Gittle the Turtle

Sep 30, 2007
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ginnygrl

Introduction

Gittle was inspired by the Dastardly Bear I completed from a Stitch-n-*** pattern. At first I thought stuffed animals were one of the most horrid things to do. I had almost resigned myself to sticking to hats, scarfs, shawls and purses. Than I started tinkering around with a brown scrap skein and the Puff Puff Puffin was born. Gittle was a bit of an homage to my friend and turtle lover Michelle. Gittle is also my inaugural free pattern for my blog! So - here goes nothing. If the directions are way skewed or something seems amiss email me and I will try and adjust it post haste.

Materials List

Yarn: You can use any brand. I used generic acrylic scrap pieces from my own collection. The soft kind from the baby section works really well. The body is a sage green (color 1) and standard black (color 2). The head, tail and legs are a butter cream yellow with a touch of ruby red for eyes. I don't have numbers because the tags are long gone.

Quantity: I would have to estimate less than 6 oz of each would probably suffice.

Hook & Needle: Size 5 or F American hook and a yarn needle.

Stuffing: Enough to fill all the pieces. Possibly 1 oz. You can use cluster fill, polyester fill or go natural and organic.

Cluster fill is downy and feathery. It's also very loose and fluffy for stuffing. Will shed a little bit.

Polyester fill is stringing and stuck together. It does fill tightly and doesn't shed as much as cluster fill.

Organic or Natural. Rice, legumes or precooked popcorn. If going more natural the piece will need stitched very tightly with slip stitches instead of single crochets and possibly lined so the "stuffing" doesn't fall out.

Finished Size

Smaller than a football. It's a stuffed animal so the size isn't really an exact science.

Gauge

(Not applicable.)

Notes

Please Note: The exact stitches I used or size hook isn't that instrumental as long as the stitches are increased evenly as noted. If they aren't done evenly it will look a bit oblong like an overstuffed sausage in places. The bigger the hook the larger apart the holes where stuffing could fall out. For an extremely tight piece slip stitch in place of the single crochets. I also did this entire piece by crocheting in the back loop only for a ribbed effect. If you want a more knobby look crochet through both stitches.

Overall Assembly: Stitch the legs, tail and head first. (All as separate pieces.) As you work on the body you will join the legs, tail and head pieces. The tail is attached with the piece correct side out. The legs are attached with the torso inside out. The head is attached last, after all the stuffing.

The Jargon:
sc = single crochet.
sc2tog (decrease) = single crochet two together. put hook in stitch, pull yarn through the stitch, leave loop on hook. put hook into next stitch. pull yarn through that stitch. 2 loops should be on the hook. yo, pull through both stitches.
2sc (increase) = 2 single crochets in same stitch.
hdc = half double crochet.
sts = stitches
sl sts = slip stitch

ch = chain

The Pattern

LEGS: CROCHET (Make 4)
Row 1: Ch 13, turn
R2-11: Ch 1, sc in next 10 stitches, turn (11 sts total)
R12: Ch 1, sl sts entire row. Tie off.

Leave 18 inch to 2 feet sewing length.

LEGS: ASSEMBLE-N-STUFF
Fold piece in half. Whip stitch narrow end and adjoining long end.
Fill with stuffing. Finish sewing last side. Tie off.

Sew in all loose ends and cut off excessive yarn. (Should look like a bean)

TAIL: CROCHET
Row 1: Ch 20, turn

R2: (Hdc in first stitch, sc in 2nd stitch, sl sts in 3rd stitch*) *repeat until end. Tie off yarn. (Remember to stitch piece tight and it will make a curly loop.)

HEAD: CROCHET
Row 1: Ch 15 stitches, sl sts to close ring
R2-5: Ch 1, sc 14 stitches, sl sts to close ring
R6: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch,1 sc in next stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring. (22)
R7: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring. (32)
R8-14: Ch 1, sc around, sl sts to close ring (32)
R15: Ch 1, (sc in first 5 stitches, sc2tog 6th and 7th stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring.
R16: Ch 1, (sc in first 4 stitches, sc2tog 5th and 6th stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring
R17: Ch 1, (sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog 4th and 5th stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring
R18: Ch 1, (sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog 3th and 4th stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring
R19: Ch 1, (sc in first stitch, sc2tog 2th and 3th stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring

R20: You can either whip stitch the nose close or sl sts the nose close. Tie off and sew in excess yarn.

HEAD: ASSEMBLE-N-STUFF

Fill head with stuffing. Don't sew off neck. Neck will directly connect to body when completed.

FACE DETAILS: eyes, nose, mouth, ears: You can either sew the features on the completed product once it's assembled to the body or sew them on now before it is attached. Buttons work good as eyes. I whip stitched little knots for eyes and didn't add a nose or a mouth on mine.

THE TORSO. (color notes)
Color 1 = Black. Rows 1-10, 22-31.

Color 2 = Sage Green. Rows 11 - 21

**stitch - work in back loops only for ribbed effect.

THE TORSO PATTERN

BEGIN with Color 1 (black)
Row 1: Ch 6 - sl sts.
R2: Ch 1. 2sc in each stitch, Sl sts to close ring (12 sts)
R3: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch,1 sc in next stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (16 sts)
R4: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch,1 sc in next stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (24 sts)
R5: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (30 sts)
R6: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (36 sts)
R7: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (42 sts)
R8: Ch 1, (2 sc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (48 sts)

R9: Ch 1. 2 sc in first stitch, sc remaining stitches. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)

ADD TAIL

This is a good stage in the piece to add the tail. Work tail into the 1st Row hole made by the chain 6. Turn inside out to whip stitch in place.

TURN work back to correct side out & continue stitching

R10: Ch 1, sc around. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)

CHANGE to Color 2 (sage green for "shell") for R11-21
R11-12: Ch 1, sc around. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)
R13: Ch 1, sc in first 4 stitches. Ch 5, skip four stitches, sc into 5th stitch. Sc next 29 stitches. Ch 5, skip four stitches, sc into 5th stitch. Sc remaining stiches. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts) [*R13 and R19 create the holes that the legs will be sewn into.]
R14-18: Ch 1, sc around. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)
R19: Repeat step 13.

R20-21: Ch 1, sc around. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)

REMAINDER of the piece is worked with COLOR 1.
R22-23: Ch 1, sc around. Sl sts to close ring (49 sts)
R24: Ch 1, Ch 1, sc2tog in first stitch, sc around remaining stitches. Sl sts to close ring (48 sts) This begins the decrease for the head end of the shell.

R25: Ch 1, (sc2tog in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (42 sts)

ADD LEGS
This is a good stage to add the legs. The stitching around the legs is well supported and the piece can still be turned inside out.
Step 1: One leg at a time: while piece is right side out push leg into the hole. All of the legs have a soft long edge and a stitched long edge. You may want to align the legs so all the stitched edges point towards the inside or the outside, first.
S2: Turn piece inside out. With 12-18 inch piece of COLOR 2 whip stitch the leg into place.

S3: Complete S1 & S2 until all the legs have been secured to the body. Tie off and trim excessive yarn. It's ok if there are ends because the stuffing will fill in the space later.

TURN work back to correct side out & continue stitching
R26: Ch 1, (sc2tog in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (36 sts)

R27: Ch 1, (sc2tog in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (30 sts)

ADD stuffing.

Before piece gets too narrow it's a good time to add the stuffing. Fill carefully than continue stuffing - try not to dislodge the stuffing as you go.

R28: Ch 1, (sc2tog in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (24 sts)

R29: Ch 1, (sc2tog in first stitch, sc in next stitch*) *Repeat around ring. Sl sts to close ring (12 sts)

THE head will be added after R30 - if you are a tight crocheter you may want to attempt to add the head after R30 instead. If you add the head after R29 remember to cut yarn and tie it off, leaving 12-18 inches of yarn attached to the body to use for stitching.

R30: Ch 1, (sc2tog in each stitch around ring. Sl sts to close ring (6 sts) Cut yarn and tie off - leaving a small hole. Remember to leave 12-18 inches of yarn to use for stitching the head to the body.

ADD head.

Very carefully push the neck of the turtle into the body as far as it will go. With remaining yarn carefully slip stitch around the neck and attach it to the body.

R31: Sew in all loose ends and piece should be done.

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