Friday, June 14, 2013

Turkey Feather Hat

This is another special holiday hat I cooked up for the niece and nephew.  I think he's kinda cute!  I have never typed up a "pattern" before but I thought this one deserves to be repeated.  I have knit this self-made pattern twice myself but have never had anyone try to replicate it.  Let me know your thoughts!

Basic baby hat in worsted weight yarn.  I used Debbie Stoller's Bamboo Ewe in brown.  I used the basic pattern out of Susan B. Anderson's Itty Bitty Hats.

Needles: 16" circular size 7.
               Size 7 double pointed needles for the top

Using bits of orange - Vanna White's Pumpkin
Needles: size 3 double pointed needles

CO 20 stitches
Join to work in the round  
Knit 4 rounds even

K3 K2Tog, repeat for one round
K2 K2Tog, repeat for one round
Knit 1 round even
K1 K2Tog, repeat for one round
Knit 1 round even
K2 Tog for round
K2 Tog until only 1 stitch remains.  Pull yarn through the stitch.  Use yarn needle to pull yarn to inside of beak.
Whipstitch beak to center of hat.

Yarn: Bits of red yarn.  This is Debbie Stoller again.
Needles: Size 3 needles
CO 4 stitches - knit flat
1. KFB, K2 KFB (6)
2. Knit
3. KFB, K4, KFB (8)
4. Knit
5. K2Tog, K2Tog, K2Tog, K2Tog (4)
6. K2Tog, K2Tog (2)
7-21: K2 in garter stitch (or to desired length)
22. KFB, KFB (4)
23: Knit
24: KFB, K2, KFB (6)
25: Knit
26:KFB, K4, KFB (8)
27: K2Tog, K2Tog, K2Tog, K2Tog (4)
28: Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.

Fold waddle in half and sew onto hat below the beak.
Turkey Feathers:
Debbie Stoller Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe - various colors.
Needles:Size 7 double point needles
CO 24 stitches
Join to knit in the round

Rounds 1-4 knit even
5. KFB, KFB, K10, KFB, KFB, K10 (28)
6. Knit
7. KFB KFB, K12, KFB, KFB, K12 (32)
8. Knit
9. Knit
10. K2 K2Tog K12, K2 K2Tog K12 (30)
11. K2, K2Tog K2Tog K9 K2 K2Tog K2Tog K9 (26)
12. K2 K2Tog K2Tog K6 K2 K2Tog K2Tog K6 (22)
13. K2 K2Tog K7 K2 K2Tog K7 (20)
14. K2 K2Tog K6 K2 K2Tog K6 (18)
15. K2 K2Tog K2Tog K3  K2 K2Tog K2Tog K3 (14)
16. K2 K2Tog K2Tog K1 K2 K2Tog K2Tog K1 (10)
17. K2Tog throughout the row (5)
18. K2Tog K2Tog K1 (3)
19. Slip 1 stitch, K2tog, pass slipped stitch over.  Pull yarn through and pull to inside of feather. 

Stuff the feathers with poly-fil and whipstitch in place around the crown. 

On the second one I made I found it easier to "pile" the feathers on the top of the crown so that baby could fit in the carseat.  (I also didn't have enough red yarn to make the waddle for this one.)


  1. Cute hat! How big is the baby's head/ age? I find some hats too small for my little girl and was curious as to what size you made.

  2. This is stunning! I'm going to have to see if I can whip one up by thanksgiving for my 1 month old! (Please let me have some brown yarn in my stash....)