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Mini Sea Turtle Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet a mini sea turtle amigurumi for yourself or for someone special! Keep on reading for the free crochet pattern below!

Our original Sea Turtle Amigurumi is one of our most popular crochet patterns on the blog, so I thought it was time to add a mini version to our collection of sea life patterns. This little sea turtle has all of the beautiful and adorable vibes as the the original, but just is a smaller size! Now, you can make a regular sized turtle and a mini version to have a sweet little set!

When it comes to choosing the colors for your very own mini sea turtle amigurumi, the possibilities are as endless as the ocean itself, especially when it comes to the shell! You can go with more realistic greens, yellows, and browns for the shell, or choose a brighter color scheme with your favorite colors too! Either way, you have the freedom to let your creativity run wild and dream up a shell that’s uniquely yours.

Have fun working up your adorable mini sea turtle amigurumi!

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mini sea turtle amigurumi pinterest collage

If you’re looking for more animal amigurumi projects, you can find more on the blog HERE!

There’s a whole ocean themed amigurumi series on the blog! Check out our amigurumi ocean friends collection!

amigurumi ocean friends collection

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn – Any #4 worsted weight yarn can be used for this project (cotton or acrylic). The sea turtles pictured were made with WeCrochet Brava Worsted yarn. The Freesia and Rouge colorways were used for the sea turtle above. For the sea turtle below, Cornflower and Rouge were used. Almond was used for all of the limbs, head, and tail. Approximately 60 yards of yarn is needed for this project.
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook – or your preferred hook size for amigurumi.
  • Safety Eyes – 7 mm (or preferred size). Eyes can also be stitched on.
  • Stuffing – any fiber-based stuffing
  • Scissors – for cutting yarn ends.
  • Yarn needle – for weaving in ends and attaching pieces together.
Stitches Used
  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops on hook.  Here’s a video tutorial for the INV DEC.
  • Long SC – long single crochet – Work a deep single crochet just like a normal single crochet, except you will be inserting your hook one row down (into the previous row/round).

Important Notes:

  • Continuous Rounds – the inner shell pieces, flippers, head, and tail are worked up in continuous rounds. This means the last stitch of the round is not joined to the first stitch. It is recommended that a stitch marker is used to keep track of where each round starts/ends to make it easier to keep track of your stitches.
  • Joined Rounds – the African flower for the outer shell is worked up in joined rounds. This means the last stitch of the round is joined to the first stitch with a slip stitch before starting the stitches of the next round.
  • Color Changes – the only color changes in this pattern are for the African flower/outer shell piece. When it is time to change colors, work the last stitch of the first color up to the last yarn over. Yarn over in the new color and pull through the loop to finish the stitch. Your next stitch will be the first stitch in the new color. There are other ways to make color changes, but this way keeps the color change more hidden.
  • Video Tutorial – Watch the Crochet African Flower Video Tutorial for a visual on making the flower shell piece for your sea turtle amigurumi!

Finished Size

  • When finished, this mini sea turtle amigurumi measures approximately 4.5 inches from head to tail.

Now, grab your yarn and hook and let’s get started on your mini sea turtle amigurumi!

The Pattern

African Flower Hexagon

This 6-petal flower hexagon is the top of the outer shell. Choose 2-4 colors for the African flower. For this part of the pattern only, the chain 2 at the start of each round counts as one of the HDC stitches of the round. Watch the video tutorial here!

Round 1: In first color, magic circle, ch 2, ch 1, work the following stitches inside the ring: *HDC, ch 1, repeat from* four more times. Join with a sl st to top of the ch 2.  (12 stitches -6 HDC and 6 ch sts)

Round 2:  Change to next color with a sl st in the next stitch, then sl st into the ch 1 space from the previous round. Ch 2, ch 1, HDC in the chain 1 space.  [HDC, ch 1, HDC] in each of the remaining chain 1 spaces around. Join to top of the ch 2. (18 stitches – 12 HDC and 6 ch sts)

Round 3: Continue in same color as round 2. Sl st across to the ch 1 space from the previous round. Sl st in the ch 1 space, ch 2, work 4 HDC into the ch 1 space. Work 5 HDC stitches into each of the remaining ch 1 spaces of the round. Change color and join to top of ch 2. (30 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, SC in same stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, long SC in next stitch (inserting your hook into the previous round). *SC in next 5 stitches, long SC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Change color and join with a sl st in top of first SC stitch. (36 SC sts, not including ch 1 at start of round).

**Notes about round 4 – chain 1 does not count towards stitch count in this round. Your long single crochet stitches should be lining up between each of the “petals” of the flower.

Round 5: Work this round in back loops only. Ch 2, HDC in first 2 sts. *[HDC, ch 1, HDC] in next stitch, then HDC in next 5 stitches. Repeat from * 4 more times. [HDC, ch 1, HDC] in next stitch, HDC in last 3 stitches.  Join to first DC of the round. Fasten off, weave in ends.  (42 HDC sts and 6 chain sts)

**Note about round 5 – the stitches with the HDC, ch 1, HDC in them should line up with the middle of each “flower petal.” Each petal is 5 stitches long, so the middle of the petal would be the 3rd stitch in.

Put your flower/outer shell piece aside for now and continue working up the pieces of the turtle.

crochet african flower

Front Flippers (make 2)

Round 1: Magic circle, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next st, repeat from * around (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24)

Don’t fasten off yet. Fold leg in half with your loop at the end. Single crochet along the edge through both layers to close the flipper (see step by step photo below). Fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto turtle. Repeat instructions for second flipper. Set aside for assembly later.

Back Flippers (make 2)

Round 1: Magic circle, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next st, repeat from * around (18)

Don’t fasten off yet. Fold leg in half with your loop at the end. Single crochet along the edge through both layers to close the flipper (see step by step photo below). Fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto turtle. Repeat instructions for back flipper. Set aside for assembly later.

mini sea turtle flippers
mini sea turtle flippers

Head

Round 1: Magic circle, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (15)

Rounds 4-7: SC in each st around (15)

Insert safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5 about 5-6 stitches apart. They should line up with one on each side of the head. Add some stuffing to the head.

Round 8: *INV DEC, SC next 3 sts, repeat from * around (12)

Round 9: *INV DEC, SC next st, repeat from * around (8)

Round 10: SC in each st around (8)

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Finish stuffing the head and then sew closed using your yarn needle.

mini sea turtle head

Tail

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 4 SC into ring (4)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6)

Round 3: SC in each stitch around (6)

Fasten off leaving a long tail. Sew closed.

mini sea turtle flippers tail

Inner Shell (make 2)

For the inner shell, use the same color you used for the last round of the African flower piece.

Round 1: Magic circle, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each st around (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next st, repeat from * around (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around (30)

Round 6: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around (36)

Round 7: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around (42)

Fasten off, weave in ends. When you are finished working up the second inner shell piece, don’t fasten off. Continue to next set of instructions to assemble your sea turtle together.

mini sea turtle shell pieces

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

Now that you have made all the parts of the sea turtle, the next step is to attach them all together!

1) Join the inner shell pieces together

Place the first inner shell piece under the second one (with your yarn still attached). Keep the right sides facing outwards (this is the front side that faces you while crocheting) and the back sides against each other in the middle. Working through both layers (all 4 loops), single crochet around the outside of the circles, joining them together. When about two thirds of the way around, add stuffing inside. Continue crocheting around to close the inner shell piece. Finish stuffing before the opening gets too small.  Join to first SC stitch with a slip stitch, fasten off and weave in ends.

2) Attach African flower piece to shell

Place flower piece on top of the inner shell. Insert your crochet hook through a stitch on both the flower piece and the inner shell. Pull a loop of yarn through both layers, slip stitch, and chain 1. Work SC stitches around the outside of the shell, passing through both layers to join them together.  One SC will be worked in each stitch around, including the chain spaces. When all the way around, join to first SC with a slip stitch and fasten off. Weave in ends and cut yarn. 

3) Sew on legs, head, and tail

Use your yarn needle to sew the head, flippers, and tail to your sea turtle. Place your stitches on the bottom of the turtle in the 2nd and 3rd round from the outside edge. Start with the head, then the front flippers, back flippers, and finally the tail. Sew on limbs by passing through a stitch on the limb and then passing through a stitch on the bottom of the body. Repeat until the limb is secure then weave in ends and cut yarn.

Yay! You’re all done making your sea turtle amigurumi! Now you can have fun making more with all different shell colors.

Remember, you can also make the original size of the Sea Turtle Amigurumi and have a sweet little pair of turtles!

mini sea turtle pinterest pin image

If you are feeling ocean inspired, check out our other amigurumi ocean friends crochet patterns! In addition to sea turtles, you’ll find a stingray, jellyfish, whale, crab, fish, octopus, and a sweet pair of seahorses!

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