It’s summertime here, and one thing you’re guaranteed to see in our neck of the woods in  summer, are turtles crossing the road! (By the way, that makes it our job to help move them to their destination, y’know?)  So what better way to ring in the sunshine than to release my very first amigurami pattern?! I introduce, Tiny The Turtle! 

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Who doesn’t love a quick, easy amigurami pattern? Well, I know I certainly do. And you should too! Much like my Free Clucky the Kitchen Chicken Pattern , Tiny The Turtle makes for a fast and easy gift for any occasion. Because who doesn’t adore turtles? This is also an excellent pattern to get your feel wet in the wonderful world of Amigurami. 

Just what is Amigurami, exactly?

Well, if you don’t know or are new to the topic, Amigurami are simple knitted or crocheted miniatures, to sum it up. They are typically made quickly in the round. Sizes vary, but the trend caught on in Japan and has spread through the world like wildfire. It is cute, easy, and fun! And I also like the fact that Amigurami projects typically take less yarn and less time than other projects.

Therefore, I designed Tiny The Turtle with ease and speed in mind. After all, who doesn’t love a quick pattern? I think you’ll like making him, so let’s get right to it! Tiny The Turtle is made in seven individual pieces and sewn together. 

But in case you need a refresher course on the Magic Circle technique, I have a video tutorial down below: 
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Now, Let’s Get Into The Pattern!

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Recommended Supplies 

  • 4.5 mm crochet hook (US size 7) – 
  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn, Red Heart Super Saver in Camo is used in one of the examples shown (this colorway is extremely hard to find anymore, but it’s available for sale still HERE
  • A pair of 9.0mm safety eyes (don’t overpay at craft stores for safety eyes! get a set of 100 eyes for just $9.99 HERE) I know I’m relieved to have found a better place to buy animal eyes. And if you live somewhere rural, you likely will be too!
  • Yarn needles and scissors for weaving in ends. 

Crochet Terminology

Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Sc 2 tog – a basic decrease – insert hook, yarn over and pull
loop onto hook, pull hook through first loop, insert hook into
next stitch, yarn over and pull loop onto hook (3 loops left on
hook), then yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Method 

Shell

Make a Magic Circle and do 12 Dc inside it. Sl st circle together. Ch 1

  • Row 1  2 Sc in each stitch around, St st to join circle, ch 1
  • Row 2 –  * Make 1 Sc in next stitch, then 2 sc in the following stitch. Repeat from * til end of round. St st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 3 through 8 – Make 1 sc in each stitch, all the way around. Sl st to join circle together, ch 1.

Cut working yarn and fasten off

Shell Bottom

Make a Magic Circle and do 12 Dc inside it. Sl st circle together.

  • Row 1 – Ch 1, 2 Sc in each stitch around, St st to join circle, ch 1
  • Row 2 –  *Make 1 Sc in next stitch, then 2 sc in the following stitch. Repeat from * til end of round. St st to join circle, ch1
  • Row 3 – *Make 1 Sc in next 2 stitches, then 2 sc in the following stitch. Repeat from * til end of round. Sl st to join, ch 1
  • Row 4 – Make 1 sc in each stitch, all the way around. Sl st to join circle together, ch 1.

Cut working yarn and fasten off

Head

Make 6 sc in magic circle, Sl st to join the round, ch 1

  • Row 1 – Ch 1, 2 Sc in each stitch around, Sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 2 and 3 – Sc around, sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 4 and 5 – sc 2 tog, sc around until you come to the last two stitches in round, then sc 2 tog. sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 6 through 10 – Make 1 sc in each stitch, all the way around. Sl st to join circle together, ch 1.

Cut working yarn and fasten off

Legs

Make 4 sc in magic circle, Sl st to join the round, ch 1

  • Row 1 – Ch 1, 2 Sc in each stitch around, Sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 2 and 3 – Sc around, sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Rows 4 and 5 – sc 2 tog, sc around until you come to the last two stitches in round, then sc 2tog. sl st to join circle, ch 1
  • Row 6 – sc around, sl st to join circle, ch 1

Cut working yarn and fasten off

Assembly 

So, you are now left with an assortment of pieces! And best of all, assembly is simple. To begin, stuff the shell tightly, join top and bottom of the shell together by crocheting the pieces together, or sewing them if you prefer.  Next, stuff the top of head tight, leaving the neck skinnier than the turtle head. Sew it onto front of shell, weaving in your yarn to connect the back of the neck to the shell so that it stands straight up. Now, isn’t that looking cute already? Next, lightly stuff the feet, and sew in appropriate locations on the turtle shell. Ta-da! 

And there you have it. I hope you have enjoyed my free amigurami pattern as much as I did creating it. Did you know I get back to all comments and messages left on any of my Fresh Off The Needles channels? Indeed, it’s true. So, if you have any questions about a pattern or technique, message me and I will gladly assist. And don’t forget to pin this pattern for later!  Also let me know – what’s on your hooks and needles today? I look forward to hearing from you soon, and seeing anything you create with this pattern!