Once you’ve learnt to knit straight lines your next pattern is usually something slightly trickier such as a hat or a tea cosy.
But rather than making gifts for friends and family, tortoise-lover Katie Bradley has decided to dress her pets up in adorable knitted and crocheted outfits.
Ms Bradley, who is from Vancouver, Canada, started crocheting the covers for her seven pet tortoises as a family joke, but they have soon caught on and she has been inundated with requests.
Mail Online reports that after posting pictures of her tortoises wearing outfits such as a shark fin, a pumpkin top and brightly-coloured stegosaurus spikes, she began receiving orders from all around the world.
She said: “My first cosy started out as a fun little joke. I came across a picture of a tortoise with a doily on its shell, and had a good laugh.
“I decided to take it a step further, and crocheted a few little cosies in simple designs, tried them on my tortoises, and took pictures.”
She went on to say that each one takes 40 minutes to create and after huge demand from tortoise owners she has been getting creative with new designs.
The 36-year-old mother of two also joked that when tortoises wear the knitted outfits it is far easier to spot them in the garden, meaning it’s difficult for them to get lost.
Ms Bradley explained how she loves treating her pets, especially as many of them are rescue tortoises and deserve to be pampered with proper care, food, warmth and treats.
She added: “Tortoises are living fossils, they have survived since around the time of dinosaurs. Some say they have been around for more than 400 million years! It never ceases to amaze me how tough and well-adjusted to their environment they are. [...] I have yet to meet a person who is afraid of a tortoise, which can’t be said of most reptiles.”