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Tortoise & Simple-Shell Tortoise, Turtle & Terrapin: two amigurumi crochet patterns

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This listing is for two original crochet amigurumi patterns (Tortoise and Simple-Shell Tortoise, Turtle & Terrapin) by June Gilbank. 

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Crochet a realistically-shaped life-sized tortoise with a beautifully patterned shell. The segmented upper shell is formed in a join-as-you-go method: you'll crochet one piece, then crochet it together with the previous piece(s) to build up the shell into its 3D shape.

The pattern is 18 pages long and includes over 70 step-by-step photographs with written instructions so you can crochet a perfect tortoise of your own. To keep it relevant to you, this pattern is available in two versions, for right-handers and left-handers. Choose your version knowing that all the photos will show you exactly what you need to do from your perspective at every stage!


This Expansion Pack includes all the modifications required to crochet a Tortoise (blunt nose) or freshwater Turtle or Terrapin (pointed nose) much more quickly than the original Tortoise, with a plain or decorative one-piece upper shell, and a same- or different-coloured lower shell. Mix-and-match between all the options!


These are ingenious low-sew designs - the only sewing you have to do in the entire project is stitching the back legs to the body (and those joins will be hidden by the shell, so you don't even need to do tidy stitching to get a perfect result).

The upper and lower shells are stretched over a fully-enclosed smooth stuffed amigurumi body, giving a perfect finish with no gaps for stuffing to leak through, and a satisfyingly solid result.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn in colours as pictured or any other colours you like

Hook: US E / 3.5mm

Size: approx 8.5" (21.5cm) long

Eyes: 9mm

See projects made from these patterns here:


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