I love amigurumi toys, but it’s extremely hard to find knitting patterns as most amigurumi patterns are for crochet. So being inspired by these tiny striped turtles on crochetville I have come up with my very own little knitted amigurumi turtle.
I think he turned out rather cute, unfortunately I stuffed his head a little too much so he is a little head heavy but other than that very cute!
He measures a tiny 3.5″ long and 2″ tall however you can knit him on a larger needle size for a slightly larger turtle, but i always think the smaller the toy the cuter it gets.
If you knit him please show off your work and join my flickr group I’d love to see a little army of turtles, in all different colors.
**The turtle is knit on straight needles as I’m useless at using dpn’s, however I’m sure the pattern can be easily modified to allow for knitting on dpns which saves time with seaming**
Ok here is the pattern:
Spanish pattern translation available here
Materials· Set of 3mm needles (UK size 11, US size 3)
· Yarn needle
· Toy stuffing
· 5mm black toy safety eyes (optional as eyes can be embroidered on with black thread/yarn)
Double knitting/ worsted weight
Not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through
· CO = cast on
· K or k = knit
· P or p = purl
· Kfb = knit front and back (Knit a stitch, leaving stitch on left needle; knit into the back loop of this stitch)
· K2tog = Knit two stitches together to make one
· Sts or st = stitches
· CC1= Colour 1 (in the photo this would be yellow)
· CC2= Colour 2 (in the photo this would be green)
· *…….* = repeat the pattern set within the asterisk
· BO = Bind off
Turtle Knitting Pattern
Cast on 6 sts
start with cc1
row 1: knit
row 2: *kfb* repeat 5 times, K1 (11st)
row 3: purl
row 4: *kfb* repeat 10 times, K1 (21st)
row 5: purl
row 6: *k1, kfb* along row (31st)
row 7: knit <——please see the note about this row at the bottom of the pattern
row 8: knit
row 9: purl
change to cc2row 10: knit
change to cc1row12: knit
change to cc2
row 14: k1,*k2tog,k1* to end of row (21sts)
row 15: purl
change to cc1
row 16: k1,*k2tog* to end of row (11sts)
row 17: purl
change to cc2row 18: k1,*k2tog* to end of row (6sts)
Cut yarn leaving a long tail,draw tail through remaining stitches. Use the remaining long yarn tail to mattress stitch the row ends together until you reach the purl row on the right side of the knitting. Fill the shell with toy stuffing and then continue to close the remaining opening using mattress stich and then tie off. Weave in any loose ends.
2. kfb every st (12sts)
4. *k1, kfb* along row (18sts)
6. *k2,kfb* along row(24sts)
12. *K2tog, k2* along row (18sts)
14. *K2tog, k1* along row(12sts)
16. *K2tog, * along row (6sts)
BO (leaving a long yarn tail)
At this point to may want to add the safety eyes (or embroider some eyes on with thread or yarn for babies or very small children). Use the long yarn tail to matress stitch the row ends together, stopping halfway to stuff and then along to the cast on stitches. Pull the yran tail through the cast on stitches to give a drawstring effect, tie off and weave in any loose ends.
**Please note, try not to overstuff the head or the turtle may end up head heavy**
Legs (make 4)
2. kfb every st (6sts)
4. kfb every st (12sts)
8. *k2tog * along row(6sts)
10. *k2tog * along row(3sts)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly and secure.
Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed (please note i didn’t fill the legs with stuffing but you can if you wanted to, just remember to stop halfway to stuff). Continue until you reach the cast on stitches, leave a long yarn tail to sew the legs to the body.
Attach the head to the shell on the curved side.
Attach the legs to the flat of the shell.
Now you have your very own tiny turtle. Now go forth and multiple!
Note about shell row 7: It has come to my attention that some people think that this row is a mistake and should be replaced by a purl row. The pattern is correct and it should not be changed to a purl. This row is a knit row as it mark the point where the flat shell bottom changes to the shell curve and allows for an easy ‘fold’ once the toy is stuffed and sewn.