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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″



For the beanie itself, I recommend this pattern for a Simple Double Crochet Beanie by Rhondda of Oombawka Design. It includes sizes for preemie through adult. For 11-month-old Jack, I used the beanie pattern for a 19″ circumference head. For the turkey legs on Jack’s hat, I used an H-8 (5.00 mm) hook and worsted-weight yarn. If you are making this hat for a younger or smaller child, you may find that you need to use a smaller hook and lighter-weight yarn for the turkey legs.

Once you have your hat, follow my instructions to crochet and attach the turkey legs (AKA drumsticks).


Note: These drumsticks are worked in joined rounds. Because the ch-3 counts as the first stitch, you will not work into the slst that joins the rounds at the end of each round.

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

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

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and dc in this same st, 2 dc in next st and in each st around. Join with slst to top of ch-3. (10)

Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and dc in this same st, 2 dc in next st and in each st around. Join with slst to top of ch-3. (20)

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

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

Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next st, dc2tog, * dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog, rep from * 1 more time. Join with slst to top of ch-3. (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. Rnd 7: Ch 1 and sc in this same st, sc2tog, * sc, sc2tog, rep from * 1 more time. Join with slst to 1st st. (6)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st and each st around. Join with slst to 1st st. (6) Break yarn.

Rnd 9: With white, ch 1, sc in same st and each st around. Join with slst to 1st st. (6)

Weave in ends or tie ends together and tuck inside drumstick.

Rnd 10: Ch 3 (counts as first dc) and dc in this same st, 2 dc in next st and each st around. Join with slst to top of ch-3. (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 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, whip stitch each leg to the hat.

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


57 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.

      • Thanks so much!(x

      • I’m sorry to bother again, at the end of each round it says to Ch 2 then it says at the beginning of the second round to Ch 2, am I suppose to Ch 4 then?????

        • No problem. I’m happy to help. The instruction at the end of each round is “Join with slst to top of ch-2.” You won’t be making any chains at the end of each round. Instead you will slip-stitch into the 2nd chain (aka top) of the ch-2 that you made at the start of the round. Does that make sense? Please let me know if there’s 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!

  17. I am SO making this for MYSELF!! I have hats that look like pumpkins for October (that become Jack ‘o Lanterns right at Halloween time), and I have Santa hats, Elf hats, Rudolf-the-Red-Nosed-Freakin-Reindeer hats, even Christmas Tree hats, but I had NOTHING for that ‘tween time of Thanksgiving! Thanks for the inspiration! I can envision all sorts of new mayhem to crochet up for New Year, too!!

  18. Did you fold the end of your hat up?

  19. Could this work in half double crochet where it says double crochet and would I need to chain 2?

    • I’ve done a baby beanie in half double and would like the stitches to be similar. Having trouble figuring out drumsticks to match!

    • Hi and thanks for your question. I haven’t tried this pattern in hdc before, but just based on my understanding of stitch height, I imagine it would decrease the size of the drumstick by a third. Seems to me that would work just fine, but I can’t guarantee your results.

      • Ok so if i single crochet it wont work either? or how could i adjust? Sorry im a beginner and have trouble with patterns i use videos more. Thanks for all thr help so far!

        • Hi Lisa! The difference between dc and hdc is rather subtle. I even have to look closely to tell them apart. If I were you, I would crochet the pattern as written. But if you have your heart set on using hdc, just replace each dc in the pattern with hdc. Ch 2 at the beginning of Rnds 2-6 & 10 and ch 1 at the beginning of Rnds 7-9 (as written). This should work just fine. Feel free to email me at squirrelpicnic@gmail.com if you run into any trouble and we can work through it together.

  20. Hi there, I am not a beginner, and have attempted working several different ways. I continue to come out with the wrong stitch count. At row 6 I end up with 10. In row 1 I either end up with 12, or must sk last stitch. Is it possible you could post a pic with arrow at where you beg 1st stitch and where you sl st at the end?

    • Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for your question. I owe you an apology. I haven’t read this pattern in a number of years. It was the first pattern I ever wrote and to tell you the truth, I don’t think I did a very good job of it. I went back tonight and made some adjustments that I hope will improve it. The biggest problem with the pattern was working back and forth between rounds of single crochet and rounds of double crochet. The easiest way to do this is with joined rounds, which as I’m sure you know can be worked a few ways. In this pattern I chose to count the ch-3 that begins each round as the first dc. This will mean that you won’t work into the slst that joins the round at the end of the round. Would you mind trying Rnds 1-6 one more time? I apologize for the inconvenience.

  21. Thank you so much, that made the difference! It might help readers if you adjust the wording to be a bit more literal. Something like, DC in same stitch as ch3, or, ch3, DC in next stitch. At least that seems more clear to me. 😉 This adorable pattern is making its way around Pinterest again so I’m sure many more will be looking at it. Thanks for sharing and getting back to me so quickly. I’m a fairly new blogger myself. Just entering the pattern creating arena, but mostly retail crochet, crafting, and blogging. Check me out at Nanasgoneloopy.com. I’ll be linking your pattern when I post if thats okay with you. 🙂


    • Thanks, Nancy! All great advice. I checked out your blog. I love everything you’re working on. I’d be honored for you to share a link to this pattern there. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!

  22. Really enjoyed making this, will be so much fun for our thanksgiving scavenger hunt /crazy hat day we are sure to win again this year!!

  23. Hi!
    Would you be willing to do a video on how to do the legs? I can’t seem to get them down…

  24. Hi, Nicole. The turkey hat looks so cute. I wanted to make one for a newborn. Would you have the pattern for it or would I just use a smaller size hook. Thank you for your help!

  25. where is the hat pattern?