Turkey Granny Square

Hi everyone! Since we’re in the middle of the holidays season, my daughter brought to my attention the fact that we have never made a project in celebration of Thanksgiving Day before. I was intrigued by the idea, so I decided to add another animal granny square to my growing collection by crocheting a granny square that has the face of the most renowned icon of this occasion: a turkey. I started with the same base that I’ve been using for most of my collection, then I did a quick research on the most notable features of a turkey face that can be easily translated into crochet-able parts. Finally, I came up with this cartoony turkey face granny square, with easy to make features and cute colorful tail feathers peaking from behind the face. This granny square can be a unit for a blanket, a runner or a center square for a sweater. Have fun making this fine turkey, and I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Overview:

  • Skill level: Intermediate.
  • Instructions style: written instructions + charts.


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Check out the entire Animal Granny Square collection: 

Puppy | Frog | Koala | Chick | Kitty | Chicken | Mouse | Bunny | Ox | Tiger | Duckling | Piggy

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Materials: 

  • Yarn: any cotton yarn in the following colors and quantities: light brown (one skein), white (one skein), dark brown (one skein), and a few yards (meters) of red, yellow, orange, medium brown and black yarn. Suggested yarn: D.M.C Happy Cotton, 0.7 oz (20 g), 47 yards (43 m).
  • Crochet hook, size D/3 (3 mm).
  • Tapestry needle.

Measurements of the square: 6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm) approx.

Yardage: 58- 60 yards (52- 55 m) approx.

Gauge22 sts and 12 round = 4"x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in double crochet.



Crochet terms (US):

  • ch: chain.
  • chs: chains.
  • st: stitch.
  • sts: stitches.
  • sl st: slip stitch.
  • sc: single crochet.
  • hdc: half double crochet.
  • dc: double crochet.
  • tr: treble crochet.


Instructions:

Granny square base:

Note: ch 1 and ch 3 at the beginning of rounds count as sc and dc respectively.

With the light brown yarn, make a magic circle, then work as follows:

Round 1: ch 1 into the magic circle, sc 7, sl st into the first ch. (8 sts)

Round 2: ch 1 and sc in the first st, sc 2 in each st, sl st into the first ch. (16 sts)

Round 3: ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st, *dc 2 in st, dc in st, repeat from * to end, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 3. (24 sts)

Round 4: repeat row 3. (36 sts)

Round 5: ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st twice, *dc 2 in st, dc in st twice, repeat from * to end, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 3. (48 sts)

Round 6: ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st three times, *dc 2 in st, dc in st three times, repeat from * to end, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 3. (60 sts)

Cut off light brown yarn and weave in loose ends. With white yarn make a knot, then at the eighth st after the end of last round work as follows:

Round 7: (ch 4, tr, ch 2, tr 2) in the first st, *tr in st, dc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, sc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, dc in st twice, tr in st, (tr 2, ch 2, tr 2) in st, repeat from * 3 times, tr in st, dc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, sc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, dc in st twice, tr in st, sl st into the fourth ch of the first ch4.

Round 8: ch 3 in the first st, dc in st, *(dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in ch 2 space, dc in each st to next ch 2 space, repeat from * 3 times, (dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in ch 2 space, dc in each st to last st, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 3.

Rounds 9 and 10: ch 3 in the first st, dc in each st to the first ch 2 space, *(dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, dc in each st to next ch 2 space, repeat from * 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, dc in each st to last st, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 3. Cut off white yarn and weave in loose ends.

For the granny square base pattern chart, please check out my Year Of The Ox Granny Square post.



Black circle of the eye (make two): 

With black yarn, make a magic circle, leaving a 4" (10 cm) yarn tail, ch 1 and sc 5 into it, sl st in the first ch. Cut yarn, leaving a yarn tail long enough to secure the eye in place later.

White circle of the eye (make two): 

With white yarn, make a magic circle:

Round 1: ch 1 into the magic circle, sc 5, sl st into the first ch. (6 sts)

Round 2: ch 1 and sc in the first st, sc 2 in each st, sl st into the first ch. (12 sts)

Round 3: ch 1 and sc in the first st, sc in st, *sc 2 in st, sc in st, repeat from * to end, sl st into the first ch. Cut off white yarn, leaving a 6" (15 cm) yarn tail to sew the circle in place later. (18 sts)

Beak:

With yellow yarn, make 6 chs, sl st into the second ch from hook, sc into next ch, hdc into next ch, dc into next ch, tr into next ch. Cut yarn, leaving a 6" (15 cm) long yarn tail for sewing the beak in place later on.

Snood: 

With red yarn, make 15 chs, leaving a 4" (10 cm) yarn tail, dc 2 into the third ch from hook, dc 3 into each ch to last three chs, hdc 3 into ch, sc into ch twice. Cut yarn, leaving a 4" (10 cm) yarn tail to secure the snood in place later on.

Feathers (make seven):

With dark brown yarn make 7 chs, sl st into second ch from hook, ch 3, dc into ch four times (don't cut dark brown yarn), with orange yarn dc 5 into the last ch, with dark brown and into the other side of chs, dc into next ch five times. Cut yarn, leaving a 6" (15 cm) yarn tail to sew the feather in place. Make four feathers in this color combination. With dark brown and yellow, make two feathers. Lastly, with dark brown and medium brown yarn, make one feather.



Assembly:

  • Sew white circles of the eyes in place as shown in picture. 
  • Secure the black circles of the eyes in place by passing the two yarn tails of  each circle through the eye whites and the base, then tying them together in the back. 
  • Sew the beak in place. 
  • Secure the snood in place by passing its yarn tails through the base near the triangle of the beak and tying them together in the back .
  • Sew the feathers  in place around the upper half of the head.
  • Cut any excess yarn at the back. Weave in loose ends.


Lastly, feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or find something confusing in the pattern.

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