GAUGE: 10 sts = 4"; 11 rows = 4" in sc with smaller hook and double strand of yarn. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Note: Pillow insert used is a soft standard size pillow. Due to differences in pillow stuffing and size, check cover for fit before finishing off.
Special AbbreviationSc2tog = [draw up a loop in next st] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
With smaller hook and double strand of A; ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join but work in continuous rounds. Mark last st of round and move marker up each round.
Round 1: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Round 2: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times – 18 sc.
Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times – 24 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times – 30 sc.
Round 5: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 6 times – 36 sc.
Round 6: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 6 times – 42 sc.
Round 7: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc] 6 times – 48 sc.
Rounds 8-19: Sc in each sc around.
Round 20: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 42 sc.
Round 21: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog] 6 times – 36 sc.
Round 22: * [Sc2tog] 4 times, sc in next 10 sc; repeat from * around – 28 sc.
Round 23: * [Sc2tog] twice, sc in next 10 sc; repeat from * around – 24 sc. Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff Head with fiberfill, adding more as necessary before closing.
ShellWith larger hook and triple strand of B, ch 4; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Pillow CoverWith smaller hook and double strand of A, ch 74; join with a slip st in first ch being careful that ch is not twisted.
Closing StrapWith smaller hook and double strand of A, ch 8.
FinishingUsing a long needle and thick thread, create eyes by sewing the buttons onto the face as pictured. Weave and trim ends.
Sew end seam of pillow cover closed, using yarn tail. Insert pillow and close opposite seam in same fashion.
Center shell on turtle body. Attach by sewing using yarn, making seams 1" from the edge of the shell to form shell edge.
Working along the short sides of the rectangular pillow, locate the midpoint. Pin the closing strap at this midpoint and attach securely by sewing using yarn tail. On the opposite side sew a 2" wide piece of loop side of the Velcro to the pillow cover using matching sewing thread and a sharp needle. Sew hook part of the Velcro along the end of the strap.
Working along the longer side of the rectangular pillow, locate the midpoint of the pillow and attach the head securely with yarn and a tapestry needle.
ABBREVIATIONS: A, B, C = color A, B, C; ch = chain; hdc = half double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch (es); tog = together; yo = yarn over; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated;  = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.