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Make It! Challenge #1: Crochet Turkey Hat


Thanksgiving Turkey HatWhen 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

Difficulty rating 1


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
Polyester Fiber-fill
Tapestry needle
Sewing pins


3 dc sts = 1″
5 dc rows = 4″

Errata 11/19/14: Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I made a few changes to the pattern today. I changed all references of dec to dc2tog, and I revised the beginning of each round to indicate where the first stitch should be made. I hope that these revisions make things clearer. If anything trips you up, please feel free to leave a question or comment in the section below or email squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!



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.


Note: These drumsticks are worked in joined rounds.

Also, “dc in first st” refers to the very first st at the base of the chain that begins the round.

Using dark gold yarn, ch 2. (Or begin with a magic loop.)

Round 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop). Join with slst to 1st sc. (5)

Round 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st and in each around. Join with slst to top of 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 ch-2. (20)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in first st, dc in next st, dc2tog, * dc 2, dc2tog, rep from * 3 more times. Join with slst to top of ch-2. (15)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in first st, dc in next st, dc2tog, * dc 2, dc2tog, rep from * 1 more time, dc 3. Join with slst to top of ch-2. (12)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in first st, dc in next st, dc2tog, * dc 2, dc2tog, rep from * 1 more time. Join with slst to top of ch-2. (9)

Stuff turkey leg with fiber-fill at this point. Don’t overstuff. You’ll want the leg to lay somewhat flat against the head. Round 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc2tog, * sc, sc2tog, rep from * 1 more time. Join with slst to ch-1. (6)

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with slst to ch-1. (6) Change to white yarn.

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join with slst to ch-1. (6) Tuck yarn ends inside.

Round 10: Ch 2, dc in first st, 2 dc in next st and each around. Join with slst to top of ch-2. (12) FO, leaving a long strand to close up. Close end by threading through outer loop of each st around. Pull tight. Thread needle through the center of this circle and out at the base of the white bone. Pull tight and work in end. This creates the two bumps in the “bone” at the end of the turkey leg.

Finish Hat

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.

With this hat, your toddler will be the cutest gobbler at your Thanksgiving table!

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32 thoughts on “Make It! Challenge #1: Crochet Turkey Hat

  1. Very cute! Diana and Jack are lucky to have your skills! (Diana was one of my students in undergrad)

  2. Very cute!! Thanks for the like on my doll. :)

  3. this is so adorable! i may have to learn to crochet now and put down knitting for a while!

  4. what an imagination! lovely hat :)

  5. I’m so-o-o glad you said you could see Little Jack wearing this at the Thanksgiving table and not on the Thanksgiving table. This is really a cute idea. :-)

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  7. darling! Wish I knew how to crochet. Knitting is my thing.

  8. This is so adorable!! Crocheting and knitting is something I have wanted to learn but never had the patience! You are very talented =)

  9. Love it totally! Thanks for sharing the pattern!!! I will have to make it for next Thanksgiving, but that’s okay!!! I still love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. This is solo cute. Thanks for sharing. I would like to make this adult size for Halloween costume. How do I enlarge it?

    • Thanks, Shirley! I’m pleased you like it. I haven’t tried to make it for an adult, but I might suggest making an adult-sized beanie in double crochet like this one. Then make the drumsticks using a larger hook and heavier yarn. It might take some trial and error, but please let me know if this works or if you come up with another solution. Thanks again!

  11. So cute… looks almost delicious ;)

  12. Totally adorable, must pass on to my Mom to make for my new nephew or niece due in January.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  14. HEY!I’m making this right now, and I’m a bit confused on the “beg” part. I followed all instructions and mine didnt come out right:/ if you could inform me of what is “beg” that would be awesome:D

    • Hi Livi! I’m so excited that you are making a turkey hat. “Beg” just stands for “beginning,” so the instruction is to join with slst to the top of the ch-2 (or ch-1 for sc rounds) that you made at the beginning of the round. Since it seemed confusing and wasn’t entirely essential to the pattern, I went ahead and deleted it. I hope that this helps you and other crocheters to make a turkey hat. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.

  15. Hello, love!
    I’m making this right now and I can’t seem to get my sts added up for the drum stick. Do you count the ch2’s as a DC? I’m not getting 10 sts in round 2 unless I count the ch as a DC.


  16. Hello! I had some confusion and questions with this pattern. Is it possible to get your email or for you to email me so I can try and figure it out?? Thank you!

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