 14th row of upper shell. Sew bottom shell to remaining stitches of head and legs and stitches of upper shell between head and legs.

Sew upper and bottom shell together for 3 inches then sew a leg on. Sew upper and bottom shell together for another 2 inches then sew last leg on. Stuff shell and sew closed.

11 comments:

  1. thanks for the free pattern i've always been fond of turtles ever since i got a turtle tattoo
    lol

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  2. Thank you for this awesome pattern! It worked up really quickly and looked great when it was done.

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  3. Thanks for the pattern. I am new to amigurumi and look forward to creating this little guy. My dil is crazy about turtles.

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  4. So cute, thank you for sharing!
    greetings from germany,
    Ulla

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  5. Hi Jon I love your Fred. I am ready to assemble. I can not figure out how to sew the bottom shell on. Maybe I did something wrong. My bottom is 9 rounds and quite a bit smaller then the top. It just doesn’t seem right. Are the legs supposed to be protruding from inside the top and bottom shells?

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  6. This turtle is awesome! How big is it when completed?

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  7. I was wondering how big the turtle is spouse to be at the end.

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  8. I keep trying it but I don't end up with the same sc after each row. Even when I count it out it seems impossible? ???? Help lol

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