Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Materials

worsted weight yarn in green, golden yellow, light brown, and one of (purple, red, orange, or blue).
tapestry needle
stuffing
safety eyes
3.75mm hook (size not important, use whatever crochets tightly)

Abbreviations
mr: magic ring (example “mr 4” means 4sc inside a mr)
sc: single crochet
inc: increase
dec: decrease
blo: back loop only
hdc: half double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
f/o: fasten-off

Contact:
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Head
Round 1: mr 7
Round 2: inc around (14)
Round 3: (sc, inc) around (21)
Round 4: (2sc, inc) around (28)
Round 5: (3sc, inc) around (35)
Round 6-10: sc around (5 rounds) (35)
Round 11: 10sc, 15inc, 10sc (50)
Round 12-13: sc around (2 rounds) (50)
Round 14: (3sc, dec) around (40)
Round 15: (2sc, dec) around (30)
Round 16: (sc, dec) around (20)
Round 17: dec around (10)
Round 18: sc around (10)
f/o, use tail to sew hole closed

Mask
ch enough to go around head with plenty to tie
Row 1-2: sc across, turn (2 rows)

The tails (that you tie) of the mask will be tapered so you need to find where the mask lays against the head and where the tails will be.

Row 3: sl st the tail, sc across, sl st tail
f/o

Legs
Make 2
round 1: mr 8
round 2: (sc, inc) around
round 3: blo sc around
round 4-15: sc around (12 rounds)
sl st f/o first leg only

Second leg, ch 2, remove from hook. Insert hook into a stitch from the first leg and pull through the ch 2 loop.

legs

Body
Continuing from the legs (legs and the body are one piece). You will have to manipulate the legs to start round one in the ch 2. Ignore the direction of the hook in the picture.
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Round 1: ch 1, sc around including 2 sc in ch 2 on both sides so it will be: 2 in ch 2, 12sc around, 2 in ch 2, 12sc around) (28)
Round 2-3: sc around (2 rounds) (28)
Round 4: 2sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 18sc, inc, 2sc, inc (32)
Round 5-7: sc around (3 rounds) (32)
Round 8: 2sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 22sc, inc, 2sc, inc (36)
Round 9-14: sc around (6 rounds) (36)
Round 15: 3sc, dec, 6sc, dec, 16sc, dec, 3sc, dec (32)
Round 16: 10sc, dec, 14sc, dec, 4sc (30)
Round 17: 10sc, dec, 13sc, dec, 3sc (28)
Round 18: 10sc, dec, 12sc, dec, 2sc (26)
Round 19: 10sc, dec, 11sc, dec, sc (24)
Round 20: (2sc, dec) around (18)
Round 21: (sc, dec) around (12)
Round 22: sc around (12)
sl st f/o

Arms
Make 2
Round 1: mr 6
Round 2: inc around (12)
Round 3-6: sc around (4 rounds) (12)
Round 7: 3dec, 4sc, dec (8)
Round 8: (sc, inc) around (12)
Round 9-11: sc around (3 rounds) (12)
Round 12: (sc, dec) around (8)
Round 13: (3sc, inc) around (10)
Round 14-17: sc around (4 rounds) (10)
Round 18: dec around (5)

Fingers
flatten arm and sc through both layers (3sc)
ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st to 1st sc along the hand
repeat for 2nd finger, sl st into 2nd sc along the hand
repeat for 3rd finger, sl st into 3rd sc along the hand
f/o

Feet
(modified from WolfDreamer)
Make 2
Round 1: mr 6
Round 2-3: sc around (2 rounds) (6)
Round 4: inc around (12)
Round 5-6: sc around (2 rounds) (12)
Toes
Flatten foot and sc across top through both sides (6sc), turn
sc in next 3, turn
sc in next 3, turn
sl st across 3, down toe, and into beginning of foot
sc in next 3, turn
sc in next 3, turn
sl st across 3
f/o

Belly
Row 1: ch 3, from 2nd ch 2sc across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 2-7: inc first and last stitch with sc in-between, ch 1, turn (6 rows)
Row 8-17: sc across (10 rounds) (14)
Row 18: sc, dec, 3sc, sl st 2, 3sc, dec, sc (12)
Row 19: hdc, dec, 2hdc, sl st 2, 2hdc, dec, hdc (10)
f/o

Shell
Round 1: mr 8
Round 2: inc around (16)
Round 3: 2inc, 4sc, 4inc, 4sc, 2inc (24)
Round 4: sc around (24)
Round 5: 2inc, 8sc, 4inc, 8sc, 2inc (32)
Round 6: sc around (32)
Round 7: 2inc, 12sc, 4inc, 12sc, 2inc (40)
Round 8: sc around (40)
sl st f/o

Shell Rim
ch 3
Row 1: sc 2nd from hook sc across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 2: repeat 2sc, ch 1, turn until long enough to go around shell. (2)
f/o

Elbow Straps
Make 2
ch 3
Row 1: 2nd ch from hook sc across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 2: sc across (2)
repeat until long enough to go around elbow
f/o

Knee Straps
Make 2
ch 4
Row 1: 2nd ch from hook sc across, ch 1, turn (3)
Row 2: sc across (3)
repeat until long enough to go around knee
f/o

Waist Strap
ch enough to go around the waist, over the shell, and tie in the front
Row 1: 2nd ch from hook sc across
f/o

Construction

Place the headband on the face and poke the safety eyes through both the headband and the head. Secure the eyes. Secure the headband with a few stitches.

The front of the body is the side with the increases, more round than the back side.

Sew the belly piece onto the front of the turtle. The bottom goes slightly between the legs. Pinning in place helps immensely.

Sew the shell onto the back. Again pinning helps! Leave a small opening to stuff before finishing. Sew the shell rim onto the shell where it meets his body.

Sew the arms on either side of the body slightly lower than the neck opening. Easier to do without the head attached.

Sew the feet onto the bottom of the legs.

Place the arm and leg bands on one at a time. Sew the ends together and then secure them into place.

Place a stitch in the waist band on the back of the shell to secure it to the turtle.

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