The Wacky Waddles Turkey Hat is a free crochet hat pattern that is so fun, easy, cute and fast!
I recently released the Light Me Up Snowman Hat pattern and when I finished it I realized it would be the perfect base pattern for a Thanksgiving Turkey Hat! I really love designs that can be reworked with just a few changes to make something that looks so different. I see many wacky and wonderful hats in my future!
I have to say that my grandkids LOVE this hat! Perfect for the young (or young at heart!) that love wearing cool and funky hats. If your kids wear this hat to school you may find yourself buried in requests!
Now, the original snowman has a hat and you could certainly work the pattern exactly as written so that your Wacky Waddles Turkey has a pilgrim hat but I wanted to change mine up just a little bit and show a different option.
I wanted something really simple for the feathers so chose to do a small and simple chevron sample. This allowed me to make the feathers as one piece and just sew that on to the back of the hat rather than making multiple feathers and having to sew them on individually. This option is so much easier and really fun to make!
I have a complete video tutorial for the simple chevron feather which you can find here!
The traditional Thanksgiving colors I used for the chevron are really retro and very nostalgic for me. Growing up in the 70s I saw a lot of chevron style afghans on the back of couches in those days. I may be visiting my past again soon with an updated version of this chevron!
I used Loops and Threads Charisma yarn** which is super soft, comfy and warm for the main body of the hat but really any chunky size yarn you may have on hand would certainly work well for this project.
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The hat pattern as written is fitted for an adult sized hat but this is so easily customizable to any size! Simply adjust your foundation single crochet round to the size desired and work the increases/decreases as written in the pattern to finish the hat. Simple! Instructions are also given to resize the chevron feather if making a smaller hat size.
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Wacky Waddles Turkey Hat Pattern
Small amount Red Heart Super Saver Black (Color A)
1 Loops & Threads Charisma Espresso 109 yd/3.5 oz/100 g (Color B)
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver Hot Red (Color C)
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver Bright Yellow (Color D)
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver Flame (Color E)
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver Aran (Color F)
Small amount of Red Heart Super Saver Coffee (Color G)
Crochet Hook size I (5.5 mm)
Crochet Hook size K (6.5 mm)
2 small black buttons for eyes (1/2”)
Embroidery thread to sew on buttons
Poly-fil stuffing for turkey head
Approximate finished size: 9” wide at the brim x 12” tall (including chevron feather)
Chevron feather measures approximately 8” wide x 5” tall from peak to valley. See instructions below for resizing chevron.
Gauge: 5 rows dc = 4”, 12 dc sts = 4”
fsc = foundation single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
blo = back loop only
dc dec = double crochet decrease
hdc = half double crochet
sc dec = single crochet decrease
sc3tog = single crochet 3 together (see special stitches section)
RS = right side
MR = magic ring
Notes about pattern:
- Ch 3 and ch 2 counts as stitch at beginning of each round unless otherwise specified.
- Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. Do not fasten off unless specified in pattern.
- Pattern as written is sized to adult. However, hat can be easily resized by adjusting beginning chain or fsc to desired size and working pattern from there with decrease and increase rows as stated in the pattern.
- To adjust the size of the chevron for smaller hat sizes: starting chain is worked in multiples of 12 + 2. For a baby/toddler/small child I would suggest a starting chain 24+2 and make fewer rows. If making fewer rows but still desire multiple colors, make 2 rows in each color instead of 4.
sc3tog = *insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop*, repeat between * * 2 more times, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
With color A and size I crochet hook:
Round 1: fsc 62, being careful not to twist, sl st into 1st st to form a circle. (62)
Note: If you desire to chain and single crochet instead of fsc —ch 62, sl st to 1st st to form a circle, ch 1, sc in same ch and in each ch around, sl st to top of 1st st. (62)
Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st into 1st st. (62)
Round 3 – 9: repeat round 2 switching to color B at end of round 9. (62)
Body of Turkey:
With color B and size K crochet hook:
Round 10: ch 3 (counts as stitch), dc in each st around, sl st top of ch 3. (62)
Note: Rounds 11 – 17 are worked in blo.
Round 11: ch 3, (working in blo), dc in each st around, sl st top of ch 3. (62)
Round 12-13: repeat round 11.
Round 14: ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, *dc in next st, dc dec over next 2 sts,* repeat between * * to last 2 sts, dc dec over last 2 sts, sl st top of ch 3. (41)
Round 15: ch 3, *dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st,* repeat between * * to last st, dc in last st, sl st top of ch 3. (28)
Round 16: ch 3, *dc dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st,* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of ch 3. (19)
Round 17: ch 2 (counts as st), hdc in each st to end, sl st top of ch 2. (19)
Head of Turkey
Round 18: (working in both loops) ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat between * * to last st, sc in last st, sl st top of 1st st. (25)
Round 19: repeat round 18 (33)
Round 20: ch 1, sc same st and in each st around, sl st top of 1st st. (33)
Round 21 – 23: repeat round 20. (33)
Round 24: ch 1, sc in same st, sc dec over next 2 st, *sc in next st, sc dec over next 2 st,* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of 1st st. (22)
Round 25: ch 1, sc in same st, sc dec over next 2 st,*sc in next st, sc dec over next 2 st,* repeat between * * to last st, sc in last st, sl st top of 1st st.(15)
Round 26: ch 1, sc in same st, sc dec over next 2 st, *sc in next st, sc dec over next 2 st* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of 1st st. (10)
Round 27: ch 1, sc dec over first two st, *sc dec over next 2 st* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of 1st st. (5)
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew top of head shut.
Sew top of head shut.
Weave in ends.
Eyes (Make 2)
With Color F and size I crochet hook
Make a MR, work 6 sc in ring. (RS) Fasten off.
Sew a button onto the RS of each eye
Sew eyes to front of Turkey head.
With Color E and size I crochet hook
Make a MR, 3 sc in ring.
Round 1: sc in each st. (do not sl st join)
Round 2: sc in each st, sl st top of 1st st.
Sew under eyes on front of Turkey head.
Snood (hangs down from beak)
With Color C and size I crochet hook
ch 6, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc in each ch across to end.
Sew one end to top of turkey beak leaving snood to hang below beak.
Weave in ends.
Feather Chevron (Make 1)
With Color C and size I crochet hook
Row 1: (RS) ch 38, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped ch + 2 sc count as first 3 sc), sc in next 4 ch, sc3tog, sc in next 4 ch, *3 sc in next ch, sc in next 4 ch, sc3tog, sc in next 4 ch* repeat between * * to last ch, 3 sc in last ch. Turn
Row 2: ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), 2 sc in next st (together count as first 3 sc), sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st, *3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, sc3tog, sc in next 4 st* repeat between * * to last st, 3 sc in last st. Turn
Row 3 – 4 repeat row 2 with color C
Row 5 – 8 repeat row 2 with color D
Row 9 – 12 repeat row 2 with color E
Row 13 – 16 repeat row 2 with color F
Once Row 16 is complete, switch to color G and work sc evenly around outside edge of feather. Work 3 sc in each “peak” and a 3sctog in each “valley” of the chevron.
Weave in ends.
Sew Feather to back of hat with RS of feather facing back part of hat at approximately round 15 or where desired.
Stuff head, if desired.