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Turtle Applique: Free Pattern and Tutorial

Turtle Applique: Free Pattern and Tutorial

I remember the first time I gazed up through the waters of the Tennessee Aquarium in amazement as the largest turtle I had ever seen glided through the waters - his path as smooth and soaring as a robin riding the spring breeze! Later, we were taken to a room full of shallow tanks. We petted stingrays and little turtles. The wonder of it all overwhelmed me. What a big world we live in!

Two years ago, I started a blanket for my son’s birthday, but with no particular image in mind of what I wanted it to look like, it quickly made it to my drawer of unfinished projects. As his third birthday approached, a sudden bolt of inspiration struck me. I started making little cotton turtles for it! I made several, each one a little different that the previous. My son cuddled next to me, watching me work.

“No, momma. His head is weird.” Ok, let’s try a different way.

“Momma, his tail should be wiggly.” Ok, then let’s make it wiggle!

I’m so excited to share this little guy with you - especially since my own little boy helped me design it!

Crochet Turtle Applique on the Destin Blanket

Crochet Turtle Applique on the Destin Blanket

Materials:

Worsted Weight Cotton in Color A and Color B I used Sugars n’ Cream Avacado and I Love This Cotton in Teal

Stitch Marker

F/3.75 mm Hook


Stitches and Skills:

Magic Circle

Ch - Chain

Sl St - Slip Stitch

Sc - Single Crochet

Dc - Double Crochet

Tc - Treble Crochet

Puff St - Puff Stitch

Single Crochet in Magic Circle

Single Crochet in Magic Circle

Pattern:

Round 1: In Color C, sc 7 in magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc.

 

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as sc, ch 1), *sc in next st, ch 1* repeat around. Join with sl st to starting ch.  (7 sc, 7 ch 1)

 

Puff Stitch detail on the turtle’s shell

Puff Stitch detail on the turtle’s shell

Round 3: In Color D, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *puff st in ch 1 sp, ch 1, dc in sc, ch 1* repeat around. Join with sl st to starting ch. (7 puff st, 7 dc)

 

Round 4: In Color C, ch 1, sc in ea st around (28 sc)

 

Crochet Turtle Leg

Crochet Turtle Leg

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sc in next st on body of the turtle, sc in next four st. Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sc in next st on body of the turtle, sc in next three st. Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 2 ch, sc in next st on the body of the turtle, sc in next three. Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sc in next st on body of the turtle, sc in next four st. Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sc in next st on body of the turtle, sc in next three st. Ch 8, dc in 3rd ch from hook, tc in next 4 ch, dc in next ch, sk next sc on body of the turtle, sc in next 4 st, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Crochet Turtle Applique

Crochet Turtle Applique

 
Voila! You now have an adorable hoard of tiny crochet turtle appliques! I used my turtles to decorate my Destin Blanket, which is coming soon to the blog!

If you make these tiny turtle appliques, please share a picture with me either on Instagram or on my Facebook page!

Please remember, even though this crochet turtle applique pattern is free - it is still my creative property. Please do not sell this pattern or give it away. If you want to share the pattern with a friend, please refer them here to my blog!

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