Crocheted Turkey

Categories: Decor, Kid Friendly, Crochet

Sometimes it seems like between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving can get forgotten or ignored as far as crafts go, but not today. This little crocheted turkey could be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving decor. He is crocheted in multiple pieces that are then sewn together. A little pouch of weighted stuffing beads in the base help him sit up. Bright tail feathers fan out in the back to give a fun, colorful touch. This project uses the magic ring to start the rounds, this video show how it is done if you are not familiar with that technique.

 

What you need to make this project

Materials
Poly-Fil ® Poly Pellets ® Weighted Stuffing Beads
Poly-Fil ® Premium Fiber Fill
Supplies
worsted weight yarn in brown, gold, red, green, blue, orange
G crochet hook
6" scrap of fabric
2- 9mm black safety eyes
sewing needle
sewing thread
yarn needle
scissors

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Instructions

Step One

Begin by making the weighted pouch that will sit inside the base of the turkey.

Cut 6″ diameter circle from fabric

Knot one end of the thread and stitch around the outside of the circle with a running stitch

Pull thread to cinch up partway, fill with weighted stuffing beads

Cinch up the rest of the way and stitch through the top a few times to secure

  • turkey body

Step Two

Crochet the Body

you will begin with a magic ring (mr) and work in the round

with brown yarn
Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 3: [1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next], repeat around (18 sc)
Round 4: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (24 sc)
Round 5: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (30 sc)
Round 6: [1 sc in first 4 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (36 sc)
Round 7: 1 sc in each stitch (36 sc)
Round 8: [1 sc in first 5 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (42 sc)
Rounds 9-13: 1 sc in each stitch
Round 14: [1 sc in first 5 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (36 sc)
Round 15: 1 sc in each stitch (36 sc)
Round 16: [1 sc in first 4 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (30 sc)
Round 17: 1 sc in each stitch (30 sc)
*add weighted pouch to bottom of the body
Round 18: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (24 sc)
Round 19: 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)
*begin stuffing the body and continue stuffing as you work the last couple of rows
Round 20: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (18 sc)
Round 21: [1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog], repeat around (12 sc)
Round 22: sc2tog, repeat around (6 sc)
Finish off, tuck yarn end inside of the body

  • turkey head
  • turkey body and head

Step Three

Crochet the head

begin with a magic ring (mr)

with brown yarn
Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 3: [1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next], repeat around (18 sc)
Round 4: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (24 sc)
Round 5: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next], repeat around (30 sc)
Rounds 6-10: 1 sc in each stitch (30 sc)
Round 11: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (24 sc)
Round 12: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog], repeat around (18 sc)
Round 13: 1 sc in each stitch (18 sc)
Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing
Attach safety eyes, I placed mine between rounds 7 and 8, about 3 stitches apart
Stuff head and sew onto the top of the body (the body is worked from bottom up and the head is worked from top down)

  • crocheted wings

Step Four

Crochet the Wings:

begin with a magic ring (mr)

Make 2- with brown yarn
Row 1: in mr, ch 1, 5 sc (5 sc)
Row 2: ch1, turn, sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, sc (2 sc, 4 hdc, 2 dc)
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc, sc, 2 hdc, 2dc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, sc, sc (4 sc, 4 hdc, 4 dc)
Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing
Sew wings to the sides of the body

  • beak and wattle
  • Turkey face

Step Five

Crochet the Beak and Wattle:

Beak
with gold
ch 4, starting in the 2nd ch from hook dc3tog
Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing

Wattle
with red
ch 5, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, slip stitch in last 2
Finish off, cut yarn leaving end for sewing

Sew the beak and wattle to the head just below eyes

  • crocheted turkey legs
  • attach turkey legs

Step Six

Crochet the Feet:

watch this video tutorial for clarification

Make 2- with gold yarn
*You will make 3 “toes” first and then start crocheting in the round as you make the legs
Row 1: [ch3, dc in first ch, ch 1, slip stitch in first ch] repeat 2 more times (3 dc “toes”)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in the top of each toe, ch 3
*this row you will begin working in the round by working in the sc across the front and the ch across the back
Row 3: 1 sc in each of the 3 sc across front of foot, 3 sc in ch (6 sc)
Row 4-9: 1 sc in each stitch (6 sc)
Finish off, cut yarn leaving ends for sewing
Sew the legs to the bottom front of the body

  • turkey feathers
  • turkey feathers attached
  • Crochet Turkey

Step Seven

Crochet the Feathers:

Make 5- 1 each blue, orange, red, green, gold

begin with a magic ring (mr)

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 4 sc (4 sc)
Round 2: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next] repeat (6 sc)
Round 3: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2] repeat (8 sc)
Round 4: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3] repeat (10 sc)
Round 5: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4] repeat (12 sc)
Round 6-8: 1 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 9: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 5] repeat (14 sc)
Round 10-14: 1 sc in each stitch (14 sc)
Round 15: [sc2tog, sc in next 5] repeat (12 sc)
Round 16: 1 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 17: [sc2tog, sc in next 4] (10 sc)
Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing
Sew feathers to back of turkey in a semicircle shape