Try this terrific Pencil Topper Turtle Friend pattern. It's perfect for all ages, it works great for last-minute or bulk gifting events, and it will make you and your dearest friends smile!
This project was inspired from an idea I had while dreaming. See Dreaming of Pencil Toppers for the full story and to see more pencil topper designs.
Gifting ideas include stocking stuffers for Christmas, trick-or-treats for Halloween, party favours and back-to-school accessories. My favourite idea is to make several for a Teacher's appreciation bouquet with various stationary staples in a coffee mug!
Come Mid-November 2016, this crochet pattern will also be available as a printer friendly, 8-page eBook / PDF download, which includes all three variations of the mini turtle friends - the Amigurumi Toy, Pencil Topper & Finger Puppet. Stay Tuned! Or learn more about the Mini Turtle Friends...
- cotton thread size 10 (I use Circulo Clea) about 45m (7 grams / 0.25 oz) - in three colours
- less than 10m (2 grams / scraps) - turtle shell → a variegated or self-striping green is recommended!
- less than 10m (2 grams / scraps) - turtle base → a mint or spring green is recommended!
- 1.05mm hook (or hook to achieve gauge)
- stitch markers
- tapestry yarn needle
- a small handful of polyester fiberfill
- 6mm safety eyes / mini googly eyes / black embroidery thread, or whatever eyes you’d like.
Abbreviations: ~US Terminology Used~
*...** - repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed ~ I always highlight the repeat directions for this in purple so it is easier to see.
(...) - work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed
[...] - work stitches between the brackets however many times called for
BL - back loop
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
f/o - fasten off
hdc - half double crochet
rem - remaining
rep - repeat
rnd - round
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together
sk - skip
sl st - slip stitch
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
tog - together
WS - wrong side
Sizing can be adjusted by changing the yarn weight and hook size, if necessary.
TIP: The thread weight and hook size are flexible. Most lace or fine weight yarns will work well for creating a pencil topper. All you have to ensure before you begin, is 10 single crochet stitches wrap snuggly, but comfortably around the pencil, pen, chalk or whatever staple you wish to accessorize!
A few additional techniques you should be familiar with include crocheting directly onto another crochet piece by means of sc-attaching, crocheting thru 2 or more sts at a time and crochet joining pieces together.
Decreases or sc2tog sts are best worked by using the invisible decrease technique, where you only work in the front or back loops of a stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, see my video tutorial here...
Additional notes for each part are included as you come to them below...
Turtle Pencil Topper Instructions:
The turtle’s head is worked continuously in rnds from front to back. Do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = WS.
rnd 6: sc 2, sc2tog in BL, sc 4, sc2tog in BL, sc 2 (10 sts).
rnd 7: [sc 2, sc2tog in BL] x 2, sc 2 (8 sts).
rnd 8-9: sc 8 – 2 rnds, sl st join & f/o at the end of the last rnd (8 sts).
Stuff head... Set aside for now.
The turtle’s legs are worked continuously in rnds from the toe-tip. Do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = WS.
Starting with turtle body colour...
rnd 1: sc 3 into a magic circle (3 sts).
rnd 2: sc 1, sc 2 into the next st, sc 1 (4 sts).
rnd 3: sc 1, sc 2 into each of the next 2 sts, sc 1 (6 sts).
The turtle’s body is worked in two parts.
The first part is worked in rows to create the turtle’s belly – where the first row is created directly onto the front legs and head, and the final row joins the back legs. For this part, ODD rows = Bottom or Turtle's Belly.
The second part switches the last row of the first part into a rnd and works the top or the turtle’s back – where the first rnd is worked directly into the top-surface of the body’s belly. For this part, side facing you = WS.
*Click images to enlarge them...
rnd 4 - Step 2: working in a counterclockwise direction → sc 2 across the body rows between the right legs, sc 1 into the body post between the right-front leg and the head, sc 2 across the body posts from row 1, sc 1 into the body post between the head and the left-front leg, sc 2 across the body rows between the left legs (12 sts).
rnd 7: sc2tog in BL x 6, sl st join to first st of rnd, f/o with a small tail to close opening (6 sts).
Use the small ending tail to close the opening of the turtle body.
Weave in all ends or tuck them into the turtle’s body. Set aside for now.
The turtle’s shell is worked in continuous rnds from the center-outwards, where the final rnd wraps the shell onto the turtle’s body. Do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = WS.
Starting with turtle top shell colour...
rnd 1: sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).
rnd 2: (sc 1, dc 1, sc 1) into each st around (15 sts).
rnd 3: sc 1, [*(dc 1, sc 1, dc 1) into the next st,** sc 2] x 4, rep from * to **, sc 1 (25 sts).
rnd 4: [sc 1, dc 1] x 2, [sc 2, dc 1, sc 1, dc 1] x 4, sc 1 (25 sts).
This final rnd will wrap outer-shell around turtle’s body and create a base for the final part of the toy...
rnd 5: sc 1, ch 3, place shell on top of body so the first st is in between the back legs and the turtle’s belly faces you → wrap the ch-3 over belly & across back-left leg, sk 3 sts of the shell, sc 2; ch 3, wrap the ch-3 over belly & across front-left leg, sk 3 sts of the shell, sc 2; ch 3, wrap the ch-3 over belly & across head, sk 3 sts of the shell, sc 2; ch 3, wrap the ch-3 over belly & across front-right leg, sk 3 sts of the shell, sc 2; ch 3, wrap the ch-3 over belly & across back-right leg, sk 3 sts of the shell, sc 1, sl st join to the first st of rnd, f/o (5 ch-sps).
Take a strand of black embroidery thread (or yarn) and thread it onto a tapestry yarn needle. Do not knot the ends tog. Instead leave a short tail on one side of the needle’s eye and a longer one on the other side.
Insert needle into one stitch and up the next stitch on the first side of the turtle’s head, where you’d like the first eye to go. Wrap around stitches a few times until the eye looks just right.
On the last wrap around for the first eye, cross over to the same position on the other side of the turtle’s head. Rep the same wrapping around of stitches.
On the last wrap around for the second eye, cross back over to the stitch with the starting tail. Knot the ends tog, trim and tuck the ends into the turtle’s head.
Alternatively, attach miniature googly eyes to each side of the head instead. Or use your preferred mini eyes.
The turtle’s pencil topper base is worked in continuous rnds from the top-down, starting from the ch-sps of the shell. Do NOT turn at the end of rnds. *Side facing you = WS.
rnd 1: make a slip knot in chosen base colour & with the turtle’s belly facing up → sc attach to any ch-3-sp from rnd 5 of the shell, sc again into the same sp, sc 2 in each rem ch-3-sp around (10 sts).
Weave in all ends. Attach to your favourite stationery staple!
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A special shout out to Elizabeth M. Sharon E., Theresa P. & Wendy B. for testing the mini turtle friends, and to Margie E. & Theresa P. for tech editing the crochet pattern bundle!
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