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Make It! Challenge #5: Crochet Bowser Sweater for a Turtle

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Bowser Sweater for a TurtleFor Make It! Challenge #5, Lisa Egolf challenged me to crochet a sweater for her tortoise, Myrtle, so that he would be easy to spot when she lets him loose to play in the courtyard of the school where she teaches science. “I think bright yet manly colors would be best,” she said, because after all this Myrtle is male (don’t judge). So I set out to design the most masculine turtle sweater I could.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a beefy, manly turtle, my first thought is of Bowser. If you’re familiar with the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise, you undoubtedly remember Bowser as the game’s super villain. The object of the ’80s Nintendo game is to get the main character Mario through the Mushroom Kingdom, survive Bowser′s attacks, and save Princess Toadstool. Running into Bowser, with his spiny shell, pug nose, and domineering height, is enough to make little Mario shiver.

Myrtle definitely looks like he could do some damage in his Bowser sweater. Go on, Myrtle! Go get your princess and take back your Mushroom Kingdom.

Click here to download a pdf of the pattern.

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106 thoughts on “Make It! Challenge #5: Crochet Bowser Sweater for a Turtle

  1. That is totally awesome!!! I’d worry that turtle might start breathing fire and throwing hammers!!!

    Thanks for backing me up on the Princess’ name too! I’ve been in a debate with someone who swears her name has always been Princess Peach, but I lived and breathed these SMB games when they first came out, and I know she was princess Toadstool originally!

    • Thanks! He does look pretty mean, huh?

      And as far as I remember, Princess Peach didn’t show up until Super Mario 64… like mid-90s. All this Nintendo talk makes me want to crochet something from Frogger… or Donkey Kong… or even Burger Time too. 🙂

  2. I adore this!!! Now I need to add a turtle to my menagerie. Just so he can wear sweaters. 🙂

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  4. Squeee!!! Bowser rocks! Thanks for sharing this on Geek Crafts! Methinks I need to do a follow-up turtle sweater post. 😉

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  15. This is so friggin’ adorable.

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  17. this is far beyond hilarious!! thanks!!!

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  25. Honestly, I want to make one for my cantankerous old cat. She’s such a Bowser. Such a Bowser, in fact, that she’d hate this adorable thing and scowl the entire time she’s wearing it. I still think it’d be worth it. SO WORTH IT.

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  39. This is so awesome! I’ve included it in a round up of my fave things from the week – I hope that’s OK with you? You can see the post here, if you’d like to: http://www.matinlapin.com/2013/06/my-favourite-things-this-week-68.html – Vixie

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