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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / amigurumi teenage mutant ninja turtles - with pattern for alternate shell on: March 30, 2008 05:20:37 PM
As soon as I saw atsuko's awesome TMNT pattern ( https://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!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Ninjas (but don't call them little) on: January 21, 2008 09:33:13 PM
Don't call them little, or they'll kill you. You can see it in their eyes....
Used this delightful pattern: http://rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=4

I made one for each of my brothers for Christmas.

Then I made one for my son, and a ninja cat for my daughter (they're not holding hands. Do not dare to suggest such a thing!).

This is the back view. The ninja cat's tail allows it to stand on its own. Sadly, the other ninja has to be propped. (No he doesn't! It's a trick! don't fall for it!)

I need one for me... or maybe I'll just use the pattern and make myself a Domoku!

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn (I swear it's black - also white and light country peach) and safety eyes (I get mine from crscraft.com - 9mm black, 12mm cat eyes). Also a 3.5mm hook.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon (my first time sharing a project!) on: January 19, 2008 12:14:32 PM
Christmas present for my five year old, dragon-loving daughter. Made from Angry Angel's awesome dragon pattern, found on her blog here: http://heavens-hellcat.livejournal.com/807.html
It was somewhat intensive on the assembly end, but it's so gorgeous I can't get over it.

Fierce eyes. I may have to make her another with slightly friendlier eyes... and steal this one for myself!

Look at those wings! So amazing!
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