In this post, I show you how to crochet a turtle amigurumi. Are you ready? Let’s start to crochet!

Video tutorial amigurumi turtle “Tarti”

Working time: 1 hour

Skill level: 🌸🌸🌸 intermediate

Used yarn and accessories

  • 100 gr Cairo “Miss Tricot filati” yarn, beige and green color
  • crochet hook size 4 mm
  • Stitchmarker
  • black yarn for the details
  • scissor
  • needle

The yarn used for this project you can buy it to Filati Romance Shop click on the button below to visit the shop👇

Useful information before starting

Work in continuous round, without closing each round with a slip stitch, and using a stitch marker to distinguish the rounds.

📗 Abbreviations & meanings (US terms)

  • MR = magic ring
  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • SLST = slip stitch
  • INC = Increase, 2 SC in the same stitch
  • DEC = Decrease, 2 SC together
  • REP * = repeat from * to * until the end of the row

The final size of the turtle, with the same yarns I used, is 20 cm.

Instruction to make the turtle amigurumi’s head

Start with beige yarn.

1MR, 6 SC6
26 INC12
3*1 SC, INC *; REP * 6 times18
41 SC, INC, *2 SC, INC *; REP * 5 times, 1 SC24
5*3 SC, INC*; REP* 6 times30
62 SC, INC, *4 SC, INC*; REP * 5 times, 2 SC36
7*5 SC, INC *; REP * 6 times42
8-141 SC in each stitches around42×7
15*5 SC, DEC *; REP * 6 times36
162 SC, DEC, *4 SC, DEC*; REP * 5 times, 2 SC30
17*3 SC, DEC*; REP * 6 times24
181 SC, DEC *2 SC, DEC*, REP * 5 times, 1 SC18
19-201 SC in each stitches around18×2

Make 1 SL ST in the next stitch, to secure the thread and cut it, leaving a length of about 15-20 cm. Put it aside that we will recover it in the end.

Instruction to make turtle feet (make 4)

1MR, 6 SC6
26 INC12
3*1 SC, INC *; REP * 6 times18
41 SC, INC, *2 SC, INC*; REP * 5 times, 1 SC24
5*3 SC, INC *; REP* 6 times30
62 SC, INC, *4 SC, INC*; REP * 5 times, 2 SC36
7*5 SC, INC *; REP * 6 times42
8Fold the circle in half and sew together with 1 SC20

Follow the pattern three more times to form the four legs

Amigurumi turtle tail pattern

1MR, 3 SC3
23 INC6
3*1 SC, INC*; REP * 3 times9
4-71 SC in each stitches around9×4

Do 1 SL ST in the next stitch to secure the yarn. Cut, leaving the end long.

Pattern turtle shell amigurumi

1MR, 6 SC6
26 INC12
312 INC24
4*1 SC, INC * REP * 12 times36
5-61 SC in each stitches around36×2
7*2 SC, INC*; REP* 12 times48
8-101 SC in each stitches around48×3
11*3 SC, INC *; REP * 12 times60
12-131 SC in each stitches around60×2
14*4 SC, INC *; REP * 12 times72
15-161 SC in each stitches around72×2
17*5 SC, INC *; REP * 12 times84
181 SC in each stitches around84
191 SC in the next 77 stitches, working only in the front loop. Do not work the last 7 to make a hole to insert the head.77
20Work the crab stitch up to the stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and then do 1 SL ST in the next stitch. Fix the thread, cuts and hides it.

Amigurumi turtle belly pattern

Hook the beige yarn in the 19th round 4 stitches before the last stitch worked. Work only in the omitted buttonhole (see video tutorial to understand better):

194 SC, 7 CHs, skip 7 stitches (hole to insert the head), 5 SC, 5 CHs, skip 5 stitches (hole to insert one foreleg),17 SC, 5 CHs, skip 5 SC (hole to insert one hind leg), 4 SC, 3 CHs, skip 3 stitches (hole to insert the tail), 4 SC, 5 CHs, skip 5 stitches (hole to insert the second hind leg), 17 SC, 5 CHs, skip 5 stitches (hole to insert the second foreleg), 3 SC84
201 SC in each stitches around84
215 SC, DEC *10 SC, DEC*; REP * 6volte, 5 SC77
22*9 SC, DEC *; REP * 7 times70
234 SC, DEC * 8 SC, DEC *; REP * 6 times, 4 SC63
24*7 SC, DEC*; REP* 7 times56
253 SC, DEC *6 SC, DEC *; REP * 6 times, 3 SC49
26*5 SC, DEC *; REP * 7 times42
272 SC, DEC * 4 SC, DEC *; REP * 6 times, 2 SC35
28*3 SC, DEC *; REP * 7 times28

Assembly of parts

Sew the legs, tail and head.

The legs must be inserted inside the hole created by the 5 CHs, while the tail, in the hole formed by the 3 CHs. Finally, insert the head in the hole recreated by the 7 CHs.

Once the parts are fixed, you can stuff the body well and continue closing the circle.

291 SC, DEC *2 SC, DEC *; REP * 6 times, 1 SC21
30*1 SC, DEC*; REP * 7 times14
316 DEC, 1 SC7

Do 1 SL ST in the next stitch to secure the yarn and then cut it. Hide it in the mesh, inside the turtle.

To finish, sew the head into the hole by 7 CHs and you have completed the turtle.

Now you just have to embroider the muzzle of the turtle, to your liking, and I’d be happy to see your version!

I decided to insert plastic eyes on him and I made a sweet smile between the two eyes.

My version of amigurumi turtle

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Show me how you will decorate your turtle’s face and share the photo on your Instagram profile, using the hashtag #TARTARUGAPINKYTIME and drawing my attention with @giuliapinkytime, the best photo will be inserted below in this article!

I ask you to actively participate in this game, because I don’t have clear ideas on how to make her face, and therefore your idea can come in handy!



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This pattern is an original pattern by Giulia Mollica of giuliapinkytime.  Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern, but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use, but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

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By Giulia

My name is Giulia, I love dreaming and creating games for children. When I learned to crochet I rediscovered the "little girl" within me and now amigurumi have become my passion!

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