Last week was B's birthday and I always try and make him something if I can, because I think making something for the people I love is my special way of showing (or trying to) how much I love them. However since beginning crafting I've noticed it is notoriously difficult to decide what to make for the men in my life. This is no ones fault and not some great cry for or against gender stereotypes, I just struggle deciding what to make for them.
But then I spotted this pattern for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), first on Twitter and then on Ravelry, and it was, quite frankly, a eureka! moment, as B has always loved TMNT and in particular the past year has talked about them more. You may remember seeing this guy in my first ever idea-list post!
Michelangelo is his favourite character and it was very easy to personalise the turtle as the character I wanted - they have very helpful coloured headbands which make them very identifiable, and luckily I had some orange yarn left over from when I crocheted B a Charizard a long time ago.
The pattern is relatively easy to follow, simple increases and decreases and the usual useful abbreviations to help you along, However there are some gaps in the pattern (for example, it didn't mention when and if you should stuff the arms or not, I guessed from the pictures that they needed a light stuffing at least) that make this, to me, an intermediate pattern as you need to be able to fill in some gaps in the rounds an be able to interpret some of the instructions.
Having said this I am very very happy with the outcome of Michelangelo, and B was very pleased to open him alongside some other goodies that I bought for his birthday (who said you can't have toys in your early twenties?) :) and would recommend this pattern for anyone who is comfortable with amigurumi and patterns with lots of components. I always enjoy making something that can stand up by itself too, makes me feel that I've made something solid :)
You can find the original pattern on Ravelry, and you can also take a look at my Ravelry project page on Michelangelo if you like!