When I found out I was going to be a first-time Auntie, I was pretty darn excited! I got knitting right away (and haven’t stopped knitting wee things since).
In the beginning, not knowing whether a niece or nephew was on the way, I decided to channel my energies toward gender-neutral projects. And our oh-so-adorable Tuck turtle pattern was my first choice. (Really, who could resist him?)
This little toy is cleverly constructed so that all of Tuck’s little appendages “tuck” in–just like a real turtle. He knits up super-quick in cottony soft Spud & Chloë Sweater and will be durable for small fingers to pull legs out over and over.
Inspired by my brother’s real-life turtles, Mikey and Donna, I went with more realistic colors from the Sweater palette; dark green Chipmunk (#7511) and (appropriately) Turtle (#7514).
I think my Tuck turned out fantastic. I really liked playing with the embroidery on top of the shell. Oh, and did I mention that I was the first person to have a baby gift for the soon-to-be-parents? They both think Tuck is pretty sweet too.
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
Size: shell height: 2″
• shell length: 3″
Needles: Size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater, shown in Chipmunk #7511 and Turtle #7514
Pattern available for free, to download click here