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This little duck is worked in

double crochet (US single crochet)


throughout. The big duck was
made with double knitting weight
yarn and a 3.5mm / size F hook
and is about 7cm / 3" from chest to
tail do ducks have chests? The
duckling was crocheted with 4ply
yarn and a 2.5mm / size E hook
and measures only 5cm / 2".

It is important to work to a tight tension so that the stuffing doesnt
show through the finished duck, so choose your hook and yarn
accordingly.

Before You Begin

All rounds are started with a single chain. This does not count as a
stitch. Rounds are finished with a slip stitch into the first double
crochet of the round to join.

Decreases, which will appear as dec in the pattern, are worked
over two stitches as follows:

1) hook through first dc, yoh and pull through (2 loops on hook)
2) hook through second dc, yoh and pull through (3 loops on hook)
3) yoh and pull through all 3 loops
Frankies Knitted Stuff
Crochet Duck
The Body

This is worked in the round.
Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch into a ring.

R 1: Ch 1, 6 dc into ring, sl st to join.
R 2: Ch 1, 2 dc into every dc, sl st to join (12 sts).
R 3: Ch 1, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) all round, sl st to
join (18 sts).
R 4: Ch 1, (dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc) all round, sl st to
join (24 sts).
R 5: Ch 1, (dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc) all round, sl st to
join (30 sts).
R 6-9: Ch 1, dc in every dc, sl st to join.

If you have not done so already, use the beginning tail to close the
hole in the centre.

R 10: Ch 1, (dc in next 3 dc, dec) all round, sl st to join (24 sts).
R 11: Ch 1, (dc in next 2 dc, dec) all round, sl st to join (18 sts).
R 12-14: Ch 1, dc in every dc, sl st to join.
R 15: Ch 1, dec three times, dc in every dc to end, sl st to join
(15 sts).


Now stuff the duck firmly.
The last few rounds will be a bit fiddly as
you try to avoid crocheting through the
stuffing.


R 16: Ch 1, dc in every dc, sl st to join.
R 17: Ch 1, dec, dc in every dc to end, sl st to join (14 sts).

Add a bit more stuffing and youre ready to work the tail.
The Tail

The tail is worked in rows through both sides of the round at the
same time, thus closing the gap. To make a dc like this, put the
hook through the next dc and the one behind it, yoh and pull
through both sts, then yoh and pull through the remaining two
loops as normal.











Row 1: Ch 1, work 5 dc across both sides of the round, sl st into
the last two sts to join.



This is what it should look like after Row
1, with the tail end of the duck closed.
Now turn and work the rest of the tail in
normal rows.





Row 2: Ch 1, dc into next 4 dc, sl st into last dc.
Row 3: Ch 1, dec twice and fasten off.

By running the end along both sides of the tail and into the body
you can pull the tail up so that it sticks up in a jaunty fashion










like this.
The Head

Begin at the top of the head and work in rounds in the same way as
for the body.

R 1: Ch 1, 6 dc into ring, sl st to join.
R 2: Ch 1, 2 dc into every dc, sl st to join (12 sts).
R 3: Ch 1, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc) all round, sl st to
join (18 sts).
R 4-6: Ch 1, dc into every dc, sl st to join.

Use the beginning tail to close the hole in the centre.

R 7: Ch 1, (dc into next dc, dec) all round, sl st to join (12 sts).
R 8: Ch 1, dc into every dc, sl st to join and fasten off.


Stuff the head firmly and sew it to
the rest of the duck, a little way in from
the front of the body.



The Wings (make 2)

Chain 6.

Row 1: Beginning with the 2nd chain from the hook, work 5 dc
into the starting chain.
Row 2: Ch 1, dc into every dc.
Row 3: Ch 1, dec, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in last dc.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, dec.

Fasten off. The starting chain is the top edge of the wing and the
cast off end is at the bottom of the front edge.

Sew the wings to the body along the top and front edge. You may
find that one wing curls up and the other doesnt. You can make
them match by running yarn through the back edge of the wing to
gather it slightly.









Hes starting to look a bit more duck-like.

The Beak

Chain 2.

Row 1: 2 dc in the 2nd chain from the hook.
Row 2: Ch 1, dc in each dc.
Row 3: Ch 1, dec and fasten off.
Run the two ends through opposite sides to the middle to tidy the
beak up a bit. Now sew it to the ducks head through the middle.
Embroider the eyes with a few tiny stitches and your duck is
finished.











Abbreviations

ch chain
dc double crochet (US single crochet)
dec decrease (explained at start of pattern)
yoh yarn over hook
sl st slip stitch
sts stitches













Frankie Brown, 2011.
My patterns are for personal use only and should not be used to make items for sale.