From February 28th through March 31st 2013 - $3 of every purchase will be donated to THE HISTIOCYTOSIS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. in JOSH TALBOTS name.
4/1/13 - Edit to add update ----- $471.69 from the sales of this pattern were donated!!! A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT PURCHASED turtle, TURTLE AND SUPPORTED THE FUNDRAISER - KNITTERS ROCK!!!
FEBRUARY 28TH IS RARE DISEASE DAY - Let’s work together to bring awareness and make a difference!
A note about the pattern:
turtle, TURTLE is a very special design that was inspired by the whimsical artwork of Josh Talbot. Josh’s young life was cut short in 2008 from a rare disorder know as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis or HLH.
I was so honored when my friend Lauren/lemknitcrochet of lemknitcrochet designs & podcast asked me to design something based on Josh’s artwork. She trusted me with something so personal and close to her heart and I hope I succeeded in showcasing Josh’s wonderfully creative spirit. Lauren is an amazing crusader in bringing awareness to this very rare disorder and I feel very fortunate to be involved with such an important cause.
If you would like to donate directly, please visit Lauren McMordie’s fundraising page located at -
Every little bit helps to bring attention to this and other rare diseases. Together we can help to bring awareness and hopefully find the cause and a cure. For more information on HLH and Laurens fundraiser, please join the lemknitcrochet designs group here on Ravelry. You can also get to know more about Josh & see some of his amazing artwork on Laurens podcast, lemknitcrochet - available on itunes, blip tv and her blog.
- knitting in the round
Materials & Tools
- Worsted Weight yarn or yarn of your choice - approx 100 -110 yards each of a MC (main color) and CC (contrast color)
- Needle size will vary depending on the yarn you use. On worsted weight yarn I use a US 5 or US 6. I suggest going down 1 - 2 sizes from the smallest needle size for the recommended gauge on the yarn label.
- this project can be worked on DPN’s, 2 circs or a 40” circular for Magic Loop (my preferred method), just make sure to distribute your stitches evenly for working in the round
- tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
- wool felt (small piece for eyes)
- penny (for tracing onto felt for eyes)
- fabric glue (very small amount for securing felt on the eyes)
- stitch marker(s) (for marking the beginning of round & front side of knitting)
- safety eyes OR craft eyes OR buttons - both samples seen here used 7.5mm purchased from etsy seller 6060
- embroidery floss or yarn scraps for smile/mouth
- polyfil - and lots of it, that shell really eats it up!
- pipe cleaners
You want a tight fabric when knitting toys so the polyfil won’t poke through. I always go down 1 - 2 needle sizes from the smallest size recommended on the yarn label. I typically use a US 5 or 6 for
Worsted, US 2 or 3 for DK & US 0 or 1 for Fingering. These are only suggestions and everyone knits differently, so as long as you
are getting a dense fabric, you‘re good
I hope you enjoy this very special pattern! Happy knitting & creating,
~Susan aka NoKnitSherlock ♥