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Tori the Turtle · Materials Prep & Planning · Creator Challenge 2022

Welcome to Sweet Softies' fifth annual Creator Challengefeaturing Tori the Turtle!  This basic sea turtle serves as the perfect canvas for you to customize into your own, unique turtle. If you haven't already, check out the Intro Page for rules and important information about this Creator Challenge.  

For this first part, we will be going through the pattern's Basic Info, Materials, & Planning (includes a free coloring sheet).


Don't want to wait for all CAL instructions? Want a printable, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF file with photo references? If so, you can purchase the PDF file for a small fee. Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!

Basic Info, Materials Prep, & Planning

For this first part, please read through the basic information regarding this pattern.  Then, download your free planning sheet (coloring page) and gather the materials! 

Want the video version for this part instead? Watch it here!  


Tori the Turtle is a quick and beginner friendly amigurumi pattern. This little sea animal can stand on its own and makes a great desk buddy or keychain accessory. Customize it with different yarn colors, fibers, and weights (try it with velvet or blanket yarn!) or with embellishments such as buttons, bows, bow ties, or flowers. It makes a great craft fair product, as well as a birthday or holiday gift for both children and adults!

Finished Size

4 inches across both ways


★☆☆☆☆ Beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below) and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (U.S. Terminology)

  • FO = fasten off
  • MR = magic ring
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase
  • dec = decrease


  • Medium weight yarn in desired colors
  • 6mm plastic safety eyes (x2)
  • 3.25mm crochet hook
  • Stuffing
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Planning Sheet

If you're like me and you have a hard time visualizing how your turtle will look in the end with your favorite color combination, you can download the Planning Sheet below.  I find it to be a helpful tool!

All you need to do is color in your turtle with your preferred colors, find the corresponding yarn color/brand, and (optional!) glue or tape down small snippets of the yarn sample.  If you'd like to add embellishments to your turtle, such as a pretty hairpiece or accessory, you can also draw it in!

Here's an example that I did digitally, since I don't have access to a working printer. It's my completed sheet for Tori.

Well, shall we start?  Let's get coloring!  Don't forget to share your photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!

Join the Community!

Participants are encouraged to share work in progress (WIP) photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group, or add your projects to Ravelry

Pattern Links

Tori the Turtle's pattern will be FREE on my blog, but an ad-free printable PDF pattern with photo references is also available for purchase. (Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!)

Want your friends to join in on this fun Creator Challenge too?  The more, the merrier!  Share this post and spread the joy of crocheting!

Happy crafting!