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Tiny November Knitalong Part 3

November 2, 2009

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well, the mystery aspect of our knitalong is over at this point. Our little brown ball has turned into an undressed turkey! I have had such a great response to the knitalong that I will certainly do this again in the near future. Thank you!

The Tiny November Knitalong has also popped up on Ravelry and here is the link. You can check out the other turkeys (the toys, not the other knitters:) as we progress together.

Without further ado, here is the next part of the pattern.

Head:

Starting at the back end of the head with Rootbeer and the double-pointed needles, cast on 9 stitches placing 3 stitches on each of 3 double-pointed needles. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Rnd 1: knit

Rnd 2: (k1, m1, k1, m1, k1) repeat on each needle (5 sts per needle, 15 sts total)

Rnd 3: knit

Rnd 4: (k1, m1, k3, m1, k1) repeat on each needle (7 sts per needle, 21 sts total)

Rnd 5: knit

Rnd 6: (k1, m1, k5, m1, k1) repeat on each needle (9 sts per needle, 27 sts total)

Rnds 7-12 : knit

Rnd 13: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round (6 sts per needle, 18 sts total remain)

Rnd 14: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round (4 sts per needle, 12 sts total remain)

At this point, place the end from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Take a few stitches to close the hole. Take a few more stitches to secure. Leave the end on the outside to use later. Stuff the head with fiberfill until firm. Continue stuffing the head as you work to the end.

Switch to Pollen.

Beak:

Continuing on in Pollen.

Rnds 1 and 2: knit

Rnd 3: (k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle (3 sts per needle, 9 sts total remain)

Rnd 4: knit

Rnd 5: (k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle (2 sts per needle, 6 sts total remain)

Finish stuffing the beak and head with fiberfill. Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim to stay inside.

Place the end from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Pull the end through to the inside and back out on the bottom of the head. Place the head at the front top of the body. Whipstitch the head to the body. Pull the end through to the inside and trim to stay inside.

Eyes:

With a length of Toast threaded on a yarn needle, take a small horizontal straight stitch a few rows above the beak. Then take a tiny vertical straight stitch in the center of the first straight stitch. (See photo.) Pull the ends to the inside and trim to stay inside.

That’s it for today. Now we have a good base to work with and the next part is always the most fun, making your toy come to life. Maybe next time we’ll make some turkey feet and wings. Lastly, we’ll move on to some autumnal-colored feathers for the turkey tail. Can’t wait.

‘Til next time…

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