Baby Turtle­back

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this clever de­sign. Once you make one, you’ll want to make them for all the lit­tle ones you love!

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Frances Hughes


13 sts = 4 inches/10cm in St st on ( 3 smaller nee­dle. Ex­act gauge is not crit­i­cal to this project.

Pat­tern Stitch

Blue­bell Rib (mul­ti­ple of 5 sts + 2) Row 1 (RS): P2, *k3, p2; rep from * across. Rows 2 and 4: K2, *p3, k2; rep from * across. Row 3: P2, *k3, p2; rep from * across. Row 5: P2, *yo, sl 1, k2­tog, psso, yo, p2; rep from * across. Row 6: Rep Row 2.

Rep Rows 1–6 for pat.

Pat­tern Notes

Piece is worked as a square, and then folded and sewn at the sides, leav­ing open­ings for arm­holes. When worn, the loose­ness of the rib pat­tern tends to cause the piece to “grow” in width for a flex­i­ble fit.

When mea­sur­ing length of the piece, be sure to do so with piece on a flat sur­face.


With larger nee­dle, loosely cast on 82 (92, 102, 112) sts.

Rep [Rows 1–6 of Blue­bell Rib pat] 1 (1, 2, 2) time(s).

Change to smaller nee­dle and con­tinue in pat un­til piece mea­sures 12 (14, 16, 18) inches from cas­ton edge, end­ing by work­ing a Row 6 of pat.

Change to larger nee­dle and work [Rows 1–6] 2 (2, 3, 3) times.

Bind off loosely.


Re­fer­ring to di­a­gram, fold piece in half match­ing cast-on and bound-off larg­ernee­dle edges. Mark sides 3 (31/2, 4, 41/2) inches from fold for arm­hole open­ings. Sew side seams tog join­ing area 3 to area 2 and area 4 to area 1 from marker to lower edge.

Re­fer­ring to photo, weave rib­bon be­tween sts on each side and tie at cen­ter front.

When worn, 1 large-nee­dle end be­comes the col­lar and the other be­comes the flounce.

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