On Saturday, I took my boys out to the mall so that my older son, Hayden, could go to Build-A-Bear Workshop! Much to my husband’s delight, he decided on a Pikachu. After spending a bit of extra on a “beating” heart, I balked a bit at the prices of the clothes for stuffed animals, and we settled on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat. When we returned home, my husband was just as excited as I thought he would be. Pikachu hasn’t left Hayden’s side since he chose him, either! My husband was also excited about the turtle’s hat. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell who’s the bigger TMNT fan! He made an offhand comment about being sad he didn’t have one in his size. Naturally, I had an, “ahHA!” moment and excitedly replied, “I can crochet that!” So, I spent the next several hours working up an adult sized turtle’s hat.
This turtle’s hat is easy enough for most beginners to do! The “hardest” part is the “magic circle”. If you don’t know how to do the “magic circle”, double crochet, or single crochet, I have linked instructional videos below for you!
You can buy this turtle hat in my Etsy shop!
1 skein green yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in “Fern”) for the turtle head part
1 skein blue/red/orange/purple (depending on the turtle you want to make, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in “Really Red”) for the “mask” part
1 size 5.5mm hook
1 tapestry needle to weave in ends
NOTES: I absolutely LOVE Tamara Kelly over at Moogly! She has a fantastic video tutorial on how to do the magic circle if you don’t already know how. I prefer this method to the “chain X and join”, as this leaves no hole in the middle.
Stitches and Abbreviations Used:
Double Crochet(dc): Learn to do a double crochet here.
Single Crochet(sc): Learn to do a single crochet here.
(Xdc):Number of double crochet stitches total in that row
(Xsc): Number of single crochet stitches in that row
Round 1: Make a magic circle, chain 2, and dc ten stitches in, joining at the top of the first dc with a slip stitch. (10dc)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch, and each dc around, joining at the end. (20dc)
Round 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in next. Repeat *1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in next stitch* 9 more times. Jion. (30dc)
Round 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in the same stitch and the second stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch. Repeat *1 dc in the first 2 stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* 9 more times. Join. (40dc)
Round 5: Ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, the second stitch, and the third stitch, 2 dc in the fourth stitch. Repeate *1 dc in the first three stitches, 2 dc in the fourth* 9 more times. Join. (50dc)
My husband has a medium sized head for an adult. A larger headed adult may want to increase another round. For an adult small or child size, you may want to only increase to round 3 or 4.
Round 6-10: 1 dc in each stitch around. Join. (50dc) You may need to add 1-3 more rows for a larger head, or decrease 1-2 rows for a smaller head.
Now, I use this method of colour change for this next row. If you want, you can simply tie off with a slip stitch, attach the new colour with a slip stitch, and weave in ends later.
Round 11: With new colour, 1sc in each dc around. Join. (50sc)
Round 12: 1 sc in each sc around. Join. (50sc)
Round 13: 1 sc in each of the next 30 sc. Ch 6. Skip 5 stitches. s1 c into the next 2 stitchs. Ch 6. Skip 5 Stitches. 1 sc in the next 8 sc. Join. (40 sc, 12 ch)
Round 14: 1 sc in each sc around, and each ch around. Join. (52sc) Yes, this is increasing by 2. This helps shape the eyes and gives a bit of room in the hat for the bridge of your nose.
Round 15: 1 sc in each sc around. Join and tie off. Cut and eave in the end. (52)
Let me know hot your project turns out! Feel free to leave a photo below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please also let me know how you liked the pattern and if you notice anything I could clarify. This is my first pattern! 🙂