Icarus the Turtle of Love by Slipstitch Hollow

Icarus the Turtle of Love

April 2020
both are used in this pattern
yarn held together
+ Aran
= Aran (8 wpi) ?
5.0 mm (H)
One size only
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Icarus is a beautiful, very large toy/softy with love hearts around the sides of his shell. He can be used as a pillow, or even a bed for a cat (or small dog), or simply an amazing addition to your home decor.


Icarus is HUGE!

The shell reaches at approximately 18” across
The length from the start of the head, to the back of the shell is 26”
The length between the front fins, from tip to tip is 30”
The height of the turtle, from the bottom of the shell to the top is 7”

Difficulty: Intermediate

This pattern includes the following techniques:

  • Single crochet
  • Single crochet decreasing
  • Tapestry crochet in BACK LOOPS ONLY - I implore you to find some tutorials online and practise before starting this pattern.
  • Slip stitch
  • Crocheting in rounds and rows


  • 5mm (H) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight (4) yarn in at least 4 different colours: White for the eyes, Black for the eyes, Green for the fins and head, a colour for she shell, and a colour for the hearts.

The yarn used for the shell in the example photos is Caron Big Cakes. It provided enough yarn to make the entire shell and shell base.

  • Polyfil Stuffing
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Sewing pins (optional, but recommended)


Sc - single crochet
BLO - back loops only

  • With the exception of the turtle’s pupils, the entire pattern will be crocheted in BACK LOOPS ONLY

  • Chain 1 does not count as a single crochet

  • In the shell portion of this pattern, (Rows 34 to 43), we will be using the tapestry crochet technique to create the hearts around the side of the shell.


  • For personal use only.
  • Please do NOT sell any turtles that you make.
  • Do NOT sell the pattern, or alter it to claim it as your own.
  • If you share your work online, please credit the designer and provide a link to www.slipstitchhollow.com, or my Instagram @slipstitch_hollow.