How to Crochet Reggie the Pardoned Turkey Applique

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Are you needing a last-minute Thanksgiving decoration? I have just the perfect crochet pattern for you! "Reggie the Pardoned Turkey" is so happy he is not getting roasted this Thanksgiving and would absolutely love to be on a wreath on your front door or a nice little accent to your table runner!

Turkey Thanksgiving applique crochet pattern

Before we proceed I want to let you know how you could win 5 FREE PDF FILE PATTERNS from my Ravelry Shop! All you have to do is crochet reggie and then read to the bottom of this post for directions on how to post a photo of Reggie for a chance to win 5 patterns on BLACK FRIDAY!


So now that we have the contest tease out of the way let me tell you a little bit about this silly turkey's details!


Reggie ranges in size based on your tension and how you decide to assemble yours. Also, if you go down a hook size he will be towards the smaller size. The smallest size submitted by testers was approximately 6 inches by 6 inches and the largest was approximately 10 inches by 10 inches.


There is no right or wrong when you make and assemble this fella, there is just your way and that is the right way! So have fun being creative with this guy!


I'm not going to waste too much more of your time with fluff words! Let's go ahead and get straight to the point! So here is how to crochet "Reggie the Pardoned Turkey"


Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn: Worsted Weight 4

  • Brown

  • Aqua Blue

  • White

  • Black

  • Red / Maroon

  • Choice of colors or feathers

  • Black *optional for eyes

  • Hook: H 5mm / G 4 mm

  • Needle

  • Hot glue / Fabric glue

  • Scissors

  • Small Safety eyes or size of choice


Stitches:

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Dc - double crochet

  • Ch - chain

  • Sl st - slip stitch

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Tr - triple crochet

  • Sk - skip stitch

  • MR - Magic Ring

  • Sc2tog, Hdc2tog and/or Dc2tog - single crochet, half double crochet and/or double crochet two (2) stitches together.

  • Sc3tog, Hdc3tog and/or Dc3tog - single crochet, half double crochet and/or double crochet three (3) stitches together


Skill Level / Language - Beginner/Intermediate: If you are unsure of any stitches Youtube will be your friend! There are great tutorials on the different stitches and on crocheting in rounds. American Standard Terms



Pattern Instructions

*beginning chains do not count as st

*leave long tails if sewing together, otherwise weave in ends if assembling with hot glue.

Body: - H hook - brown

Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to join. (10 st)

  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st to join. (20 st)

  • Round 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* around, sl st to join. (30 st)

  • Round 4: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next, * 1 hdc in 2 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join. (40 st)

  • Round 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next, * 1 hdc in 3 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join (50 st)

  • Round 6: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 1 hdc in next 3 st, 2 hdc in next, * 1 hdc in 4 st, 2 hdc in next* around, sl st to join, fasten off. (60 st)


Head: - G hook - Aqua Blue

  • Begin: MR

  • Round 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in magic ring, sl st to join. (10 st)

  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, sl st to join. (20 st)

  • Round 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc same st as ch, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* around, sl st to join. (30 st)

Do not fasten off Change to Rows

  • Row 4 - 10: Ch 1, hdc7, ch 1. (7st) * remaining stitches around the head will remain unworked

  • Row 11: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 5, 2hdc, ch 1. (9st)

  • Row 12: Turn, 2hdc, hdc 7, 2hdc, ch 1. (11st)

  • Row 13: Turn, 2dc, dc 9, 2dc, ch 1. (13st)

  • Row 14: Turn, Sl st, sc, hdc, dc 2, tr 3, dc 2, hdc, sc, sl st in last st, fasten off. (13st)


Beak: - H hook - Orange

  • Begin: Ch 4.

  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, ch 1. (3st)

  • Row 2: Turn, sc2tog, sc, ch 1. (2st)

  • Row 3: Turn, sc2tog, fasten off. (1st)


Eyes: - H hook - White - make 2

  • Begin: MR, ch1.

  • Row 1: 5sc into magic ring, sl st to join, fasten off. (5st)

  • Black of Eyes: Place safety eyes through white of eye and hot glue to secure or use black yarn and needle to create blacks of eyes. You can also embroider eyes. Here is a neat video I found on embroidering eyes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frbsWxUI1FI



Wattle (red fleshy section under beak) - G hook - Red / Maroon

  • Begin: Ch 5.

  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 2 - 12: Turn, sc 4, ch 1. (4st)

  • Row 13: Turn, 2sc, sc 2, 2sc, ch 1. (6st)

  • Row 14: Turn, 2dc, dc4, 2dc, ch 1. (8st)

  • Row 15: Sk 1, dc, hdc 4, sc, sl st, fasten off. (8st)


Snood (fleshy bit that drapes over and lays to one side of the beak):

*Optional - G hook - Red / Maroon

  • Begin: Ch 19.

  • Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, 2hdc, sc 14, sl st in last st, fasten off. (29st)

The pictures below show you what the snood looks like on turkeys and is a great reference for when you assemble Reggie. In the second picture, you see the blue-tinted heads of the turkeys that inspired the colours for this applique.



Medium Sized Feather - G hook

Note: choice of colors- make as many as desired (9 if you want to match the picture)

Note: I did a mixture of feathers using the G & H hook in order to have a variety

Note: Turning chains count as a stitch unless otherwise noted

  • Begin: Ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st 2, ch 7.

  • Row 1: 2dc in 4th ch from hook, dc3tog, tr (in space where the 2 chains split, see picture), dc3tog, 3dc in last ch, ch 3. (9st)


Note: Work in Back Loops only for rest of pattern to create texture.

  • Row 2 - 4: Turn, 2dc, dc3tog, tr, dc3tog, 3dc, ch 3. (9st) *see picture below row 8 for to reference how the 1st two rows will look once complete

  • Row 5: Turn, dc1, dc3tog, tr, dc3tog, 2dc, ch 3. (7st)

  • Row 6: Turn, dc2tog, tr, dc2tog, dc, ch1 (will not count as a st) (5st)

  • Row 7: Turn, hdc, hdc3tog, sl st in last st, ch1 (will not count as a st) (3st)

  • Row 8: Turn, sc3tog, fasten off.

Feet: - G hook - Orange - make 2

  • Begin: MR, *ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, sl st in magic ring* repeat *to* 2 more times, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 4, sl st into magic ring, pull magic ring closed tight, tie two tails in a knot to help tighten the closure.


Assembly

Note: I assemble my appliques with hot glue, which is a fast and safe method. The glue adheres the fibers quite well and the applique is very secure. The hot glue packaging that I use says non-toxic so it is safe in my opinion as well. In addition, you can machine wash on cold, and lay flat to dry or tumble dry/lowest heat setting. You may also use other fabric-safe glue or use the traditional method of sewing your pieces together.


How I assembled the Turkey :

  1. I lay out all my pieces first to get the look I want first. You can use pins to hold it together if you desire and/or take a picture of your layout with your phone to reference as you are putting it together.

  2. I attached my eyes between the 1st and 2nd round of the head.

  3. I attached the wattle at the bottom of the 1st round in the head.

  4. I attached the beak at the top of the last row in the wattle (largest side of wattle goes under the beak) and the snood hangs over the beak to one side, see anatomy under the snood section above

  5. I attached the head at the center bottom of round 4 of the body.

  6. I attached the feet 6 stitches apart on the bottom of the body.

  7. I attached the feathers last staggering them out and adhering the 1st layer of feathers to the back of the body and continued layering and attaching feathers until all were attached.

Congratulations! You have completed Reggie the Turkey! I am so excited you decided to try this pattern! If you post a photo of it in the Orchid and Bee's VIP Facebook Group be sure to use the hashtag #ReggietheTurkey and I will pick a winner on Black Friday to win 5 FREE PDF PATTERN FILES from Ravelry!


You can also post in other crochet groups and use the same hashtag, be sure to screenshot your post and share it in the VIP group to also be entered in the contest!


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You guys have a wonderful day! Take care, stay safe, and be well!

Blessings to each of you,

Karen E.