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Giant Tortoise measures 5in (13cm) long
26 sts x 34 rows measure 4in (10cm) square over st-st using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn before stuffing
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Top of shell
Using the long tail method and A, cast on 61 sts.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1, (m1, k6) to end (71 sts).
Rows 3 to 5: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.
Join on B and work in A and B, carrying yarn loosely up side of work, and shape:
Row 6: Using B, k1, (k2tog, k5) to end (61 sts).
Row 7: Using B, knit.
Row 8: Using A, k6, (s1p, k5) to last st, k1.
Row 9: Using A, p6, (s1p, p5) to last st, p1.
Rows 10 and 11: Rep rows 8 and 9 once.
Rows 12 and 13: Using B, work 2 rows in g-st.
Row 14: Using A, k3, (s1p, k5) to last 4 sts, s1p, k3.
Row 15: Using A, p3, (s1p, p5) to last 4 sts, s1p, p3.
Row 16: Using A, k3, s1p, (k2tog, k1, k2tog, s1p) to last 3 sts, k3 (43 sts).
Row 17: Using A, p3, (s1p, p3) to end.
Rows 18 and 19: Using B, work 2 rows in g-st.
Row 20: Using A, k5, (s1p, k7) 4 times, s1p, k5.
Row 21: Using A, p5, (s1p, p7) 4 times, s1p, p5.
Row 22: Using A, k3, (k2tog, s1p, k2tog, k3) to end (33 sts).
Row 23: Using A, p1, p2tog, (p1, s1p, p1, p3tog) 4 times, p1, s1p, p1, p2tog, p1 (23 sts).
Row 24: Using B, knit.
Using B, cast off pwise.
Using the long tail method and C, cast on 60 sts.
Row 1 and foll 4 alt rows: Purl.
Row 2: *(K2, k2tog) twice, k14, (k2tog, k2) twice; rep from * once (52 sts).
Row 4: *(K2, k2tog) twice, k10, (k2tog, k2) twice; rep from * once (44 sts).
Row 6: *(K2, k2tog) twice, k6, (k2tog, k2) twice; rep from * once (36 sts).
Row 8: *(K2, k2tog) twice, k2, (k2tog, k2) twice; rep from * once (28 sts).
Row 10: *(K2tog) twice, k6, (k2tog) twice; rep from * once (20 sts).
Cast off pwise.
Using the long tail method and C, cast on 12 sts.
Rows 1 to 3: Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st-st.
Row 4: K4, (m1, k1) twice, (k1, m1) twice, k4 (16 sts).
Rows 5 to 19: Beg with a p row, work 15 rows in st-st.
Row 20: (K2tog) to end (8 sts).
Thread yarn through sts on needle, pull tight and secure by threading yarn a second time through sts.
Legs (make 4)
Using the long tail method and C, cast on 14 sts.
Rows 1 to 7: Beg with a p row, work 7 rows in st-st.
Note: Sew up all row-end seams on right side using mattress stitch one stitch in from the edge, unless otherwise stated; a one-stitch seam allowance has been allowed for this.
Fold cast-off stitches of top of shell in half and sew up. Repeat for under shell. Sew up row ends of shell and under shell. Fold outside edge of top of shell under and hem to underneath. Place pieces of top of shell and under shell together with wrong sides together. Sew around outside edge leaving a gap, stuff and sew up gap.
Sew up row ends of head and stuff head. Sew across cast-on stitches and sew head to front of body.
Fold cast-on stitches of legs in half and oversew. Sew up row ends and stuff legs with tweezers or tip of scissors. Sew across cast-off stitches and sew legs to body.
Embroider eyes in black and mark their position with two pins on sides of head. Make a chain stitch for each eye and a second chain stitch on top of first. Embroider mouth in black using a straight stitch.
To begin embroidery invisibly, tie a knot in the end of the yarn. Take a large stitch through the work, coming up to begin the embroidery. Allow the knot to disappear through the knitting and be caught in the stuffing. To fasten off invisibly, sew a few stitches back and forth through the work, inserting the needle where the yarn comes out.