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