Merry Day After!

Merry Day After!

Well, for the last few weeks I’ve been way too busy doing, and most of it secret presents, to write anything. But what that really means is that I’ve got TONS of content now so look forward to lots of blogs! For my first here, I’ll let you in on a pattern I had a lot of fun making up for my little nephew. Enjoy!

pattern

Jingle Turtle


(So named because he has little jingle bells in him that made a delightful tinkly sound when the baby shakes it.)

Notes: Make sure to run the yarns from color changes on one side of the working piece, the “back” when crocheting in green/color A and the “front” (part facing you) when crocheting in tan/color B. I used a G hook and the tan was Simply Soft yarn, the green was Vanna’s Choice yarn. This pattern can be make with or without turning at the end of each row. If you don’t turn, the results will be the photos above, if you do turn, the seam is a bit less obvious.

Body
Row 1: With color A, 5sc in a loop, tighten the loop, sl st into 1st sc of this row. In color B ch 1, turn
Row 2: With color B, 2 sc in next and each around, sl st to 1st sc of this row. In color A ch 1, turn (10 sc total)
Row 3: With color A, sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next, repeat around, join with sl st. In color B ch 1, turn (15 sc total)
Row 4: With color B, sc in next 2, 2 sc in next, repeat around, join with sl st. In color A ch 1, turn (20 sc total)
Row 5: With color A, sc in next 3, 2 sc in next, repeat around, join with sl st. In color B ch 1, turn (25 sc total)
Row 6: With color B, sc in next 4, 2 sc in next, repeat around, join with sl st. In color A ch 1, turn (30 sc total)
Row 7: With color A, sc even around, join with sl st. In color B ch 1, turn
Row 8: With color B, sc even around, join with sl st. In color A ch 1, turn
Row 9: With color A, sc even around, join with sl st. In color B ch 1, DO NOT turn
Row 10: With color B (for the rest of the body), sc blo in next 3, sc 2 tog blo in next, repeat around (24 sc total)
Row 11: sc in next 2, sc 2tog in next, repeat around (18 total)
Row 12: sc in next, sc 2tog in next, repeat around (12 total)
Lightly stuff with little jingle bells and stuffing
Row 13: sc 3tog x 4
Finish off

Head
Row 1: 5 sc in loop, tighten the loop
Row 2: 2 sc in each around (10 total)
Row 3: sc even around (10 total)
Row 4: sc, sc, sc2tog, sc, sc, sc2tog, sc, sc (8 total)
Row 5: sc2tog, sc, sc, sc2tog, sc, sc (6 total)
Row 6: sc even, sl st last stitch of this row
stitch on smile and eyes, stuff and stitch to body

Legs x 4
Join yarn to body with a sc, ch 3, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, sc in next, join with sl st back to body

Tail
Join yarn to body with a sc, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, sc in next, join with sl st back to body

Finish off ends, I like to reinforce the tail and legs by sewing them to the body more securely with the ends.

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