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baby sea turtle collection pattern

One of the most amazing sights I’ve seen in wildlife documentaries is the night when all the baby sea turtles hatch simultaneously. They dig their way up from their sandy nests and then frantically flipper their way down the beach towards the safety of the sea, like tiny clockwork-powered toys. When they finally reach the sea, they’re transformed into miniature graceful marvels, flapping lazily under the waves like birds in flight.

I’d love to see this for myself, and, as it happens, sea turtles lay their eggs on some beaches right here in South Africa! Unfortunately, those beaches are on the east coast and I’m on the west coast, and, with my ongoing book responsibilities (we’re now in the middle of the editing/proofing cycle), making that dream a reality isn’t something that’s going to happen this year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a turtle adventure next year, but, in the meantime, I thought we could all enjoy this miracle of nature in amigurumi form, with my Baby Sea Turtle Collection!

Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

The hatchlings alone would make the cutest toys – in natural or any other colours – but you can complete the scene with turtle eggs and an adorable baby turtle who is just emerging from his egg.

Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Make as many baby sea turtles as you want – at only 4.5″ (12cm) long, they don’t take long to complete, and fit nicely in your hand, just like a real baby sea turtle. My original AquaAmi Sea Turtle design is still one of my most popular patterns, but you’ll be relieved to know that this baby turtle has only 7 pieces to crochet (instead of 26!) so you could make a whole beachful of babies in the time it takes you to crochet one full-size turtle 😉

Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

The collection also includes the pattern for these turtle eggs. Fun fact: this egg shape is intentional; sea turtle eggs are round like ping pong balls, not ovoid like chicken eggs.

Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

But my unexpected favourite part of this pattern collection is the hatching turtle. It ended up being a lot more challenging than I’d anticipated, and took three completely different design concepts to come up with a design I’m satisfied with. The first resulted in the egg being misshapen unless you’re extremely careful with the assembly and don’t touch or play with it at all after assembly, so that was no good. The second looked great until I stitched it all together and realised it looked like someone had sliced the turtle in half – definitely not the look I was going for…

The final design concept was worth the wait though – you can really see that the turtle is emerging from the egg! It’s such a clever design and I think you’ll enjoy seeing it magically come together from pieces that don’t look like they could possibly form a turtle. The pattern includes lots of photos to show every step of the assembly, so you won’t have any problems completing your baby turtle collection 🙂

Team PlanetJune - Ravellenic Games 2014

Have you joined Team PlanetJune yet for the Ravellenic Games? Join us by challenging yourself to complete one (or more) PlanetJune patterns in the Feb 7-23 Olympic timeframe. As the Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi are small pieces (and each turtle can count as its own project), they’d make perfect Rav Games entries. If you’d like to try making one (or more) baby turtles as a part of Team PJ, there’s an exclusive discount code on the pattern, available only in the team thread 🙂

I can’t wait to see baby turtles popping up in all sorts of colours (don’t forget to share yours on Ravelry when you’ve made them, so we can all enjoy them!)

And if you’re not ready to buy the Baby Sea Turtle Collection just yet, please heart or queue it on Ravelry so you don’t forget about it 🙂

Baby Sea Turtle Collection amigurumi crochet pattern by PlanetJune

As you can probably tell, I love, love, love baby sea turtles. I hope you’ll enjoy using this pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it!

16 Comments »

  1. Patsy said

    I purchase md the baby sea turtle pattern over a year ago to put on a blanket for my daughter, I just ruined one of the turtles putting it together, I’m not very good at making these, do you know any one that makes and sells these? I have the yarn

    I would love to get the blanket to my daughter one day.

    Thanks
    Patsy

    • June said

      Some of my customers sell their handmade items crocheted from my patterns – you can find them at http://www.planetjune.com/buytoys

      Maybe one of them will have what you’re looking for, or can custom-make it for you!

  2. Muriel Galais said

    Bonjour, je viens de finir mes mes petites tortues, félicitation pour vos explications, très très bien expliqué, malgré que ce soit en anglais, les photos m’on beaucoup aidé, bravo encore pour vos petites tortue, un plaisir à crocheter

  3. Muriel said

    Bonjour, bravo pour vos bébés tortue, elles sont trop mignonnes et donnent envie, dommage que le modèle n’ai pas en français, mais je vais essayer quand meme de les réaliser, encore bravo pour vos modèles.

  4. chris said

    I have made you first turtle and now on with shell.
    Just as I finished the little one the BBC showing Turtles hatching out.
    What a lovely Friday evening!
    Thanks for the pattern so easy to download
    Cx

  5. Margot Edmondson said

    How can I get the pattern for mommy and baby turtle. Amazon doesn’t seem to carry it anymore. Thanks in advance!

    • June said

      Amazon doesn’t stock any of my patterns, Margot – they’re only available from PlanetJune. You can find all my turtle patterns (the adult, the babies, and the beach blanket) at http://www.planetjune.com/turtle 🙂

  6. Julia Mayfield said

    I am not a expert at all but can these be loom knitted

    • June said

      I’m afraid not, Julia – my patterns can only be worked with a crochet hook; there’s no way to convert them to any other yarn crafts.

  7. Marilyn Crossley said

    I love your work! I saw the same documentary and it was awesome. Your little turtles are just as awesome ! Thank you for all you do!

  8. janica said

    i love it but it looks really hard but i can’t make it

    • June said

      Janica, if you’ve bought the pattern and are having difficulties, please email me for assistance – I’m always happy to help!

  9. Peggy said

    My sister used to work in Florida as a wildlife biologist counting and tracking sea turtles. I happened to be visiting on the night when the mamas all came ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. It was magical. I will be crocheting these turtles for her this year!!

  10. alicia said

    so cute! Don’t know when you had the time to do this! Can’t wait to try

  11. LOVE THEM! This is so cute! I agree with Chrisie, You have done it again! AMAZING! 😀

  12. Chrisie (CrochetChrisie) said

    You’ve done it again June! LOVE these little guys! I can’t wait to make all of them. 🙂

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