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Pania swam up to me one cold stormy day as I strolled along the shore. She was ever so tired of the wintry ocean and longed for the warmer seas. I suggested she spend the winter ashore in my warm cosy house, and she heartily agreed.

She has found herself quite at home here and seems to have become best friends with Miss Octopus, both of whom have a love of the ocean and ocean jewels. She has been entertaining me with tales of her namesake, Pania, the mythical Maori maiden of the reef, and as a thank you for my hospitality she has agreed to share how you too can have your very own turtle visit.

Pania the Turtle (or Tortoise!) Amigurumi Pattern

My patterns are written down as I create my amigurumi, but let me know if there is anything missing.
 

Techniques

You will use the basic amigurumi crochet techniques: magic circle, slip stitch, single crochet (sc), increase, and invisible decrease. The pattern gets you to practice making a flat circle and a half sphere.
Note: US crochet stitch terminology is used. ch=chain, sc=single crochet, 2sc in next sc=increase, sc2tog=decrease (crochet two sc together to make one sc). I use the invisible decrease method for all decreases. 

Materials

* Yarn: Dark Green (Shell), Light Green (Head, legs, tail), brown (underside) (your turtle can be different colours of course! These are just what I used)
* Safety eyes (I used 7mm). You can also stitch your eyes or make them out of felt
* Black embroidery thread (for mouth)
* Polyfill stuffing
* Crochet Hook (I used 3.5mm)
* Needle (one with an eye big enough for yarn, and one for your embroidery thread)
* Any other materials to decorate 

Pattern

Turtle: Shell

Dark Green Yarn
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [24]
RND5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [30]
RND6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat. [36]
RND7:  36 sc around [36]
RND8:  36 sc around [36]
RND9:  36 sc around [36]
Slip stitch to finish off,  leave a long length for stitching (will be used to stitch base to shell). 30-40cm should be more than enough.

Turtle: Underside

Brown Yarn
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [12]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [18]
RND4:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [24]
RND5:  sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [30]
RND6:  sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat. [36]
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Head

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  5sc magic circle [5]
RND2:  2sc in each sc [10]
RND3:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [15]
RND4:  15 sc around [15]
RND5:  15 sc around [15]
RND6:  15 sc around [15] **insert safety eyes & embroider mouth**
RND7:  sc in next sc, sc2tog. Repeat. [10]
RND8:  10 sc around [10] **stuff head**
RND9:  10 sc around [10]
RND10: 10 sc around [10] – optional.
Add as many extra rounds of “10 sc around” as you like, depending on how long you want the neck. Remember, when the head is stitched to the body you will lose a round or two to the inside of the turtle.
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Legs (make 4)

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc into first, 3 sc around [5]
RND3:  5 sc around [5]
RND4:  5 sc around [5]
Yes, the legs are easy but fiddly! For the sake of simplicity, once you have completed round 2 you can just keep single crocheting in each stitch around until the legs are the length you want. Just make sure all your legs are the same length!
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Turtle: Tail 

Light Green Yarn
RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat. [6]
RND3:  sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next sc. Repeat [8]
RND4:  8 sc around [8]
Slip stitch to finish off, trim excess yarn.

Assembly

Your turtle is assembled by stitching the top shell of the turtle to the underside. As you stitch the two together, you will gradually sandwich in the head, legs, and tail between the two and stitch them in. Look at my photos so you can see how it should look.

To visualise how your assembled turtle will look, place the underside on a flat surface. Position the ends of the head and tail on opposite sides of the circle, so that approximately one row of stitching overlaps and rests on the turtle underside. Do the same for the legs. Now position the shell over the top. This is how your turtle will look when finished. Now, you can either pin the head, tail, and legs in position to the underside so they will stay in place as you stitch around, or just remember where you will position them.

Stitching Together
1/ Using spare thread from the shell, use a yarn needle and sew the shell to the underside. The 36sc on the shell and the 36sc on the underside will match up to allow easy sewing (if you are unsure how to, use this website to help).
2/ As you stitch around and get to the point where you will need to add a body part, just sandwich in approx a row of the body part between the shell and the underside. Keep stitching as before, but just run the stitches straight through the body part so it all gets stitched neatly together! Easy peasy.
3/ Before you have nearly stitched up your turtle, stuff the body with polyfill.

 

Your turtle can now be decorated with other facial features (eyebrows, eyelashes, different mouth shapes), clothing (scarf, hats, pins), and whatever other embellishments you can think of. Enjoy! 😀

 

Note: You are free to use this pattern to make as many turtles as you like, but please do not post this pattern anywhere else. The pattern consists of basic crochet shapes so I imagine there are many, many similar turtles elsewhere! But if you follow my pattern exactly and  blog about it I would appreciate a link back to my website (so others can make it too!). I do not mind if you sell items you make from my patterns, but please be fair and acknowledge the pattern source. More information about pattern use here:
https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

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Hmm Im thirsty...

Hmm I'm thirsty...

Hmm…I’m thirsty.

I don’t think you should drink that…it looks bad for you.

NONSENSE! It makes me feel great, smarter, more aggressive.

I feel like I could…like I could………like I could………

TAKE ON THE WORLD!

While that may sound like an energy drink advert, it is actually the opening dialogue between the Purple and Green Tentacles from the very cool game from waaay back in the 90s, “Day of the Tentacle”. It is one of my partner’s favourite games, so I decided to make him amigurumi Tentacles! The Purple and Green Tentacles are two main characters from the game, and while the green tentacle is friendly, the purple one is hell-bent on taking over the world after receiving mutant arms and increased brainpower from drinking toxic waste.

As I couldn’t find a pattern online (but found this very cool photo of someone else’s), I was forced to experiment and make my own. Eeek I am only a beginner and this is only my third project! Well I must have drank some toxic waste too and increased my skills because I made the Tentacles, and here is my pattern so everyone can make Tentacles which can TAKE ON THE WORLD!

Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle

Day of the Tentacle Amigurumi Pattern

I wrote down my pattern as I made the first tentacle, and tested it again when I made the second one (obviously so they could be the same!). Everything matched up, but if something doesn’t make sense or you have a better suggestion, please let me know! Note: I have used the US crochet stitch terminology.


L33T Skillz Needed

That was a bit of game talk for ya 😉 To make these Tentacles you need to crochet in the round, which involves being able to: start amigurumi using the chain and magic circle starts, do single crochets (US version; UK/Aus equivalent is the double crochet), be able to increase, do slip stitches, sew crochet items together with yarn, fill your crochet, and cut out felt! Easy peasy basic amigurumi crochet skills. If you don’t know how, check out my resource links here.

Materials

The following materials are what I used to make my Tentacles. Feel free to substitute as you wish – but keep the colours the same to stay true to the tentacles!

* Green Yarn
* Yellow Yarn
* Purple Yarn
* Scrap amount of Black Yarn or Black Felt (if use felt, you need craft glue)
* Stuffing/Filler (I used polyfill, but you could use pellets in the base and/or arms to add weight if you like)
* 3.5mm Crochet Hook
* Yarn Needle (needle with hole big enough to thread yarn through)

Yarn shops have closed around me, so I was stuck with yarn choices in Spotlight 😦 My 25g balls of 8ply wool yarn were just right.

Pattern

To make the two tentacles you will need to make the following:

Green Tentacle:
1 x Green Body
1 x Small Yellow Sucker
1 x Medium Yellow Sucker
1 x Large Yellow Sucker
1 x Yellow Base

Purple Tentacle:
1 x Purple Body
1 x Small Green Sucker
1 x Medium Green Sucker
1 x Large Green Sucker
1 x Green Base
2 x Purple Arms
1 x Black Felt or Crocheted Monobrow

Tentacle: Body

Don’t start body with a magic circle – I tried it and it makes the cone far too tight for the top of the tentacle.
Note: ch=chain, sc=single crochet (US).

Start: ch 2
RND1:  5sc into 1st chain [5]
RND2:  2sc in first sc, 4 sc around [6]
RND3:  2sc in first sc, 2 sc around. Repeat. [8]
RND4:  8 sc around [8]
RND5:  2sc in first sc, 3 sc around. Repeat. [10]
RND6:  10 sc around [10]
RND7:  2sc in first sc, 4 sc around. Repeat. [12]
RND8:  12 sc around [12]
RND9:  2sc in first sc, 5 sc around. Repeat. [14]
RND10: 14 sc around [14]
RND11: 2sc in first sc, 6 sc around. Repeat. [16]
RND12: 16 sc around[16]
RND13: 2sc in first sc, 3 sc around. Repeat 3 more times. [20]
RND14: 20 sc around [20]
RND15: 2sc in first sc, 4 sc around. Repeat 3 more times. [24]
RND16: 24 sc around [24]
RND17: 24 sc around [24]
RND18: 24 sc around [24]
RND19: 2sc in first sc, 11 sc around. Repeat. [26]
RND20: 26 sc around [26]
RND21: 2sc in first sc, 12 sc around. Repeat. [28]
RND22: 28 sc around [28]
RND23: 2sc in first sc, 13 sc around. Repeat. [30]
RND24-33: 30 sc around [30] for 10 rounds.

Do not finish off at this point. Wait until you have attached your suckers, because you may find you want to add an extra row or two on the bottom to balance the sucker arrangement.

Tentacle: Suckers

When making suckers allow plenty of spare thread at start or end to allow you to sew the sucker onto tentacle body later.

Small Sucker:
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc into each sc around [12]  [slip st to 1st]
RND3:  12 sc around [12]  [slip st to 1st] Finish off.

Medium Sucker:
RND1:  7sc magic circle [7]
RND2:  2sc into each sc around [14]  [slip st to 1st]
RND3:  14 sc around [14]  [slip st to 1st] Finish off.

Large Sucker:
RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc into each sc around [12]  [slip st to 1st]
RND3:  12 sc around [12]  [slip st to 1st]
RND4:  2sc into first, 1 sc into next. Repeat 5 more times. [18]  [slip st to 1st]
RND5:  18 sc around [18]  [slip st to 1st] Finish off.

Assembly: Suckers to Tentacle Body

1)  Use yarn needle, sew suckers to tentacle in a vertical arrangement. Small sucker near top (narrowest part of cone), then medium, and then large near bottom. Approx 2-3 row gap visible between each sucker once sewn on. See my photos for examples.

2)  Crochet an extra row or two (of 30 sc each) onto the bottom of the  tentacle body if you need to so that your suckers are more evenly spaced. You want a bit of a gap between the bottom of the last sucker and the bottom of the body.

3)  Slip stitch and finish off tentacle body. You don’t need to leave a long length of yarn at the end.

4)  Stuff body (I used polyfill/polyester fibre, but you might want to use plastic pellets in the base to add weight). Push the spare yarn into the body once you have stuffed it.

Tentacle: Base

RND1:  6sc magic circle [6]
RND2:  2sc into each sc around [12]
RND3:  12 sc around [12]
RND4:  2sc into first, 1 sc. Repeat 5 more times. [18]
RND5:  18 sc around [18]
RND6:  2sc into first, 2 sc. Repeat 5 more times. [24]
RND7:  24 sc around [24]
RND8:  2sc into first, 3 sc. Repeat 5 more times. [30]
RND9:  30 sc around [30]
RND10: 30 sc around [30]

Slip stitch, finish off. Leave plenty of yarn to allow you to stitch around the base at assembly.

Assembly: Base to Body

1)  Using spare thread from base, use a yarn needle and sew the base to the bottom of the body. The 30sc on the top of the base and the 30sc on the bottom of the body will match up to allow easy sewing (if you are unsure how to, use this website to help).

2)  Before you fully stitch up the base to the body, you may want to add a bit more stuffing.

3)  Finish attaching the base to the body.

If you were making the green tentacle, it should now be complete!
If you are making the purple tentacle, you still have to make the arms and monobrow.

Tentacle: Arms (for PURPLE tentacle only)

RND1:  4sc magic circle [4]
RND2:  2sc into first, 3 sc around [5]
RND3:  2sc into first, 4 sc around [6]
RND4:  6 sc around [6]
RND5:  6 sc around [6]
RND6:  6 sc around [6]
RND7:  6 sc around [6]

Finish off. Allow enough spare yarn at the end to allow you to attach each arm to the body.

Assembly: Arms to Body (PURPLE tentacle only)

1)  Stuff the arms with filler.

2)  The arms get attached to either side of the tentacle body, about halfway down (in line with the middle tentacle). The tentacle’s left arm (on the right hand side when looking at the tentacle) needs to be angled upwards, and the tentacle’s right arm needs to angle down (see photos).

2)  Sew each arm to the body using the spare thread on the arms (if you are unsure how to, use this other website to help).

Tentacle: Monobrow (PURPLE tentacle only)

The monobrow needs to be black.
You can either crochet this and sew it on, or cut it out of felt and glue it on.
I got frustrated with the crochet version, so I pulled out the black felt and made one in no time!
The brow needs to be furrowed so that there is a deep V that overlaps the top sucker, then angle down slightly at the ends. Look at my photos for the shape, or check the screenshots from the game.

Optional: Make a red gun for the purple tentacle out of a red pipecleaner or other material.

Hooray you have now finished your purple tentacle!

Have fun with your Tentacles! Make sure they behave 🙂 If you make them, please post a comment and link because I would love to see photos of them.

Ready to TAKE ON THE WORLD...one backyard patio at a time :P

Ready to TAKE ON THE WORLD...one backyard patio at a time 😛

Note: You are free to use this pattern to make as many tentacles as you like, but please do not post this pattern anywhere else. If you follow my pattern and  blog about it I would appreciate a link back to my website (so others can make it too!). More information about pattern use here: https://amysodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/my-crochet-patterns/

Do not sell Tentacles made from this pattern – the Tentacles are copyright Lucasarts and whoever else, so trying to make money off it (and any other copyrighted characters) would be very very bad!

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Just a quick note to say that I have made an “Amygurumi” page that will contain continually evolving lists of amigurumi resources I have found useful and the amigurumi items I have made. You will find a link to the Amygurumi page at the top of my website, or just click here.

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My Little Owl Amigurumi roosting in her tree...my jewellery tree that is! Hope she doesnt borrow too much of my jewellery...

My Little Owl Amigurumi roosting in her tree...my jewellery tree that is! Hope she doesn't borrow too much of my jewellery...

This cute little owl is the second amigurumi I have ever made, and she is quite delightful! I made her by using this free pattern from roman sock’s Instant Crochetification page.

It really is a nice easy pattern for beginners to amigurumi and crochet (like me!), mostly because you don’t have to follow a specific set of counting instructions to make it. You just keep crocheting increasing rounds until the base circle looks big enough for you, then just single crochet (which gives you the sides of the owl) until the height is the same measurement as the diameter of the base (use a ruler to check).

You then stuff it, pop on eyes, sew it up and make the ears pointy, then do the different coloured nose. Don’t worry, she explains all that – go on, go to her website and get the free pattern! I am not going to write out her pattern in full, that would be stealing 😛

Some things aren’t too clear, such as how to make the ears pointy. Which is actually good for a beginner (like me) because you can just put stitches in however you like until the ears look ear-like (for an owl of course)! The same with doing the nose, and a few other bits. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the techniques properly or your skills aren’t too great. This is the type of owl that will look cute regardless of how good you are.

So go on then: experiment and get yourself an owl amigurumi for your effort!

My Little Owl getting wisdom like all little owls do...and The Little Prince is indeed a fantastic source.

My Little Owl getting wisdom like all little owls do...and The Little Prince is indeed a fantastic source.

For those of you who aren’t sure of the basic ratio for “increasing” when doing a round in crochet, I’ll save you the time I spent looking and will give it to you:
[remember the “single crochet” here is the  US version, the equivalent stitch in Aus/UK terms is “double crochet”]

-Start: chain 2
-RND 1: 6 single crochet in the second chain [6 stitches total]
-RND 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet [12]
-RND 3: 1 single crochet in next stitch, then 2 single crochets in the following stitch. Repeat [18]
-RND 4: 1 single crochet in next stitch, 1 single crochet in following stitch, then 2 single crochets in next stitch. Repeat [24]
-RND 5: 1 single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in stitch, 2 single crochets in stitch. Repeat [ 30]

You can see that to continue your ratio to make a wider circle, you just follow the same pattern you can see emerging above (i.e. an additional single crochet in a single stitch is added before each increase for each new round).

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