Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along || 2019

Join the Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along with Marly Bird this holiday weekend! This is the 1st annual event and we are thrilled to bring knitters and crocheters together to this big fiber loving family event.

With the success of the Tournament of Stitches and the Game Day events I wanted to have a little fun over Thanksgiving weekend as well. Learn more about the event, grab your supplies and get ready to trot along with me in this mystery knit along and crochet along. #MarlyBirdTurkeyTrot2019


What is the Turkey Trot with Marly Bird?

Turkey Trot 2019 Mystery Make Along with Marly Bird is a FREE and super fun online event held over the US Thanksgiving weekend for BOTH knitters and crocheters.

A make along is when a group of knitters and crochets get together to work on the same project at the same time. In this case we will have one knit pattern and one crochet pattern. Both pieces are the same object but different style. Whether you choose to make one of the patterns or both we would love you to join us for the fun!

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When is the 2019 Turkey Trot

Taking place over the weekend of Thanksgiving 2019 we will start with our first clues on Friday Nov. 29th @ 9am ET, second clue on Saturday Nov. 30th @ 9am ET, and your final clue will be released on Dec. 1 @ 9am ET.

The LINK to each clue will be added below! Keep scrolling to get links.

Feel free to work on each section as it is released or wait until Sunday to work the whole project. This project will most likely take longer than 3 days for you to finish which is okay! You have until Sunday, Dec. 8th to enter for a chance to win a prize! (More about that later)

Here is a link to the event page on FB (you must be a member of the Marly’s Minions FB Group to see the event). should you want to have reminders of the event over there.


What Are We Making

IT IS A MYSTERY! I can’t tell you!!! Okay, so I know what we are making as I designed it but I can’t tell you any more than it is a wearable. This event is a MYSTERY make along so you won’t know what the final project will look like until you make all of the clues.

I can tell you there are two sizes. S-L and XL-3XL so you will have to select which one is best for you. And if you are one of those people who just can’t handle mysteries…honestly, by Sunday you will be able to tell what it is 😉

Materials Needed to Participate


  • Hook: Size K (6.5mm) Crochet Hook–Or any size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn: Caron Latte Cakes
    • Size S-L: 2 balls
    • Size XL-3XL: 3 balls
  • Notions:
    • Removable stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Good pair of scissors
Supplies for the Crochet Version of the Turkey Trot
Supplies for the Crochet Version of the Turkey Trot


  • Needles: Size 10 (6mm) 29″ (or longer) circular knitting needle–Or any size to obtain gauge
  • Hook: Size J (6mm)
  • Yarn: Caron Latte Cakes
    • Size S-L: 2 balls
    • Size XL-3XL: 3 balls
  • Notions:
    • Stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Good pair of scissors
turkey trot make-along 2019 - supplies - marly bird
Supplies for the Knitting Version of the Turkey Trot

Both–Other Yarn Options:

Because I know that many of us seldom use the yarn called for in a pattern I want to give you some other options BUT there is a catch.

We are having some testers making this pattern in some other yarns. However, because these yarns not not constructed the same way as the sample yarn (less lofty and furry) and some are a heavy worsted vs a bulky the yardage needed might vary. I say all that so you can plan accordingly whether it is to go ahead and buy extra so you have enough and take back any you don’t use, or if you chance it then possibly need to buy more. (clear as mud, right?)

Here are the yarns others are trying out:

  • Red Heart Dreamy or Dreamy Stripes
  • Red Heart Roll With It Tweed
  • Red Heart Roll With It Melange
  • Red Heart Gemstones
  • Red Heart With Love Chunky
  • Caron Chunky Cupcake
  • Red Heart Colorscapes
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Sharing is Caring

Sharing is caring in everything that we do in this industry. That is how designers get noticed and it helps with making revenue for these free events through the ads on our blogs.

As we work through this event we ask that you use our hashtag to share and make a great gallery of what you are working on. #MarlyBirdTurkeyTrot2019

Feel free to download the image here and add it as your temporary FB profile picture! That is a great way to share with others what you are working on for the weekend and get them over to the site as well.

Queue up the patterns on Ravelry

If you are part of Ravelry, please take a minute and add your project there as well.

Here is a link to the crochet version to queue up on Ravelry (the link to the clues is below…keep scrolling)

Here is a link to the knitting version to queue up on Ravelry (the link to the clues is below…keep scrolling)

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Oh yes, there will be prizes!!! After the final clue is released (12/1/19) you will then have a week to complete your project. Any finished project image that is posted on the special thread in the Marly’s Minions Facebook group will be entered for a chance to win.

Criteria for chance to win:

  • You must have a finished project by 11:59pm ET December 8th
  • Photo of your finished project must be posted in the Marly’s Minions group in the photo thread (if you post your photo anywhere else it will not be an entry to win)

There is 1 prize for every 50 entries. What does that mean? If 100 people enter photos on the special thread, we will give away two prizes. If 500 people enter photos of their finished project on the special thread we will give out 10 prizes!!!

ETA: we have so many people participating in this event that I have to put a max on the number of prizes we have to give away. We will give prizes up to 1000 entries or 20 total prizes. Thanks for understanding.

All the winners will be randomly selected and the winners will be announced on Tuesday Dec. 10th on the Marly’s Minions FB Group.

Be sure to tell your friends to join us. The more who enter the more will win!!!

Get Turkey Trot Clues ???? HERE ????????

The LINK to each clue will be added below once it is live!

Clue #1: SURPRISE! Released EARLY! November 29th @ 9am ET

Clue #2: To be released November 30th @ 9am ET

Clue #3: To be released December 1st @ 9am ET

More Mystery Make Alongs with Marly Bird ????

If you enjoy mystery make alongs, we have a few for you to take a look at. Of course, these are all complete and no longer a mystery but they were a bit hit while we are making them. Check them out as well as some of the finished projects on ravelry. They are really great.

Also, ???? add Feb. 2, 2020 to your calendar for the next Game Day Mystery Make Along ????

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  1. Wendy Lefler says:

    Hi Marley. This is very exciting and thank you to you and Caitlen(sorry if spelling is wrong) for this Turkey trot. Love your videos and patterns. You are both amazing!!! Happy ThanksgivingWendy L.

  2. Cindy J. Hall says:

    Marley , Thank you so much for all your help today along with others in the group. Your video helped me finally get passed the first row in Clue 2. I already know its a poncho and I am so excited to be making something for myself. I will wear this all holiday season. I picked out the Elderberry colors. Thank you again.

    • Marly Bird says:

      Thanks for the message. I am so happy that you made a poncho with us! Hope you are getting a lot of use from it!

    • Marly Bird says:

      Sorry about that Barbara. It is too hard to have to pull images from many different locations to pick the winner. By having them in the FB group everyone else can see what people are working on and it makes it easier for me and my team to pull winners. I hope you understand.

  3. Shari Harrison says:

    Hi Marly I am so frustrated trying to find the patters. Is there somewhere I can look at them without the ads popping up. I realize the ads are part of supporting the webpage, but they knock me off and keep coming back. I just want to see what the patterns are and where I can get them without fighting with the ads.

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