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Free Crocheted Turtle
Turtle

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn 5 oz Green, 1 oz each Red, Yellow, Orange
    Crochet Hook Size F or 4.00 mm
    Scraps of Felt for Features
    Stuffing

Finished Size Approximately 15 3/4"

Lower Body:
Using green, ch 21.
Base Row: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end. Turn. 20 hdc.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 2 hdc in hdc at base of 2 ch. 1 hdc in each of next 18 hdc, 3 hdc in last hdc. Turn. 24 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 hdc in hdc at base of 3 ch, 1 hdc in each st to last st, 3 hdc in last st. Turn.
Rep 2nd row once more. 32 hdc.

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 hdc in hdc at base of 3 ch, 1 hdc in each st to last st, 2 hdc in last st. Turn.

Rep 4th row until there are 40 hdc. Work even for 23 rows. Dec 1 hdc in each of next and every following row until there are
32 hdc. * Dec 2 hdc at each end of next and following 2 rows. Turn. Do
not break off yarn.

Head:
Next Row: Sl st over 6 hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 7 sts. Turn.
Work 2 rows of hdc.
Increase 1 hdc at each end of every row until there are 16 sts.
Work even for 4 rows.
Decrease 1 hdc at each end of every row until 6 sts remain. Fasten off.
*

Upper Body:
Work Base Row and first 3 rows as for lower body.
Row 4: Ch 2, 1 hdc in st at base of 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 18 sts. 2 hdc in
next st, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in last st. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in st at base of 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 22 sts, 2 hdc in
next st, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, 2 hdc in last st. Turn.

Row 6: As 5th row, working 26 hdc between increase instead of 22. Turn.

Row 7: As 6th row, working 30 hdc instead of 26. Turn.

Row 8: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 36 sts, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in next st, leave last 8 sts unworked. Turn.

Row 9: Sl st in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 24 sts, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in
next st. Turn.

Row 10: Sl st in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 34 sts, 1 hdc in turning ch. Turn.

Row 11: Ch 2 (counts as first st), 1 hdc in each st to end. 48 hdc.

Rows 12 to 20: Work even in hdc.

Rows 21 to 24: As 8th to 11th rows.

Rows 25 to 32: Work even in hdc.

Rows 33 to 36: As 8th to 11th rows.

Row 37: Ch 2, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 29 sts,
dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc over next 5 sts, dec 1 hdc over last 2 sts.

Row 38: As 37th row, working 25 hdc instead of 29.

Row 39: AS 38th row, working 21 hdc instead of 25.

Row 40: As 39th row, working 17 hdc instead of 21.

Now work from * to * on lower body and head inc to 12 hdc and working 10 rows of hdc instead of 4, then dec 1 hdc at each
end of every other row until 6 hdc rem. Fasten off.

Head Gusset:
Using green, ch 24.
Base Row: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each ch to end. 23 hdc.

Row 1: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each fo next 19 sts. Turn.

Row 2: Sl st over first 3 sts, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 15 sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 13 sts. Turn.

Row 4: Sl st over first 2 sts, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 10 sts. Turn.

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 8 sts. Turn.

Row 6: Sl st over first 2 sts, ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts. Fasten off. Make one more gusset in the same way.

Feet:
Using green, ch 20.
Base Row: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in each ch to end. Turn. 19 hdc.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 1 hdc in each st to end. Turn.
Rep this row 3 more times.

Row 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 8 sts, 3 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of last 9 sts. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 2, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each fo next 7 sts, 3 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 8 sts, dec 1 hdc
over last 2 sts. Turn. 21 sts. Rep this last row twice more.

Row 9: Ch 2, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 5 sts, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next st, dec 1 hdc
over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 6 sts, dec 1 hdc over last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 10: Ch 2, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 3 sts, dec 1 hdc over next 2 sts, 1 hdc n next st, 1 hdc over
next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts, dec 1 hdc over last 2 sts. Fasten off.  Make 3 more feet in same way.

Tail:
Using green, ch 4 and join with sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * , ending with a sl st in top of 2 ch. Do not turn.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * , ending with a sl st in top of 2 ch. Do not turn.

Rnd 3: As 2nd round.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each st to end, ending with a sl st in top of 2 ch. Do not turn. Fasten off.

Shell:
Using orange, ch 4 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of 3 ch. Break off yarn. Do not turn.

Rnd 2: Join in red, ch 3, (3 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc) 5 times, 3 dc in next dc, sl st to top of 3 ch. Break off yarn. Do not
turn.

Rnd 3: Join yellow, ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, (3 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc) 5 times, 3 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, sl
st to top of 3 ch. Fasten off.
Make 6 more motifs in same way as first, then 6 starting with yellow, then orange and red, and 6 starting with red, then yellow
and orange.

To Finish:
Stitch head gussets in place from A to B on upper and lower body (see diagram). Stitch around body, starting at C to B,
across nose, then B to D on other side. Fill head and body with stuffing. Stitch from C to D.
Fold legs in half, fill and stitch.
Fill tail lightly and stitch. Cut features from scraps of felt and sew in place. Make shell with one motif in center, 6 motifs joined
around it and 12 motifs in a circle around the 6. Join by placing WS together and working a row of sc in green along one side
of motif through both thicknesses. Join the next motif working sc along adjacent edges, and finally working a row of sc
around edge. Lay shell over body and sew in place.