Anyway, I had some spare time over the holidays (vacation time plus I was sick) so I spent a lot of it on the couch with my crochet hook. I am still very much an amateur crochet-ist but I am getting better at reading patterns so I thought I'd give a few things a whirl.
The first thing that I did was make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beanie and mask for Ryan. The free pattern that I used (found here) is sized for a child but in the comments it suggests increasing a hook size for an adult. That was exactly what I did - the men in Ryan's family are famous for having Big Giant Heads so I used an "I" hook and I believe I added one extra row of green before switching to the mask color.
This came together pretty quickly, even for someone like me who doesn't work very fast. If you're an accomplished crochet master you could probably whip this out in a couple of hours. It probably took me about 4-5 hours, including some breaks, so not too bad!
I liked the result so much that I immediately got to work making one for my nephew, The Kidlet, and used the recommended pattern size from the blog and it fit 100% perfectly. He wanted a red mask and Ryan wanted a purple, so that's what they got.
Me? I'm not a huge TMNT fan and I don't wear a lot of beanies, truthfully. So rather than make another beanie, I opted to make a scarf. I figured that way we'd thematically match but I didn't have to be overheated in a hat. So I adjusted the mask to fit on a scarf and voila! I made one mask in each color and then the rest of the scarf in 'turtle green'. The best part is that where the green attaches to the mask it's not perfectly flat so it bows out a tiny bit, which actually makes it resemble the roundedness of their faces!
I didn't really write a pattern for this because I just made it up along as I went, but if anyone is interested I'm happy to post it here!
I also decided to go for broke and try and design some TMNT mittens to go with the beanie. I adapted an existing mitten pattern for the thumb and palm section and when I got to the finger area, I split the stitches in half (turtles have only two giant 'fingers'). To be honest, these were mostly ad-libbed and took a LOT of trial and error (mostly error) to get them into a general shape. These took me forever and so I only made one set. Do they match? Absolutely not! If you know what you're looking for, you can see that the seams spiral all over the place and the stitch counts are totally uneven. I tried dressing them up with colored cuffs but they still look pretty dull. Ryan says that they're cool and that he'll wear them; lucky for him he'll never have to prove it! It is rarely cold enough around here for gloves! :)
Interested in owning a piece like this?