How to Crochet Ninja Turtle Eyes

Alright crochet master, so you’re looking to make that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crochet hat or mask for your kids (or for your inner child). Obviously there are going to be many ways to do this, and it depends also on how large you want the eyes, and what shape. Always feel free to experiment to get it just right.

Here’s what you need to get started:

1. Yarn: black, white

2. Scissors

3. G hook! (G size, that is)

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Go ahead and use the white for the eyes first. Use a slip knot, chain 3. That’s fancy crochet talk for those who haven’t reached ninja status yet (which, if you haven’t, what are you doing with your life?). Yeah, you need to get on that fast. Once you’ve done that, locate the 3rd chain from your hook, and DC into it.

· Next DC 4x into that same chain (5 total). That’s going to make a kind of half-circle

· Ideally you want a “wing” kind of shape, not the half-circle, so treble crochet 2 into the same stitch

· Tie off—aka leave an extra long piece of yarn so you can sew onto your hat/mask

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· Now get your black yarn and G hook. Make a magic circle (this is getting psychedelic), 6 single crochets within the circle, and then slip the stitch into the first SC of your round. Now tighten your magic circle (never thought I would say those words).

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· Just as before, tie off—leave an extra long piece of yarn so you can sew onto your eyeball aka the white part

· Bring the black and the white parts together

· Thread the black yarn through your needle. Put the black circle wherever you want, and then thread it directly onto the white part. To begin with, maybe the center is the best place to put it, but remember, you should experiment

· The most important thing here is to make sure it’s secure, no matter where you put the black part (the iris of the eye)

· Cowabunga dude! You’ve done it! Even Splinter would be proud.

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