15 November 2010

Turkey Flake

Winged Flakes
I got a bit carried away with this pattern.

Many of the flakes I design undergo changes when I test the patterns. Sometimes the pattern I publish doesn’t resemble the initial concept at all.

My Thanksgiving snowflake went through major reconstruction and redesign, and I’ve decided to share all four versions of the pattern. My favorite will be Part Two next week. I hope at least one of these flakes tickles your fancy.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Albino Turkey Flake
Finished Size: 5.25 inches from point to point
Materials:
Two-dimensional white turkey: White size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, 2 seed beads
Amigurumi turkey flake: Size 10 crochet thread in brown, peach, pale yellow, off white and burgundy, size 8 crochet hook, 2 seed beads, fiber fill
Amigurumi peacock flake: Size 10 crochet thread in royal, green and purple, size 8 crochet hook, 2 seed beads, fiber fill, optional sequins, beads and/or glitter for tail feathers

Instructions

Basic Flake Pattern (specific color changes in versions that follow)

White Turkey Tail Feathers

Make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as dc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 36 dc; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2, *sk 1 dc, in next dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] (V-stitch made), ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2; repeat from * around 4 times; sk next dc, in same dc as starting ch 3, work 1 dc, 1 hdc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), around post of hdc work 1 dc, ch 4, *1 sc in middle sc of next 3 sc, ch 4, in next ch 1 sp work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], ch 4; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in middle sc of next 3 sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next V-space, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), around post of dc work 2 dc, ch 6, *1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 2 rows below, over sc in previous row, ch 6, in next ch 2 sp work [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] (2 shells made), ch 6; repeat from * around 4 more times; 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 2 rows below, over sc in previous row, ch 6, 3 dc between next 2 shells; 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), around post of dc work 2 dc, ch 8, *1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 3 rows below, over sc of 2 previous rows, ch 8, in next ch 2 sp work [2 dc, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr, 2 dc], ch 8; repeat from * around 4 more times; 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 3 rows below, over sc of 2 previous rows, ch 8, 2 dc between next 2 shells, 1 tr in same sp; ch 2, sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4.; bind off. Weave in ends.

Body

Make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as sc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 36 dc; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 4: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 48 dc; sl st in 1st dc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Flat White Head/Neck

Ch 22. 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, 1 tdtr in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 tr in each of next 8 ch. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin tail feathers, body and head/neck to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint all three pieces with glue mixture. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel all three pieces from wax paper or plastic wrap. Glue three layers together as shown. Glue seed beads in place for eyes. Allow to dry. Attach 10-inch clear thread to top of turkey, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the turkey twirl freely whenever you walk by! Turkey also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

Turkey and Peacock may be worked in above pattern if you are intimidated by the instructions that follow, using colors instead of white.

Amigurumi Turkey and Peacock Flakes

And now we start to get a little crazy. The following patterns call for two flakes instead of one, and the second flake is modified, with a flat side instead of one point. Changing colors can become tedious. I strongly suggest working both flake pieces in one sitting not only to get it over with, but also to maintain even tension throughout so both flakes will be the same size. The patterns that follow are fun ornaments, but crocheters who do not like tiny single crochet tubes, changing colors and/or multiple pieces might not care for these projects.

Amigurumi Turkey Flake
Peacock or Turkey Amigurumi Flake

Tail Feathers, First Piece

With blue for peacock or brown for turkey, make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as dc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 36 dc; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2, *sk 1 dc, in next dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] (V-stitch made), ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2; repeat from * around 4 times; sk next dc, in same dc as starting ch 5 work 1 dc, ch 1; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Bind off.
Round 5: With green for peacock or peach for turkey, working in any V-space, work 2 dc, ch 4, *1 sc in middle sc of next 3 sc, ch 4, in next ch 1 sp work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] (2 small shells made), ch 4; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in middle sc of next 3 sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next V-space, ch 3, sl st in starting dc; bind off.
Round 6: With purple for peacock or pale yellow for turkey, working in any ch 2 sp between small shells, work 3 dc, ch 6, *1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 2 rows below, over sc in previous row, ch 6, in next ch 2 sp work [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] (2 shells made), ch 6; repeat from * around 4 more times; 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 2 rows below, over sc in previous row, ch 6, 3 dc between next 2 shells; ch 2, st st in starting dc; bind off.
Round 7: With blue for peacock or off white for turkey, working in any ch 2 sp between shells, work 1 tr and 2 dc, ch 8, *1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 3 rows below, over sc of 2 previous rows, ch 8, in next ch 2 sp work [2 dc, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr, 2 dc], ch 8; repeat from * around 4 more times; 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 3 rows below, over sc of 2 previous rows, ch 8, 2 dc between next 2 shells, 1 tr in same sp; ch 2, sl st in starting tr; bind off. Weave in ends.

Tail Feathers, Second Piece
Tail Feathers, Second Piece

With blue or brown, make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as dc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 36 dc; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, *ch 2, sk 1 dc, in next dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] (V-stitch made), ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc; repeat from * around 3 times; 2 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 2; in same dc as starting ch 5 work 1 dc, ch 1; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5. Bind off.
Round 5: With green or peach, working in first V-space, work 2 dc, *ch 4, 1 sc in middle sc of next 3 sc, ch 4, in next ch 1 sp work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] (2 small shells made); repeat from * around 3 times; ch 4, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc, sk next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next V-space, ch 3, sl st in starting dc; bind off.
Round 6: With purple or pale yellow, working in first ch 2 sp between small shells, work 3 dc, *ch 6, 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 2 rows below, over sc in previous row, ch 6, in next ch 2 sp work [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] (2 shells made); repeat from * around 3 more times; ch 6, sk next sc, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc, sk next sc, ch 6, 3 dc between next 2 shells; ch 2, st st in starting dc; bind off.
Round 7: With blue or off white, working in first ch 2 sp between shells, work 1 tr and 2 dc, *ch 8, 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group 3 rows below, over sc of 2 previous rows, ch 8, in next ch 2 sp work [2 dc, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr, 2 dc]; repeat from * around 3 more times; ch 8, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, ch 8, sk next sc, 2 dc between next 2 shells, 1 tr in same sp; ch 2, sl st in starting tr; bind off. Weave in ends. Take a well-deserved break and treat yourself kindly if you got this far with all the color changes. Pat yourself on the back, because you did well!

Turkey Body

With brown, make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as sc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 36 dc; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 4: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 48 dc; sl st in 1st dc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Note: Turkey Body also makes excellent two-dimensional Christmas ball ornament when made in any thread color with 3 or 4 white or silver dcs at top.

Christmas Ball Ornaments made from Turkey Body instructions
Peacock Body

With blue, make magic ring; ch 2 (does not count as sc).
Round 1: 12 dc in ring; sl st in 1st dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each dc around for a total of 24; sl st in 1st dc.
Round 3: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in same dc, 2 dc in next dc, 1 sc in each of next 8 dc, 2 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 sc in each of next 8 dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, sl st in starting dc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Amigurumi Head/Neck

Note: I lightly stuff head and neck as I go to make piece easier to work with and to make stuffing head and neck easier. Rows 6 and 7 have linked double crochet and linked half double crochet to prevent holes.

With blue and starting at tip of head, make magic ring.
Row 1: Working tightly here and throughout head and neck, 6 sc in ring. Work in rounds; do not join unless otherwise directed.
Round 2: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * 2 more times for total of 9 sc.
Rounds 3-5: 1 sc around.
Rounds 6-7: Shaping neck, 1 hdc in next st, insert hook into middle loop of hdc and draw up loop, draw up loop through next st, yo and draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through 2 loops (linked dc (ldc) made), 1 ldc in next st, 1 lhdc (linked hdc (lhdc) worked same as ldc) in next st, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc.
Rounds 8-13: 1 sc in each st around for a total of 9 sc.
Rounds 14-19: 1 inc each row for a total of 15 sc at the end of Round 19.
Rounds 20-22: 1 sc in each st around.
Lightly stuff to desired plumpness.
Row 23: If you are not at the side of the neck, sc until you are at a side. Pinch neck flat and sc across working through both front and back, closing neck, for a total of 8 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 24-25: 1 sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Bind off. Weave ends inside of neck.

Amigurumi Turkey Flake
For turkey, using burgundy thread and leaving a 1- or 2-inch tail, ch 6, turn. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch; bind off, leaving 1- or 2-inch tail. Tie beard beneath turkey’s chin using tails and weave ends into body.

Amigurumi Peacock Head and Neck
For peacock, take a 5-inch piece of blue thread, fold it in half, fold it in half again, and pull double loops at folded end beneath one stitch at top of head. Tie square knot. Trim hair to desired length. Lightly stiffen hair by touching up with glue/water mixture if desired to achieve punk appearance.

Peacock Body Assembly
Stiffen and assemble flakes and body same as albino turkey instructions above. Glue seed bead eyes into position on head as desired. (Beads may be sewn on if desired. I’ve been gluing eyeballs into place the last couple of months because I’m getting old, and threading a beading needle is becoming quite the challenge. Or bloody adventure...)

Assembled Peacock
After flake and body layers have thoroughly dried, glue amigurumi neck and head into position and allow to dry again. Pin if necessary. Glitter, sequins and beads may be applied to peacock feathers if desired.

See you next week with Part Two and my favorite variation of this pattern!


Jeweled Amigurumi Peacock Flake

13 comments:

  1. I love peacocks and think the colors are beautiful for around Christmas. Maybe I can finally talk my husband into letting he have some peacock ornaments, since these are "snowflake" peacocks!

    Beautiful work!

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  2. Your peacock is perfect! Kisses.

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  3. Wow, those are the CUTEST little gobblers. Love all the intricate details!

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  4. Wow! So many variations... Can't wait to see the next one!

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  5. You are so talented! These are great!

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  6. Such fun!! And - thank you for sharing the patterns!

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  7. Yowza! Nothing dry 'bout them turkeys :)

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  8. Beautiful! Fun! But no way am I trying that one. lol

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your turkey flake patterns with us ~ these are just wonderful! :>)

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  10. OMG - I wish I could work with thread, but my arthritis is too bad for that. I absolutely LOVE your turkey that looks like a peacock!

    You are extremely talented, and you have a new follower! :) Thank you!

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