Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Free Crochet Pattern

Easy / UK Standard Terms

What you need

  • 1.5 mm crochet hook
  • 1 sewing needle
  • Green yarn
  • Blue, red, orange or purple yarn Dark green yarn
  • Beige yarn
  • A pair of safety eyes (5 mm)
Dimensions: 2.5” x 1” x 1.5” (7.5 x 4 x 4.5 cm)
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Stitches

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • dc: double crochet
  • BLO: back loop only
  • inc: increase (2 dc in one loop)
  • dc2tog: pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops

Process

Head & Body

Start with green yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, work 6 dc into first ch - 6 st.
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each st around - 12 st.
Rnd 3: [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 6 times - 18 st.
Rnd 4: [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st] 6 times - 24 st.
Rnd 5-6: (2 rounds) dc in each st around - 24 st.

Change to colored yarn (red, blue, purple or orange).

Rnd 7: BLO dc in each st around - 24 st.
Rnd 8: dc in each st around - 24 st.

Change to green yarn.

Rnd 9: BLO dc in each st around - 24 st.
Rnd 10-11: (2 rounds) dc in each st around - 24 st.
Rnd 12: [dc2tog, dc in next 2 st] 6 times - 18 st.

Fit eyes between rounds 7 and 8, positioning the start of rounds at the back of the head. Stuff head.

Rnd 13: [dc2tog, dc in next st] 6 times - 12 st.
Rnd 14: [dc2tog] 6 times - 6 st.
Rnd 15: 2 dc in each st around - 12 st.
Rnd 16: [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 6 times - 18 st.
Rnd 17-23: (7 rounds) dc in each st around - 18 st. + 2 dc to recenter.

dc until you reach the center, then count 9 back from that stitch and sl st.

Legs

Continue from where you left off.

Rnd 24-25: (2 rounds) dc in each st to create a circle - 9 st.
Rnd 26: dc2tog, dc in next 3 st, dc2tog, dc in next 2 st - 7 st.

Change to colored yarn.

Rnd 27: dc in each st around - 7 st.

Change to green yarn.

Rnd 28: dc in each st around - 7 st.
Rnd: 29: dc2tog and fasten off.

For the other leg, start in the center and repeat instructions from Rnd 24.

Arms (Make 2)

Start with green yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, work 5 dc into first ch - 5 st.
Rnd 2: dc in each st around - 5 st.

Change to colored yarn.

Rnd 3: dc in each st around - 5 st.

Change to green yarn.

Rnd 4-7: (4 rounds) dc in each st around - 5 st.

Fasten off and leave around 6.5” (~17cm) of yarn to sew to the body.

Abdomen

Start with beige yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, work 5 dc into first ch - 5 st.
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each st around - 10 st.
Rnd 3: [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 5 times and fasten off - 15 st.

Shell

Rnd 1: ch 2, work 5 dc into first ch - 5 st.
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each st around - 10 st.
Rnd 3: [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 5 times - 15 st.
Rnd 4: [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st] 5 times - 20 st.
Rnd 6-8: (3 rounds) dc in each st around - 20 st.
Rnd 9: 2 dc in each st around - 40 st.
Rnd 10: Twist the shell, insert the hook in the inside wall and dc 20 - 20 st.
Rnd 11: [dc2tog] 10 times - 10 st.
Rnd 12: [dc2tog] 5 times - 5 st.

Stuff shell.

Rnd 13: dc2tog until closing the circle. Sew all parts together.

Belt & Eye Mask Tieback

Rnd 1: ch 40 and close off. Tie around the waist.

For the eye mask tieback: Ch 4, insert hook on the previous stitch, dc in the next 3 st. From there ch 4 and repeat the process. Attach to the back of the head.

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About the author

Adriana Maronese

I taught myself how to crochet a few years ago and haven’t been able to stop since then. I created this platform to help passionate crocheters like me feel inspired to create more. Because I truly believe life without art would be just boring.
To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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