Did you say “turkey hat”?

The other day I headed over to Ravelry for some reason I no longer specifically recall, when I noticed that the homepage had been changed. There were six projects featured that related to Thanksgiving in someway, one of which was a crochet turkey hat designed by Kristin Hankins.

In the wake of the holiday, I found myself unable to resist the siren call of the turkey hat, so with Ms. Hankins’ excellent directions, a 5.0 mm hook, and some yarn from my stash, I got to work.

I started with what I think of as the foundation of the project:

The foundation of the turkey hat
The foundation of the turkey hat

Using some interesting increases, the result is a hat that seems to be an easy fit to most heads (based on an informal survey of me having everyone who dared come near me while I worked on the project try it on). I could also see this excellent shape being used as the basis for a variety of animal inspired hats.

But since it is Thanksgiving, and since I had already made the hat in a color suitable for a turkey, I continued with the project as planned, crocheting the various decorative elements that would transform a helmet into a turkey hat:

The turkey hat-to-be with all of the pieces ready to be assembled
The turkey hat-to-be with all of the pieces ready to be assembled

Then, using one of my Clover bent-tipped needle, I was able to secure the pieces and bring order to the project:

The completed turkey hat
The completed turkey hat

That hat was not only fun to make, it taught me some new ways to think about how increases can be used to create shapes, and I can hardly wait to use what I learned.

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