Tortoise by Ginny Sturdy


April 2018
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 1 - 2.25 mm
273 yards (250 m)
One size
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This pattern is for a realistic tortoise. Aren’t they the most interesting creatures?

I did a lot of research to find a really tortoisey wool, and I recommend using BC Garn Allino (1x50g ball of CL03 and 1x50g ball of CL1806). Although if you wanted to use an alternative then this should be doubleknit.

The shell of the tortoise is made from individual pieces, stuffed and patchworked together. They are a little like hexipuffs, but they are knitted with a top and bottom and seamed around the edges, as this was the best way to get the different shapes needed. (Did you know that the proper name for the upper shell of a tortoise is a carapace?)

The pattern contains a chart showing you how to arrange these pieces to make the shell.

I would love to see your tortoises, so please link any projects to the pattern.