Thursday, 21 November 2013

How To - Crochet a Thanksgiving Turkey



This pattern is for my lovely American and Canadian friends out there but the wonderful thing about this crochet pattern is that it is an adaption of my recent crochet video tutorial on how to make a little bird which you can watch here! So you can use this main body pattern to make many different types of birds. See my Robin below as another example.


The steps are the same for the main body but for the turkey I have chosen to use the following materials as well as adding some extra features;

  • Chunky/bulky weight yarn in dark brown
  • DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red, orange and yellow
  • 5.0mm crochet hook for the body
  • 3.0mm crochet hook for all other body parts
  • Toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
  • Yarn needle and scissors

DB = Dark Brown
R = Red
O = Orange
Y = Yellow


Main Body

Round 1
Using DB and a 5.0mm crochet hook, crochet 6sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (6)

You can watch my tutorial here on how to work the magic circle if you would like;
http://youtu.be/0m0952XQjbA

Round 2
Without chaining, work 2sc in next st and in ea st around, do not join round - (12)

Round 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (18)

Rounds 4 - 5 
1sc in next st and in ea st around - (18)

Round 6
1sc in next st, 4sc in next 2 sts, 1sc in last 15 sts - (24)

Round 7
1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, 4sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in last 17 sts - (29)

Round 8
1sc in next st, 1sc in next 13 sts in front loops only, 1sc in next 6 sts as normal, sc2tog, 1sc in next st, sc2tog, 1sc in last 4 sts - (27)

Round 9
1sc in next 20 sts, sc2tog twice, 1sc in last 3 sts - (25)

Round 10
sc2tog twice, 1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog 4 times, 1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog twice, sc3tog, 1sc in last 2 sts - (15)

Pause your work here and start on the other body parts. This makes it easier to sew them on and hide the ends on the inside.

Tail Feathers

Row 1
Join R in first back loop only from round 8 with a sc, 1sc in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 2
Ch1 (don't count as st here or onwards), turn, 1sc in 1st st and in ea st along - (13)

Row 3
Ch1, turn, working in front loops only for this row, crochet 10dc in 1st st, *sk1, sl st in next st, sk1, 10dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (4 red fan shapes made)

Row 4
Ch1, turn, 1sc in first back loop from row 3 and in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 5
Join O with your ch1, turn, again working in front loops only for this row, sl st in 1st st, *sk1, 10dc in next st, sk1, sl st in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (3 orange fan shapes made)

Row 6
Ch1, turn, 1sc in first back loop from row 5 and in ea back loop along - (13)

Row 7
Join Y with your ch1, turn, crochet 10dc in 1st st, *sk1, sl st in next st, sk1, 10dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (4 yellow fan shapes made) Fasten off R, O and Y. Tie in all tails (no pun intended!)

Wings (make twice)

Row 1
Using R ch5, 2sc in 2nd st from hook and in ea st along - (8)

Row 2
Join O with ch1 (again don't count as st here or onwards), turn, [1sc, 1dc] in 1st st, [1dc, 1sc] in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [1sc, 1dc] in next st, 2tr in next st, [1dc, 1sc] in next st, 1sc in last st - (13)

Row 3
Join Y with ch1, turn, 2sc in 1st st and in ea st along - (26) Fasten off and sew both wings onto your main body, making sure they are placed correctly (you want the fatter part of the wing to be at the tail end of your bird).

Eyes, Beak and Wattle Skin

To make the eyes take two short lengths of Y and tie 3 knots into the middle of each length. Sew both ends into your main body and tie on the inside.

Wattle Skin

To make the wattle skin, take R and ch6, then crochet [1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in 2nd st from hook, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in next st, sl st in next st, [1sc, 1dc, 1tr] in next st, [1tr, 1dc, 1sc] in last st. Fasten off and sew onto your main body under the eyes.

Beak

Using Y, ch4, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 1hdc in next st, 1dc in last st. Fasten off and sew onto main body over the top of your wattle skin.

Now stuff your turkey, preferable with toy stuffing or yarn scraps rather than sage and onion he he.... I know terrible humour (>.<)

..Main Body Continued

Round 11
sc2tog 3 times, 1sc in next st, sc2tog 4 times - (8)

Round 12
sc2tog 4 times - (4) Sew remaining gap closed with tail yarn. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

And now you're done!

Smaller Birds
Nursery birds using same main body pattern. 

If you would like to make the smaller birds, simply use DK/Light worsted weight yarn and a 3mm crochet hook for the main body.

Small Wings

To make the smaller wings use a 2.5mm crochet hook or similar and ch6, sl st in 2nd st from hook, sl st in next st, 1sc in next st, 1hdc in next st, 5dc in last st.

Turning your work clockwise and crocheting back into your foundation chains crochet 1hdc in your 2nd foundation ch (your 1st was the last st where you worked 5dc), 1sc in next ch, 1sl st in remaining 2 chs, fasten off and sew onto your main body. See video above for instructions as well.

Robin version using same main body pattern.
Small Beak

Row 1
To make the smaller beak use a 2.5mm crochet hook or similar, ch3, 1sc in 2nd st from hook, 1sc in last st - (2)

Row 2
Ch1, don't count as st, turn, sc2tog - (1) Fasten off and sew onto your main body sideways.






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