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!

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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