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Make It! Challenge #1: Crochet Turkey Hat


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

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″



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.

Pull tight.

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.

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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22 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. :-)

  6. Pingback: Free Thanksgiving Crochet Patterns for Home and Family

  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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