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Crochet Turtle Box

Today’s post is a little bit random. Turtles. My sisters and I used to have a pet turtle and her name was Murtle (yeah, I know, super creative). I guess since then I’ve had a love for turtles – I even got a small turtle tattoo on my back when I was 22. And, aside from swimming with dolphins, I swam with sea turtles and walked among them on the beach in Hawaii. Honestly, best thing ever. Anyway, after a friend shared this link with me I wanted to make a crochet turtle so I could make cute outfits for it because really, I don’t see myself getting another live pet turtle any time soon. So I started crocheting and then I got creative and ended up making this Crochet Turtle Box!Secret Turtle Box side2 - Pops de Milk Secret Turtle Box inside - Pops de Milk Secret Turtle Box front - Pops de Milk

This would be such a cute way to give someone a very special gift hidden inside or it would just look adorable on your desk or add to your bedroom decor. I use it for my jewellery and small hair accessories.

Want a special place to hide little treasures? Check out the crochet pattern below or you can purchase the inexpensive PDF version in the shop!

Size: Approx 4” in length
Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn in four colours of choice (A, B, C, and D)
-Size 3.75mm hook
-Needle for joining parts
-Fibrefill for stuffing
-Safety eyes – I’m using size 4mm
-Black embroidery thread and needle
Notes: Unless otherwise stated, this pattern is worked in continuous rounds using stitch markers to locate the beginning/end of a round. Work in somewhat tight stitches.

Stitch Guide (US terms)
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Inc – increase
Dec – decrease
BLO – back loop only

Head
Round 1: start 6 sc in magic ring.
Or
Ch 2 and 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)
Rounds 3-5: sc in each st (12 sts)
Attach eyes and begin to stuff with fibrefill.
Round 6: dec 6 times (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Belly/Basket
Round 1: start 6 sc in magic ring.
Or
Ch 2 and 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)
Round 3: [sc, inc] repeat 6 times (18 sts)
Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, inc] repeat 6 times (24 sts)
Round 5: BLO in each st (24 sts)
Rounds 6-8: sc in each st (24 sts)
Fasten off and weave ends.

Body – Make 6 pentagons
Inner circle, with colour A
Round 1: start 5 sc in magic ring.
Or
Ch 2 and 5 sc in second ch from hook.
Middle circle, switch to colour B
Round 2: inc in each st (10 sts)
Outer round, switch to colour C
To change colour in this round insert hook into first st and draw new colour through into a sl st. Make a chain. If you’re not changing colours simply sl st to first st and make a chain.
Round 3: inc in same st as sl st, *sc in the next st, in the next st make [inc, ch, inc] *repeat 4 times around, sc in the next st, inc in sl st, ch, sl st to first st (25 sc, 5 ch spaces)

Hold pentagons right sides facing each other and with colour D sew together.
Sew the head to shell and the Secret Turtle Box is ready to use!

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22 thoughts on “Crochet Turtle Box

  1. Such an adorable turtle and idea. My crochet skills are still a bit fundamental but I’m fairly sure I could make this. Thank you!

  2. this is so cute … the pattern doesn’t say how to use the fiberfill or how many pentagons to make … it’s obvious from the pictures I suppose, but just wanted to point that out since I’m a new crocheter, this stood out to me

    1. Thanks for pointing that out! You’ll need 6 pentagons and for the fiberfill you just stuff the turtle’s head until it feels firm yet squishy but really it’s a matter of preference. Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Awe so cute. I just finished making my cousin a turtle applique towel and a turtle pouch that holds earbuds or carmex. Think she will be getting a bonus turtle box now. Thank you for sharing your pattern 🙂

      1. Aw I couldn’t figure out how to share a picture here :/ found your Facebook page and was able to share one picture there. My other turtles are on Facebook under my page GingerBreadSurprise. 🙂

    1. Thank you for letting me know about this! I did fail to include some instructions for the 3rd round. When switching yarn colours I first slipped stitched to join colour C and then made a chain. In that same stitch is where I made the first increase. The last increase is done in the sl st of the previous round. If this sounds confusing please let me know 🙂

  4. Thanks for posting this! I have made two so my son’s girlfriend can chose which she likes. Great way to use up small bits of yarn. I had trouble with the third round and I found I needed to join all rounds with a slip stitch and chain at the beginning of the next round. Instead of changing colors I used various bits of variegated yarns for the pentagons. Thanks again!

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