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Sea Turtle Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

I think this little fella hits the perfect balance between adorable but realistic. Napali the Sea Turtle Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern inspiration came from the beautiful coastal waters of Kauai, Hawaii. Named after the epic Napali coast and inspired by the incredible creatures of these waters, Napali the Sea Turtle will capture your heart as you bring him to life through the art of crochet.

I have a pretty robust bucket list. Not only robust in the way of the things I want to experience in this lifetime, but robust in the way that it is a legitimate scrapbook that keeps track of photos and stories around when and how I accomplish the things on said bucket list.

Yes, it’s that serious.

Experiencing adventure and experiencing the cultures of the world brings me life and brings me joy. My mind is just BLOWN by the colors, smells, sounds, tastes, sights and feels of LIFE around this globe. As such, the memory of the first time I swam with the turtles of the Hawaiian coast (which was in 2016) is burned in my brain as one of the most peaceful and special memories I have. And now, having swam with the turtles of the Kauai-an coast, I’ve been inspired to crochet a toy that will represent a piece of this island paradise. He is named after a hike that my husband and I have been dreaming of doing for many many years – the Napali Coast. We were finally able to experience the magic of this experience this month.

So enough of the sentimental and on to the pattern!

This Sea Turtle Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern version is supported by ads on my blog. If you’d like, you can find the full, ad-free pattern of Napali the Sea Turtle Crochet Pattern on my Etsy shop here!

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Napali’s ad-free pattern is a beautiful 8-page PDF document with detailed instructions and accompanied by LOTS of clear pictures and diagrams to help you along the way. Find the Napali the Sea Turtle Amigurumi Crochet Pattern here!

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Materials you will need:


– DK/light worsted weight yarn / 100% cotton
Rowan Handknit Cotton DK in GOOSEBERRY – 1 and
1/4 balls
Rowan Summerlite Cotton DK in PICKLES – 1/4 ball
3.00 mm crochet hook
– Stuffing
– 8 mm safety eyes
– Tapestry needle
– Scissors
– Stitch markers

Abbreviations used on the pattern:


ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sc (single crochet)
hdc (half double crochet)
dc (double crochet)
tc (treble cro het)
inc (increase: 2 single crochets in one stitch)
dec (decrease: 2 stitches together)
sl st (slip stitch)
(…)x (repeat instructions indicated number of times)
[…] total number of stitches in round

The Pattern

Shell:

The shell is created by making 7 hexagons in continuous rounds and then crocheting them together. The hexagons will use both colors.

HEXAGONS – make 7

Start in color Gooseberry

Rnd 1: st 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3: (sc in the next st, inc in the next st) x6 [18]

Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x6 [24]

Switch to color Pickles

Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, 3 sc in the next st) x6 [36]

Rnd 6: sl st in each st around [36]

Fasten off.

JOINING HEXAGONS:

Join hexagons together as shown in. Sew the hexagons together through the back loop only of round 5. Slip stitch will show both loops around the top of the hexagons, but the back loop of round 5 will be available to join together on the back of the hexagons. Next, crochet the border around the hexagons: Rejoin yarn at one of the tips of a hexagon (the middle of the 3 stitch clump) and continue joining around as follows:

Rnd 1: (sc in the next 6 st, hdc in the next 2 st, dc in the next 2 st, tc in the next 4 st, dc in the next 2 st, hdc in the next 2 st) x6 [108]

Rnd 2: sc in each st around [108]

Sl st to next st. Fasten off.

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Tummy

The tummy is crocheted in continuous rounds using

the color Gooseberry. You do not have to join at

the end of each round. Just keep on goin’!

Rnd 1: st 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in the next st) x6 [18]

Rnd 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x6 [24]

Rnd 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc in the next st) x6 [30]

Rnd 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc in the next st) x6 [36]

Rnd 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc in the next st) x6 [42]

Rnd 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc in the next st) x6 [48]

Rnd 9: (sc in next 7 st, inc in the next st) x6 [54]

Rnd 10: (sc in next 8 st, inc in the next st) x6 [60]

Rnd 11: (sc in next 9 st, inc in the next st) x6 [66]

Rnd 12: (sc in next 10 st, inc in the next st) x6 [72]

Rnd 13: (sc in next 11 st, inc in the next st) x6 [78]

Rnd 14: (sc in next 12 st, inc in the next st) x6 [84]

Rnd 15: (sc in next 13 st, inc in the next st) x6 [90]

Rnd 16: (sc in next 14 st, inc in the next st) x6 [96]

Rnd 17: (sc in next 15 st, inc in the next st) x6 [102]

Rnd 18: (sc in next 16 st, inc in the next st) x6 [108]

Sl st to next st. Fasten off.

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The head is crocheted by making a square for the face, and then crocheting in continuous rounds around the outside of the square and continuing on for the remainder of the head and neck.

Start by chaining 5

Row 1: sc in the 2nd back bump from the chain, and the next 3 st [4]

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across [4]

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in next 3 st, inc in last st. Continue on to the next (2nd) side: sc in next 2 st, inc in last st. Continue on to the next (3rd) side: sc in next 3 st, inc in last st. Continue on to the last (4th) side: sc in next 2 st, inc in last st [18]

Rnd 4-11: sc in each st around [18]

Insert safety eyes between rows 5 and 6, with 6 or 7 stitches spaced over the top of the head. Using a length of yarn and a tapestry needle, embroider the eyelids by inserting the needle from the inside to the outside at the top, back corner of the safety eye and inserting it back in on the opposite corner, back out from the top where you first started, and back in at the bottom. Repeat immediately on the other eye with the same thread. Refer to PHOTO 05 for a close illustration of the eye and embroidered eyelid. Stuff head.

Rnd 12: (sc in next 4 st, dec in the next st) x3 [15]

Rnd 13: (sc in next 3 st, dec in the next st) x3 [12]

Rnd 14-17: sc in each st around [12]

Sl st to fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

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Front Flippers – make 2

Rnd 1: sc 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: sc in each st around [6]

Rnd 3: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x2 [8]

Rnd 4: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) x2 [10]

Rnd 5: inc in next st, sc in next 8 st, inc in next st [12]

Rnd 6: inc in next st, sc in next 10 st, inc in next st [14]

Rnd 7: inc in next st, sc in next 12 st, inc in next st [16]

Rnd 8: sc in each st around [16]

Rnd 9: inc in next st, sc in next 14 st, inc in next st [18]

Rnd 10: sc in each st around [18]

Rnd 11: inc in next st, sc in next 7 st, dec in next st, sc in next 7 st, inc in next st [19]

Rnd 12: sc in each st around [19]

Rnd 13: inc in next st, sc in next 8 st, dec in next st, sc in next 7 st, inc in next st [20]

Rnd 14: sc in each st around [20]

Rnd 15-21: inc in next st, sc in next 7 st, dec in next 2 st, sc in next 7 st, inc in next st [20]

Rnd 22: sc in next 8 st, dec in next 2 st, sc in next 8 st [18]

Rnd 23: sc in next 7 st, dec in next 2 st, sc in next 7 st [16]

Rnd 24: sc in next 6 st, dec in next 2 st, sc in next 6 st [14]

Sl st to next st. Fasten off.

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Back Flippers – make 2

Rnd 1: sc 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: inc in each st around [12]

Rnd 3-4: sc in each st around [12]

Rnd 5: (make 3 sc in next st) x3, sc in next 2 st, dec in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st [16]

Rnd 6-8: sc in each st around [16]

Rnd 9: sc in next 5 st, (make 3 sc in next st) x3, sc in next 4 st, dec in next 2 st [20]

Rnd 10-14: sc in each st around [20]

Rnd 15: dec in next st, sc in next 6 st, dec in next st, sc in next 8 st, dec in next st [17]

Rnd 16: sc in next 7 st, dec in next st, sc in next 6 st, dec in next st [15]

Rnd 17: sc in next 6 st, dec in next st, sc in next 5 st, dec in next st [13]

Rnd 18: sc in each st around [13]

Sl st to next st. Fasten off.

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Tail

Rnd 1: sc 6 in a magic circle [6]

Rnd 2: sc in each st around [6]

Rnd 3: (sc in next st, inc in next st) x3 [9]

Rnd 4: sc in each st around [9]

Rnd 5: (sc in next 2 st, inc in next st) x3 [12]

Rnd 6: sc in each st around [12]

Rnd 7: (sc in next 3 st, inc in next st) x3 [15]

Rnd 8: sc in each st around [15]

Sl st to next st. Fasten off.

Assembly

It’s time to put together Napali the Sea Turtle Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern! Begin with the head and sew shell to top side of head along 6 stitches of head opening and continue with the tummy-piece underneath. Continue down one side, sewing the shell and tummy together – picking up one loop from the shell and two loops from the tummy as pictured in. This will allow for a nice, clean border around the turtle, without having the sewn stitches showing. Sew in first flipper lined approximately up with the outer flat side of one of the outer hexagon. Continue down to the back flipper and sew it in approximately along where you made the 4 treble crochet stitches around the outside of the shell. Stop here and do not sew in tail yet.

Start again with the other side of the head and repeat in the same manner down the other side of the turtle. You can stuff a bit before you make it to the back flipper. Then, after sewing in the second back flipper be sure to stuff to your liking before you sew in the tail. I stuffed very lightly so as to keep the turtle pretty flat.

Finally, sew in the tail and you’re done!

I hope you had fun making Napali the Sea Turtle Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern! If you’d like to purchase the ad-free, full 8-page printable PDF of Napali the Sea Turtle, you can do so from my Etsy shop here!

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Love crochet amigurumi? I have more animal and free food toy patterns! Here’s a couple you might be interested in:

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