Free sea turtle pattern by Yarn Over with Natasha

How to crochet a sea turtle – Free pattern

Hi my crochet friend, are you looking for a fun and easy crochet project to “dive” into? Look no further! This beginner-friendly pattern will guide you through creating a cute and cuddly sea turtle. Whether you’re new to crocheting or just looking for a fun and simple project to fill up your table at the next craft market, this pattern is the perfect fit. So grab your yarn, hook, and get ready to crochet yourself a new underwater friend!”

free sea turtle pattern, easy to follow pattern for beginners

Oliver was one of my many small amigurumi I designed when I first started out writing patterns. He is super cute to make and once again the colour choices on the guy is endless!

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easy to follow free sea turtle amigurumi pattern

Size of the crochet turtle: If you use the recommended size hook and yarn weight the pattern provides, the bear will be 15cm/ 5.9 inches.

Skills: This is a beginner-friendly pattern. Basic amigurumi crochet skills are needed. Magic ring, Single crochet, increase and decrease. 

What you will need to crochet this amigurumi sea turtle pattern

Yarn Needed:

Double knit/light worsted weight yarn

  • Color A: Skin 30g
  • Color B1, B2: Shell 30g
  • Color C: belly 25g
  • Pink, white, and black embroidery thread for cheeks and face features.

Hook:  3mm 

Other tools and materials:

  • scissors
  • stuffing
  • 12/14mm safety eyes (optional)
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry needle

Stitch terms:

  • SC: Single Crochet
  • INC: INCrease
  • DEC: DECrease
  • SLP: Slip stitch
  • MC: Magic Circle
amigurumi sea turtle pattern by Yarn Over with Natasha

Here is the free crochet Sea turtle pattern:

HEAD- ( Start at the top of the head)

Colour A:

1: MC, 6 SC [6]

2: INC x6 [12]

3: (SC, INC) X6 [18]

4: (2 SC, INC) X6 [24]

5: (3 SC, INC) x6 [30]

6: (4 SC, INC) x6 [36]

7-8: SC in each stitch around [36] 

9: (5 SC, INC) x6 [42]

10-12: SC in each stitch around [42] 

13: (6 SC, INC) x6 [48]

14: (7 SC, INC) x6 [54]

(Insert safety eyes between round 14-15 about 15 stitches apart)

15: SC in each stitch around [54]

16: (7 SC, DEC) x6 [48]

17: (6 SC, DEC) x 6 [42]

18: (5 SC, DEC) x6 [36]

19: (4 SC, DEC) x6 [30]

20: (3 SC, DEC) x6 [24]

21: (2 SC, DEC) x 6 [18] – Stuff the head

22: SC in each stitch around [18]

23: (SC, DEC) x6 [12]

24-28: SC in each stitch around [12]


Make sure that you stuff the cheeks real good to give them the shape of an egg. Make sure it is firm but don’t overstuff, leaving holes at the bottom of the cheeks when you start decreasing.

Closing the neck:

Pinch the neck close between your thumb and index finger slip stitch across, inserting your hook through both stitches on either side.

Leave a strand of yarn to sew the neck onto the inside of the shell.

Add to your sea creature collection by making this super cute jelly fish! You can find the pattern on my blog for free by clicking HERE.


Colour A:

1: MC, 6 SC [6]

Don’t pull the ring tight; place it over the eye before you do. Once you have hooked the yarn over the eye, pull it tight. Leave a strand to sew the outer corner of the eyes to the face; The eyelid should be drooping over each eye.

Facial features:

White of the eyes:

With white cotton/ thread, place a stitch on the outer corner of each eye. Go as close to the eye as possible. Don’t pull too tight otherwise, the thread will slip in under the eye.

Scales on face:

Using the yarn from the shell or different colour of your choice make small knots at the front of the forehead to create the scales. I just placed them randomly.

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SHELL: (Start at the top of the shell)

Colour B1:

1: MC, 6 SC [6]

2: INC x6 [12]

3: (SC, INC) X6 [18]

Colour B2:

4: (2 SC, INC) X6 [24]

Colour B1:

5: (3 SC, INC) x6 [30]

6: (4 SC, INC) x6 [36]

7: (5 SC, INC) x6 [42]

Colour B2:

8: (6 SC, INC) x6 [48]

Colour B1:

9: (7 SC, INC) x6 [54]

10-11: SC in each stitch around [54] *2 Rounds*

12: (7 SC, DEC) x 6 [48]

Colour B2 at round 14:

13-14: SC in each stitch around [48] *2 Rounds*

End off with a slip stitch



Colour C:

1: MC, 6 SC [6]

2: INC x6 [12]

3: (SC, INC) X6 [18]

4: (2 SC, INC) X6 [24]

5: (3 SC, INC) x6 [30]

6: (4 SC, INC) x6 [36]

7: (5 SC, INC) x6 [42]

8: (6 SC, INC) x6 [48]

9: SC in each stitch [48]

End with a slip stitch but leave a long strand to stitch the belly plate to the shell.

Free crochet whale pattern

Now that you have a sea turtle, a Jelly fish, you need to make this whale! Grab your Free pattern here on my blog, just click HERE.


Colour A:

1: MC, 6 SC [6]

2: INC x6 [12]

3: (SC, INC) X6 [18]

4: (2 SC, INC) X6 [24]

5: (3 SC, INC) x6 [30]

6: (4 SC, INC) x6 [36]

7: (5 SC, INC) x6 [42]

Don’t cut the yarn, fold the circle in half. Pinch it between your thumb and index finger and slip stitch across.

Leave a strand of cotton to attach the flipper to the shell.

ASSEMBLING of head and flippers:

Head: Attach the neck on the inside of the shell with your tapestry needle. You only attach it to the inner stitch of your shell so that the stitch is not visible on the outside.


NOTE: The rounded edge of each flipper should be in the front, facing the head.

Flippers: Each flipper should be 3 stitched away from the neck. Attach the flipper the same way as the neck. These front flippers should go out almost vertical.

Back Flippers: Each flipper should be 8 stitches from the front flipper. The flat side of the flippers should be facing each other.


Flip Oliver over and place a little bit of stuffing in his shell. Using your tapestry needle, you will sew the belly plate to his shell.

TIP: Secure the belly plate with bobby pins/paperclips or stitch markers if you find it difficult to hold it in place.


Work around his shell by only using the backstitch so that the belly plate yarn color isn’t showing. When you reach a flipper or the neck, work through them.


The head is a bit top-heavy, so you need to add a stitch between the head and body to keep it in place, using the same color yarn as the shell.


free pattern for a crochet sea turtle

And you are done! I hope you enjoyed making this sea turtle as much as I did! 

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