HAHAHA WOW this whole design and pattern and everything took only an hour from original idea to completion.
It’s a kabutomushi! AKA, Japanese rhinoceros beetle. I’ve always wanted to raise some but they’re nigh impossible to obtain in the States. U-U So I knit one instead!
While I’m super amazingly happy with how it came out, I still need to tweak the pattern a bit - reverse the knit and purl stitches on the underside so the ridges pop in instead of out, and do the shell embroidery in a darker color because you can hardly see it at all right now.
Otherwise WOW LOOK AT THIS CUTIE. Once I’ve fixed up the knitting pattern, I’ll post it here for free!!