Tiny Turtle Amigurumi Keychain

So, it’s no surprise that I love turtles. After the octopus, it’s my favorite marine animal. My daughter has a big pink stuffed turtle that she latched on to at the aquarium one day, and she snuggles it so much at bedtime! So I decided to make a small amigurumi turtle – but all the patterns I saw had you make the head and flippers separately, and then sew them on the shell. Well, I hate sewing and I didn’t want to do that, so I did a tiny turtle in the round. It’s just 7 rounds, and the head and tail and flippers are all worked “peninsula-style” (I don’t know if there’s an actual technical term for this) onto the main body!

It’s a super simple pattern, and works up in no time. Make 4 or 5 in different colors for an adorable baby’s mobile, or make two out of thread for earrings, or just one in #4 yarn for a quick keychain! It’s also a total stash buster, which is always a good thing!

Ingredients:

#4 yarn – 10 yards brown, 30 yards green

4mm hook OR use any yarn and hook combo!

Pattern written in US terminology

Finished item: 3” square, including fins (in #4 yarn)

Other items: 

Yarn stiffener OR elmer’s glue and water mix, optional

Polyfil for stuffing

Stitches:

Ch: chain

Sc: single crochet

Dc: double crochet

Hdc: half double crochet

Sl st: slip stitch

Unless otherwise noted, ch1, ch2, ch3, or ch4 at the beginning of a round does NOT equate to a stitch, so you will make the first stitch in the join. 

This item contains colorwork.  When doing the Dc colorwork, remember the last pull thru of each stitch should be the color of the NEXT stitch!!!

Parenthesis beginning (ChX…) indicate that the stitches following the ChX are worked into the same chain. The stitches outside the parenthesis are worked in the round as normal.

Round 1: With GREEN: 6sc in Magic circle. Sl st to first sc. [6sc]

Attach BROWN in same space as the existing green. When using one color, carry thru the other color underneath the stitches. 

Round 2: In Brown, Ch1. 2sc per sc. Sl st to first sc. [12sc]

Round 3: In Green, Ch2. *2Dc Green in same space. Dc brown in next st.* Repeat * to * around. [18dc]

Round 4: In Brown: Ch1. In FLO, *sc in 2 sts. 2sc in next st.* Repeat * to * around. Sl st to first sc. FO Brown. [24sc]

Round 5: In Green: Ch1. In BLO from Round 3, Sc. (Ch5. In 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in every st of the chain. Tail made.) Sc in next 2 sts. (Ch4. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in next st. Dc in next st. Back flipper made.)  Skip a stitch. Sc in next 3 sts. (Ch5. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in next 2 sts. Sc in next st. Front flipper made.) Sc in next 3 sts. (Ch6. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Dc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 2 sts. Head made.) Sc in next 3 sts. (Ch5. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in next 2 sts. Sc in next st. Front flippe made.) Sc in next 3 sts. (Ch4. Sc in 2nd ch from the hook. Hdc in next st. Dc in next st. Back flipper made.) Skip a st. Sc in next st. Sl st to first sc made. [18sts]

Round 6: Ch2. *Dc2tog. Dc in next st.* Repeat * to * around. NOTE: When you reach a space where you skipped a back loop from round 3, crochet into that back loop. Stuff lightly. [12sts]

Round 7: Ch1. Sc2tog around. FO. Close hole. [6sc]

If desired, use fabric stiffener on the tail, fins, and head protrusions from round 5. If you don’t have fabric stiffener, a 50/50 mix of Elmer’s Glue and water works just as well!

If you have any questions regarding this or any pattern, please don’t hesitate to email springintofalldesigns@gmail.com.  We’d also love to see your finished work! Please tag @springintofalldesigns on your Instagram posts and tag us on Ravelry at Springintofall!  You can also stay up to date by following our blog: springintofall.design.blog!

This pattern is the property of Kaila Osborn of Spring into Fall Designs.  Please do not share or publish this pattern in part or in whole; it is for personal use only. If selling finished products made from this pattern, please give proper credit to Spring into Fall Designs as the pattern designer. 

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