Sunday, 7 February 2010

Bazaar Patterns: Teeny Tiny Turtle

Every Christmas my sons' school holds a craft bazaar for the children, and I use every spare moment in the weeks beforehand making things to sell. I try to come up with things that are quick to make, so they tend to be small with minimal sewing together. I use popcorn stitches to make legs, ears and even heads. I'm posting a few of the patterns here - feel free to use them for personal use or to make money for good causes.

General instructions:
Work in rounds unless otherwise stated and do not join rounds unless told to. Use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round - a small piece of different coloured yarn placed under the stitch at the start of the round will do. To start a round, you can use the magic ring method, but I prefer (ch2, work 6 sc into 1st ch). If you work the 6 sc over the tail of yarn as well you can use that to pull the hole tight.
Work through both loops of stitches unless otherwise indicated.

ch = chain
st = stitch or stitches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
dc = double crochet (US), treble crochet (UK)
hdc = half double crochet (US), half treble crochet (UK)
BLO = back loop only
FLO = front loop only
tog = together
sc2tog = decrease by working two sc together
FO = fasten off

Teeny Tiny Turtle
This turtle really is small - I don't have one to check with because they all sold, but I think they were about 1.5" across. They can be tiny toys, or turn them into keyrings.

You will need:
Small amounts of green (shell) and brown (body) yarn.
Black yarn for eyes and mouth.
Small amount of stuffing.
3.5mm (E) hook.

Special stitch instructions:
4 dc pop: popcorn stitch for legs. Work 4 dc into 1 sc, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.

Start using green yarn.
Round 1: Ch2, work 6 sc into 1st ch - 6 sc.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times – 18 sc.
Round 4 - 5: (2 rounds) Sc in each sc around - 18 sc.
Ss and change to brown yarn.
Round 6: BLO Sc in next 2 sc, 4 dc pop in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 4 dc pop in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, [head: 3 dc in each of next 2 sc, take hook out leaving loop, put hook through 1st dc & pull loop through.], sc in next 2 sc, 4 dc pop in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 4 dc pop in next sc - 17 sc.
Round 7: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times, sc in next 2 sc, [sc2tog, sc in next sc] 2 times – 12 sc.
Round 8: [Sc2tog] 6 times – 6 sc. FO, leaving a length of yarn.

Use black yarn to sew eyes and a tiny mouth on the turtle's head, stuff and use length of brown yarn to sew up hole at bottom.


LoopyMom said...

Dear Lucy, thanks for sharing this. I've been looking for an easy (and free) pattern to follow for giveaways to my daughter's kindergarten class; they studied real turtles this year and loved it. I'll email you again when I'm done so you'll see how it turns out.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you - I'd love to see them!

Freckles said...

Thank you so much for this very easy but great turotial!! I made one of them and if you'd like to see it you can go to my site :)

boutsdefils said...

I have a site too, but I'm french. I showed my turtles and I translated your pattern in French on my site ( and, with f course a link to your website on each page of mine. I hope you're ok !

LucyRavenscar said...

Thanks Freckles, your tortoise is really cute!

Bonjour boutsdefils! Your tortoises are so tiny, and I like the colours. It's very cool to have my pattern translated to French, thank you!

Isiz said...

Thank you ! I'd like to try this pattern.

Ellisen said...

Thank you for all of your teeny tiny critters. They're fantastic.

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you! Check out the newer version of this pattern with a two-coloured shell:

muduck said...

Hi LucyRavenscar! I noticed you turn your dolls into keyrings by adding a crochet chain on top of the doll and was wondering how you added the chain on.
Thank you!

LucyRavenscar said...

Hi! I usually leave a good length of one of the yarns I'm using (in this base the colour of the shell) when I cut it. I sew it through to the outside and sew a loop to put my hook in. Then I crochet a short chain, fasten off, thread the split ring on and sew the end of the chain back into the same place it started.

Alternatively, check out the Tiny Two-Tone Turtle pattern ( where you can add the split ring to the tail as you make it.

Andrea said...

Your little animal patterns are AWESOME!!
They are well written and easy to follow.
I have made the elephant, sheep and turtle they are so very cute. LOVE THEM!!
Will you be making a giraffe?
Thank You Again for sharing your talent :-D

LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you! I have a few patterns that I haven't posted yet, I must get round to it. I haven't done a giraffe, it sounds like a good idea though.

lissie said...

I made a bunch of these animals for a Noah's ark set for my church's auction this summer, and I just happened to make some giraffes. :) I need to write down the pattern. But I can let you know when I get it all down. Thank you so much for your adorable patterns!

LucyRavenscar said...

Brilliant! I'd love to see photos, and it would be great to share the giraffe pattern.

Velvet Raven said...

I'd love to make a few of these for a friend's baby shower :)

lissie said...

You said feel free to use your free patterns for personal use or raising money for a good cause. A little over a year ago I began my own little crochet business. I'd always enjoyed using your mini animal patterns, and they have been what I sold most of. I donate a percentage of everything I make to a good cause (right now it's to fight child trafficking in Thailand), and overall, my profits are being saved up to help me go into Missionary work. However, not all of it goes directly to that. This has really been weighing on my conscience lately, but I just hadn't gotten around to contacting you about it. I sell some of the animals I make from your patterns on Etsy, and right now I'm going to add a link to your blog here. (Although I never had claimed to make the patterns, I didn't give you the credit deserved). Please forgive me if you'd rather your patterns not be used in this way. If you want, I can pay you something for using the patterns I've used, and I can stop selling sheep and turtles and octopi if you want as well. However, if it isn't that big of a deal, and I can continue selling them (now giving you the full credit), then I am very very grateful for your patterns. They've helped me learn many of the basics of making my own patterns and doing amigurumi.
Thank you and sorry,

LucyRavenscar said...

Velvet Raven, that's a great idea!

Alyssa, that's all fine, I'm happy for people to make and sell items made from my patterns, especially the little ones - they can be great to raise a bit of money for charity. If you can credit me as the designer, and link to the pattern if you're selling online, that would be great.

lissie said...

ok, thank you so much! I will do that. :)

Velvet Raven said...

Thank you, Lucy :)

Unknown said...

I've created this turtle with sewing thread and a 0,5mm hook :D this one is really really tiny ;)

LucyRavenscar said...

Oh wow! This, and the pig and elephant, are amazing! I love that they're so small you can hardly photograph them, and the thread you've used looks really nice. Do you mind if I share these on my Facebook?

Unknown said...

Im glad you like them! Yeah you van share them :)

Unknown said...


LucyRavenscar said...

Thank you! I put the details on my Facebook page:

Anonymous said...

Hi, you have amazing patterns. I was wondering if finished products made from your patterns can be sold?

LucyRavenscar said...

Generally I'm fine with people selling products made from my patterns, particularly these little free ones. If I can just be credited (Lucy Collin or Lucyravenscar) as the designer and maybe have a link to the pattern, that would be great.