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Duuuude the Sea Turtle

by Kahra Grae

Scottie
» photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

The Sea Turtle was a natural expression of my love for sea creatures & knitting quick, adorable things without feet. It’s a fast little knit that will have you surfing the East Australian Current in no time.

It has deceptively easy construction, with the shell, head, & eyeballs worked in the round & the flippers worked flat, and if you pick up stitches for the appendages, it is a no sew project (yay!). Sea Turtle only uses bits of yarn & almost any yarn would work, so it’s a great stash buster.


 


Finished Measurements

The approximate finished measurements are 5 inches/12 cm from nose to rear, and 6 inches/14 cm from fin tip to tip, but size will vary with choice of yarn and needle.

Materials

Malabrigo Worsted [100% merino wool; 210 yards/192 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#113 Jaen [MC]; approximately 35 yds

Cascade Lana Bambu [79% wool, 21% bamboo; 196 yards/180 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#08 [MC]; approximately 35 yds

Araucania Nature Wool Chunky [100% wool; 132 yards/120 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#205 [MC]; approximately 40 yds

Knit Picks® Bare Swish Worsted [100% superwash merino wool; 220 yards/200 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

[CC]; 2-3 yards

Red Heart® Super Saver® [100% acrylic; 364 yards/333 meters per 7 once/198 gram skein];

#0311 White [CC]; 2-3 yards

Black scrap yarn or embroidery floss for pupils

Recommended needle sizes

US #3/3.25 mm dpns (set of 4) or size appropriate for yarn

Notions

Yarn needle
Stuffing

Gauge

The exact gauge is unimportant, but it should be tight enough so that stuffing does not poke through. Using needles a few sizes smaller than recommended for your yarn should make a nice tight fabric.

Pattern Notes

Left Lifted Increase (LLI): Using the left hand needle, pick up loop from stitch 2 rows below the last stitch on the right needle and knit through the back loop.

Right Lifted Increase (RLI): Using right hand needle, pick up loop from stitch 1 row below the next stitch on the left hand needle and knit.

Note: I chose the LLI and RLI increases because they are fairly invisible and don’t leave gaps or holes. Other increases (like KFB) can be substituted, but they may alter stitch counts.

Skills Required

knitting in the Rnd on dpns, knitting flat, small diameter knitting, minimal sewing, picking up stitches (optional).

INSTRUCTIONS

Shell

Cast on 6 sts (leaving several inches of yarn tail for sewing later), evenly distribute on needles. Being careful not to twist, join to work in Rnds.
Rnd 1: Knit around
Rnd 2: Kfb around: 12 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: (RLI, k2, LLI) around: 24 sts.
Rnds 5 and 6: Knit around.
Rnd 7: (RLI, k4, LLI) around: 36 sts.
Rnds 8 and 9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: (RLI, k6, LLI) around: 48 sts.
Rnds 11 and 12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: (RLI, k8, LLI): 60 sts.
Rnds 14-18: Knit around.
Rnd 19: Purl around.
Rnds 20 and 21: Knit around.
Rnd 22: (Ssk, k6, k2tog) around: 48 sts.
Rnd 23: Knit around.
Rnd 24: (Ssk, k4, k2tog) around: 36 sts.
Rnd 25: Knit around.
Rnd 26: (Ssk, k2, k2tog) around: 24 sts.
Rnd 27: Knit around.
Rnd 28: (Ssk, k2tog) around: 12 sts.
Lightly stuff shell.
Rnd 29: (Ssk k2tog) around: 6 sts.
Cut yarn and weave through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close hole and weave in end. With cast on Close hole on shell top, weave in end.

Detail

Head

The head can be knit with sts picked up from the shell above the purl line, or knit separately and sewn on. Pick up 10 sts on two parallel needles (see photo below), or cast on 10 sts, distribute on needles and join to work in the round.

Detail

Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Kfb around: 20 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: (RLI, k10, LLI) twice: 24 sts.
Rnds 5-8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: (Ssk, k8, k2tog) twice: 20 sts.
Rnd 10: (Ssk, k6, k2tog) twice: 16 sts.
Rnd 11: (Ssk, k4, k2tog) twice: 12 sts.
If knitting from picked up stitches, stuff head at this point.
Rnd 12: (Ssk, k2, k2tog) twice: 8 sts.
Rnd 13: (Ssk, k2tog) twice: 4 sts.
Cut yarn and weave through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close hole and weave in end. If Head was knit separately, sew to top of Shell above purl round.

Eyeballs

The eyeballs can be knit with sts picked up or made separately and sewn on. Pick up 6 stitches on two parallel needles on top of the head (see photo below), or cast on 6 sts, distribute on needles and join to work in the round.

Detail

Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: K1 LLI) around: 12 sts.
Rnds 3-6: Knit around.
Rnd 8: Ssk around: 6 sts.
Cut yarn, loosely draw through remaining sts, stuff eyeball (the blunt end of a crochet hook helps), pull stitches tight, weave in ends (or sew to top of head).
Embroider pupils by repeatedly stitching in and out of the same holes until a roundish shape is achieved.

 

Detail

Front Flippers (make 2)

The flippers are knit flat and can be knit on sts picked up from the underside of the shell directly under the purl rnd (see photos for placement), or knit separately and sewn on. Pick up 6 sts from back to front of the shell, or cast on 6 sts.
Rows 1-10: Knit across.
Row 11: Ssk, k3, kfb.
Row 12: Knit across.
Rows 13-17: Repeat Rows 11 and 12 twice, then repeat Row 11 once more.
Row 18: K4, k2tog: 5 sts.
Row 19: Ssk twice, k1:  3 sts.
Bind off remaining sts, weave in ends (or sew to bottom of shell under purl rnd).

Back Flippers (make 2)

The flippers are knit flat and can be knit on stitches picked up from the underside of the shell directly under the purl rnd (see photos for placement), or knit separately and sewn on. Pick up 6 sts from back to front of the shell, or cast on 6 sts.
Rows 1-7: Knit across.
Row 8: Ssk, k4: 5 sts.
Row 9: Knit across.
Row 10: Ssk, k3: 4 sts.
Row 11: Knit across.
Row 12: Ssk, k2: 3 sts.
Row 13: K1, k2tog: 2 sts.
Cut yarn and weave through remaining sts. Pull tightly to close hole and weave in end (or sew to bottom of shell under purl Rnd).

Detail

FINISHING

None, you finished as you went, so go find your new buddy a jellyfish snack!

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Kahra

Kahra often finds herself bleary eyed and finger sore, but still knitting and watching slasher movies and cartoons, at 2 a.m. The byproducts of these late night sessions fuel others, whereby creating a cycle of sleeplessness and creativity and funny critters.

 

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