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Over the river and through the woods 
19th-Oct-2008 02:55 pm
Halloween isn't for another two weeks, but the stores are full of Christmas crap and I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving.  It's my favorite non-Jewish holiday.  And what does a vegan have for Thanksgiving?

Standard twelve-ounce soda can in second shot included for scale.  I spent yesterday making this little guy. Today I sewed on the tail and made the hat.

I adapted the pattern from one Bittersweet made a couple years ago  I wanted my turkey to have a long skinny neck (there's a pipecleaner inside to help him hold his head up), and I gave him a wattle and a longer snood.  I made the wattle by picking up stitches  along the neck.    The snood was a pain in the ass, but I'm happy with how it came out.  Here's a closer look:

And another:

I changed the tail a little, too.  I thought double crochet would make it look more like feathers:

I also used variegated yarn instead of making concentric circles of different colors.  This yarn was called "Autumn Print."  How could I resist?

I'm going to make some further modifications next time.  He doesn't stand up straight, so I want to weight the bottom of the next one.  I also want to give him some more substantial wings.

I designed the hat myself:

Amigurumi Pilgrim Hat

This hat is worked in continuous rounds without joining.  Use a stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch of the round.
Round 1: Using worsted weight yarn and an F hook,  single crochet five stitches into an adjustable ring and pull tight
Round 2:  Make 2 sc in each sc around.
Round 3:  Working through the front loop only, sc in every sc around.
Round 4:  Sc evenly around (through both loops).
Round 5:  *Sc 1, work 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.
Round 6:  Sc evenly around.
Round 7:  *Sc2, work 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.
Round 8:  Sc evenly around.
Round 9:  *Sc 3, work 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.
Round 10:  Sc evenly around.
Round 11:  Working through the front loop only, sc evenly around.
Round  12:  Working through both loops, *Sc 4, work 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.
Round 13:  *Sc 5, work 2 sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around. 

You could make a broader-brimmed hat by continuing for more rounds, working 1 more sc between increases on each round.

Embroider a buckle in backstitch using gold or silver yarn.

You have to manipulate the brim a little to make it lie fla.  I think it's worth it, though.

I'm going to make at least one more of these turkeys, and then I'm going to make some amigurumi fruits and vegetables for the Horn of Plenty basket I bought.  Maybe I'll put pilgrim hats on the fruits and veggies, too.

21st-Oct-2008 07:34 am (UTC)
How cute!
10th-Nov-2008 04:56 pm (UTC) - Great Ideas
I just love the alterations you made, I myself made a few alterations. great job, and thanks for your hat, it was perfect.
10th-Nov-2008 06:08 pm (UTC) - Re: Great Ideas
I'm so glad you like it!

I made a second turkey with some more variations -- beans in his butt to keep him from tipping over, wings that flap, and a curlier wattle.
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