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Thanksgiving Dinner Afghan

There's nothing better than relaxing on the couch after your big holiday feast on Thanksgiving with a homemade crocheted afghan. Once all the turkey is gone and the pumpkin pie has been served, you will be grateful to have this Thanksgiving Dinner Afghan by your side. This cozy holiday throw is perfect for lounging around with during the holiday season. It measures 51 inches by 61.5 inches and is made in strips of squares sewn together.


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® Super Saver®:
    1 skein 360 Café A
    9 skeins 981 Fall B
    2 skeins each 633 Dark Sage C and 365 Coffee D
    1 skein each 254 Pumpkin E and 376 Burgundy F
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10].
  • Yarn needle

Throw measures 51” x 61½” (130 x 156 cm) before edging.

NOTE Throw is made in strips of squares sewn together, and then textured pattern is worked on both sides of two strips and sewn to center strip.

GAUGES: Turkey square = 8½” x 8½” (22 x 22 cm). 16 sts = 5” (13 cm); 16 rows = 5” (13 cm) in texture pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauges.

Throw is made in strips of squares sewn together, and then textured pattern is worked on both sides of two strips and sewn to center strip.

Turkey Square (Make 18)
With A, ch 3; join with a slip st to join to form a ring.

Round 1-Body Rear: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with a slip st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around; join – 16 sc.

Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times; join – 24 sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, [sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 8 times; join with B in first sc – 32 sc. Fasten off A.

Round 5A-Feathers: With B, [ch 6; sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 ch, slip st into next sc] 16 times. Fasten off B.

Round 5B: With right side facing, attach C in same sc as last slip st; ch 3, 2 dc in next sc, [dc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc] 7 times; TURN – 24 sts.

Round 5C (Wrong Side): Ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 7 times working last dc in top of ch-3; turn – 32 sts.

Round 6 (Right Side): Ch 1, [sc in 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 8 times working last sc in top of ch-3 – 40 sc; [2 sc across top of feather, ch 1, 2 sc across top of feather] 8 times – 40 sts over feathers = 80 sts total; join with a slip st to top of first sc.

Round 7: (Note: “st” = sc or ch.) Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, hdc in next 2 sc, dc in next 2 sc, tr in next sc, (2 dtr, ch 2) all in next sc, * 2 dtr in next st, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts **, sc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, (2 dtr, ch 2) all in next st; repeat from * to last 4 sts, end at **; sc in last 4 sts; join. Fasten off.

Round 8: Attach D in any corner ch-2 space; (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in corner space, * dc in each st to next corner ch-2 space **, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in corner space; repeat from * around, end at **; join with a slip st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Body Front (Make 18)
With A, ch 9; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 8 sc.

Round 1: Beginning at top of head, ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc; working on opposite side of beginning ch, 3 dc in first ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in next ch; join with a slip st in first sc. Fasten off.

Sew Body Front onto Body Rear at center of square. Embroider legs and beak with E.

Wattle: With F, ch 1. Fasten off. Attach to face as shown. Make 2 French knot eyes with D.

Thanksgiving Day Afghan: Wattle Diagram







Sew squares together to form 3 horizontal strips of 6 squares each.

Top Edging-On all 3 strips -Row 1: With right side facing, attach D at top right-hand corner; ch 1, 28 sc across first square, [27 sc across next square] 5 times; turn – 163 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Fasten off.

Bottom Edging: Work same as for Top Edging across bottom of each strip.

Texture Pattern-On 2 strips only
Row 1 (Right Side): With right side facing, attach B in first st of Edging; ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * tr in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across; turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, * tr in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * to last sc; sc in last sc; turn.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Repeat Rows 2-5 until there are a total of 29 rows. Fasten off.

Repeat Texture Pattern on bottom of same 2 strips. Sew strip of squares with Edgings only in between strips with textured sections as pictured.

Outside Edging
With right side facing, attach D at top righthand corner; ch 1, work sc evenly around all 4 sides and work 3 sc in each corner; join with a slip st in first sc; TURN. Repeat last round on the wrong side. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations: A, B, C, etc. = Colors A, B, C, etc.; ch = chain; dc = double crochet; dtr = double treble crochet; hdc = half double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch (es); tr = treble crochet; yo = yarn over; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated; [] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.

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This is just gorgeous, but wow, what an ambitious project! The pattern is available as a download from Red Heart (Turkey Talk Throw), where youll also find a detailed list of materials and what Red Heart estimates they will cost. This will make a glorious entry in the county fairs next summer, so I have plenty of time to accumulate coupons and yarn! Best off all, I can isolate those Turkey Squares for a separate pillow project.

This Thanksgiving Dinner Afghan look very ethnic. It is very appropriate for the occasion as this national holiday is a celebration of the native Americans', the Indians' bountiful harvest. This ethnic afghan fittingly represents the culture, the dreams and aspirations of the native American people who were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving to simply give thanks to an abundant harvest. Today, this celebration is far from the initial celebration for which it was initially intended for. It is now commercialized, its focus is more on material things. But not to forget this afghan which is so exquisitely native.


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