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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Today – a crochet pattern, just for you. Enjoy!

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I made this scarf for my child-of-the-80’s husband! Turtle power!!

ninja scarf

I have Louise to credit for this idea. I developed this TMNT pattern from the Skull Scarf kits I put together for our halloween bazaar. Lou poked fun at one attempt saying it looked more like a ninja turtle than a skull. “Oooo!” I thought, “Good idea!!”.

The original skull pattern I was inspired by came from Yella. With a bit of tweaking and experimentation I think I have come up with something fun, easy and “totally gnarly, dude!”. I really encourage people to try adapting and customising crochet patterns as you learn so much from the experience. It is not as difficult as you might think! As you begin to understand the different crochet stitches and try different designs challenge yourself (and your confidence) with some improv crochet.

So, without further ado…the pattern! (First pattern I’ve even written so if there are any suggestions on how to make it better then let me know!!)

crochetTMNT copy

Instructions

Step 1: Eyes (RED for Raphael, ORANGE for Michelangelo, BLUE for Leonardo and PURPLE for Donatello)

ch12 and slip st into first ch to make a foundation ring.

ch12 again and slip st into first ch of this round to make a second foundation ring (like a figure 8).

sc6 into first ring, ch5 and slip st back 4, sc1 into the ring, ch5 and slip back 4,  sc7 into the ring.

sc14 into second ring and slip st to finish.

Step 2: Forehead (GREEN)

Finding the first stitch is hard to describe…I hope this makes sense.

sc in 6th st from the last slip st in ‘the centre’.

Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3 to make 12st in this row. Turn work.

*sc in 1st st from hook. sc1 into each st except the last one. Turn work.*

repeat to make 5 rows with the final row being 8st. Slip st to finish.

Step 3: Mouth (GREEN)

Row 1 – sc in 6th st from ‘the centre’. sc1 in each st to make 12st. Turn work.

Row 2 – sc in 1st st from hook. Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3. (12st total)

Row 3 – ch6. sc into 5th st in row2. sc3 more into the row. ch6. Slip st into last st of row 2. Turn work

Row 4 – sc10 into the ring that has been made by row 3. sc4 into 4st of row 3 shown in bold. sc10 into the next ring. Slip st into first st of row 2 to finish.

Step 4: Joining

To join the heads together to make a scarf simply create 5 rows (or more if you like) of 8st from the top of the head then either join using slip st to the chin of the next turtle head or whip stitch using needle and matching yarn. I used a light brown much like the turtles chest color.

Other ideas for joining:

Making coloured stripes based on their mask colours.

Grey circles like manhole covers

Pizza slices

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Here is a stitch chart for your reference

Please share your work if you give this pattern a go. I would love to see what people come up with!

ATTENTION: This free pattern is shared for personal use only. Please do not publish or sell for commercial purposes without permission. Respect and credit where it is due!

How To: Tissue Paper Flowers

You will need:

Scissors
Tissue paper
A little bit of tape to finish them off
To make one flower you need two coloured strips each measuring 10 cm x 75cm. The size of the strips will influence the size of the flower petals so feel free to play around with the measurements for more variety. Mix and match the colours between flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start by rolling up one strip of the tissue. The first roll will be your flower colour. Don’t roll it too tight…you want to be able to fit your pinky finger inside for a good size.

Leave a tail about 7-8cm at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line up the next strip of tissue (your leaf colour) so that it can be wound onto the roll.

Roll them together so that you have one colour on the outside and another on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flatten two thirds of the tube and make a cut at the base of this going across the tube.

(My example looks more like half way but I intended to have the flattened section showing on the right…see?)

The cut should come pretty close to the edge but be careful not to cut all the way through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flattened section cut a curved line from the top edge/corner round to the first cut. You are cutting through many layers of tissue which can be pretty hard going. Be careful not the cut through the narrow area that is created by the first cut.

When this section is folded open it will create a petal/leaf shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a few petals/leaves that alternate in colour in the middle of your ‘stack’.  Also there will may be some that are cut in half. Pluck them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fold down the leaf colour. You can trim the end to create a point and make a serrated edge. The leaf shape is up to you so experiment!

The same goes for the petal. Here I have rounded it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll the petals around a pen. Please note that this is a Jumbo Sharpie pen and it’s not that I have freakishly small hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinch the edges of the petals as they are around the pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should end up with something that looks like this…now for the über fun part!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By holding the base as shown in the picture and then pulling at the first petal carefully extend the tube to make THIS!

By gently winding the tube tighter the leaves and petals will create a spiral. This is the tricky part. You want to make sure the tube ‘tension’ stays even.

Once you have created a cool spiral you need to push the top back down to its original position…only this time all the leaves and petals are beautifully arranged to create a flower. This part is maybe the hardest bit. Do it slowly taking your time. You may need to adjust the tightness of the tube to allow it to squash down easier.

Once you are done a little sticky tape at the base will hold everything together.

That was fun right?

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make anything exciting with your flowers (headdress, flower arrangement, garland, parade float!) I would LOVE to see pictures of your creations!