A few years ago, I found a bag of yarn at a garage sale. It was rough, tangled, and came in weird colors, but there was a lot and it was super cheap. According to the package, it’s “rug yarn,” though I’m not really sure what that means. Anyway, other than occasionally pulling it out for small projects, I haven’t used the rug yarn for anything since I bought it. As I was looking through my stash this weekend, I realized the weird colors fit right in with fall. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, what better Hump Day How-To than a free pattern for an amigurami turkey? This little guy ended up looking so cute, and it gave me an excuse to use that weird yarn! I haven’t had much time to crochet lately, but whipping up this turkey is pretty fast. For the pattern, I combined a body pattern I found on Petals to Picots and a tail pattern I came up with myself. You don’t need rug yarn though, you can use regular old worsted weight yarn.
Worsted weight yarn (brown, tan, yellow/orange, and red)
Small amounts of white and black yarn
4.0 mm G hook
Stitch markers (I used a safety pin, but I’ve got these markers on my Christmas list)
Stuffing or fiber fill
1. Begin by crocheting 6 single crochet (sc) into a magic ring. (6)
2. 2 sc in each stitch. (12)
3. *2 sc, 1 sc* repeat through the end. (18)
4. *2 sc, 1 sc in next 2* repeat through the end. (24)
5-8. 1 sc in each stitch. (24)
9. *sc 2 together (sc2tog), 1 in next stitch* repeat through the end. (18)
10-12. 1 sc in each stitch. (24)
Add stuffing to this section.
13. *2 sc, 1 sc in next 2* repeat through the end. (24)
14. *2 sc, 1 sc in next 3* repeat through the end. (30)
15. *2 sc, 1 sc in next 4* repeat through the end. (36)
16-21. 1 sc in each stitch. (36)
22. *sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4* repeat through the end. (30)
23. *sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3* repeat through the end. (24)
24. *sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2* repeat through the end. (18)
Add stuffing to this section.
25. *sc2tog, 1 sc in next 1* repeat through the end. (12)
26. sc2tog all the way around. (6)
Leave a long tail and sew together the opening using a tapestry needle.
Chain 7 using white yarn.
Work 2 double crochet (dc) in 4th chain from hook, chain 1, 1 sc in next stitch, ch 1, 2 dc in next stitch, ch 2, slip stitch into the last stitch. Tie off and leave a long tail.
Using black yarn or thread, make two pupils in the eyes.
Attach the eyes to the turkey’s face.
Chain 8 using red yarn.
1. 3 sc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across. (21) The strip will begin to curl, but don’t worry — that’s what we’re looking for!
Tie off and leave a long tail. Sew the gobble to the face, directly below the eyes.
Chain 4 using yellow or orange yarn.
1. 1 sc in 2nd chain from the hook and each ch across, turn. (3)
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), skip 1st st, sc2tog. (1)
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Attach the beak to the face, on top of the gobble.
Chain 13 using tan yarn. My “tan” was actually closer to a weird green color, but I thought it still looked turkey-ish!
1. sc in 2nd chain from the hook. sc across. Turn. (12)
2. Chain 1, 2 sc in every stitch. Turn. (24)
3. Chain 1, 1 sc in every stitch. Turn. (24)
4-5. Chain 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc across, 2 sc in last stitch. Turn. (26, 28)
6-7. Chain 1, 1 sc across. (28)
8. Chain 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc across, 2 sc in last stitch. Turn. (30)
Tie off leaving a very long tail for attaching the turkey’s tail to its body.
Switch colors. I used orange.
9. Chain 1, 1 sc across. Turn. (30)
Switch colors again. I used red.
10. Chain 1, 1 sc across. Turn. (30)
11. *Chain 5, 1 sc in 5th stitch* repeat until the end (5 times). Turn.
12. Chain 3, 9 dc in the gap created by the chains, sc in sc. *10 dc, sc in sc* Repeat until the end. (3 more times)
Tie off and weave in ends from each color, except the tan. Using the long tail from the tan section, attach the bottom of the tail to the back of the turkey. The top parts will not be sewn on.
That’s it! He looks pretty cute, right?? I’m excited to add this teeny crocheted turkey to my Thanksgiving decor! What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crafts? Let us know in the comments below!