Well Tempered Turtle by Sandra Ronca

Well Tempered Turtle

March 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
US 4 - 3.5 mm
30 - 70 yards (27 - 64 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Here’s a toy, which is also home remedy, because it can be used as a hot-and-cold pack and teether! My samples are about 5x5x2 inches (13x13x2.5 cm) in worsted weight yarn. You can use thinner yarn double-threaded. But, please, make sure it’s microwaveable and washable, if you want to use it as home remedy. You will need approximately 50 yards altogether of green-ish and orange-ish worsted weight yarn (little more green than orange) and some dark scrap yarn and 1-2 cups of dry corn, beans or lentils. I recommend to fill the toy with dry lentils, because are very pliable and soft, but dry corn or beans, or a mix of these will work as well. The pattern gives tips for easy reopening.

The body is knit flat or in-the-round, and there are instructions for knitting head and feet flat or in-the-round on two needles. The latter is a nice skill to learn, if you like making toys, but it can be a bit tricky. There’s a mini photo tutorial for it in the pattern. Otherwise the making of this toy requires knitting skills like knit, purl, increase, decrease, and some seaming and embroidery. Crocheting, adding velcro or a cotton liner are optional.

Please check out my other “well tempered patterns” - proceeds are going towards yarn and other supplies, like beans for example. My charity knitting group “craft around corners” makes toys and other hand-knit items, which are donated to various good causes. With the proceeds of only one of the patterns we can make about ten toys!