Knitting Turkey Trot 2020 – Day 1

I can’t hardly believe the day is here! The Turkey Trot Event is one of my favorites and here we are getting started with the Knitting Turkey Trot 2020 – Day 1!

How does this work?

Because I know some of you are new to all this, let me make this super simple. From Wednesday, Nov. 25-Monday, Nov. 30th, you will go to this link here: https://marlybird.com/turkey-trot-mystery-make-along-2020 and scroll all the way to the bottom Get Turkey Trot Clues  HERE ????. If you haven’t already bookmarked that page in your web browser, I highly recommend doing that now. Here is a video to show you what I mean:

You will see a link for each day that has the clues released. Click the link for the day you need. That will take you to a page like this one you are reading now ????. Note: Each day has a different clue and a different page so you must always go back to the original blog post and get the link to the new page; hence the reason I told you to bookmark it!

On this page, you will find the instructions for the next section of the project. You are expected to get through all of the instructions before the next day in order to continue with the next clue.

By Nov. 30th, the hope is that you will have a finished piece that you will be proud to wear.

What if you fall behind?

No Worries! We know that not everybody works at the same speed. And LORD KNOWS the crocheters are going to be faster than the knitters!

If you fall behind, that is absolutely okay. Just work until you are ready for the next clue and go get it. The clue will just be there waiting for you.

Think of it this way, you are letting all the speedy knitters/crocheters find all the mistakes in the patterns before you get there. LOL. (not saying there are mistakes…just trying to make a joke…but let’s hope I didn’t just jinx us!)

Where to post questions and progress pictures?

In the Marly’s Minions Group on Facebook (if you haven’t joined yet, do that now >> click here << ) there will be a dedicated thread for each day. I pin those threads in ANNOUNCEMENTS so you can easily find them.


This is very important. The testers will be checking these threads to help answer questions and it really helps them if we keep the questions for each day in the appropriate thread. I hope that makes sense. Also, the testers can be easily identified by their fb image. Each one is using a picture like this:


As you finish the clue for each day (no matter if it is 3 days later) post a picture of your progress in the progress thread for the day you are working on. It really inspires all of us. Plus, it is fun to see all the different yarns getting used!

Okay, now here is your clue

Below, you will find everything you should need for this Knitting Turkey Trot 2020 – Day 1 Clue! Make a note that each day there might be additional information after materials.

???? Good Luck ????

Knitting Turkey Trot 2020


To Fit Size

S-XL (2XL-5XL)

*the smaller of the two sizes is more of a one size fits all, and the larger size is a little bit larger

Finished Measurements

S-XL: 64” (162.5 cm) chest circumference x 22″ (56 cm) length 

2XL-5XL: 75.5” (192 cm) chest circumference x 30” (76 cm) length


18 sts 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette stitch



Worsted Weight

  • The amounts are an estimated amount (because I don’t know what yarn YOU are using) so to make sure you have enough for the project, have at least the yardage listed for the size you are making
  • Size S-XL: 1500 yds
  • Size 2XL-5XL: 2200 yds


US 9 (5.5 mm) 24” circular 2 pair & 60” circular 1 pair, or size required for gauge


Cable needle, yarn needle, stitch markers, contrasting color string for holding stitches


  • beg – begin(ning)
  • k – knit
  • K2tog – knit 2 together
  • K2togtbl – knit two together through the back leg
  • K1tbl – knit through the back leg
  • p – purl
  • P1tbl – purl 1 through the back leg
  • pat – pattern
  • Pm – place marker
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • Sk2p Slip 1 as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped st over.
  • sl – slip
  • Slm – slip marker
  • st(s) – stitches
  • WS – wrong side
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • Yo – yarn over


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  • Sizes are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). 
  • For a petite larger size follow the stitch count for the larger size but row count for the smaller size. 
  • For a tall smaller size follow the stitch count for the smaller size but the row count for the larger size. 
  • Work both fronts at the same time using separate needles and yarn to ensure matching sides.
  • Add life lines as you work along. 
  • Circular needles are recommended to accommodate large number of sts. Do not join; work back and forth in rows.


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Day 1 (MAKE 2)

these can be your gauge swatches as well!

With shorter length needle, cast on 32 sts. Do not join; work back and forth in rows.

Row 1 (WS): Knit

Row 2 (RS): Knit

Row 3 (WS): Knit

Row 4 (RS): Knit

Row 5 (WS): Purl

Row 6  (RS): Knit

Repeat rows 5 and 6 eighteen times more, then row 5 once more. 

Place stitches on a holder and cut the yarn leaving a LONG tail that you can use for seaming. Set aside. 


You will keep these on the needles so use a separate pair of needles for each ribbing.

With shorter length needle, cast on 100 (116) sts. Do not join; work back and forth in rows.

Row 1 (WS): K1, purl to last stitch, k1.

Row 2 (RS): K1, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, k3. 

Row 3 (WS): K1, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p2, k1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until this piece measures 2” (5 cm) from cast on edge. 

Leave the stitches on the needles and wait for the next clue.

Note: the next set of instructions will have you working along on each ribbing separately, but completing them both at the same time/interval for the Turkey Trot timeframe. Yes, this is a lot of knitting but go at your own pace and remember that it is not a race 😉

See you tomorrow! >> click here to go back to main page <<

Marly Bird

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Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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