Monday, 24 October 2011

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Knitting Pattern to Knit Action Heros

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Knitting Pattern to Knit Action Heros

Want to knit yourself (or someone else) some retro action figures? My Daughter as big as she is, still adores the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so I designed a knitting pattern to make soft knitted replicas of hero’s in a half shell – Turtle Power!

To make these retro action dolls you need...
Double knitting wool in shades: Emerald Green, Lime Green, Dark Green, Tan, Red, Blue, Purple and Orange.
You also need size 10 UK needles,
Kapok stuffing,
And sew on wobbly eyes or safety eyes if your toys are for a younger child.

Each doll measures approx 19 cm

Turtles Head
Starting at neck edge, and with emerald green cast on 12 stitches.

Row 1: Increase in every stitch knit wise.

Every alternate row Purl

Row 3: *K1, Inc in next st* to end
Row 5: *K1, Inc in next st* to end

Starting with a purl row, work 11 rows in straight stocking stitch.

Row 17: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 19: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 21: *K2 tog* to end

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off. With right sides of work facing, sew the row end sides together down to the neck edge and turn right sides out, and stuff. Set to one side.


Turtles Body
Starting at neck edge, and with lime green cast on 12 stitches.

Row 1: Increase in every stitch knit wise.

Every alternate row Purl

Row 3: *K1, Inc in next st* to end
Row 5: *K1, Inc in next st* to end

Starting with a purl row, work 7 rows in straight stocking stitch.

Change to Tan wool and starting with a knit row, work 2 more rows in stocking stitch.

Change back to lime to continue – Starting with a knit row, work a further 7 rows in stocking stitch.

Decreasing Turtles Body...
Row 1: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: *P1, P2 tog* to end
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: *K2 tog* to end

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off. With right sides of work facing, sew the row end sides together down to the crotch; turn right sides out, and stuff. Sew turtles head to his body.


Turtles Legs (make 2)
Starting at the toes, and with emerald green cast on 6 stitches.

Row 1: Increase in every stitch knit wise.

Every alternate row Purl

Row 3: Increase in every stitch knit wise.

Starting with a purl row, work 3 rows of stocking stitch.

Row 7: *inc in next stitch* 6 times, knit to last 6 stitches, *inc in next stitch* 6 times
Row 9: Knit 12 stitches, *K2 Tog* 6 times, Knit to end.
Row 11: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 13: *K1, Inc in next stitch* to end

Starting with a purl row, work 11 rows of stocking stitch.

Decrease top of leg...
Row 1: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K2 tog* to end
Row 4: *P2 tog* to end

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off. With right sides of work facing, sew the row end sides together down the back of the leg and along foot, but leave a small opening. Turn right sides out, stuff and close opening. Sew small running stitches at the ankle, draw up and finish off. Sew the legs to the turtle’s body either side of the gathered stitches on the body.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Knitting Pattern to Knit Action Heros
Turtles Mask
Each of the four turtles wears a different coloured mask which is how you know which one is who. You need to knit masks in red, blue, purple and orange.

Starting at the top edge of the mask, cast on 74 stitches.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl 43, Turn.
Row 3: SL1, K11, Turn.
Row 4: SL1, Purl to end
Cast off.

Note that the cast off edge is the bottom of the mask.

Sew wool ends in and pin the middle wide part of the mask on the centre front of the turtle’s head (the head seam should be at the back). Tack the front of the mask in place. At the back of the head, tie the mask tails in a knot slightly pulling to give the head some shape. The turtle’s cheeks should puff out a bit.

Finally sew the eyes into place over the mask.


Turtles Arms (Make 2)

Starting at the hands, and with emerald green cast on 6 stitches.

Row 1: Increase in every stitch knit wise.

Every alternate row Purl

Row 3: *K1, Inc in next Stitch* to end

Starting with a purl row, work 15 rows of stocking stitch.

Decrease top of arm...
Row 1: *K1, K2 tog* to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *K2 tog* to end

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off. With right sides of work facing, sew the row end sides together down the back of the arm, but leave a small opening. Turn right sides out, stuff and sew up opening. At hand end sew a round of running stitches about 6 rows up from the end and draw up to create a wrist.

Sew arms into place in the body.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Knitting Pattern to Knit Action Heros
Turtles Shell

With dark green cast on 72 stitches, and starting with a knit row, work 3 rows in stocking stitch.

Row 4: K3, *YRN, K2 tog, K7* to last 4 stitches – K4

Starting with a knit row, work 4 rows in stocking stitch.

Decrease shell...
Row 1: K4, *K2 tog, K7* to last 3 stitches – K3
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K4, *K2 tog, K6* to last 2 stitches – K2
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K3, *K2 tog, K5* to last 2 stitches – K2
Row 6: knit
Row 7: K2, *K2 tog, K4* to last 2 stitches – K2
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K1, *K2 tog, K3* to last 2 stitches – K2
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: *K2 tog, K2* to last 2 stitches – K2
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K2, *K2 tog* to last stitch – K1

Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off. With right sides of work facing, sew the row end sides together, sewing the shell into a circle shape.

Next fold the edge of the shell to the first ridged knitted row on the right side to make a hem all around the shell. The holes that you made in the shell on row 4 will appear at each corner of the shell. Pin the shell in place on the turtles back. There will be a ‘collar’ at the top of the shell, and the shell will wrap around the turtles sides a bit.

Sew to the turtle with tacking stitches along the knitted ridge on the shell.

Your turtle is complete - Cowabunga dude!