Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crochet Turkey Coaster (Or Stuffed Turkey Ball) Pattern



I'm not sure if it's the Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, or the sight of the first frost outside, but I've definitely had turkeys on the brain for a while now.

I wanted a quick crochet project the other day, and thought of coasters, but couldn't find quite the turkey pattern I was looking for (something that would look a little like a combination these and these), so I flubbed my way through a pattern.  The results are below.

I love finding free crochet patterns online, and so try to share mine whenever possible.  Just keep in mind, I am very much a beginner level crocheter, and even more of a novice when it comes to writing out patterns. So, what you see is what you get.  If you have any questions, let me know, and I'll try to clarify - but as always, as time passes I will move on, and completely forget what I did, then your guess is as good as mine.

Body

Fasten onto an F hook, and chain 2 with brown worsted weight yarn, slip stitch through the first stitch to form a ring.

Round 1 - Chain 1, then crochet 6 single crochet stitches into the ring. (6 stitches)

Round 2 -* 1 single crochet stitch (sc) into the first sc from round 1, 2 sc in the next sc * repeat between ** around. (9 stitches)

Round 3 - * 1 sc in the first 2 scs, 2 sc in the 3rd * repeat between ** around. (12 stitches)

Round 4 - * 1 sc in the first 3 scs, 2 sc in the 4th * repeat between ** around. (15 stitches)

Round 5 - * 1 sc in the first 4 scs, 2 sc in the 5th * repeat between ** around. (18 stitches)

Round 6 - * 1 sc in the first 5 scs, 2 sc in the 6th * repeat between ** around. (21 stitches)

Round 7 - * 1 sc in the first 6 scs, 2 sc in the 7th * repeat between ** around. (24 stitches)

Round 8 - * 1 sc in the first 7 scs, 2 sc in the 8th * repeat between ** around. (27 stitches)

Round 9 - * 1 sc in the first 8 scs, 2 sc in the 9th * repeat between ** around. (30 stitches)

Round 10 - * 1 sc in the first 9 scs, 2 sc in the 10th* repeat between ** around. (33 stitches)

Round 11 - 1 sc in the back of each sc around. (33 stitches).  Fasten off and weave in the end.

If the disk has domed, and looks more like a hat than a coaster, don't panic - just flatten it out by pushing down and out from the center, allowing the edges to curl up slightly.


Feathers




Switch to a multi-colored tan/brown/cream yarn (like RedHeart's Earth Print).

The coaster disk should have a slightly triangular shape.  Turn it so one of the points is at the top, with a flat side at the bottom.

Fasten on and loop through a stitch about midway down on the right side of the disk.

*In the same stitch make a sc, half double, double, triple, double, half double, and sc. Slip stitch through the next stitch. *

Move to the next stitch and repeat between ** until you have made six feathers, moving from right to left.

Chain 1.  Turn and go back over the feather stitches with double crochet stitches, slip stitching again past previous slip stitches.

Slip stitch in stitch just beyond the first feather, tie off and weave in end.


Legs (make 2)




Switch to an orange or harvest gold colored yarn.

Fasten on, loop and sc through the second stitch to the right of the center stitch along the bottom edge of the body. Sc in the next stitch moving toward the center stitch. Chain 1, turn and sc back across the two stitches, continuing until you've made about 7 rows, or the leg is as long as you like.

Continue straight into the feet, by chaining five and slip stitching back through the stitch on the leg where the chain began (to form a looped "toe"). Slip stitch through the next stitch, chain 9, and slip stitch through the stitch with that original slip stitch (forming a second "toe"). Slip stitch through the final stitch on the leg, chain 7, slip stitch through the stitch with that original slip stitch (forming a third "toe").

Fasten off, and weave in the loop.

Repeat for the second leg in the two stitches to the left of the center stitch on the bottom of the body.


Beak

With orange or gold yarn, fasten on and chain 4.

Turn and sc into the first chain from the hook, and into the remaining two chains.

Chain 1, turn, sc two together, and sc into the remaining stitch.

Chain 1, turn, sc two together.

Chain 1, turn, sc into the stitch, tie off leaving a long tail for sewing the beak to the body, but weave the tail back up to the top corner, so you can have something to which you can attach the gobble.

Gobble

Switch to red yarn, tie onto the yarn sticking out of the top corner of the beak, pull a loop through the corner of the beak, and chain 5.
Fasten off, and weave in the end.

Eyes (make 2)

Fasten white yarn onto the hook and chain 2, slip stitching back into the first stitch to form a ring.
Round 1 - Chain 1, then sc 6 into the ring. (6 stitches)
Round 2 - *Sc in the first stitch of round 1, sc 2 into the next stitch* repeat between ** around. (9 stitches).
Slip stitch through the first stitch of round 2 and tie off, leaving a long enough tail to sew the eye to the body.

Form a pupil by pushing both ends of a 1 inch piece of black yarn to the front of the eye on either side of the stitch where you would like to place the pupil.  Tie them together in a knot.  Push the loose ends back through to the back side of the eye, and tie them again to secure.  Trim the ends. (A French knot would be even better - if a little trickier to manage).



Sew the eyes and beak to the center of the coaster, so they will fit within the ring of your favorite mug.  With use they will get pushed down fairly flush with the body of the coaster, but will always be just a little lumpy, so it's better if they are well centered.  Stitch carefully, catching just the top of the stitches of the coaster, so your sewing won't show through on the backside.

The face really only needs to be tacked on, unless of course you decide to make a stuffed turkey - so your little ones will have something other than your coasters for a game of turkey toss. Then, sew the face on securely, through the front and back of a plain body piece (one without legs or feathers), before sewing it together to a second body piece (with legs and feathers), stuffing with polyfil before closing.

Happy Thanksgiving!


5 comments:

Amber Hockman said...

Eek! These are ADORABLE! I am pinning them for my daughter to make for me later- i love that she crochets better than her Mama! ;0)

Ticia said...

So do the eyes and gobbler (or whatever the wobbly thing is called) make the cup wobble.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - They get squished down pretty flat - and mugs will sit over the top of them without wobbling - but a flat bottomed glass would probably be tippy.

Christy Killoran said...

So cute. If only I could crochet. I wonder, is it hard to learn?

Natalie F said...

They are lovely. I recently picked up knitting again, but crocheting is on my list of things I want (and think I can) learn.