Thursday Pattern: Tommy the Tortoise

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Okay, so they’re not exact twins, still you could imagine my suprise when my Tommy the Turtle pattern turned into Tommy the Galapagos Tortise. It all happened while I was sewing Tommy’s legs on…

Materials: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Lime, and Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Summer Splash, about 2/3 skein of each.

Hook: US G

Tapestry needle.

2 safety eyes (or thread to embroider eyes on)

Fiberfill, or another type of stuffing.

Gauge: The exact gauge is not important, as long as it is tight enough to keep the stuffing from popping through.

 

Pattern Notes:

All decreases in the pattern are invisible decreases: insert hook into front leg of next stitch, insert hook through front leg of following stitch; yarn over, and pull through both legs. Yarn over and pull through both stitches on hook.

 

Body:

Create adjustable ring and make 6 sc within it. (Round 1), pull tail to tighten ring.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc of previous round (12 sts)

Round 3:* sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Round 4: sc in each sc of prev. round (18 sts)

Round 5: *sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Round 6-7: sc in each sc of prev. round (24 sts(

Round 8: *sc in next 2 stitches of prev. round, dec in next 2; repeat from * around (18 sts)

 

You may want to stop at this point and place the safety eyes or embroider them on. I Put the eyes between the 6th and 7th rounds, but the final placement, of course, is up to you.

 

Round 9: *sc in next stitch, decrease in next 2 sts; repeat from * around (12 sts)

Round 10-13: sc in each sc of previous round. (12 sts)

Round 14: * sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Round 15:  *sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Round 16: *sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (30 sts)

Round 17: sc in each stitch of previous round (30 sts)

Round 18: *sc in first 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch; repeat from * around (36 sts)

Round 19-25: sc in each stitch of previous round (36 sts)

Round 26: *sc in first 4 stitches, decrease in next 2; repeat from * around (30 sts)

Round 27: sc in each stitch of previous round (30 sts)

Round 28: *sc in first 3 stitches, decrease in next 2; repeat from * around (24 sts)

Round 29: sc in each stitch of previous round (24 sts)

Round 30: *sc in first 2 stitches, decrease in next 2; repeat from * around (18 sts)

Round 31-32: sc in each stitch of previous round (18 sts)

 

I suggest pausing here to stuff the body with whatever medium you choose. This, in my opinion is the easiest point.

 

Round 33: *sc in first stitch, decrease in next 2; repeat from * around (12 sts)

Round 34*: decrease in first 2 stitches; repeat from * around (6 sts)

 

Finish whatever stuffing needs to be done. Break yarn, using a yarn needle bring it through the loops of the last 6 stitches and tie it off, then use the needle to leave the tail inside the body.

 

Legs (right side) Make 2:

Make and adjustable ring and put 8 sc into ring, pull tail tight (Round 1)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch of prev. round (16 sts)

Round 3: sc into back leg of each stitch of prev. round (16 sts)

Round 4: sc in first stitch, dec 4 times, sc in next 7 sts (12 sts)

Round 5-9: sc in each stitch of previous round. (12 sts)

Round 10: sc in first 3 sts, slip stich in next stitch, turn.

Round 11: skipping slip stitch, sc in next 4 sts, slip stich in next st, turn.

Round 12: sc in each open (easily visible) stitch. (10 sts)

Round 13-16: sc in each st of previous round (10 sts) break yarn and pull through loop leaving a long tail

Stuff leg,  and sew leg onto body.

 

Legs (left side) Make 2:

Make and adjustable ring and put 8 sc into ring, pull tail tight (Round 1)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch of prev. round (16 sts)

Round 3: sc into back leg of each stitch of prev. round (16 sts)

Round 4: sc in first stitch, dec 4 times, sc in next 7 sts (12 sts)

Round 5-9: sc in each stitch of previous round. (12 sts)

Round 10: sc in first 6 sts, slip stich in next stitch, turn.

Round 11: skipping slip stitch, sc in next 4 sts, slip stich in next st, turn.

Round 12: sc in each open (easily visible) stitch. (10 sts)

Round 13-16: sc in each st of previous round (10 sts) break yarn and pull through loop leaving a long tail

Stuff leg,  and sew leg onto body.

 

Shell:

Chain 4

Round 1: 2 sc in second chain from hook, 1 sc in next chain, 2 sc in last, then turn to work along back of chain sts, making 2 more sc in the chain, then 1 in next stitch and 2 in the next sts, slip st to join. (10 sts)

Round 2: Chain 2 (counts as first dc) double crochet in same stitch as slip stitch 2 double crochet in each chain st, slip st to 2ndturning chain. (20 sts)

Round 3: chain 2 (counts as first dc), 2 double crochets in next stitch * one double crochet in next st, 2 double crochet in the next st; repeat from * to end of round, slip st to join (30 sts)

Round 4: chain 2, double crochet in next st, 2 double crochet in next st, * one double crochet in next 2 sts, 2 double crochet in next st; repeat from * until end of round, slip st to join (40 sts)

Round 5: chain 2, double crochet  in next 2 sts, 2 double crochet in next st, * one double crochet in next 3 sts, 2 double crochet in next st; repeat from * until end of round, slip st to join (50 sts)

Break yarn and use tail to sew shell to body, along the edge of the 4thround.

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Now you have your very own Galapagos Tortoise. I hope he lives as long as the real ones do!!

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6 Responses to “Thursday Pattern: Tommy the Tortoise”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    This is SOOOO cute!!

  2. Susan Says:

    Wow, I love this. pretty much any small crafted animal is a win in my book, byt he’s extra super cute!!

  3. KittyKahboom Says:

    I just love this! I’ve seen a few turtle patterns, so I’m glad he decided to become a tortoise.

  4. abbie2001 Says:

    This is a very cute pattern. Thank you for sharing it. I will definetly be trying this one.

  5. Catherine Says:

    Absolutely adorable!Thanks!!

  6. dontpanic43 Says:

    aww he’s really cute! i love the colors of his shell!

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