And if there's no parade, he won't have to fight the crowds to get some beads.
After the imaginary parade, he could even go to an imaginary masquerade!
And if it's all make-believe, we won't have to worry about Knit Knack being able to find his way home when it's all over.
Obviously, the coolest feature of the Sheldon pattern is that the shell comes off. Otherwise, my mom and I wouldn't have had nearly as much fun with Knit Knack as we have. However, if you've ever tried to put a shell on a Sheldon, you know it's not the easiest thing to do, and sometimes my mom struggles to change Knit Knack's clothes. So the Mardi Gras shell is the first to feature... well, a new feature. I didn't connect one "shoulder" of the attachment panel to the top of the shell with the applied i-cord. Instead, I left that part loose and later added some velcro as a closure. It's just sticky velcro... I think it could probably use a stitch or two to tack it down in the future, just to keep it in place. It's not as ideal as what the original pattern calls for, but it works if your turtle's owner needs some help getting those shells on.
In the top picture you can see the open "shoulder", and the bottom picture shows how good it looks when it's closed.