One of my regrets of my recent trip to Atlanta was that it was not long enough. Just the downtown area alone has several attractions that I hope to return for, including the Georgia Aquarium.
Since June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month, I am hoping to make it back soon. In the meantime, I occupied myself this week with crocheting some turtles. Daughter #2 loves turtles, and I originally made the tank top in this pattern for her. The other thing that got me in a turtle mood was finding this little guy in my driveway on Memorial Day. I picked him up and put him in the grass so he wouldn’t get run over.
The pattern is simple, and it can be made in a variety of sizes. Use crochet cotton for jewelry or a small applique; use sport yarn for a slightly larger applique for shirts, jeans, or hats; use cotton worsted for coasters, or double the yarn for potholders. It’s also great for using up those small amounts in your scrap bucket.
Turtle Motif Razor-Back Tank Top
Cotton blend razor-back tank top (I used New Boundaries Rib Tank)
Sport weight yarn – a few ounces each of MC & CC
Size G crochet hook
Needle and matching thread
Motif measures approximately 3” using sport yarn
Rnd 1: With MC yarn, ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in 1st st, 2 dc in each st around (20 dc). Join with sl st.
Rnd 3: With CC yarn, *ch 1, sc in next 2 sts of Rnd 3, dc into st in Rnd 2,* repeat around. Do not skip any sts. Join with sl st.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, inc,* repeat around. Join with sl st.
Rnd 5: With MC yarn, ch 3 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts,* repeat around. Join with sl st.
Rnd 6: With CC yarn, ch 1, *sc in next 4 sts of Rnd 6, sc in st of Rnd 5, sk next st on Rnd 6* repeat around. Do not fasten off.
Row 1: Sl st in 1st st, ch 1, sc in next 4 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 4 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec twice.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, dec. Fasten off CC.
Row 1: On opposite side of body from head, attach CC. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, fasten off.
Make front legs 3 sts away from head; make back legs 3 sts away from tail.
Row 1: Attach CC yarn, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 3 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dc over 1st 2 sts, sc in last st.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew turtled centered onto back of tank top with matching thread.
For smaller motif to make earrings or necklace, use crochet cotton and #3 steel hook for a turtle measuring approximately 2 ½”.
For a larger motif to use as a coaster, use I Love This Cotton worsted yarn and a G hook for a turtle measuring approximately 5”.
This week’s new release is Tiny Totes Crochet Patterns – available in Kindle or paperback format on Amazon. Crochet a Baby Gorilla Purse, a Horny Toad Coin Purse, a Butterfly Bag, a small Rodeo Handbag, or choose from three different styles of Sugar Skull Purses. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SBV7KVL
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More Turtle Patterns
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Extended for another week (through 6/7/19), purchase any owl merchandise and receive the Owl Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern free. Simply email me after your purchase, and I will email the pattern PDF to you. The pattern is still available on last week’s blog – https://myfingersflyblog.com/2019/05/24/friday-freebie-owl-eyeglass-holder/ I’d love to see photos of your finished owls. You can post them on Instagram @myfingersfly.
For those of you who live in or near San Antonio, I will be teaching a beginner’s crochet class at Michael’s in June. The project is an axe baby rattle in three styles – firefighter, lumberjack, or Viking axe. I am really looking forward to it!
Cutest Baby Crochet Contest
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