Sheldon the Turtle

MATERIALS

  • Size USG6/4.00mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn [I used Vanna's Choice in Beige, Kelly Green(shell), Dusty Green("belly"), and Fern(polka dots)]
  • 9mm safety eyes
  •  fiber fill
  • stitch marker
  • yarn needle

 ABBREVIATIONS

  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – increase (2sc into stitch)
  • dec – decrease (sc 2 stitches together)

Head and neck

HEAD
use beige yarn

Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
Rnd 2:  2sc into each st [12]
Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [18]
Rnd 4:  sc around [18]
Rnd 5:  (2sc, inc) repeat around [24]
Rnd 6:  (3sc, inc) repeat around [30]
Rnd 7-10:  sc around [30]
Rnd 11:  (3sc, dec) repeat around [24]
Rnd 12:  (2sc, dec) repeat around [18]

Placement of eyes

**Using my picture as a guide, position your safety eyes and attach the backings at this point.  Also start stuffing the head.  If you wait until the end, the neck opening will be too small to comfortably stuff the head and it will definitely be too small to attach the backings to the eyes!  The head should be stuffed until it is nice and firm but you do not need to stuff the neck at all.**

Rnd 13:  (sc, dec) repeat around [12]
Rnd 14:  (sc, dec) repeat around [8]
Rnd 15-18: sc around [8]
Leave a long tail for attaching to head

 

Shell

underside of shell

SHELL
The shell is constructed from the top down.
use Kelly Green yarn

Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
Rnd 2:  2sc into each stitch [12]
Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [18]
Rnd 4:  (2sc, inc) repeat around [24]
Rnd 5:  sc around [24]
Rnd 6:  (3sc, inc) repeat around [30]
Rnd 7:  (4sc, inc) repeat around [36]
Rnd 8:  (5sc, inc) repeat around [42]
Rnd 9:  sc around [42]
Rnd 10:  (6sc, inc) repeat around [48]
Rnd 11:  sc around [48]
Rnd 12:  (7sc, inc) repeat around [54]
Rnd 13:  sc around [54]
Rnd 14:  (8sc, inc) repeat around [60]
Rnd 15-16:  sc around [60]
Rnd 17:  (8sc, dec) repeat around [54]
Change to Fern yarn color
Rnd 18:  (7sc, dec) repeat around [48]
Rnd 19:  (6sc, dec) repeat around [42]
Rnd 20: (5sc, dec) repeat around [36]
Rnd 21:  (4sc, dec) repeat around [30]
Rnd 22:  (3sc, dec) repeat around [24]
Rnd 23:  (2sc, dec) repeat around [18]

**Stuff the shell at this point and make sure it is nice and firm before  you fasten off your stitches at the end.**

Rnd 24:  (sc, dec) repeat around [12]
Rnd 25:  (dec) repeat around [6]
Fasten off

Almost there…

FOOT (make 4)

Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
Rnd 2:  2sc into each st [12]
Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [18]
Rnd 4:  (2sc, inc) repeat around [24]
Rnd 5-6:  sc around [24]
Rnd 7:  (2sc, dec) repeat around [18]
Rnd 8-10:  sc around [18]
Leave a tail for sewing onto body

 

Back view

TAIL

Rnd 1:  4sc into magic ring
Rnd 2:  2sc into each st [8]
Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [12]
Rnd 4-5: sc around [12]
Leave a tail for attaching to body

POLKA DOTS (optional)

For my turtle, I made 3 different size polka dots and placed them randomly on the shell.

Random Polka Dots

Large Polka Dot (I made one)

  • Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
  • Rnd 2:  2sc into each stitch [12]
  • Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [18]
  • Rnd 4:  (2sc, inc) repeat around [24]
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail for attaching

Medium Polka Dot (I made 3)

  • Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
  • Rnd 2:  2sc into each st [12]
  • Rnd 3:  (sc, inc) repeat around [18]
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail for attaching

Small Polka Dot (I made 5)

  • Rnd 1:  6sc into magic ring
  • Rnd 2:  2sc into each st [12]
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail

ASSEMBLY

You have already stuffed your turtle’s head and body at this point.  Now it is time to attach the two together!  First, sew the neck opening closed.  Using the above pictures as guides, position the head and neck against the body and pin it into place.   You will need to sew the entire back of the neck onto the shell to maintain the upright posture of the head.  If you only sew the bottom of the neck in place, the head will be top-heavy and will just fall forward.

After the head is attached to the body, you are ready to attach the feet.  Pin each foot in place and make sure they are all symmetrical.  One by one, sew each foot to the underside of the shell.  Be patient and neat in making your stitches!  You want everything to come out smooth and nice!

One more leg to go…

Next, attach the tail to the back.  You are done with your basic turtle!!

View of tail

You can now add your own creative designs and touches!  Sew on polka dots, felt embellishments, tie ribbons, bows, etc….!

Congratulations!! Now go take some pictures of your adorable creation!  Send them along to me at LittleMuggles@yahoo.com or you can post your pictures on my Facebook page here!

Remember to include your

  • Name
  • your turtle’s name
  • your website/blog (optional)
  • where you are from!
  • any other information you’d like to share!

I can’t wait to see your finished dolls!!

This pattern is an original pattern by Little Muggles (January 2013). Please do not claim this pattern or any part of this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, kindly link to this page,  but please do not reprint it on your site.  Crediting my pattern by linking to either my Facebook page, Craftsy shop, or Etsy shop, would be greatly appreciated!!  This pattern may not be sold or distributed for commercial purposes.   Thank You for understanding!

46 Responses to TURTLE Crochet Along Pattern – “Sheldon”

  1. Angelina says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WONDERFUL DESING!

  2. amanda says:

    OH MY GOSH! I just saw this uploaded to ravelry and definitely will have to make one. I have yet to venture into softies of any kind but I have recently just loved all things turtle. Thank you for sharing the pattern!!

  3. Lauren says:

    I just completed Sheldon for a friend’s baby and he turned out absolutely adorable. He is the first amigurumi pattern I have attempted and the directions were perfect. Thank you so much again for such a great pattern. I have people saying they want me to make them their own Sheldon. :)

    • amy says:

      Fabulous, Lauren! I’m so happy that everything turned out perfectly! :) Would you be able to send me a picture? Keep on crocheting!

  4. Nicole Reynolds says:

    This pattern took no time at all to complete, and I LOVE IT!! My youngest son is turning 9 in a couple of days and is in love with turtles. I plan on making an egg to place this turtle inside so that he may “hatch” his new baby. :) Thank you sooo much for sharing. I will send photos when the big day comes.

    • amy says:

      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the pattern! Happy Birthday to your little man! Love your idea with the egg and I can’t wait to see pictures!! Thank you for leaving a comment and have a great day!!!

  5. beatriz says:

    hola me encanto la tortuga!!!la hice y quedo re linda.
    Muy buena la explicacion.Saludos desde Argentina

    • amy says:

      Greetings, Beatriz!
      I am happy you enjoyed the pattern! Thank you for visiting my site!
      Have a wonderful day!

  6. LAURA says:

    MUCHAS GRACIAS DESDE ARGENTINA HERMOSA TORTUGUITA

  7. Laura says:

    Wow, this is such a fabulous pattern! I’ve had so much fun making my turtles, Timmy and Tamara. http://cuteasabutton82.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/timmy-the-turtle/
    http://cuteasabutton82.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/when-timmy-met-tamara/
    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern :)

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  9. melanie says:

    I loved making this turtle is was so awesome I loved it, it didn’t take that much time at all I gave my turtle to my friend I told her to name it michalangilo from the ninja turtles she did she loved I gave it to her for her birthday she loved it thank u so much for sharing your link:-)

    • amy says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern!! It’s always extra special when you take time to make a gift for someone! I like the turtle’s name, too! (I’m a ninja turtle fan):)

  10. Trish says:

    I have lots of Red Heart yarn. I know it is not the soft yarn, but would it be ok to use for these cute animals? I am trying to find patterns to use these up. Thank you.

    • amy says:

      Hi Trish!
      Yes, you can use Red Heart yarn to make amigurumi! Try it out and see how you like it! I’ve used it in the past and you’re right, it’s not super soft or anything, but the dolls will still come out fine. Personally I use my dolls more for decor and it really doesn’t matter if they are soft or not. :)

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  13. Fiona says:

    I just finished my Sheldon. You can find him here:
    http://eresininstitches.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/sheldon-crochet-along/

    He is such a joy to work on, I hope to make more

  14. Geetha says:

    Thanks for sharing the cute turtle design. I made it, hope I’ve done justification to your design.

  15. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for this adorable pattern! I’m new to amigurumi, and this little guy was perfect for me to work on my skills. I named mine Rita.

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  17. Desba says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern. Just got done mine and I love it:D Thank you:)

  18. Verito says:

    Hola encuentro genial tus patrones, pero sabes soy nueva en esto y la verdad estoy muy perdida con todas las instrucciones, por ejemplo no entiendo a que se refiere con: SC (single crochet) diciembre – disminución (que tiene que ver el mes de diciembre??) Ronda 1:6SC (no entiendo que significa esto de ronda y lo demás), 2sc, inc esto lo entiendo menos…..y sc alrededor….tampoco lo entiendo…..ah! voy a morir….creo que soy la única que no lo entiende y me da pena! :(

    gracias por publicar igual ya que esto es un lindo trabajo y una bella forma de hacer algo con nuestras manos.

    si alguien me pudiese ayudar con todo este enredo que tengo lo agradecería.

    bendiciones.

    :)

    • amy says:

      Greetings! I am sorry you are having trouble! If you are a beginner, it can be confusing. I tried to write my instructions clearly for everyone to understand. “sc” means single crochet. “dec” is not december. dec means “decrease”, which means that you single crochet two stitches together. “sc around” means that you make single crochet stitches in every stitch of that row. “inc” means increase, which means you make 2 single crochets into the same stitch. These are all fairly basic instructions. If you are still having trouble, I recommend you look online for some crochet tutorials. They may be helpful since you are just starting out! Good luck to you!

  19. veronica says:

    hola hice amigurumis para mi y cuando la gente los vió les encantó y me encargaron,lo que quería preguntar era si ésto se puede ,vender el producto relizado,no quiero faltarle el respeto a nadie.Le envié un correo a Amigurumis.org y ellos me respondieron que creen no hay problema pero que es mejor preguntar.Los patrones que uso,son siempre libres.Desde ya te agradezco y espero tu respuesta ansiosa,gracias,vero.

    • amy says:

      Hello! I am sorry but I am not sure I understand what you are trying to say. Can you send me another message, maybe using different words? I’m so sorry for the trouble. The google translate did not do a good job! Thank you!

  20. Andria says:

    Is there a PDF for this?

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  22. Petra says:

    A very nice well written pattern. Thanks so much for sharing! I finished a version of the turtle with sport weight yarn for my daughter. You can see it here http://petrastrickt.de/2013/12/15/i-love-turtles/ Others will have to follow I guess as my daughter is accepting orders from school friends ;-)
    Best wishes
    Petra

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  25. Sarah says:

    I fell in love with this turtle as soon as I saw it & I stayed up all night to finish it. My first attempt at amigurumi and I’m really proud of the result. Thank you for the pattern. My 3 year old will love it … She loves anything that has to do with turtles :)

  26. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful and very detailed pattern.

  27. So cute! Thankyou for making him free!

  28. Nadia says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. i just made a crib mobile for my new born nephew combining several amigurumi patterns and Sheldon is one of them:)

  29. Mary says:

    Hi, this might sound silly, but when you say to sew it together is that with yarn or thread? Thanks, Mary

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