Turtle Love

Crochet Turtle Shell Photo Prop

I made this Newborn/Preemie, free crochet turtle photo  prop for my beautiful  nephew Hunter. He was born 10 weeks early weighing only 3 lbs. He is doing great! And so is the momma. A very strong family that not only have much love for one another, but also turtles. <3 Turtle Love, Presented by Stitch 11

Free tutle prop crochet pattern


Slip Stitch
CH- Chain
SC- Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet


G/6-4.25 Crochet Hook
Simply Soft Yarn (light yellow, light green, olive green)
Crochet needle (for weaving in ends)


You will need to make 6 pentagons to form the turtle shell

Get Started! 

With light/bright green

Round 1: Magic Circle, CH 2, HDC 8 inside Magic Circle. Join to top of CH 2.

Round 2: CH 2, HDC in same space, CH 2, skip a stitch, **2 HDC in next stitch, CH 2, Skip a stitch, repeat from ** around, join to top of CH 2

Round 3: Slip stitch into next stitch, slip stitch into CH space. CH 2, HDC 2 in same space, CH 2, HDC 3 in same space. ** 3 HDC in next CH space, CH 2, 3 HDC in same space. Repeat from ** around. Join to the op of CH 2.

Round 4: CH 2, HDC in next 2 stitches, HDC in CH space, CH 2, HDC in same CH space. **HDC in next 6 stitches, HDC in CH space, CH 2, HDC in same CH space. repeat from ** 3 more times. HDC in next 3 stitches. Join to top of CH 2.

Free turtle prop crochet pattern

Change to dark/olive green

Round 5: CH 2, HDC in next 3 stitches, 4 HDC in CH space,** HDC in next 8 stitches. 4 HDC in CH space. Repeat from ** 3 more times. HDC in next 4 stitches. Join to the top of CH 2.

free turtle prop crochet pattern
Free turtle prop crochet pattern

free crochet turtle shell pattern

Change to light Yellow  and put the back side of  two pentagons together.  SC across like in the picture above and in the picture below.

free turtle shell crochet pattern
free turtle shell crochet pattern
And now you have joined two crocheted pentagons. You will need to put another pentagon, with back sides together, with the same pentagon.  Like in the picture below and crochet across just like the first two.free crochet turtle shell pattern
Free turtle shell crochet pattern


Continue with all of the pentagons until you have worked around the entire first pentagon.

free turtle shell crochet tutorial

free turtle shell baby prop crochet pattern
Crochet down connecting the sides..  around the front  of the pentagon and back down connecting the other side to the next pentagon. Finish off and attach yarn on the next pentagon. (where my finger is pointing on the picture below. Work your way around the shell, attaching them all, making them one piece.

Free crochet turtle shell patternfree turtle shell crochet pattern

free turtle shell crochet pattern
Once you have Single Crocheted all the pieces together, Chain 1 and SC around the outside edge of the entire shell. Connect to the first SC. Next you will need to slip stitch around the outside edge of the entire shell.

And now to make the outside edge look like one wide and thick stitch, you will SC through the first outside row  of yellow.  (if you do not understand, look at the picture below to see where I am inserting the hook.)


Finish off and weave in ends.

free turtle shell crochet pattern

 Now all you need is the Beanie!



Size I/9- 5.5  hook.

I used Simply Soft




HDC-Half Double Crochet
CH 2 counts as a HDC

Get Started!

Row 1: Magic Circle. CH 2, 9 HDC inside magic circle. Connect to top of CH 2 (10 HDC)

Row 2: CH 2, HDC in same stitch, 2 HDC in each stitch. Connect to top of CH 2 (20 HDC)

Row 3: CH 2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next stitch, *2 HDC in the next stitch, HDC in next stitch, repeat from * around. Connect to top of CH 2. (30 HDC)

Row 4: CH 2, HDC in same stitch, HDC in next 2 stitches, *2 HDC in the next stitch, HDC in next  2 stitches, repeat from * around. Connect to top of CH 2. (40 HDC)

Row 5-15: CH 2, HDC in each stitch. Connect to top of CH 2.

Finish off and weave in ends. I like to weave mine up the seam to make the seam not noticeable.

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  1. Diana says

    It came out sooooo cute….glad you tried it I knew your hexagon pattern would be perfect for a turtle outfit….xoxox

    • CorinaCorina says

      I used a different polygon but because of you saying that the “memaw square” would work great… I knew I could figure out how to put a turtle together. thank you!!

      • Diana says

        I realized that as I was making one up last night that you used a pentagon for this…..you are soooooo awesome for figuring this stuff our….and this is such an adorable pattern thank you!! xoxo

  2. Rachel says

    How many ounces of yarn is needed for a project like this? I know I only need a little of the accent colors, but I want to know if I need extra balls of the main green!

    • CorinaCorina says

      It was less than one skein of Caron Simply Soft. I do not have any labels at the moment to know how many yards is in the skein or I would check.

  3. Audrey says

    Love Love Love this pattern and the babies pics turned out gorgeous.
    Made this for a new mommy for her baby, also going to try and make a little ladybug one. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern Your the best :-)

  4. Liz c. says

    Hi. First off i want to say thank you for providing us with all of these great pattern. I love every one of them! Ever since i found ur site, I’ve been dying to make this turtle and finally a family member is having a boy! Anyway my problem is, my pentagons are getting all wavy from row 3 on. i have tried every which way to fix this but can’t seem to figure out what I’m doing wrong. I would greatly appreciate any help u or anyone that’s done this pattern can give me. Thanks again!

    • Donna says

      My pentagons started to wave also, so I loosened up my first rows to compensate when I made all the other motifs. Not only that, but when the pentagons are crocheted together, the motifs even out and the crochet around the perimeter brings the whole thing together beautifully.

    • CorinaCorina says

      You may be crocheting a little looser than I did. Or you could be using slightly thicker yarn. I used caron simply soft. Its medium weight but I find it to be a little smaller than the average medium weight.

  5. Liz c. says

    Thank u so much! I’ll try tighter first but I’d say it’s probably my yarn. I don’t have a lys and the closest walmart is over 20 miles (a dreaded trip with a one and two year old) so i bought some super saver from a discount store nearby. :-)

  6. Lauren says

    Hi Corrina!
    I am sort of new to the crocheting community, and I taught myself. I am confused on the last part of the edging of the turtle. Is there any way you could point me in the right direction on SCing through the first outside row of yellow?

    Please help!

    Thank you for such a cute project by the way. I love it!!! Everything else has turned out wonderfully :)

    • CorinaCorina says

      Hi Lauren! When you are doing this, your SC will wrap around the previous rows of yellow SC. Making it look like one large, solid and thick rounded stitch.

  7. Linda says

    Love the turtle and can’t wait to try the pattern. I can’t seem to find the olive green and light green yarn. Could it be under another name. Thank you

  8. Lauren says

    Love this pattern. Thank you so much. I went to make this again tonight, but the pics seem to be missing or not showing up. Just thought you might want to know.

  9. Jane says

    Hi! I need to make this for a pretty small preemie. Can you give me some guidance on your final measurements here? How wide and long is this in finished measurements?

    • CorinaCorina says

      I do not have measurements but the shell would be ideal for preemies… I would suggest sticking with the caron simply soft.

  10. Donna says

    I would like to print this pattern but can’t I downloaded the doc to pfd but can’t figure it out can you help me?

  11. Sunshine says

    I love this pattern, and it’s so simple! I ran into a couple problems on the pattern. I needed to do 9 HDC on the first round to get it to come out right on the second round. Then, on the fourth round, it is only 5 HDC then one in the space, CH 2, etc.

    Now for my question: If I make this, and someone wants to pay me for the item, is that okay?

  12. Penny says

    Love you’re turtle set, I’m fearly new to crocheting. The problem I’m having is I’ve tried this pattern several times and doesn’t seem to look the right way. I’m wondering if you can repost the photos again cause they are not showing up, or if you can please email them to me would also be awesome. Thank you

    Wishing mine looked like yours!!

  13. Kellie says

    Is this sized for a premie? I would like to make for newborn and/or 0-3. If it is sized for premie what do you recommend for making it a size or two bigger?

    • CorinaCorina says

      Instead of using simply soft yarn… because it works up as a lighter medium weight- use a heavier medium/worsted weight like Red Heart or I love This Yarn.

  14. Dawn says

    Thank you SOOOOO much for sharing this pattern and your pictures. I have been wanting to make this pattern for a while now. If I wanted to make this bigger do I just use a bigger hook with the exact pattern? Also, what sizes would this pattern be good for. Example: 0-3 mos 3-6 mos.

  15. Michelle Robbins says

    Hello! Your Turtle is so cute. I am making one for my new granddaughter. I am also thinking of making one for myself for a Halloween costume. Do you have any suggestions as to how many squares I will need? And will the five-sided square work for an adult size pattern? Thank you so much for your help.

    • CorinaCorina says

      A 5 mm hook with regular worstered weight yarn like Redheart or I love This Yarn will work out great in more of newborn – 0-3 months size. I used the Simply Soft by Caron with the smaller hook since it was for a preemie.

  16. Dorene Morton says

    I just found out I’m going to be a first-time grandma, so I’m not very familiar with crocheting things for babies? I’m wondering if the turtle shell just lays on top of the baby or is there a front to it so it “attaches” to the baby like a sweater or something. Do you have instructions for the front?

    This is such an adorable outfit and my daughter-in-law (the new mommy) comes from a family of sea turtle lovers. So this would be perfect.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • CorinaCorina says

      Hi Dorene! No, there isn’t a front to the turtle. It lay’s on the baby more like a blanket. Congrats on becoming a grandma!!

    • CorinaCorina says

      My only guess right now would be to make another round of octagons to fit around the shell before doing the trim.

  17. millie dunn says

    My daughter-in-law asked me to make this for her baby girl. I don’t crochet a lot, but thought I’d give it a try! Found this pattern by searching online and finished the outfit “early” – turns out Emma was early, too, and has already had a photo shoot! Turned out adorable!! The instructions were really easy to follow and the result was great. I added a few crocheted flowers (detachable with safety pins). cuter than I imagined. Thanks for a great pattern – if there’s a way to download a photo on this site, I’d be glad to share Emma’s.

  18. Christy says

    I can’t seem to print at all, I have tried everything…have a baby coming in 3 monthes and would love to give this to her. Is there any way to email the pattern. I would be very greatful. Baby Mother is my neice and is just crazy about turtles and I wanted to surprise her with this.

  19. Lisa says

    Would love to make this into a “cocoon”…have you by chance done this already? No sense my re-inventing the wheel if you’ve already done so!

  20. Elizabeth says

    I would like to make this for a friend but is there a way to make it bigger? Can I add more rounds to the hexagon to make it bigger? Thanks


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