Door 23: Tony the tortoise

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Sometimes a design just makes itself. I have a clear picture of what it needs to look like and it comes together quickly.
Tony was like that, and isn’t he just the cutest?

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Today you will need beige and green yarn, as well as a tiny bit of dark brown yarn.

Don’t forget your 2mm hook, fibrefill, a tapestry needle and scissors, and, if you battle finding the end of the round, a stitch marker. If you don’t have a stitch marker you can use a paper clip or safety-pin instead.

All the CAL tutorials  are written in US terminology, if you need to convert to UK terminology please look at my Stitch Index.

Today’s abbreviations are:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dc-cl – double crochet cluster (*Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch. Yarn over and pull through stitch. Yarn over and pull through two loops*. Repeat from * to * twice. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
dec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

It is advisable to read the directions before starting, just so you have an overview of what’s happening.

To make the shell
Ch 7 with green yarn and turn.
Row 1
(Dc-cl into third chain from hook, 1 dc in the next ch) x 2, dc-cl in next ch, ch2, turn (5 sts).
Row 2
(Dc-cl into third chain from hook, 1 dc in the next ch) x 2, dc-cl in next ch, ch1, turn (5 sts).
From now you will be working in the round.
Round 1
1 sc in each st of the five sts of the row, 4 sc along the next edge of the piece ending at the corner, 1 sc into each of the five ch of the row, 5 along the next edge of the piece ending at the first sc, slst round closed (17 sts).
Round 2
[(Hdc-inc, hdc in next st) x 2, hdc-inc, 1 sc in the next four sts] x 2, 1 sc in the next st, finish with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with enough length. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.

Make a magic ring with green yarn
Round 1
Ch2, 9 hdc into ring, slst into second ch of ch2 to close ring, pull ring tight (10 sts).
Round 2
Ch2, hdc in second ch of ch2, hdc-inc, dc-inc x 3, hdc-inc x 2, dc-inc x 3, finish with an invisible join as described above but cut a very long length of yarn to join the two pieces together.

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For the head
Make a magic ring with beige yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in the next two sts, 1 dc in the next two sts, 1 sc in the next two sts (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Cut yarn with length.

For the legs (make 4)
Make a magic ring with beige yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (5 sts).
Cut yarn with length.

For the tail
Make a magic ring with beige yarn.
Round 1
6 sc into the magic ring, pull ring closed (6 sts).
Round 2
1 sc in each st around (6 sts).
Round 3
1 sc in the next four sts, dec ( 5 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in the next three sts, dec ( 4 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in the next two sts, dec ( 3 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in the next two sts, dec ( 2 sts).
Cut yarn with length, neaten up the remaining stitches and weave the end into the tail.

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To assemble
Take the bottom piece of the shell (worked in rounds) and the head. Thread the yarn end from the head onto your needle and attach the head to the shell on the wrong side. Make sure the dc stitches are facing up. Hold the shell so that you are attaching the head on one of the short sides. Attach the head by weaving the yarn through the back bump of the stitches on the shell. You don’t need to attach it very firmly, it’s just to hold the head in place.

Repeat with the tail on the opposite end and then with the the legs, two on each side, spaced equally apart.

To attach the top part of the shell thread the long yarn end from the bottom of the shell onto your needle. Hold the top part of the shell over the bottom piece with the slightly wider short side at the front by the head, and insert the needle through the closest stitch on the top part of the shell. Insert the needle through the next stitch and out through the bottom piece. You will be working in a continuous serpentine motion: up, down, up down. When you reach one of the body parts push the piece slightly further into the body and then insert the needle through the pieces of shell as well as through that body part at least twice to secure the piece properly. Work your way around until you have only got a small opening left. Insert stuffing into the shell so that it is firm. Use the back of a pencil to push the stuffing to the inside.
Once the shell is properly stuffed finish sewing the two pieces together. Weave in the end.

To embroider the eyes and mouth
Thread a piece of dark brown yarn onto your needle and double knot the other end. Insert the needle into the head and exit on the front of the face before the dc round. Embroider two tiny eyes and then a long smiling mouth across the front of the face.
Weave in the end.

Well done on completing your Tony!
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 23.

23. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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