Meet Istanbul, the Turkey:
He’s the teeniest-tiniest toy I’ve made yet.
Do you have your double pointed needles in hand? here’s the quick and easy pattern.
Istanbul the Turkey
This is a great pattern to use tiny yarn scraps. Be creative choosing your colors. I used some odd-ball skeins my grandmother had picked up for me from a free pile. Also, when making toys, don’t worry about size or gage. If you have needles in a different size, use those! Your turkey will be a bit bigger or a bit smaller than Istanbul, and he will be your own unique creation. Just make sure you use a yarn/needle combination that work together to create a stiff fabric, so that your turkey’s tail will stand firm. (This means pick needles one or two sizes smaller than that recommended on your yarn’s label.)
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
DPN = double pointed needle
k2tog = knit two stitches together into one
kfb = knit into the front and the back of a stitch
With a brown yarn and DPNs size 4, CO 18 stitches and divide evenly over 3 needles, 6 on each needle
Rounds 1-8: Knit around
Round 9: *k2tog k2 k2tog* three times
(12 stitches remaining)
Round 10-13: Knit around
Round 14: k2tog around
(6 stitches remaining)
Cut your yarn leaving about 6 inches of tail, and thread this through the remaining stitches. Pull tight. Use a crochet hook to hid the ends of the yarn.
With rust-color yarn and size 4 regular needles, CO 2 stitches
Row 1: kfb, kfb
Row 2 (and all even rows): K across
Row 3: *kfb k1* two times (6 stitches)
Row 5: *kfb k1 kfb* two times (10 stitches)
Row 7: *kfb k3 kfb* two times (14 stitches)
Row 9: *kfb k5 kfb* two times (18 stitches)
Switch to orange yarn Row 10: K across
Row 11: *k2tog k6 kfb* two times (18 stitches)
Repeat rows 10 and 11 two more times
switch to yellow yarn Row 16: K across
Row 17: *k2tog k6 kfb* two times
With a needle and orange embroidery thread, give your turkey some eyes and a beak. Make a slip knot in a piece of rust-colored thread to form a little loop. Attach it to your turkey under his beak with a needle and a bit of thread to make a gobble. Sew the bottom edge of the tail to the back bottom edge of the turkey’s body.
|Istanbul joined my sister at breakfast this morning|
then he became hungry, and got his own breakfast
Since Istanbul’s my turkey he obviously likes coffee. The apple… err turkey doesn’t fall far from the tree, you know.