My favorite part about Fall is always making the Thanksgiving turkey. It is the one meal I look forward to making every year, and this year I decided I needed a crocheted turkey too! This pattern for the Mini Puff Turkey Square is easy to make and uses a textured stitch that’s reversible and really great for colorwork. The stitch makes it super easy to get clean color changes and I think it gives a fun, feathery look to the turkey too! Keep reading for the full free crochet pattern!
For my square pattern, I used acrylic yarn since that’s what I had on hand but think wool or cotton would be a great option as well, especially since then you can use these squares as festive hot pads throughout Fall! If you’re new to working with color, don’t worry – I have a post all about how to change color in crochet for you here.
- 4.00mm / G hook
- #4 medium weight yarn – I used yarn from my stash
- tapestry needle*
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- Skill level: Intermediate – some colorwork experience is helpful but not necessary
- Sizing: 8″ square
- Gauge: 3.5S X 3R per inch
Mini Puff Turkey Square: Free Crochet Pattern
Row 1: With white yarn, chain 29. Turn, yarn over, insert hook into second space from the hook, pull up a loop, YO, and pull through all the loops. Work this mini puff stitch into each space along (28).
Rows 2-21: Continue working this mini puff stitch into each space, following the graph on the next page for color changes. Keep in mind that the first row on the chart is worked right to left, and then the next row is left to right on the chart.
- Be sure to keep colors organized by working over the ends were possible and starting a new length of yarn when needed. It’s easier to manage a new length than carrying the old yarn all the way across for things like the feathers. Leave the tails long so they can be woven in later.
- This pattern relies mostly on the chart for reference since the same stitch is used throughout. To keep track of where you are in the pattern, it helps it print the chart out and cross off each row as you work.
- Keep in mind that all of your odd rows will be worked from right to left on the chart, while the even rows will be worked from left to right.
Once you’re done with the pattern, start a new row with a contrast color. Here, I used the red yarn. SC along the row, 3 SC into the corner space, SC along the side of the pieces, 3 SC into the corner space, SC along the bottom edge, 3 SC into the corner space, SC along the side, and 3 SC into the last corner. Slip stitch to the first SC to finish off. Weave in all the ends into the same color sections and you should have a reversible square!
And that’s all there is to it! I love how this square pattern worked up and I think it’s cute on its own, but here are a few other ideas on what to do with this piece once you’re done.
- Make 2 and sew them together leaving one side open (or instal a zipper) for a small treat bag/purse
- Sew all the squares in this CAL together for a Fall patchwork throw
- Make it in cotton or wool for a hotpad for Thanksgiving.
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