Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along || 2021

Join the Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along with Marly Bird during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend + some! This is the 3rd annual event and we are thrilled to bring knitters and crocheters together to this big fiber loving family event.

With the success of the previous events including Turkey Trot 2020, Turkey Trot 2019, Tournament of Stitches and the Game Day events, and knowing that 2021 hasn’t really turned out much better than 2020, I wanted to add little fun to our Thanksgiving weekend.

Learn more about the event, grab your supplies and get ready to trot along with me in this mystery knit along and crochet along. #MarlyBirdTurkeyTrot2021


What is the Turkey Trot with Marly Bird?

Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along with Marly Bird 2021 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!

In years past, we’ve made larger projects that were wearable. Did you make one of these awesome projects?

Turkey Trot Projects from 2019 and 2020.

When is the 2021 Turkey Trot

Taking place over the weekend of Thanksgiving 2021 we will release one part of the pattern (the clue) over 4 days. Yes, four days of fun. Last year, we extended the time of the event so we could make an amazing large project.

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This year, I’ve teamed up with Robyn Chachula to make a simple yet complex design that will not take as much time but will be completely relaxing and really enjoy working on our project and have enough time to finish by the start of December.

Schedule of clues for the Turkey Trot 2021

Each day I will post a link to each clue right here on this blog post (at the bottom). I’ve made the size of the clues about the same size as various traditional Thanksgiving dishes (these are some of my favorites at my house).

  • Thursday, Nov. 25th @ 7pm ET — this is a small clue…like deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms
  • Friday, Nov. 26th @ 9am ET — this is a medium clue…like a soup & salad
  • Saturday, Nov. 27th @ 9am ET — this is a large clue…like the green bean casserole, bread, turkey and stuffing
  • Sunday, Nov. 28th @ 9am ET — this is a medium clue…like pumpkin or pecan pie with whip cream

❣️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 in one shot. ➡️ SPECIAL OFFER TO GET THE FULL AD-FREE PDF PRIOR TO EVENT…KEEP READING ⬅️

It is best to bookmark this page as you will come back to it throughout the event if you are following along with the free pattern. If you don’t know how to bookmark on google, I did a fun video to show you a couple tricks that I find useful.

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 accessory…my take on a VERY POPULAR 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 this year, we are making a smaller project than in years past, but it is still something that will keep your interest and keep you guessing up until the end.

There is a change to the instructions this year. Are you ready? I will be doing videos for each section this year to help you along. The videos will be linked in the clue instructions and will be available on the Marly Bird YouTube Channel.

Materials Needed for the Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along 2021

We all know the trouble with getting yarn during 2020 and the trouble has been just as tricky for 2021. Stock on the shelves is low and quantities online are unpredictable. For that reason, I designed a piece that can be made with bulky weight or worsted weight yarn. I want you to be able to grab yarn from your stash or select yarn at the store that is actually available.

Below the materials list, you will see a list of yarns that I think would work well with this Turkey Trot 2021 pattern. I overestimated the yarn amounts so you do not run out of yarn…better to have too much than not enough! Also, we wrote the patterns to be in multiple colors.

???? Turkey Trot 2021 Crochet:

  • Hook: Size H (5 mm) Crochet Hook–Or any size to obtain gauge with the yarn you are using
  • Yarn: worsted weight yarn, 3 colors.
    • Sample made with WeCrochet, Provincial Tweed
      • Color A – 2 hanks; 500 yds total
      • Color B – 1 hank; 250 yds total
      • Color C – 1 hank; 250 yds total
  • Notions:
    • Removable stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Good pair of scissors
    • 4 large buttons (optional)
    • Pom Pom maker (optional)
    • Leather (optional)

Crochet — Yarn Options for Turkey Trot 2021:

As promised, here is a list of yarns that would work and you might have in your stash.

  • Red Heart, With Love
  • Red Heart, Roll With It Tweed
  • Red Heart, Roll With It Melange
  • Red Heart, Roll With It Sparkle
  • Red Heart, Soft
  • Red Heart, Chic Sheep by Marly Bird (this is a light worsted but could work)
  • Red Heart, Heat Wave
  • Red Heart, Hygge Charm
  • Red Heart, Super Saver Ombre
  • Caron, Simply Soft
  • Caron, One Pound
  • Caron, Jumbo Ombre
  • Caron Cakes
  • Patons, Classic Wool
  • Sugar Bush, Bold
  • Sugar Bush, Crisp (similar to Chic Sheep)
  • Sugar Bush, Bliss

???? Turkey Trot 2020 Knitting:

  • Needles: Size 10 (6 mm) 24″ or longer & Size 10 (6 mm) double pointed needles –Or any size to obtain gauge. *if you like to do things two at a time, you will want two sets of these needles but it isn’t mandatory at all.
  • Yarn: bulky weight yarn, 2 colors.
    • Sample made with KnitPicks, Chroma Twist Bulky
      • Color A – 2 hanks; 254 yds total
      • Color B – 2 hank; 254 yds total
        • you will have enough yarn to make two of this project!

How to choose the right colors? 

Self-striping yarn + solid: Let the striping yarn create shifting color patterns. 

Neutral + bright: The neutral can showcase a vivid color. 

Dark + light: Creates high-contrast striping. 

Warm + cool: Warm colors can seem to advance while cool colors recede from the eye.

  • Notions:
    • Stitch markers
    • Tapestry needle
    • Good pair of scissors
    • 4 large buttons (optional)
    • Pom Pom maker (optional)
    • Leather (optional)

Knitting — Yarn Options for Turkey Trot 2021:

As promised, here is a list of yarns that would work and you might have in your stash.

  • KnitPicks, Biggo
  • KnitPicks, Wonderfluff
  • KnitPicks, Wonderfluff Ombre
  • KnitPicks, Brava Bulky
  • KnitPicks, Mighty Stitch Bulky
  • Red Heart, Soft Essentials
  • Patons, Shetland Chunky Tweed
  • Red Heart, Gemstones
  • Caron, O’Go Colorama
  • Caron Cakes

How to wind yarn from a hank

The yarn we chose for our samples come in hank form. There are many ways to wind this yarn into a ball but my prefered way is with a ball winder and swift. Here are a couple I like from KnitPicks if you are interested.

???? Yarn Swift: https://shrsl.com/38rb6

???? Ball Winder: https://shrsl.com/38rb8

???? Or get a special deal on the ultimate winding station bundle: https://shrsl.com/38rbc ????

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Sharing is Caring

Sharing is caring in everything that we do in this industry. The more you share this event (and others) online, the more people visit my site and you help support me. 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 the Turkey Trot Mystery Make Along 2021 we ask that you use our hashtag to share and make a great gallery of what you are working on. #MarlyBirdTurkeyTrot2021 #MMMDI

Last year it was fun to see friends on FB who all had the same fb profile picture, so let’s do it again. 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. *Be sure to add a link to this post in the description of the picture: https://marlybird.com/turkey-trot-mystery-make-along-2021/

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 (11/28/21) 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…

Yes, you can post on instagram as well but you MUST use the hashtag! #MarlyBirdTurkeyTrot2021

Criteria for chance to win:

  • You must have a finished project by 11:59pm ET DECEMBER 6, 2021!
  • 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) ETA: you can post on instagram as well but you MUST use the hashtag!

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!!! There will be a max giveaway of 20 total prizes.

All the winners will be randomly selected and the winners will be announced on Wednesday Dec. 8th on the Marly’s Minions FB Group.

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


This year we will be releasing the Ad-Free PDF patterns prior to the event.

They will be available the week of the event. Links will be provided here for you to purchase the full pattern.

Simply click the images below to purchase the ad-free pdf’s.

*Note, the cover images do not show you what the project is but the pattern will have ALL THE DETAILS about the patterns! DO NOT SPOIL THE MYSTERY FOR OTHERS!

Crochet Ad-Free PDF $9.99
Knitting Ad-Free PDF $9.99

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

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

Clue #1: To be released November 25th @ 7pm ET

Clue #2: To be released November 26th @ 9am ET

Clue #3: To be released November 27th @ 9am ET

Clue #4: To be released November 28th @ 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. 13, 2022 to your calendar for the next Game Day Mystery Make Along ????

????PS: don’t miss out on the 24 Days of Quickies with Marly Bird and Friends! Details will be posted soon!!!

24 quick gift ideas from Marly and some of her favorite designer friends.
Both Knitting and Crochet.


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  1. Sandra Peters says:

    You realize it is still hunting season here in Northern Alberta. Maybe we will have a blizzard that weekend. I still have to get my elk.

  2. Ellie says:

    Marly, I hope you can take a break soon! It seems this year you are busier than ever, and we can’t keep up! I want to participate in everything you do, but I’m not that far.
    I hope you take time off until the Supremo. Love ya.

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