GAUGE: 4 spaces = 1.5" NOTE: Change size of hook if necessary to keep this gauge.
Notes from Pattern Editor: I nearly had a nervous breakdown trying to figure out the instructions from the 1948 pattern. Back then, they must have figured you were a mindreader. O.K. Partners, here goes my version of Soapy the Washcloth Turtle.
BODY: Ch 5, slip stitch in first ch to join. (note: this will be the area the tail is attached to after the body is finished.)
1st round: Ch 3, work 15 dc in ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 3 (16 sts, counting ch3)
2nd round: Ch 4, FPdc around 1st dc, *ch 1, 1 FPdc around next dc, repeat from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of starting Ch 4
3rd round: sc around post of dc below, then ch 6, 1 FPtr around next dc, *ch 2, 1 FPtr around next dc, repeat from * to end of round; join with sl st in 4th ch of starting Ch 6.
4th thru 14th rounds: sc around post of tr below, then ch 7, 1 FPtr around next tr, *ch 3, 1 FPtr around next tr, repeat from * to end of round; join with sl st in 4th ch of starting Ch 7. Fasten off.
***NOTE: Now you will have a long U-shaped body. The tail will be attached to the starting Ch 5 place, and the head will eventually stick out of the upper part, which will be gathered with a ribbon around the neck. Also, this body will be stuffed with foam rubber in an oval shape (I did this), or you could use an oval piece of soap to stick in there.
LEGS (Make 4):
NOW, count down, skipping next 4 loops and attach thread with sl st in next loop. (2nd leg on side). Work legs on other side of turtle body to correspond with first side. (What I do here is leave one more row on top of turtle so that his "shell" will be higher on top - in other words, do the first two legs, then count "across" the body, skipping 9 squares. On the bottom there will be 7 squares showing across.)
Stuff with foam rubber.
Fold head together to close opening. Work 1 sc in each of 8 stitches (through both thicknesses), turn, and do not fasten off. Join with body of turtle:
NOW: open body of turtle and count down 3 rows inside from flat top edge (edge being the first row). Find the two center loops (were still on the inside of the body). There are 8 stitches on the turtle head edge We're going to attach 4 stitches to one loop and 4 stitches to the other loop.
Work 1 sc in each of 4 sts of head and around one of the above loops simultaneously. Then again the other 4 sts of head and around the next loop. Ch 1, turn , skip 1st st, 1 sc in each of the next two sts. Join with sl st in last stitch.Fasten Off.
NOW - With Contrasting Color (I used white):
Join with sl st in corner of body top (flat top edge). Ch 1, work 4 sc in each space of top round, and down along sides (on same round as legs are attached), and up leg (Note: in outer corner of leg, make 5 sc, ch 4, 1 sc, 4 sc in next loop, sc, ch 4, sc in center loop, 4 sc in next loop, and 1 sc, ch 4, 5 sc in next outer corner of leg. Continue with 4 sc in each space around except for tail, which will be 12 sc in large end loop of tail. Continue around, Fasten off.
Use buttons or embroider eyes and mouth on head (optional - looks cute even without this).
STUFF BODY: I used a piece of foam rubber (about 1-1/2" to 2" thick), cut into an oval shape, for the stuffing. You may also stuff the body with an oval piece of soap.
NOW: Thread 1/4" thick ribbon through the second round of loops down from flat edge of body this will be around the head, which is now sticking out of the center of the gathering. Tie a bow on top of neck.
This pattern was originally published in 1948 by Modern Knitting. The original 1948 version of the pattern is part of Margaret Gussenhoven Logan's library and was donated to Crochet Partners by her daughter, Donna Logan. In November 96, it was tested and revised by Barbara Coman for Crochet Partners. We have made a good faith effort to determine whether patterns bearing copyright dates of 1973 or earlier have been renewed before posting. If displayed on the original document, the name of the original copyright holder and the date of publication is included in the posting. This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not reprint this pattern in any form without the copyright owner's permission. Pattern donated to Crochet Partners' Pattern Library and printed with permission. Every effort has been made to provide accurate and complete instructions. We cannot be responsible for your personal stitch variances, human errors, or typographical mistakes.