For body and head:
Using three size 10 1/2 double pointed needles, cast on one stitch.
(knit 1 f&b, k6) on needles one and two. Bind off needle three and knit the rest of the way around.
Turn and purl back on just the two needles.
*Turn and k1 f&b in each stitch
Turn and purl two together all the way back
Use a crochet bind off** to get the little loops.
*If you want your tail larger than the one I made, simply do this as many more rows as you like, increasing in the same way (for instance, on the next row, instead of increasing in each stitch for the ruffle edge, you would k1 f&b, k7 and then purl back ... on the next row, you would k1 f&b, k8, etc.) until you get to the desired size. If you like mine, then you will just continue with the ruffle part by increasing one stitch in every stitch as above.
I used three size US 10 1/2 double-pointed needles and one strand of Cascade Bollicine Revolution yarn for the hat, white dk weight (or worsted would be fine) for the band and a tiny bit of Lion Brand Glitterspun for the buckle.
Cast on 48 stitches onto one needle.
Divide among the three needles by purling 16 onto each. Place a stitch marker.
Knit 6 rows (or for a narrower brim, knit less rows)
Then decrease for the rest of the hat: knit 2 together all the way around.
I knitted two rows more at this point, then continued decreasing.
k2 together, k4, k2 together
Knit 10 rows more
Then k2 tog, k2, k2 tog all the way around
knit 2 tog all the way around and, using a gathering stitch and a yarn needle, pull a length of yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tightly and knot off.
If you liked the smaller hat, please do as follows. I used two strands of New Zealand 2-ply yarn, but you could also use 2 strands of Cascade 220 or something similar:
Using size US 10 1/2 double-pointed needles,
Cast on 36 stitches
Divide onto the three double-pointed needles by purling 12 onto each. Place stitch marker.
Knit four rows more
k2 together all the way around
knit 6 rows more
k2 tog, k2, k2 tog all the way around
k2 tog all the way around and use gathering stitch as above to finish off.
How to Felt Your Pieces:
After you have all the pieces made, put them in a lingerie bag. Put a bit of Woolite or other laundry detergent in your washing machine and set it to "small" or "mini" load. I usually add a pair of blue jeans to help with the agitation. Blue jeans do not give off lint, like other items might. Try to keep other items out at this point. Set your washer to "hot." I usually throw my lingerie bag in the area where the water is filling, so that it gets pounded by the rushing water. Close lid and set a timer for about 5 minutes. Check it every five minutes or so, just to make sure it's felting as you'd like. You may have to reshape it a bit. Tug it this way or that. Some pieces may felt faster than others, so go ahead and remove them when they are to your liking. Rinse them in cool water and roll in a towel.
When your turkey body is finished, rinsed and patted dry, stuff with polyester fiberfill, pushing it all the way down into the bottom and all around, filling him full to the top. This may take a little doing, as you've left a pretty small hole in his head! I pulled the hole open a bit and stuffed the stuffing down, working it around to fill out his body.
The hat needs to be placed on a form of some sort to get the right shape. Ideally, I think a shape like the top of a Redi-Whip whipped cream can looks about like a Pilgrim hat, but I used an upside-down glass votive candle holder. I wrapped a rubber band around the area where the band would be on the hat. Let it stay like this until completely dry. (Most likely that will take a day or two.) You may stuff the upper part of the hat with polyester fiberfill before securing to head, if you like.
Finishing: Let the other pieces dry, then mattress stitch the feathers as directed above. With white yarn, chain stitch the band along the Pilgrim hat and straight stitch a buckle. For his beak, I wet felted a bit of yellow roving in my hands, rolling it back and forth and then folded it down upon itself. For the wattle, I used a little red roving and also wet felted this in the same way, but left it a little less compact so that I could place a piece onto his beak. I think this part is called the snood! I then sewed this pieces onto his face with a bit of embroidery thread. His eyes are satin stitched with black yarn and outlined in straight stitches with white yarn.
As always, if you have any questions, or run into any problems, please email me! I hope you enjoy your turkey!