Crochet Turkey Hat – Free Pattern
I’ve been getting requests for this pattern ever since I started selling the finished item in my Etsy shop a few years ago. I have finally decided to sit down and write it all down and put it up for sale.
My testers are testing all of the other sizes right now but the completed pattern will be up for sale soon. UPDATE: The other pattern sizes can be found here, for sale on Ravelry. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this “sneak peek” of the pattern in size 0-3 months! Happy Crocheting!
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Crochet Turkey Hat
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- Approximately 240 yds of Category 4 Medium Weight Yarn in 6 colors:
- Approximately 120 yds of Color A: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in Warm Brown
- Approximately 50 yds of Color B: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in Yellow
- Approximately 20 yds of Color C: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in Hot Orange
- Approximately 25 yds Color D: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in Red
- Approximately 5 yds of Color E: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in Mod Green
- Approximately 20 yds of Color F: I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream* in White
- Size H 5mm Crochet Hook*
- Size I 5.5mm Crochet Hook*
- Yarn Needle* for weaving ends
- Stitch Markers*
- (2) 3/4” Buttons
- Needle and Thread
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
hdc dec – half-double crochet decrease
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble crochet
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated
6 stitches=1” 2 rows=1”
Size 0-3 Months – 12‐13”
- This pattern is written in US terms.
- Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. If you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
- The hat portion of this project is worked in a continuous round. Do not join unless otherwise noted. This is where the use of a stitch marker will come in handy. Place the stitch marker on the end of each round to mark your last stitch.
With I Hook and Color A:
Magic Circle, ch 1
Round 1: 9 sc into the circle (9)
Round 2: 2 dc into each st around. (18)
Round 3: *1 dc into the next st, 2 dc into the next st; Repeat from * around. (27)
Round 4: *1 dc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc into the next st; Repeat from * around. (36)
Round 5-10: 1 dc into each st around. (36)
Round 11: 1 dc into each st around, sl st into the last st of the previous round. (36)
Row 1: 1 hdc into the first st, 1 hdc into each of the next 8 sts, turn. (9)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 hdc into each of the next 5 sts, 1 hdc dec over the last 2 sts, turn. (7)
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st across, turn. (7)
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 hdc dec over the last 2 sts, turn. (5)
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc dec over the last 2 sts. Fasten off, weave ends. (3)
For the second earflap, turn the hat to the front and skip 10 stitches. Join yarn and repeat instructions above.
Finish: To finish off your hat, make sure all ends are weaved in and trimmed. Join your trim color and sc evenly around the entire hat, earflaps included. Fasten off and weave ends.
Eyes (Make 2)
With I Hook and Color F
Magic Circle, ch 2
Round 1: 8 dc into the magic circle; join with a sl st into the beginning dc. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc into each st around, join with a sl st into the beginning hdc. (16)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
With H Hook and Color C
Row 1: 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each remaining st across, turn. (5)
Row 2: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, turn. (4)
Row 3: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, turn. (3)
Row 4: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, turn. (2)
Row 5: Ch 1, sk 1st sc, 1 sc into the next st, turn. (1)
Ch 1, sc evenly around the entire beak, placing 2 sc sts in each corner. Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.
With I Hook and Color D
Row 1: Sl st into the 2nd ch from hook, sl st into the next st, 1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts. 7 dc into the last st. (14)
Working down the opposite side of the row, 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc into each of the next 3 sts, sl st into each of the last 2 sts. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. (7)
Feathers (Make 4):
With H Hook and Color B (C, D, E)
Row 1: 1 sc into the 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 tr into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 sc into the last st.
Row 1 cont’d: Ch 2, working down the opposite side of the row: 1 sc into the same st as the previous sc, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 tr into the next st, 1 dc into the next st, 1 hdc into the next st, 1 sc into the last st. Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (14)
- Sew buttons onto the eyes with needle and thread or yarn. Position the eyes onto the hat and sew using the long tails (I like to pin them in place using sewing pins to keep them from moving while I attach them.)
- Once the eyes are in place, sew the wattle onto the hat. Then position the beak and sew that over the wattle.
- Position and attach each of the feathers onto the back of the hat making sure they are visible from the front, when the hat is being worn.
- Sew the feathers on using the long tails and a tapestry or yarn needle (Use pins to hold them in place if necessary.)
- For the tuft, cut 8 strands of yarn that measure approximately 6”. Fold in half and pull the strands through the center of the hat. Tie a knot to secure and trim if necessary.
- For the braids, cut 9 strands of yarn for each side of the hat (18 strands in total) measuring approximately 24”. You can make them longer or shorter depending on how long you would like your braids. Fold the strands in half and pull half of the strands through the earflap. Make a knot to secure the braids to the earflap. Braid the strands. When you’ve reached the desired length of your braids, knot the bottom and trim the ends so that they are even. Repeat for the other side.
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Thank you for this free pattern. It is adorable!! I was thinking if it was made with black yarn & leaving off the feathers & wattle, he resembles a penguin.
I love this pattern, I had to switch it up for a preteen but she wore it to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in NY City! I’ve made 3 for babies and included a diaper cover as well. One of my favorite patterns ever. You’re amazing and thanks for sharing!
Wow that’s wonderful!
A few weeks ago all the sizes were here. Guess as it got closer to Thanksgiving, you decided to make them pay-only, huh?
Hi Maria, actually this size is the only one that has been available for free on the blog. The other sizes have always been a premium pattern.
I’m struggling with the tuff…any more description you could give to help get me past my brain block? lol I’d really appreciate it!!!
Hi Shani, what exactly are you stuck on?
Making this for a sweet little boy for his first birthday- he was born last year on Thanksgiving morning. Very appropriate! Thanks so much for the free pattern. Great silly hat!
That’s so sweet Cynthia and very fitting indeed! I hope he enjoys his silly turkey! 🙂
Is the number in the parentheses the number of “rows” of each instruction? This is my first crochet project so that is confusing me. Thank you!!!
Hi Julie! The number in the parentheses are the stitch counts per row.
Thank you for the cute pattern!
You’re welcome Jackie! I hope you enjoy the silly turkey hat 🙂
This hat is really nice! I love it!
Thank you 🙂
I wanted to thank you for sharing the fox hat pattern. I made this for my little grand daughter who by the way wore this hat to bed and would say “mine”… She loves this hat. So does her Great grandpa!
That’s so sweet! You’re very welcome Caryl!I’m so glad your granddaughter loves it so much! 🙂
This is my favorite pattern
We were wondering if an adult size pattern was available. It’s very cute and we were hoping to make them for a thanksgiving run.
Hi Maddy! I do not currently have an adult sized pattern but I hope to work on one in the future.
I have a 2yr old grandson (1/14/15) and a new one coming in February 2015… plus a 10yr old granddaughter (12/2/14) & her 11-yr old sister (1/16/15) that really need this hat!!! I’ll have to get it after 1st of yr at Ravelry & it will be so much fun!!!
Congrats on the the new grandson! I’m sure all of your grandchildren will love the hats! 🙂
how do you get the feathers to stay up straight, any suggestions???
Hi Tina! Typically they stay up with cotton yarn but if you are using acrylic, I find that by crocheting the feathers with 2 strands held together makes them more sturdy. I hope that helps!
I just finished this hat it was very easy to make. However I did get caught up on the wattle part, were we supposed to skip a stitch before we did the 7 DC in the last stitch? I kept having one stitch not accounted for? I don’t know it is a very cute pattern all the same and I really appreciate you posting it for FREE:)
Sorry for the delay Holly. Are you slip stitching in the first 2 stitches? I’ve had this pattern tested by several people, including myself, and it always manages to add up properly 🙂
where/when will the larger sizes be available? i have four kids 3 montha to 8 years that i’d like to make them for. its so cute and unique!
It’s actually available for purchase on Ravelry now! I’m offering at an introductory price of $2. You can see all of the details in this post: https://thestitchinmommy.com/2014/11/crochet-turkey-hat-more-sizes-now-available.html
Is the main part of the beanie in continuous rounds
Yes it’s worked in a continuous round. No joining unless otherwise specified 🙂
These are so cute, I should totally make one for my baby cousin!
Thanks Rebecca! 🙂
I need this for a 9 months old how would I a just the size
I will be releasing the other sizes as part of a paid pattern later today.
This is absolutely adorable. Thanks you so much for sharing. I have to pin this for later!!
Thanks so much Jen! 🙂
What a cute hat! I love all the hats you have here by the way 🙂 Too bad I don’t have a kid who could wear them 🙁
Thank you so much Joanna! You can always wear them yourself 😉
So cute! I have been thinking about taking up crocheting, and if I do, I definitely want to make this!
You should definitely try your hand at crocheting! It’s a really great art 🙂
This is truly adorable and so well done!
Thank you so much Katie!
This looks so adorable!!
Thank you Britni!
This hat is adorable! I would love one for myself! 🙂
Maybe I should make one in adult size too 🙂
This is sooo stickin cute!!! I have no crocheting skills but my sister is pretty good at it. I will be sure to give it to her.
Thanks Becky! I hope your sister enjoys it!
That’s just adorable – he looks so worried!
Haha thanks Kelly! I think he looks silly 🙂
I absolutely love this! I bet my nephews would look so cute in these hats. I’m not very good with these types of things, but I’d love to give it a shot. I’ll have to try it out to see if I can do it on my own.
Thanks Meagan! If you need any advice or links to tutorials, let me know! 🙂
Amy, I just adore this pattern! I hinted to my eldest daughter that her little sisters NEED these, maybe I should just take her to Joann’s and buy the yarn 🙂
Thanks Lori! You should really take her to buy the yarn then she will have no choice but to make it 😉 Let me know if she tries it and has any questions!
How stinking cute is that? I love it! I will have to have my SIL help me figure it out.
Hehe thanks Britney! It’s not too hard. If you have any questions, let me know! 🙂
Oh My Goodness!! This is just adorable, I can crochet but I can’t match your skills!! I am pinning it anyway to try!!!
Thanks for sharing this free pattern!!
Thanks Evelyn! It’s not too bad. It looks difficult because there are so many pieces but they are all basic stitches 🙂
This is so so cute! I wish I knew how to crochet because I would so make this for my best friends baby!
Thanks Emily! Well I don’t sell finished items anymore but if you really want one, I can put you in touch with one of my testers who does make finished items 🙂
What a fun hat! My kids would LOVE these!
That is darling! I’ve always been amazed at people who can create things like this. I did some crocheting when I was a teenager, but nothing more than a blanket. Now that I’m older, I should see if I can figure out a pattern.
It’s like riding a bike Kimberly! If you need any help, I have links for a bunch of different stitch tutorials so you can refresh your memory 🙂
This is too stinkin’ cute!
Thanks Melanie! 🙂
AHHHH CUTEST THING EVER!!! sharing on my FB today and totally pinning… I love ti!!
Thank you Emily! 🙂 I love it too. He was one of my best sellers in my Etsy shop 🙂 Thank you for pinning and sharing! <3
Amy, I LOVE this! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. Thank you so much for the pattern. I will definitely be making it.
Thanks Deborah! I love Thanksgiving too 🙂 Enjoy the pattern!
This is the cutest thing!! Thank you for sharing your pattern and ideas with us all.
Thanks Cathy! I hope you enjoy it!