Sea Turtle Baby Tank

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Capture the journey of turtles traveling to the ocean with this adorable tank that features a turtle accent on one shoulder. Customize your project by adding more turtles to join in on the journey. And best of all, this tank can be made for less than $15 by using leftover yarn!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Chest Size 20 (22, 24, 26, 28)” to fit bust 21 (23, 25, 26.5, 28)”

Length from shoulder to hem 14 (14.5, 15, 16, 18)”

0” ease recommended.

Shown in size 20”.

Gauge: 2 pattern repeats and 12 rows = 3.5” after steam blocking

Materials

Super fine weight yarnYarn: Loops & Threads Woolike (85% Acrylic, 15% Nylon; 678 yards [620 meters]/100 grams): Navy (MC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball), Ice Blue (CC1, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball), Tan (CC2, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) balls), Sage (CC3, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball)

Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

This pattern has one motif and two panels worked bottom up, assembled after all components are complete.

To make a gauge for the pattern repeat, ch 22, dc in 3rd ch, *dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, dc3tog; rep from * once more, replacing final dc3tog with dc2tog.

Pattern

Front

With MC, ch 62 (72, 72, 82, 92).

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, *dc3tog over next 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, ending with dc in next 3 ch, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in next 4 dc (counts as dc2tog, 3 dc), *3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog in next st, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.

Rows 3-16 (3-16, 3-16, 3-16, 3-16): Using MC, rep Row 2.

Rows 17-28 (17-28, 17-28, 17-30, 17-30): Using CC1, rep Row 2.

Rows 29-32 (29-32, 29-32, 29-32, 31-34, 31-36): Using CC2, rep Row 2.

Front Shaping

Row 1: Sl st in first 4 sts, ch 2, (dc3tog over next 3 sts) twice, *dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, dc3tog over next 3 sts. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog) *dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog; rep from 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in first st (counts as dc2tog), *dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, omitting last dc3tog and working dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.

Rep last row 7 (9, 13, 15,15) more times, ending on Right Shoulder. Turn.

Front Strap

Row 1: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in first st (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog over next 3 sts. Turn.

Rep last row 4 (6, 6, 8, 8) more times.

Fasten off.

Back

With MC, ch 62 (72, 72, 82, 92).

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from end (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, *dc3tog over next 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 3 ch; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, dc2tog in last 2 ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in next 4 dc (counts as dc2tog, 3 dc), *3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog in last 2 sts. Turn.

Rows 3-16 (3-16, 3-16, 3-16, 3-16): Using MC, rep Row 2.

Rows 17-28 (17-28, 17-28, 17-30, 17-30): Using CC1, rep Row 2.

Rows 29-32 (29-32, 29-32, 29-32, 31-34, 31-36): Using CC2, rep Row 2.

Back Shaping

Row 1: With CC2, sl st in first 4 sts, ch 2, (dc3tog over next 3 sts) twice, *dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) times, dc3tog over next 3 sts. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog), *dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times.

Row 3: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in first st (counts as dc2tog), *dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sts; rep from * 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) more times, omitting last dc3tog and working dc2tog in last 2 sts.

Rep last row 9 (11, 15, 17,17) more times, ending on Right Shoulder. Turn.

Do not fasten off.

Left Strap

Row 1: Ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in first st (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog over next 2 sts. Turn.

Rep last row 3 (5, 5, 7, 7) more times. Turn.

Last Row: Ch 3, sk base of ch, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in last st.

Fasten off.

Right Strap

Row 1: Join to opposite side with sl st, ch 2, sk base of ch, dc in first st (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog over next 2 sts. Turn

Rep last row 3 (5, 5, 7, 7) more times. Turn.

Last Row: Ch 3, sk base of ch, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in last st.

Fasten off.

Turtle Motif (make 1)

Optional Addition: Make 3 and affix 2 to front of shirt.

Turtle Body

Ch 8, join with sl st to form a circle.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc into circle, (ch 3, 2 dc into circle) 3 times, join to top of 3rd ch with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, (sk next 2 dc, 3 dc into next ch-sp) twice, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, (sk next 2 dc, 3 dc in next ch-sp) twice, omitting last dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.

Sizes 20 (22)” only

Fasten off.

Sizes – (-, 24, 26, 28)” only

Rnd 3: Ch 7 (counts as dc, ch 4), 4 dc in same ch-sp, (sk next 3 dc, 4 dc in next ch-sp) 3 times, ch 4, 4 dc in same ch-sp, (sk next 3 dc, 4 dc in next ch-sp) 3 times, omitting last dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.

Last Rnd: Sc in each st around.

Fasten off.

Turtle Neck and Head

Ch 7.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch, dc in next 3 ch. Turn.

Rows 2-5: Ch 3, sk base of ch, dc in each st across. Turn.

Row 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in 2nd st, 2 tr in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in last st.

Fasten off.

Turtle Legs (make 4)

Ch 12.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch, sc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, dc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sc in next st.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Turtle Assembly

Fold neck in half and sew bottom edge to base of Row 6. Sew neck to Body. This gives the head some structure.

Attach one leg to Body on both sides of Head, approximately in final cluster of dc. Attach two rear legs to opposite end of Turtle Body, with one in each cluster of dc at rear.

Shirt Assembly

Line up Front and Back of Tank so that colors align and front side of tank that has a strap is on your right. Using the color of the section you’re joining, stitch sides together, switching colors to match sections.

Stitch strap that is on your right together and turn Tank inside out (so seams remain on the inside of the tank.)

Finish Tank at this stage using CC2 and single crochet spaced evenly around arm and neck openings.

Using CC3, attach hind legs to top of back strap.

Attach one front leg each to the peak of the last two waves at top of front.

Optional: If you made extra turtles, attach diagonally across front of tank, so that turtles are crawling towards the sea!

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