Thanksgiving Turkey Crochet Pattern

turkey crochet pattern

I wanted to make a cute and colorful turkey to add to my Thanksgiving table. I made his body and sweet little face but couldn’t think of how I wanted to make the wings. Then it came to me … granny squares!! I am so happy with how he came out. Hope you enjoy making Mr. Gobble too!

Thanksgiving Turkey Crochet Pattern

Here’s what you will need:

  • worsted weight yarn in brown, yellow, tan, and orange or 4 coordinating colors of your choice
  • a small amount of red, white, and black worsted weight yarn for the face
  • G hook
  • fiberfill stuffing or yarn scraps
  • stitch marker, tapestry needle, and scissors

Click here to reference the Crochet Abbreviations Chart.

 

Body

Body is worked in unjoined rounds. You may find it helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.

With brown, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1 (does not count as st), work 6 sc in ring — 6 sts.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around — 12 sts.

Round 3: *Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, rep from * around — 18 sts.

Round 4: *Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * around — 24 sts.

Rounds 5 through 8: Work 1 sc in each st around — 24 sts.

Round 9:  *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * around — 18 sts.

Rounds 10 through 12: Work 1 sc in each st around — 18 sts.

Round 13: *Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * around — 24 sts.

Round 14: *Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, rep from * around — 30 sts.

Round 15: *Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, rep from * around — 36 sts.

Rounds 16 through 21: Work 1 sc in each st around — 36 sts.

Round 22:  *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, rep from * around — 30 sts.

Round 23:  *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, rep from * around — 24 sts.

Round 24:  *Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, rep from * around — 18 sts.

Round 25:  *Sc2tog, 1 sc in next st, rep from * around — 12 sts.

Fill body with fiberfill stuffing or yarn scraps taking care not to overstuff.

Round 26:  Sc2tog around — 6 sts.

Fasten off leaving approximately a 6-in. tail. Using a tapestry needle and the tail, weave opening closed.

 

Beak

With yellow, ch 4.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn — 3 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st), skip 1st st, sc2tog — 1 st.

Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew beak to the face.

 

Eyes

With white, ch 7.

Row 1: Work 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, work 1 sc in next st, ch1, work 2 dc in next st, ch 2, Sl st in next.

Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew eyes to the face. Using a tapestry needle and black yarn, make a french knot in the center of each eye for pupils.

 

Snood

(or “the red thingy” as I was calling it until I Googled it)

With red, ch 8.

Row 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across — 21 sts.

Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew the red thingy to the face.

 

Finishing the Face

Using a tapestry needle and long tails left, sew the eyes, beak, and snood to the turkey’s head as shown below …

turkey crochet pattern

Wings

Make 5 granny squares in all. Make 3 squares following the color sequence below; make 2 squares using CC for Round 1 and CA for Round 3. These granny squares are also a great opportunity to practice those standing stitches I showed you how to do in my post here.

CA = yellow; CB = tan; CC = orange; CD = brown

 

With CA, make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as st), work 2 dc in ring, ch 3, *3 dc in ring, ch 3, repeat from *twice more, join in top of beg ch, fasten off — 12 sts.

Round 2: Join CB in any ch-3 sp, ch 3 (counts as st), 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, ch 2, *[3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, rep from * twice more, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp as first st of round, ch 3, join in top of beg ch, fasten off — 24 sts.

Round 3: Join CC in any ch-3 corner sp, ch 3 (counts as st), 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, *ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3 corner sp, rep from * twice more, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, 3 dc in same ch-3 corner sp as first st of round, ch 3, join in top of beg ch, fasten off — 36 sts.

Round 4: Join CD in any ch-3 corner sp, work 3 sc in same ch-3 sp, *work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 3 sc in ch-3 corner sp, rep from * twice more, work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, work 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, join, fasten off — 64 sts.

 

Finishing

Take 2 of the 3 A-B-C-D color sequence granny squares and slip stitch or sew together on one edge as shown below.

granny squares

Take the 2 C-B-A-D color sequence grannies and lay them on top as shown below. Sew a stitch or two to each to secure in place.

granny square pattern

Take the last A-B-C-D color sequence granny square and lay on top as shown below. Sew a stitch or two to secure in place.

granny square pattern

 Lay the turkey body on the granny squares.

Thanksgiving turkey crochet pattern

Roll the bottom squares around the bottom of the turkey body and stitch into place. Check the wings and stitch where necessary to make secure.

 

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78 Responses to Thanksgiving Turkey Crochet Pattern

  1. Debi Y. November 12, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    What an absolutely cute little turkey – thank you for sharing your pattern with us. 🙂

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      My pleasure, Debi! Thank you 🙂

    • Sucharu pandit October 24, 2015 at 3:31 am #

      Very nice! I intend to try it soon .thank for sharing it

  2. anna November 12, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Really cute !
    Thanks for sharing the pattern !
    Hug
    Anna

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank you, Anna 🙂

  3. Kathy Davis November 12, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing, I’m going to give it a try!

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Charlotte November 12, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Very Cute.

    • brenda November 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      This is very cute- going to try it this evening…but don’t you mean “tail” instead of “wings”? LOL

      • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

        Yes! I obviously don’t know my turkey parts very well 😉

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Thank you!

  5. Christine November 13, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Thank you for the cute pattern.

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      My pleasure! So glad you like it 🙂

  6. fariba November 13, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Thank you for cute pattern . I love it . 🙂

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      I am so glad 🙂 Thank you!

  7. Magali November 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Elle est vraiment adorable
    Merci beaucoup

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  8. Marilyn November 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    OMG this guy is so cute! Is it okay if I include him in a last minute Thanksgiving craft round up with a link back to your blog?

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks, Marilyn! Of course you may include him in your round up! Thanks so much 🙂

  9. michelleozarkcrafter November 17, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    What a cute little guy!

    • Kara November 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

  10. Judy November 18, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Thank you so much for the really cute turkey. He was lots of fun to crochet-and turned out GREAT!!!

    • Kara November 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Yay! So glad to hear it 🙂

  11. Cori November 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks again for the pattern. I stayed up until 2 am Saturday just to finish him. He was too cute to leave unfinished for the night! Turned out so adorable.

    • Kara November 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      And he turned out so cute too!!

  12. Tamara - Moogly November 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Very cute Kara! Thanks for linking up on Hookin On Hump Day!

  13. Marilyn November 19, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Kara you are one of the most talented crochet designers……LOVE this guy! He is super cute! I gave it a shout out so hopefully more people will stop by and see it!

    http://goo.gl/MvHJqo

    Marilyn

  14. Connie Hecker November 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for the Turkey pattern. Will definitely be on my table!

  15. May November 21, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Thanks for making it possible to acknowledge the unusual occurrence this year of the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving falling on the same night. Your special turkey will have this year’s date on it and will be a remembrance for two families. And if they happen to be around in79,000 years when the days coincide again, they can dust it out for another special night.

    • Kara November 21, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      I am honored. I am so glad it will be a special part of your celebrations 🙂

  16. Maggi November 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Love this so much!

  17. roxie November 24, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    thanks soo much for the cute pattern. so easy to do thanks to your great instructions. love, love it!!

  18. Sharlene November 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pattern…I need more thanksgiving decorations husband even told me that as well. Says I have plenty of Christmas need more for other holidays….reason to buy more yarn in my option..lol!

  19. Sharlene November 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pattern…I need more thanksgiving decorations husband even told me that as well. Says I have plenty of Christmas need more for other holidays….reason to buy more yarn in my option..lol!

  20. tatie fabie November 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    pas graciée mais pinté sur pinterest, merci pour cette belle création.

  21. Nix August 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    It’s called a wattle…better check my spelling! But yours is just THE cutest!!! 🙂

    • Kara August 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Lol! Thanks, Nix 🙂

  22. Poppy Williams August 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Thanks so very much!!! I appreciate this Thanksgiving-Christmas gift!!!

    Waving from Georgia!!

    • Kara August 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      My pleasure Poppy 🙂

  23. Frieda August 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Thank you for your pattern, I made this yesterday, it took me 3 hours from start to finish, I have never made bodies before just regular crocheting, I was happy with the outcome. Thank you again. This project put a smile on my face.

    • Kara August 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you, Frieda 🙂

  24. Cathy September 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    So cute! I was wondering about making some of the tail “granny Suqares” removable to use for coasters? I think if I just sew the first 2 together,and sew it to the body then I could make 4 other tail feather squares and tuck them in to be used as needed? What do you think?

    • Kara September 8, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Oooh … that sounds like a fabulous idea!

  25. Faye Simmons September 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    I just finished my turkey. I added some feet to it which added a cute touch.

    • Kara September 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

      I bet it is sooo cute!

  26. Angela October 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I just made this. So fun. I will be making a few more. Thanks for a great pattern

    • Kara October 17, 2014 at 10:22 am #

      I am so happy to hear that, Angela!

  27. Janet Baker November 6, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Going to give this a try….it’s just too darn cute!

    • Kara November 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it!

  28. Megan Wingate November 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    This is adorable! I made it with a size H hook and a half double crochet stitch and it turned out bigger which I wanted but I was wondering if you never made it in the larger size? I have found that the turkey falls back with the granny square feathers and I didn’t know if you had any suggestions to help it not fall backwards… Thanks again for sharing and can’t wait to make some more!

    • Kara November 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed it, Megan!

    • Pamela Morris October 30, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks for the tip on the H hoop and double sc. 😉

  29. Amanda November 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    How big are the granny squares supposed to measure??

    • Kara November 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      Approximately 4 inches 🙂

  30. Melissa F. November 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I just finished making 9 of these guys in about 2 1/2 weeks! I am giving them to friends and family for Thanksgiving gifts this year. I started out thinking I would make 3, then it blossomed into 9. I am now going cold turkey on making turkeys. Loved the pattern, the only change I made was to use size 6/0 black matte seed beads for the pupils. I really am not great at making French knots, and this little change helped!

  31. Jeanette November 26, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    Thank you so much for this awesome pattern. I really loved the use of the granny squares. It was an ingenius idea. My family and I love Mr. Gobble. I just finished making him and he is sitting on my dinner table.

    • Kara November 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      So happy to hear that, Jeanette!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  32. Susan August 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    What height is the finished product please?

  33. Carrie October 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    Great pattern, but you have so many ads on your site the going is very slow! Very cute turkey pattern, however!

  34. Bethany November 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Is it okay to sell turkeys we make using this pattern?
    It’s a great pattern! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Kara November 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Bethany 🙂 Yes, you absolutely may sell any of the items you make from any of my patterns. Thanks for asking 🙂

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