When my friend Diana asked me if I would make a turkey hat she’d seen online for her 11-month-old son, Jack, I admit that at first I wondered why a mom would want to dress her son up like a roast turkey. But after checking out the turkey hats on toddlers across the web, I had to agree that this idea is nothing but cute! I can just see little Jack wearing this adorable hat in his seat at the Thanksgiving table. I was on board and ready to take on the challenge of re-creating it for them. The best part of this project though is that it really wasn’t much of a challenge at all. Even beginning crocheters should have no problem.
Crochet Turkey Hat
1 ball worsted weight yarn in dark gold (Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Honey)
Small amount worsted weight yarn in off-white
H-8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook
3 dc sts = 1″
5 dc rows = 4″
This hat will fit an 18- to 20-inch head, according to Tricia at Busy Mom Designs. Her pattern collection, titled Basic Beanie, is free at ravelry.com and includes separate patterns in the same design to fit newborns through adults too. This was the pattern I used, but feel free to use any pattern for a 19-inch beanie hat in double crochet.
Once you have your hat, follow my instructions to crochet and attach the drumsticks.
Using dark gold yarn, ch 2.
Round 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (5)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st and in each around. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2. (10)
Round 3: Ch 2, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st and in each around. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2. (20)
Round 4: Ch 2, *dc 2, dec, rep from * 4 more times. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2. (15)
Round 5: Ch 2, *dc 2, dec, rep from * 2 more times, dc 3. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2. (12)
Round 6: Ch 2, *dc 2, dec, rep from * 2 more times. Join with slst to top of beg ch-2. (9)
Stuff turkey leg with fiber-fill at this point. Don’t over stuff. You’ll want the leg to lay somewhat flat against the head.
Round 7: Ch 1, *sc, dec, rep from * 2 more times. (6)
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (6)
Change to white yarn.
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with slst to top of beg ch. Tuck ends inside. (6)
Round 10: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st and each around. Join with slst to top of beg ch. (12)
BO, leaving a long strand to close up.
Close end by threading through outer loop of each st around.
Thread needle through the center of this circle and out at the base of the white bone. Pull tight and FO. This creates the two bumps in the “bone” at the end of the turkey leg.
If you haven’t done so already, flatten the legs a little so they won’t stick out too far from the head. Position legs on the hat and secure in place with sewing pins. The position of the legs should be just behind the center of the hat, and the leg bone should stick up in the back a bit. Once you have the position right, whipstitch each leg to the hat.