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« on: March 30, 2008 05:20:37 PM »

As soon as I saw atsuko's awesome TMNT pattern ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209461.0 ), I knew I had to make some for my kids. (And probably pretty soon for my brother, LOL.) I made Leonardo for my son, and a pink one for my daughter -- I named it Artemisia. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_Gentileschi )

I used an F hook and soft, worsted weight yarn; the shells are a cool variegated Lion Brand Wool-Ease called Wood.

Also, I loved the pattern, but I wanted to try something a little different for the shell (I thought the original, while adorable, looked kinda like a little backpack. Smiley ). So here's the rough transcription of the pattern I came up with - quite rough, it's basically an oval, I hope I wrote it in a way that makes sense (it also uses reverse single crochet, also known as crab stitch, which is kind of a bear, but I thought gave a perfect edge for a turtle shell). (Here's a link to a video of how to do crab stitch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhSbycwfpdo and here are two different written versions: http://www.needlecraftuniversity.com/libcrochet.htm (scroll down) and http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa112997.htm )

Alternate oval shell pattern:

Ch. 5
1. Sk 1 ch, sc down one side, 3 sc in end ch, sc up back loops of chain, 2 sc in first chain.
2. sc around, putting 3 sc in each end.
3. sc down one side, 3 sc in end, sc other side, 2 sc in st before end, 3 sc in end
4. 2 sc in 1st st after end, sc down one side, 2 sc in st before end, 3 sc in end, 2 sc next st, sc down side, sl st 4th and 3rd st before end
5. Work crab stitch (reverse single crochet) in front loops only all around, join to 1st crab st, leave long tail for sewing.

Sew on turtle using back loops of row 4, I stuffed mine slightly with yarn scraps before finishing this.

Thank you so much for the pattern, atsuko!! I love it!

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008 05:35:17 PM »

woah! i love the colours of the yarn you used Smiley great job - they're so cool

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008 01:16:57 PM »

Very cute. That's what I like about Craftster the sharing of ideas. Thanks for sharing your shell version.
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008 03:20:57 PM »

awwww cute great job! i think in a late 90s they had a tmnt live action show that had a female turtle but they show was really bad and i couldnt watch it  after like 3 eppys

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008 07:34:04 PM »

Thanks for the pattern! Those are so awesome, they are definetely going in my crochet que Smiley

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