Help Make Turtles for Mental Health Awareness

Help Make Turtles for Mental Health Awareness

Recently, one of our followers reached out asking for some assistance for an important cause. She is a mental health advocate and public speaker. She asked me for help to make small crocheted turtles.

MHATs or Mental Health Awareness Turtles, will be distributed to patients who are dealing with traumatic experiences that led to their ongoing struggles with mental health. This individual is working to help others who, like herself, have endured horrific experiences and SURVIVED.

In the aftermath, they are now left with lifelong battles. We can HELP! These little turtles have provided big benefits to patients dealing with these traumas. The goal of the MHATs is to provide comfort and start conversations. A reminder for people to come out of their “shells” and discuss mental health openly without fear of stigma.

Patients who are living with ACE or Adverse Childhood Experiences, Agoraphobia, cPTSD or complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Dissociative Disorders and many others both inpatient and out-patient will benefit from this project. She needs to meet her goal of 100 turtles by October 1st,2018. All the turtles we make and send to her will be 100% donated to this cause and help patients. If anyone would like to help, please read and follow the pattern below.

 

THIS IS NOT MY PATTERN AND THERE IS NO VIDEO TUTORIAL. I have provided photos of my own turtle which I made using this pattern to show you the end result. You can find the address to ship your turtles to at the bottom of this page.

I have made it big and bold so you cannot miss it! DON’T forget the deadline is OCTOBER 1st, 2018. She will be speaking at an event on OCTOBER 11th, 2018 and will need to have the turtles well in advance. MHATs Pattern is property of Erika Reva Memering.

 

Address to send your turtles to:

Erika Reva Memering
MHATs Project
2956 Allen Street
Lake Station, IN 46405

 

 

Pattern:

Body and Head: You can use any colors you want. Scraps of yarn even work, since this doesn’t take too much yarn to make this project.
Color I used photographed above: Red Heart Super Saver Freshmint

Shell: You can use any color you want. Scraps of yarn even work, since this doesn’t take too much yarn to make this project.
Color I used photographed above: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe

Materials You will need:
Yarn (Any colors you want)
Crochet Hook Size G-4.25mm or H-5.00mm
Stuffing
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Stitch Markers

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
BLO: Back Loop Only
RS: Right Side
WS: Wrong Side

Body:
Using Your Main Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.

Ch 2
Rnd 1: 7SC in 2nd CH from hook. (7)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (14)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 7 times. (21)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnd 5: *Ch 7, Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next 3 Chs, HDC in next ch, DC in next ch, Sl st into next st on body and next 6 sts, repeat from * around. (4 legs made)
Fasten off weave in ends.

Head:
Using Your Main Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 5 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (5)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (10)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 5 times. (15)
Rnds 4-5: SC in each st around. (15)
Embroider eyes on turtle (optional)
Rnd 6: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 5 times. (10)
Stuff the head
Rnd 7: [SC2TOG] 5 times. (5)
Stuff head a little more if needed.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew to body between 2 legs.

Shell:
Using Your Accent Color, work in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Put Stitch Marker at the beginning of each round to mark your rounds if needed.
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 7 SC in 2nd CH from hook. (7)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (14)
Rnd 3: [2 SC in next st, SC in next st] 7 times. (21)
Rnd 4: [2 SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 7 times. (28)
Rnds 5-7: SC in each st around. (28)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Be sure to have the Right Side facing out and sew shell to the body. Once you have it 3/4 of the way sewn closed, be sure to stuff the shell, but do not stuff too firmly.

Weave in all ends.
Enjoy!

Please send your finished turtles to:

Erika Reva Memering
MHATs Project
2956 Allen Street
Lake Station, IN 46405

 

 

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Crochet Tutorial: Spike the T-Rex Dinosaur Amigurumi

Crochet Tutorial: Spike the T-Rex Dinosaur Amigurumi

I often receive requests to do specific tutorials. My to-do list is always growing. Once in a while I get a suggestion that makes me stop everything and move that special request to the very top of my list. I was asked a short time ago to design and film a dinosaur for a little boy battling cancer. Since my videos have easy to follow instructions, a YARNutopia follower wanted to make one of their own to gift it to this special young man.

Spike the T-Rex Dinosaur is my latest amigurumi design that I hope is just the right creation to bring a smile to a sweet boy’s face and know that he has this fierce cuddly buddy to help him through a very tough time! Sending lots of love and good vibes out into the universe to all!
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this dinosaur:

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Pattern
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“Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:
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Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Pool
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Spring Green
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
G6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Polyfil

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NOTES:

-This project uses less than 100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each row and tips on how to make this smaller and bigger.
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-If the instructions above are confusing, please message me on Facebook, and I will answer any questions you may have. Please be specific in your questions. Thank you!!
-The measurements for this dinosaur is 12 inches tall and 12 inches from front to back of tail
-Work in continuous rounds and in the Back Loop Only unless specified

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
BLO: Back Loops Only
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single crochet decrease


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Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Head: With Spring Green, Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnds 7-9: SC in each st around. (36)
Rnd 10: [2SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 3 times, SC in last 18 sts. (39)
Rnd 11: [2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 3 times, SC in last 18 sts. (42)
Rnd 12:  [2SC in next st, SC in next 7 sts] 2 times, 2 SC in next st, Sl st in last 25 sts. (45)
Rnd 13: SC in 20 sts, Sl st in 25 sts. (45)
Rnd 14: Repeat Round 13
Rnds 15-18: SC in each st around. (45)
Rnd 19: SC in 32 sts, SC2TOG, SC in 11 sts. (44)
Rnd 20: SC in 20 sts, [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (38)
Rnd 21: SC in 20 sts, [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (32)
Rnd 22: SC in 20 sts, SC2TOG, SC in 8 sts, SC2TOG. (30)
Rnd 23-24: SC in each st around.
Rnd 25: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Stuff the head
Rnd 26: [SC2TOG, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next st] 6 times. (12)
Stuff the head one last time.
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG] 6 times. (6)
SC 1st and 4th St together to close hole. Fasten off, weave in end.

Body: With Spring Green, work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 4: [2SC in next st, SC in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 6: [2SC in next st, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 7: [2SC in next st, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (42)
Rnd 8: [2SC in next st, SC in next 6 sts] 6 times. (48)
Rnd 9-20: SC in each st around. (48)
Rnd 21: SC2TOG, SC in the rest of the sts around. (47)
Rnd 22-26: Repeat Round 21 (You will be decreasing 1 st each round, so Round 22: 46 sts, Round 23: 45 sts, Round 24: 44 sts, Round 25: 43 sts, Round 26: 42 sts)
Rnd 27: [SC2TOG, SC in next 5 sts] 6 times. (36)
Rnd 28: [SC2TOG, SC in next 4 sts] 6 times. (30)
Rnd 29: [SC2TOG, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 30: SC in each st around. (24)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Sew body to head

Tail: With Spring Green, Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2SC in 1st st, SC in the rest of the sts around.
Rnds 4-20: Repeat Round 3 until you have 24 sts. (Round 4: 8 sts, Round 5: 9 sts, Round 6: 10 sts and so on)
Rnd 21-22: SC in each st around. (24)
Rnd 23: [2SC in next st, SC in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly Step:
Stuff tail and sew it to body.

Spikes: Make 3 in Pool, Work in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: SC in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew spikes to top head.

Eyes: Make 2 With White, Work in Both Loops and in continuous Rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing

With Black: Make 2
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew black pupil to white of eye, sew to dinosaur head.
Embroider nose, using video tutorial for visual instructions

Eyelids: With Spring Green, Make 2
Row 1: Ch 2, 3 SC in 2nd ch from hook, Ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: 2 SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (6)
Row 3: 2 SC in 1st st, 1 SC in next st, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in next, 2 SC in next, 1 SC in last st, ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 4: SC in each st across. (9)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew eyelids right above eyes.

Arms: Make 2 with Pool, working in BLO and in continuous rounds.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnds 3-7: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Lightly stuff arms and sew to front of dinosaur

Legs: Make 2 with Pool working in BLO and continuous rounds
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 SC in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: [2SC in next st, SC in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnds 4-10: SC in each st around. (18)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Lightly Stuff Legs and sew to body, using photos as a visual guide.
Weave in the rest of your ends.

Enjoy!!


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