Thanksgiving Wreath

thanksgiving wreath

It’s November!

Can you believe it?

And I’m here today to give you a turkey that you can stuff BEFORE the big day!

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This turkey wreath was a whole heap of fun to make! I just enjoyed every minute of it and I’m so proud of how it came out.

It did take some time to complete since there were so many little parts to crochet. That’s why I wanted to give it to you as soon as possible so you would have plenty of time to create one.

So last night, my wreath was done and it looked like the photo below. But then, when my husband saw it, he thought that the belly looked too plain, especially since there was so much detail in his upper body. He suggested wings holding a pumpkin. Although it was a good idea, I was still frustrated because I thought I was finished. LOL!

Tell me what you prefer in the comments below? Wings and pumpkin? Or plain?

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The stitches are easy and I’ve included plenty of tutorial photos to help you along.

The color striped spirals are wrapped around an 18″ wire wreath frame that you can purchase at this link. (I receive a small percentage of any purchases made from this page at no extra cost to you and it helps me to keep providing free patterns for you to enjoy! So thank you!)

You even have the option to crochet around craft/floral wire for the turkey’s feet so that they don’t twist and curl. Originally, I tried to block them, but I just couldn’t get it to look right. So after some thought, I came up with crocheting over wire and guess what! It worked! But like I said before, it is optional. You don’t have to include this step.

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Thanksgiving Wreath

Materials Used:

The pattern uses less than one skein of each:

Finished Size Approximately:

19½” diameter

Gauge:

Not Important

Special Stitches:

Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)

Insert hook into st, YO and draw back through st, insert hook into next indicated st, YO and draw back through st, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. A decrease was made.

Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog)

Insert hook into indicated st, YO and draw back through st, insert hook into next indicated st, YO and draw back through st, insert hook into next indicated st, YO and draw back through st, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook. A decrease was made.

Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog)

*YO and insert hook into indicated st, YO and draw back through st, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times with the next 2 sts. YO and draw through all four loops on hook. A decrease was made.

Shell Stitch

5 dc in same space

V-Stitch

(Dc, ch 1, dc) in same space

Bottom Loop

Flip your chain over and the bottom loop is the loop underneath.

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Abbreviations:

YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain
ch(s) – chain(s)
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tc – triple (treble) crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sp – space
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sc3tog – single crochet 3 together
dc3tog – double crochet 3 together
V-st – V-stitch
sl st – slip stitch

Notes:

  • The main wreath stripes are stitched together using their tails so don’t weave them in.
  • All of the turkey pieces are crocheted separately and then stitched into place on the turkey body using a tapestry needle and yarn.
  • The body is constructed of a front panel and back panel that are sewed together using yarn and lightly stuffed with Polyfill.
  • The turkey body pillow is then stitched to the main wreath using yarn and a tapestry needle. The connection points are across the top of his hat that is stitched to the light sage stripe of the wreath body and along his bottom that is stitched to the brown stripe of the wreath body.
  • The feet are crocheted over floral wire to help them keep their shape. This is optional, but there are photos to illustrate the instructions.
  • The pumpkin pattern has more tutorial photos if you need them at this link.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Wreath Body Stripes

Make:

4 Cranberry
3 Burnt Pumpkin
3 Sungold
3 Light Sage
2 Brown

FC: Ch 101

Row 1: In 5th ch from hook, dc (V-st was made); continue to V-st in every ch across to the end. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in ch-1 sp, *shell st in next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * across. Finish off.

Note: If for some reason, your counts are off and you end with a shell stitch instead of a single crochet, only work 3 dc’s into the last ch-1 sp and then finish off. It won’t affect the outcome.

The color pattern for the example is:

2 Brown together and then *Cranberry, Sungold, Light Sage and Burnt Pumpkin.* Repeat from * to * with Cranberry being your final stripe ending up next to the Brown you started with.

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Finishing

Begin with the Brown and wrap around the wire wreath form making sure that the FC is the part that is touching the wire form so that the shells are facing outward. Once the Brown is wrapped, get your next color – the Cranberry. Using a tapestry needle and the tails from finishing off, stitch the two ends together (Brown to Cranberry) and begin wrapping the Cranberry. Repeat with all of the stripes.

Stitch your final Cranberry stripe to your first Brown stripe.

Fluff and adjust your stripes until the middle light sage stripe is directly above the Brown. These are your two centers and will be your placement for stitching your turkey body on later.

Turkey Body

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With Brown and I hook

Make 2

FC: Ch 21

Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 19 sts. Turn. (20 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (22 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 22 sts. Turn. (22 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 20 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (24 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 24 sts. Turn. (24 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 22 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 26 sts. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (28 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in next 28 sts. Turn. (28 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 26 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (30 sc)

Row 11 – Row 21: Ch 1, sc in next 30 sts. Turn. (30 sc)

Row 22: Ch 1, sc2tog using next 2 sts, sc in next 26 sts, sc2tog using next 2 sts. Turn. (28 sc)

Row 23: Ch 1, sc in next 28 sts. Turn. (28 sc)

Row 24: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 24 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 25: Ch 1, sc in next 26 sts. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 26: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 22 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (24 sc)

Row 27: Ch 1, sc in next 24 sts. Turn. (24 sc)

Row 28: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 20 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (22 sc)

Row 29: Ch 1, sc in next 22 sts. Turn. (22 sc)

Row 30: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 18 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (20 sc)

Row 31: Ch 1, skip 1st st, sl st in next st, sc in next 16 sts. Sl st in next 2 sts. Turn. (16 sc)

Row 32: Ch 1, skip the 2 sl sts from previous row, sl st in next 3 sts. Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts. Sl st in next st. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 33: Ch 1, skip sl st, sc in next 10 sts. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 34: Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 35: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 36: Ch 1, sc in next 12 sts. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 37: Ch 1, 2 sc in the st the ch 1 comes from, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (14 sc)

Row 38 – Row 45: Ch 1, sc in next 14 sts. Turn. (14 sc)

Row 46: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 47: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (10 sc)

Finish off.

Beak

With Burnt Orange and I hook

Make 1

FC: Ch 5

Round 1: In 3rd ch from hook work dc3tog in next 3 sts.

Border

Round 2: Ch 1, sc evenly along the edge. In the corner, work (sc, ch 1, sc) in the same sp. *Sc evenly along the next edge. Work (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner.* Repeat from * to * once more. Sc evenly along last edge. Sl st in 1st sc made of border. Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Waddle

With Cranberry and I hook

Make 1

FC: Ch 16

Row 1: Work in bottom loops. In 3rd ch from hook, hdc. Hdc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc all in next st together (to create a bend), sc in next st. Sl st in last 4 sts. Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Pilgrim Hat

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With Black and I hook

Make 2

FC: Ch 22

Row 1: Work in bottom loops for Row 1. In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 9 sts. 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts. Turn. (22 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 18 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (20 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 16 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (18 sc)

Finish off.

With Cranberry

Row 4: Skip 3 sts and attach red in next st, sc. Sc in next 11 sts. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 5 – Row 8: Ch 1, sc in next 12 sts. Turn. (12 sc)

Finish off.

With Black

Row 9 – Row 10: Ch 1, sc in next 12 sts. Turn. (12 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 12 – Row 14: Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts. Turn. (10 sc)

Finish off.

Buckle

With Sungold and I hook

Make 1

FC: Ch 25

Round 1: Work in the bottom loops of the FC. In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next ch. Sc3tog using the next 3 chs. Sc in next 2 chs. Sc3tog using the next 3 chs. Sc in next 4 chs. Sc3tog using the next 3 chs. Sc in next 2 chs. Sc3tog using the next 3 chs. Sc in next 2 chs. Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Arrange the buckle so that it is a rectangle shape.

Using a tapestry needle and Sungold tail, finish stitching the two ends of the Round 1 together to complete the buckle. In the center of the hat band, place the buckle with the rectangle laying horizontal and stitch into place.

Collar

With Linen and I hook

Make 2

Note: You will be making two of these shapes to create one collar. The two pieces are linked together by adding a border. You only finish off on the first one. The second one, don’t finish off.

FC: Ch 8

Row 1: In 3rd ch from hook, hdc. Hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 chs, tc in next 2 chs. Finish off only the first one.

Border

Row 2: Ch 1…

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Arrange your two pieces according to the photo below. Sc in the next st on the 2nd piece.

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Sc evenly along the edge. Work a (sc, ch 1, sc) at the corner. Continue single crocheting around the shape, working (sc, ch 1, sc) at each corner.

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When you get to the center section, continue to sc evenly along the edges of both pieces as shown in the photo above. Do not connect them again.

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Feet

With Sungold and F hook

Make 2

FC: Ch 26

Row 1: Work in bottom loops of FC. In 2nd ch from hook, sc. (Cut a 6” piece of floral wire. Stick your wire through the stitch and fold over to secure in place. Work the rest of your stitches over top of the wire.) Sc in next 5 chs, hdc in next 2 chs, sc in next 22 chs. Finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing the feet to the turkey bottom. (Fold your wire over to secure the end. It should now be very pliable.)

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Turkey Toes

*In 7th st from the bottom (the end without the tails), attach Sungold with a sl st. Ch 7. (Cut a 2nd piece of wire about 5” long) In 2nd ch from hook, sc. (Insert your wire through the stitch and fold behind the toe to secure. Work the rest of your stitches over top of the wire) Sc in next 5 chs, sl st in the original 7th st from the bottom on the main leg. Finish off.*

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Repeat from * to * on the opposite side of the leg, but without cutting and adding new wire. Use the same wire you worked your previous toe over.

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Weave in all loose ends except the tails at the end of the leg that will attach to the body. Bend your toes to face downward like a fork.

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Wings

Make 2 with I hook

FC: Ch 12

Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 10 chs. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 2 – Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 11 sts. Turn. (11 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 10 sts. Turn. (10 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 9 sts. Turn. (9 sc)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (8 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in next 8 sts. Turn. (8 sc)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in next 6 sts, sc 2 tog. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in next 7 sts. Turn. (7 sc)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (6 sc)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in next 6 sts. Turn. (6 sc)

Row 14: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (4 sc)

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog. Turn. (3 sc)

Row 16: Ch 1, sc in next st, sc2tog. Turn. (2 sc)

Wing Border

Round 1 – Round 2: Ch 1, sc evenly around the perimeter of the piece. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner, sl st in 1st sc of border.

Note: For the 2nd wing, after you ch 1 at the beginning of Round 1, turn your piece so that you are single crocheting in the opposite direction. This helps the wings look the same when you have to flip one over to mirror each other.

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Pumpkin

Don’t forget that there are more tutorial photos for this applique here.

Make 1 with H hook

Round 1: Ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form a loop.

Round 2: Ch 1, 6 sc in loop, sl st in 1st sc. (6 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in st ch-1 came out of, 2 sc in next 5 sts, sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc. (12sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in st ch-1 came out of, sc in next st *2 sc in next st, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc. (18 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in st ch-1 came out of, sc in next 2 sts *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc. (24 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in st ch-1 came out of, sc in next 3 sts *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc. (30 sc)

Round 7: Ch 1, sc in st ch-1 came out of, sc in next 4 sts *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* Repeat from * to * around. Sc in last st, sl st in 1st sc. (36 sc)

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My right thumb indicates the stitches you will be working into for Round 8. It’s not the back loop, but a loop that is behind both loops you usually work stitches into.

Round 8: Working in the loops behind the pumpkin circle (shown in the photo above), sl st and sc in the next st. Hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st. Still working in loops behind the circle, sl st in next 5 sts. Sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next 5 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc and sl st in next st. Sl st into next st. Finish off. Weave in end.

Pumpkin Stem

With Brown and H hook

Still working in the loops behind the circle, attach Coffee in next st after finishing off Pumpkin, sc. Sc in next st, ch 1. 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, sl st in side of dc (see photo below for where), sc in same st as last dc made. Sc in next st, sl st in last st. Finish off. Weave in end.

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Photo shows sl st in the side of the dc.

Vine

With Light Sage and H hook

FC: Ch 7

Row 1: Work in bottom loops of FC. In 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc. 3 sc in each of next 4 sts. Sc in last st. Finish off.

Attach your curly vine to the pumpkin where the stem meets the pumpkin.

Assembly

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Arrange all of your pieces and attach them to the turkey body using a tapestry needle and your long tails. Stitch your 2 eyes into place with a sewing needle and thread. Stitch the hat along Row 47 of the body. Stitch the second hat to the second body on the same row.

Place the two wrong sides together.

Using the F hook and Brown, begin single crocheting around the perimeter of the turkey starting at the very bottom about 3 – 4 stitches away from the corner working toward the corner. You will be sewing the two bodies and hats together with an opening at the bottom to stuff. Work (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner. Once you get to the hat, finish off with Brown (or color change if you know how) and begin single crocheting with the Black around the brim of the hat, working (sc, ch 1, sc) in every corner. Once you get to the Cranberry, finish off again or color change. Switch to Cranberry and single crochet evenly along the hat band. Change the color back to black once you get to the top portion of the hat. Continue working in this fashion until you have reached the bottom of the turkey body. Work the corner and stop (don’t finish off yet) about 3 – 4 stitches after that. Pull a long loop so that your stitches don’t come undone while you’re stuffing.

Using polyfill, lightly stuff the turkey, making sure that you get into the corners and hat brim. Once you are satisfied with your stuffing, pull your loop tight again around your hook and finish single crocheting along the bottom to seal him up. Sl st in the first sc you made. Finish off. Weave in end.

Using Black, stitch the top border of his hat to the base of the Light Sage stripe at the top of the wreath.

Using Brown, stitch his bottom to the Brown stripe of the wreath.

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Attach his feet to his bottom using the tails and tie them behind him and hide your ends.

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6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Wreath

    1. Yeah, I should’ve gotten these holiday patterns out a little sooner so people would have time to actually make them. Oh well, there is always next year and this pattern will always be here! Thank you!

      Erica

  1. It would be wonderful if you would offer the pattern in Knit. Thanks for the wonderful turkey pattern. It would be great as a motif and sew it on something like a mail box cover.

    1. Hi Cindy! That is one thing I wish I could do. I can’t knit anything more than a straight scarf. LOL! I’m sorry. You are so right, the turkey would make a great motif! Thank you for commenting!

      Erica

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