Crochet Turtle Appliques


Here is a free crochet pattern to make a family of turtle appliques


Crochet this sweet family of turtles! These crochet turtles appliques are perfect to decorate a blanket or children’s clothes! With this easy pattern, you will be able to make them in different sizes and give them different expression.

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crochet turtle

crochet turtle


General information

SIZE :

Adults: 4” / 10 cm tall; Kid 1: 3” / 8 cm tall; Kid 2: 2.5” / 6 cm tall; baby: 1.8” / 4.5 cm tall; baby in egg: 2.2” / 5.5 cm tall  when made with the indicated yarn. You can use a smaller or bigger hook to get a smaller or bigger applique.

 

MATERIALS:

• 1 type of yarn calling for 5,5 mm hook in 3 different colours (and a very small amount of pink yarn for cheeks of the female, and black yarn for the mouths and eyebrows), white yarn for the egg.
• Size 3 mm crochet hook
• Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
• Tapestry needle
• 6 mm and 4.5 mm black safety eyes

What did I use?

Light worsted yarn in green, light brown, dark brown and white.
I used «I love this cotton! yarn» from Hobby Lobby.

Abbreviations:

• chain (ch)
• single crochet (sc)
• double crochet (dc)
• half double crochet (hdc)
• increase (inc)
• decrease (dec)
• slip stitch (sl st)
• stitch marker





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Turtle Crochet Pattern

To make things easier, you can click on the links below to directly access to the pattern of your choice:

Big turtle crochet pattern

Small turtle crochet pattern

Tiny turtle crochet pattern

Baby turtle crochet pattern

Baby turtle in an eggshell crochet pattern

 


Big turtle crochet pattern




 

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

 

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

 

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 st, inc in next st] x6. (30)

 

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 6: [sc in next 4 st, inc in next st] x6. (36)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 4 and 5. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:




The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

 

For the female: make black eyelashes with your tapestry needle (see pictures below).

For the male and the female: place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 2 and 3.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

For the female: make pink cheeks under the eyes with your tapestry needle.

 




 

The legs (make 4): 

 

 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 8, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next 2 st. Turn, ch1
  • 1 hdc in the next 3 st; 1 sc in the next 3 st.; 1 sl st in the sl st. Working on the other side of the chain: 1 sc in the next sl st (see pictures below)
  • cut the yarn

 

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 4, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.




 

Attaching all parts together: 

 

crochet turtle

 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn; sew the tail and two legs on each side of the body with the light brown yarn. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

 


Small turtle crochet pattern

 

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 5: [sc in next 3 st, inc in next st] x6. (30)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 3 and 4. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:




 

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

 

For a girl: make black eyelashes with your tapestry needle (see pictures above).

For a boy and a girl: place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

 

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 8, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next 2 st.

Cut the yarn.

 

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 3, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

 

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.




 


Tiny turtle crochet pattern

crochet turtle blanket

 

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the light brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 2 and 3. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:

 

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 8 sc in a magic ring (8)

Round 2: inc 8 times (16)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.




 

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 6, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next st.

Cut the yarn.

 

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 3, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

 

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

 


Baby turtle crochet pattern

 

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring. (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times. (10)

Change color and use the light brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x5. (15)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 5 lines of light brown on rounds 1 and 2. Use your tapestry needle to do it.

 

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times (10)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 4.5 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.




 

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 5, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 3 st.

Cut the yarn.

 

The tail: 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 3, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

 

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

 

 


Baby turtle in an eggshell crochet pattern

 

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the light brown yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring. (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times. (10)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x5. (15)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn.




 

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times (10)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 4.5 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.



 

The legs (make 2): 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

  • Ch 5, turn
  • 1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 3 st.

Cut the yarn.

 

The egg shell: 

With a 3 mm crochet and the white yarn

  • Ch 3, turn
  • 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1
  • 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook;  2 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1
  • 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 2 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1
  • 1 sc in all. Turn, ch1
  • 1 sc in all. Turn, ch1
  • 1 sc in all. DO NOT TURN
  • 1 sc evenly all around (10)

Leave a long tail to sew to the body and cut the yarn.

 

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Sew one leg on each side of the body.

With the white yarn, attach the egg above the body.

 

 

 




 


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crochet applique turtles

Crochet Turtle Appliques

A step-by-step crochet pattern to make an adorable Turtle Appliqué!

Materials

  • 1 type of yarn calling for 5,5 mm hook in 3 different colours (and a very small amount of pink yarn for cheeks of the female, and black yarn for the mouths and eyebrows), white yarn for the egg.
  • Size 3 mm crochet hook
  • Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 6 mm and 4.5 mm black safety eyes

Tools

  • chain (ch)
  • magic ring (mr)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • increase (inc)
  • invisible decrease (dec)
  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • half double crochet (hdc)
  • double crochet (dc)

Instructions

Big turtle crochet pattern

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 st, inc in next st] x6. (30)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 6: [sc in next 4 st, inc in next st] x6. (36)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 4 and 5. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

For the female: make black eyelashes with your tapestry needle (see pictures below).

For the male and the female: place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 2 and 3.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

For the female: make pink cheeks under the eyes with your tapestry needle.

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 8, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next 2 st. Turn, ch1

1 hdc in the next 3 st; 1 sc in the next 3 st.; 1 sl st in the sl st. Working on the other side of the chain: 1 sc in the next sl st (see pictures below)

cut the yarn

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 4, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn; sew the tail and two legs on each side of the body with the light brown yarn. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

Small turtle crochet pattern

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 5: [sc in next 3 st, inc in next st] x6. (30)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 3 and 4. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

For a girl: make black eyelashes with your tapestry needle (see pictures above).

For a boy and a girl: place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 8, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next 2 st.

Cut the yarn.

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 3, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

Tiny turtle crochet pattern

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the light brown yarn

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring. (6)

Change the colour and use the dark brown:

Round 2: inc 6 times. (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6. (18)

Change the colour and use the light brown:

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6. (24)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 6 lines of light brown on rounds 2 and 3. Use your tapestry needle and insert it as shown in the pictures below:

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 8 sc in a magic ring (8)

Round 2: inc 8 times (16)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 6 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 6, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 1 hdc in the next 2 st; 1 dc in the next st.

Cut the yarn.

The tail: 

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 3, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 hdc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

Baby turtle crochet pattern

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the dark brown yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring. (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times. (10)

Change color and use the light brown:

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x5. (15)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn. We will now make 5 lines of light brown on rounds 1 and 2. Use your tapestry needle to do it.

The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times (10)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 4.5 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

The legs (make 4): 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 5, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 3 st.

Cut the yarn.

The tail: 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 3, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st

Cut the yarn.

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Opposite to the head, sew the leg with light brown yarn.

Sew two legs on each side of the body. You can decide if you want longer or shorter legs and move them under the body before sewing them.

Baby turtle in an eggshell crochet pattern

The shell: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the light brown yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring. (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times. (10)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x5. (15)

Leave a long tail and cut the yarn.


The head: 

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Round 1: start 5 sc in a magic ring (5)

Round 2: inc 5 times (10)

Leave a long tail for sewing and cut the yarn.

Place 4.5 mm safety eyes between Rounds 1 and 2.

Make a black mouth with your tapestry needle.

The legs (make 2): 

With a 3 mm crochet and the green yarn

Ch 5, turn

1 sl st in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 3 st.

Cut the yarn.

The egg shell: 

With a 3 mm crochet and the white yarn

Ch 3, turn

1 sc in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1

2 sc in 2nd ch from hook;  2 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1

2 sc in 2nd ch from hook; 1 sc in the next 2 st; 2 sc in the next st. Turn, ch1

1 sc in all. Turn, ch1

1 sc in all. Turn, ch1

1 sc in all. DO NOT TURN

1 sc evenly all around (10)

Leave a long tail to sew to the body and cut the yarn.

Attaching all parts together: 

Sew the head to the body with the green yarn.

Sew one leg on each side of the body.

With the white yarn, attach the egg above the body.

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The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Natalina Craft. This pattern is available for personal use only. No unauthorized reproduction, in whole or in part, or distribution of this pattern or content is allowed.

You may sell finished items in limited amounts. If you sell your finished products online, I would be grateful if you can add a statement saying « Pattern by Natalina Craft » and link back to my post.


Crochet Turtle Appliques


 

10 thoughts on “Crochet Turtle Appliques”

  1. Thank you so much for the turtle patterns! I searched for a long time before I found this pattern – I was looking for a motif to put on my grandson’s stocking that I crocheted for him. It is perfect! If I could post a photo here, I would.

  2. May I ask how the turtle starts? Magic circle or how? I’m new to crochet and that part confuses me a wee bit. I understand working in rounds but like how many chains? I’m lost. Thank you for any help!!!! 💕

    1. Hi, I am sorry for not replying earlier! I just saw your second message and I am glad you figured it out. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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