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giant sea turtle

I’ve been waiting for days for the clouds to clear so I have decent lighting for my photos, but it looks like that’s not going to happen any time soon – and can you believe we have a few inches of snow already?! Seems like winter has come early this year.

My giant sea turtle is finished – yay! He is waaay too big to fit inside my light tent, so it’s been quite a challenge to get these photos for you, but here he is in all his massive glory:

giant sea turtle by planetjune

You can’t really tell from the pictures, but he’s seriously large: 18″ (46cm) long from nose to tail, with an immense 21″ (54cm) flipper-span! Here’s his pale belly, with subtle pale green hexagonal patterning:

giant sea turtle by planetjune

And meeting the standard-sized sea turtle:

giant sea turtle by planetjune

Yep, who’d have thought… this sea turtle makes Great A’tuin the world turtle look like a little baby!

giant sea turtle by planetjune

He’s made with 2 strands of Bernat Softee Chunky yarn held together, and a size L (8mm!) hook, but aside from that and a few additional colour changes (5 colours instead of 2) he’s made following the AquaAmi Sea Turtle pattern instructions exactly.

Now my only problem is where to keep a giant turtle?! One thing’s for sure – he’s not going to fit on my toy shelves


  1. Kris Williams said

    Just a quick question on making the larger sea turtle. Other than using an L hook and two strands of yarn, are there any specific instructions in the original pattern that will help me make the larger turtle if I buy it?


    • June said

      Kris, the only changes are the ones I detailed above. Apart from the larger hook, doubled yarn, and eye size, the only difference is that I used different colours to make the top and underside of the giant turtle’s shell, but of course that’s totally optional – you can use as many colours as you’d like!

      • Kris Williams said

        Thanks June! My nephew asked for a turtle and this is the most realistic pattern I’ve seen out there. I’m on my way to get the pattern now. Thanks for your quick reply. 🙂


  2. raajia said

    il est magnifique ce tortue merci beaucoup pour le partage
    bravo et bon courage

  3. kelley said

    i dont have a question but i would love to know how to make it i collect turtles for personal only and would like to know either how to purchase the pattern or if i may purchase them made from you.

    thank you

  4. Rachel said

    I loved seeing sea turtles when I visited my parents. Thanks for reminding me. They look very realistic, I want to make one now!

  5. Bethany said

    You send him to me of course! I’m decorating my kitchen in turtles and he’d be right at home with my giant patchwork turtle. 🙂 I need a turtle for the top of my fridge still. 😉
    HE’s great and looks fabulous!

  6. Puglette said

    Hi June, The giant sea turtle is awesome!! I love the belly shot, it looks like he is wearing a cute sweater. What a great gift for a turtle lover.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Robyn said

    Wonderful job! He’s a big one ain’t he! Love the colors. Your little turtle is cute too. I think he would look neat draped across my bed! Or maybe you can keep him in the bathtub? Lol! Awesome job again June! LOOOOVVVVEEEE your site! Keep the cuties coming!

  8. Debbbie said

    He is incredible…I like the variation on the coloring too!

  9. Maggie said

    Hi June! VERY nice turtles! I like the pale one. I posted pics of the squirel and hedgehog I made from your pattern on my blog. Did you look? I gave the squirrel to my mom in law and she loves it! Now, she wants the fuzzy bunny. I guess there is no age limit to love softies!

  10. Jana said

    Hi, June! He is AWESOME! I haven’t had time yet to do the regular sea turtle! I think, if you have any little kids in your life, that he would be a great Christmas gift! But if you are like me, if one of these guys isn’t made with a specific person in mind, I find it hard to part with!
    One of my super pen pals sent me a gift certificate for your site! I have to check through and find out if there is anything I don’t have yet! 🙂

  11. Eve said

    Oh gosh, my boys would love to cuddle these friendly, and super soft giant. Great job! No idea what to do with them though…. x-mas gift 😉

  12. Kari said

    Holy cow, man!!! That is one GIANT ami-turtle!!! He makes the other one look so small, hehehe!

    I say hang him from the ceiling with fishing line, preferably against a sea-blue background! 😀

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