I found an absolutely adorable knit pattern for a turkey finger puppet here, at Team Knit. But, it turned out to be a little too difficult for my skill level, and a little too fussy for my time schedule. I wanted to be able to complete one (or two, or three) during the children's nap/reading time. So, using the princess puppet, as a guide, I set out to see if I could crochet one instead.
If you want to make one you'll need a small amount of medium, worsted weight yarn in yellow, red, brown, and a multi color of brown, tans, and white (I used Red Heart Shaded Browns #0992), and a G sized crochet hook. I also used a hot glue gun to attach the google eyes, but if you're handy with a french knot, you could make the eyes with some of the darker brown from the multi colored skein.
Starting with red yarn, ch 4, and join in a ring to the first ch with a sl st. Ch 1.
Round 1: Work 4 sc in the ring. Join rnd, ch 1.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc). Join rnd, ch 1.
Round 3: 1 sc in the first sc, 2 sc in the next. Repeat to the end of the round (12 sc). Join rnd, ch1.
Round 4: Sc in each sc around. Join rnd, ch 1.
Round 5: Sc in the first sc, skip the second sc, and sc in the third sc. Repeat to the end of the round (8 sc ). Join rnd, switch to brown, ch 1.
Round 6: Sc in the first sc, skip the second, and sc in the third. Sc in the next two sc's, skip the third, and sc in the last (6sc). Join rnd, ch 1.
Rounds 7 - 11: Sc in each sc around. Join rnd, ch 1.
Round 12: Sc in each sc around. Tie off. Weave in the end.
Cut about 2 1/2 feet of yarn from the multi colored skein, so that one end is white, and one end is dark brown.
Starting with the white end, ch 4.
Sc in the 2nd and 1st ch. Ch1 and turn.
Continue with rows of 2 sc's for about 5 rows, or until you reach the dark brown.
Sl st the two sc's together. Tie off, leaving enough yarn to sew the wing to the body.
Sew the wings a little forward on the body (using a yarn needle, or even your crochet hook), just below the head.
Using the multi colored yarn, and leaving a long enough tail to sew on, ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and in the two remaining ch's (3 sc). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 sc's in the 1st sc, 1 sc in 2nd sc, 2 sc's in the 3rd sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in every sc to the end. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: 2 sc's in 1st sc, 1 sc in the next sc - repeat across the row. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 2 sc's in 1st sc. 1 sc in 2nd sc. 1 sc in 3rd sc. 2 sc's in 4th sc. 2 sc's in 5th sc. 1 sc in 6th sc. 1 sc in 7th sc. 2 sc's in 8th sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Sc in 2nd sc from the hook. Ch 2, and skipping a sc, sc in the next sc. Continue across, ending with a sc. Tie off, and weave in the end.
Use the loose tie at the beginning, to sew the tail feathers to the back of the body, near the base.
Make french knots in dark brown for eyes, or glue on google eyes with hot glue.
The beak is a single vertical stitch in yellow.
The beard (just as in Team Knit's), is a loose loop stitched in red, from the bottom of the beak, to the bottom of the face, with a couple of horizontal stitches across, to keep it in place.
It's great to be a homeschooler.