2014 Geek-A-Long: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Heros in a half shell, TURTLE POWER!

TMNT Geek-A-Long blanket

Welcome to week five of the 2014 Geek-A-Long, a mystery blanket knit-along! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the Geek-A-Long FAQ page. Then, meet me back here when you’re ready. For the old pros, let’s talk about TMNT.

tmnt sweater

A custom ordered sweater I made for a client back when I had an etsy shop. It was a replica of one he had as child.

Last week we made a square that was largely representative of my childhood.  This week we will honor Jac’s.  When I say she loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that is an understatement.  But it’s the only word I’ve got, so we’ll run with that.  Jac had the toys, and the turtle van, and all the appropriate plastic weaponry.  But she never got the one thing she wanted most of all: TMNT panties.

They had them for little boys, but while mom let her have the toys she drew the line at letting her wear tighty-whiteys.  The argument was that boy-underwear had that pocket-fly-thing (not being a connoisseur of fine men’s underpants I don’t actually know what that pocket on briefs is called) which I suppose was just too lascivious for her delicate feminine form.  Jac countered that she could keep milk money there, and I don’t think that helped her case.  To this day she’s never gotten the TMNT skivvies she dreamed of for so long.

I did throw her a TMNT themed bridal shower though, so I suppose that has to count for something.

At this very moment she is sitting on the couch, cursing at some yarn and sporting a pair of fleece TMNT pajama pants.  Her obsession runs so deep that she made me swear should we ever both become pregnant with twin boys that I would name mine Leo and Donny and she would take Mikey and Raphael.  We would have to rename one of the cats “Master Splinter” so that she could have a complete set.  Even then I’m not sure it will make up for the lasting sting and sense of emptiness left over from not having the right character on her bottom as a child.  I know that nothing will truly fill that void, but as her sister I’m obligated to try.  If this week’s square lessens the effect of the clear psychological scarring she has suffered as a result of missing those underpants, even a little, then my work here is done.

This is probably my favorite square.  I just love the way it turned out.  No matter which side you choose for your “right side” the pops of color are great.  It’s rare for something to come out exactly as I imagine it will, but this was one of those rare times.

TMNT double-sided knitting

Post Edited for 5 Year Anniversary

This post has been edited to add an updated version of the TMNT pattern to celebrate five years of geeking along. The graph is the same, but the pattern now includes more information. You can download the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pattern by clicking the link. Instructions for both knit and crochet are now listed in the pattern. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to Instagram your squares at us @lattesandllamasyarn with the hashtag #geekalong! This now concludes the edited portion of this post.


Don’t forget to post links to your finished squares so we can all ooh and ah together. There is also a Geek-A-Long group on Ravelry if you are a member. And of course, hop on over to Child’s Play Charity and show them your love*!

~ Megan-Anne

Sign off goes here.

*”Love” in this instance means money.