Crochet Baby Turtle

The Crochet Baby Turtle is a free pattern here on my blog. This is a beginner friendly, quick amigurumi animal. Below you'll find the free pattern and video tutorial.

The Crochet Baby Turtles displayed in Purple and Green variations at three different angles.


Pattern Design + Construction:

This tiny crochet turtle is the perfect, mess-free pet for a little one or a thoughtful handmade gift for the turtle-lover in your life! This is a great pattern for amigurumi beginners! It's quick and uses simple, basic stitches.


Each Crochet Baby Turtle consists of the head, shell, belly, arms and legs which are crocheted separately, stuffed and stitched together using a tapestry needle. The finished crochet turtle measures approximately 3.5 inches. You could easily make a larger turtle by increasing your yarn and crochet hook sizes.


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Crochet Baby Turtles Pinterst Graphic displaying a photo of a green turtle and purple turtle with noses kissing.

Yarn:

We're using medium (4) worsted weight yarn for our crochet baby turtle design! I love working with worsted weight yarn in most of my projects since it's affordable, versatile, durable and available in most local craft stores. Worsted weight yarn is great for small amigurumi projects! You could easily substitute for another worsted weight yarn as long as the ounces per gram are similar.


For this tutorial, I'm using the following yarn colors:

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g. in the color Orchid

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g. in the color Jade

  • I Love This Yarn, Medium 4, 7 oz / 199 g, in the color Ocean

  • I Love This Yarn, Medium 4, 7 oz / 199 g, in the color Periwinkle

For the darker greens in some of the photos below, I'm not 100% sure of the colors since I made it back in 2017 for my niece. My best guess is Red Heart Super Saver in the colors Tea Leaf and Thyme.

A photo of I Love This Yarn in the color Periwinkle used for my tutorial of the Crochet Baby Turtles.

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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • * - Repeat sequence until the end of the round



Crochet Baby Turtle - Free Pattern

Two crochet baby turtles looking up sweetly at the camera.

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To follow along with the video tutorial, CLICK HERE.




Baby Turtle Shell:

With the shell color yarn of your choice,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC in each stitch (12 stitches)


Round 3: INC, SC in the next stitch* (18 stitches)


Rounds 4-5: SC in each stitch (18 stitches)



Round 6: DEC, SC in the next stitch* (12 stitches)


Round 7: In the front loops only, INC in each stitch around (24 stitches)


Slip stitch, chain 1, tie off pulling through the chain stitch to secure.


Weave in the end or stuff the end into the shell.

All of the individual pieces laid out for the Crochet Baby Turtle.

Baby Turtle Legs (make 4):

With the body color yarn of choice,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Rounds 2-3: SC in each stitch (6 stitches)


slip stitch, chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


Use the tail from the beginning of the magic circle as stuffing.


Set aside.


A green crochet baby turtle pet in a little jar with blue marbles in the bottom.

Baby Turtle Head:

With the body color yarn of choice,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC in each stitch (12 stitches)


Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch (12 stitches)


Round 5: DEC, SC in the next stitch* (8 stitches)



Round 6: SC in each stitch (8 stitches)


Insert safety eyes and stuffing!


Round 7: SC in each stitch (8 stitches)


Slip stitch, chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


Set aside.


The crochet baby turtles in green and purple with their noses touching.

Baby Turtle Belly:

With the body color yarn of choice,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12 stitches)


Round 3: INC, SC in the next stitch* (18 stitches)


Slip stitch, chain 1, tie off with a long tail.


The crochet baby turtles displayed one facing front and one facing the side.


Baby Turtle Assembly:

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long tail on the head, stitch the opening closed (flat) and attach to the edge of the belly.

  • Using the long tails on the legs, attach the legs onto 4 'corners' of the belly.


  • Trim/weave in all of your tails except for the one on the belly.

  • Now stuff the shell and sew the belly onto the inner rim of the shell.

  • Tie off and trim any excess yarn.

A Pinterest graphic of the crochet baby turtles.

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Signature - Heather Corinne




OTHER FREE AMIGURUMI PATTERNS:

Other free amigurumi patterns available - Ghost, Chick, Star Wars.

Crochet Mini Ghost / Crochet Easter Chick / Crochet Baby Yoda & Chewbacca


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