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Turkey Nut Dish

Click here for larger image.With holiday season upon us, my favorite thing to do is curl up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa nearby and a crochet project that will enhance my table decorations and bring delight to my guests.

Not only will the array of goodies offered on the table bring "oohs" and "aahs" from my guests, but my Turkey Nut Dish will add whimsy to any holiday table and prompt squeals of delight from the children as well. Our free pattern in this issue will be quick and easy to make, yet it will hopefully become a holiday tradition year after year.

Add this clever decoration to Thanksgiving dinner by filling this gobbler's dish with nuts in their shells or other tasty treats!

Design by Beverly Mewhorter

Skill Level

Beginner

Size

5 1/2 inches tall

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: 2 1/2 ounces brown, 1 1/2 ounces autumn ombre, small amounts of red and orange
  • Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 (12mm) wiggle eyes
  • Fiberfill
  • 1-pound plastic container (3 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inch diameter top opening)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

4 sc = 1 inch
Check gauge to save time.

Pattern Notes

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.

Sl st to join each rnd in beg st.

Bowl Cover

Outer Cover

Rnd 1 (RS): With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, 2 dc in each rem dc around, join in top of beg ch. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, dc in next dc, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in top of beg ch. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: Working in back lps for this rnd only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch.

Rnds 5-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 10, fasten off.

Inner Cover

Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of outer cover. (36 dc)

Rnds 4-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 8, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

Place inner cover inside plastic container and outer cover over outer edge, working through sts Rnds 8 of inner cover and Rnd 10 of outer cover, sew sides tog around top edge.

Head

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in beg sc. (8 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.

Rnds 5-7: Rep Rnd 4.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

Neck

Rnds 9-20: Rep Rnd 4. At the end of Rnd 20, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

Stuff head and neck with fiberfill. Flatten Rnd 20, sew neck opening closed. Sew head and neck to outer cover over Rnds 5-10.

Beak

With orange, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same 4th ch from hook, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. Fold beak in half and sew to head over Rnd 7.

Wattle

With red, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 6 times (6 bumps), sl st in same ch as 5th bump, fasten off. Sew first bump over beak.

Eyes

Glue wiggle eyes to face.

Wings & Tail Feathers (make 5)

Row 1: With autumn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. (4 sc)

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

Row 12: Ch 1, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, do not turn. (2 sc)

Rnd 13: Working around entire outer edge, ch 1, [sc in next st, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

Sew a wing to each side of outer cover and three tail feathers to back of outer cover.

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