Crochet Pet Turtle

Hi Lovies! I am so excited to share my Crochet Pet Turtle Pattern with you!

I have always loved animals of all sorts and I remember begging my parents for everything in our local pet stores.

As an adult, I am very grateful my parents made sure I fed and cleaned up after my hamsters, fish, and caterpillars (or did it for me often, rather). As a little kid, we don’t always realize that pets require ‘work’.

The older my niece gets, the more she seems to have an affinity for animals as well, particularly turtles.

So I thought it would be a neat idea to make her a crochet pet turtle that she could ‘take care of’.

Reptiles require even more attention to cleanliness so this will make it easier to safely own a reptile while she is still so little.

She can learn how to gently hold him and put him back in his home; it will also be okay if she drops him or forgets to wash her hands.

I thought it may even be fun to infuse him with some magic so he ‘eats’ his turtle pellets at night.

The pattern is fairly simple as far as stitches go, but he is tiny so feel free to increase your hook size for a larger pet if you’d like!

Click here for an inexpensive printable version.

Crochet Pet Turtle

crochet pet turtle

Materials:

I will link the materials I used at the end of this post for you.

  • Worsted Weight Yarn-I used two shades of green
  • Size G Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Markers
  • Polyfil Stuffing
  • 10mm Colored Safety Eyes
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Stitches:

Magic Circle

ch-Chain

SC-Single Crochet

SC dec-Single Crochet Decrease

sl st-Slip Stitch

We will be working in continuous rounds, so I recommend using a stitch marker(s) to keep your place!

*asterisk denotes repeat until the end of the round

Crochet Pet Turtle Shell:

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

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

Round 3:  2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next* (18 stitches)

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

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

Round 7: in the front loops only, 2 SC in each stitch around (18 stitches)

  • sl st into the next stitch and tie off; you won’t need a long tail so you can weave in your end.




Crochet Pet Turtle Legs (make 4):

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

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

  • stuff the original tail into the leg and tie off with a long tail for attachment

Crochet Pet Turtle Noggin:

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

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

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

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

Round 6: SC in each stitch around (8 stitches)

  • insert your safety eyes and stuffing!

Round 7: SC in each stitch around (8 stitches)

  • tie off with a long tail for attachment

crochet pet turtle

Crochet Pet Turtle Belly:

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

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

Round 3: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next* (18 stitches)

  • ch 1, tie off with a long tail for attachment

crochet pet turtle



Crochet Pet Turtle Assembly:

My absolute favorite part of a project like this is laying out all of the completed pieces!

crochet pet turtle

Using your tapestry needle, sew the legs onto 4 ‘corners’ of the belly, leaving some extra space between two of them for the noggin.

crochet pet turtle

Using the long tail on your noggin, sew the opening closed where we ended the noggin. Then sew the turtle noggin onto the belly between the two ‘spaced’ legs.

crochet pet turtle

Trim 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.

crochet pet turtle

Tie off and trim any excess yarn.

Ta-da! He is officially the most adorable thing I have ever made.

crochet pet turtle

Crochet Pet Turtle Home:

He is cute enough as is, but if you’d like to give him a little home to make him more realistic, go for it!

I used a glass jar I had saved; however, he would also be adorable in a traditional fish bowl or plastic container if you don’t want to give your little one access to glass.

I happened to find some ‘fish bowl jewels’ in the storage building that were left by the previous owner of our home. Score! So I washed them thoroughly and placed a few in the bottom of the jar. And viola! Instant Crochet Pet Turtle Home!

crochet pet turtle

crochet pet turtle

crochet pet turtle

Items I used:

Here are a few of the items I used to create this project and would recommend to my friends and family. I have actually purchased these myself and have been very pleased with them. Please note if you purchase any of these items using my links, I make a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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I hope you have enjoyed this pattern!

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Happy Crocheting Lovies

-Heather Corinne

©My Purpose in Life is Joy

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2 Comments on “Crochet Pet Turtle

  1. So cute that I made it right away. I love crocheting small things that are quick and easy. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

    1. Hi Ronalyn! Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed it. My favorite things to make are small things as well 🙂 I always want to finish a project within the same day or two!!

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