The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or ninja turtles, are a popular nostalgic icon of the late 1980s and early 1990s and a crocheted rendition of these "heroes in a half shell" can be a cute gift or piece of self-made memorabilia. By using resources you already have, you can crochet your favourite amigurumi turtle.
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To make the head, you only need to crochet a sphere with green yarn. You can use your favourite sphere pattern or create your own from scratch. Spheres are usually started with a "magic ring" then continued by single crocheting six times in the ring. As you create new rows, steadily increase the number of stitches by crocheting twice in the same stitch. After you have the sphere the width you want, you can begin decreasing every row at the same rate you increased it. When it is close to being finished, stuff it full of polyester fibre fill or other filler then slip stitch to close it.
You can start the body the same way you started to crochet the head -- using the magic ring method with yellow yarn and single crocheting six times. As you continue to crochet in the round, steadily increase for the head but, when you get to the width you want, continue adding rows with just a single crochet in each stitch until it is about the length you want. Right before you are about to close it up, you can stuff the body to your liking then use the decrease stitch over the last few rows to close it.
You can make the arms and legs of your ninja turtle any size you like, but making them all about three-quarters the length of the body usually works nicely. You can start with a magic ring and six single crochets, but you should not increase the width too much, as the limbs will look chunky. Continue adding rows until it is the length you want and then stuff each one. You do not need to close it off.
To make the shell for the back, you simply need to crochet a flat circle in brown. After putting eight single crochets in the magic ring, add rows of single crochets until it is the size you want. To add shell details, you can use a yarn needle and yellow yarn to make a grid on the back of the shell.
To make the mask, you should create chain stitches until it is long enough to wrap around the head. Then you can add three rows of single crochet stitches from the chain.
Piecing it together
With a yarn needle, you can use the end strands or additional yarn to stitch them together. You can then attach the eyes on top of the mask.
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