What do you call the female duck?
Today learned that female duck is duck! 🙂 It is male who is called the drake! We’ll call these little two just simple ducklings 😉
Yes, that is the lovable couple! I love old photography, and just had to make them in b&w 🙂
Was thinking the other day how I haven’t seen that many ducks made as crocheted toys or amigurumi. So gave it a try. Really enjoyed working on them and hope you will like them as much 🙂
Here they come in color
Hope you like them, because the pattern is already done.
Everything is done in continues rounds. Head was started as an oval, while the rest of the pieces out from magic ring. Legs are done little bit different. Used triangle shape instead of round. Everything I could think of I have explained in the pattern. In advance I apologize for my bad english or any misunderstandings caused because of it. If you will find any mistakes, please let me know and will correct them immediately.
Here is the pattern for all duckling lovers or those that will become one!
Sc: single crochet US (double crochet UK)
Inc: increase, two stitches in one stitch
Inc+: increase, three stitches in one stitch
Inv.dec: invisible decrease
Dec+: use invisible decrease through 3 stitches (or 3sctog)
8 ply cotton yarn (pastel yellow, orange, pink)
bits and pieces of left over yarn for details (bows, neacklace….)
2 mm crochet hook
4 mm round black beads for the eye
needles for sewing up the eyes and body parts
R1: sc4, inc3, (continue around the chain), sc3, inc. (12 sts)
R2: inc., sc3, *inc* x3, sc3, *inc* x2 (18 sts)
R3: sc1, inc.1, sc4, *inc.1, sc1* x2, inc.1, sc4, inc1, sc1, inc.1 (24 sts)
R4: sc2, inc1, sc5, *inc1, sc2* x2, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc2, inc1 (30 sts)
R5: sc3, inc1, sc6, *inc1, sc3* x2 inc1, sc6, inc1, sc3, inc1 (36 sts)
R6: sc4, inc1, sc7, *inc1, sc4* x2 inc1, sc7, inc1, sc4, inc1 (42 sts)
R7: sc5, inc1, sc8, *inc1, sc5* x2 inc1, sc8, inc1, sc5, inc1 (48 sts)
R8: sc6, inc1, sc9, *inc1, sc6* x2 inc1, sc9, inc1, sc6, inc1 (54 sts)
R9-R18: sc54 sts
If you are using safety eyes, place them in between the rows 15 and 16, leaving 7 stitches in between them)
R19: *inv.dec1., sc7* x6 (48 sts)
R20: sc48 sts
R21: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)
R22: *inv.dec.1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)
R23: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)
R24: *inv.dec1, sc8* x2 (18 sts)
Tie off. Stuff the head nice and firm.
R1: sc6 in magic ring
R2: inc1 x6 (12 sts)
R3: *inc1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)
R4: *inc1, sc2* x6 (24 sts)
R5: *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)
R6: *inc1, sc4* x6 (36 sts)
R7: *inc1, sc5* x6 (42 sts)
R8: *inc1, sc6* x6 (48 sts)
R9-R13: sc48 sts
R14: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x8 (40 sts)
R15: sc40 sts
R16: *inv.dec1, sc2* x10 (30 sts)
R17: sc30 sts
R18: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)
R19: sc20 sts
R20: *inv.dec1, sc8* x2 (18 sts)
R21: sc18 sts
Tie off and leave long end for sewing the body and the head together. Stuff the body nice and firm.
R1: Sc7, inc+, (continue around the chain), sc6, inc1 (18 sts)
R2-3: sc18 sts
Tie of and leave long end for sewing the bark to the head later.
The bark will be placed between rows 15-20. Place it nice, pin it well and sew it nicely al around.
Tail is done with two little parts joined together and continued to be crocheted as one piece.
First make little piece
R1: sc5 in magic ring
R2: inc x5 (10 sts)
R3-R4: sc10 sts
R1: sc5 in magic ring
R2: in. x5 (10 sts)
R3-R6: sc10 sts
Now take the first piece made, slip stitch to any stitch to connect these two pieces together and continue stitching al around both pieces until you make 20 stitches.
That was our R1 at joined tail (20sts)
R2: *inv.dec.1, sc8* x2 (18sts)
R3: *inv.dec1, sc7* x2 (16 sts)
R4: *inv.dec1, sc6* x2 (14 sts)
R5: *inv.dec.1, sc5* x2 (12 sts)
R6: *inv.dec.1, sc4* x2 (10 sts)
Cut off leaving long end for sewing the tails end and sewing the tail on the body.
R1: sc6 in magic ring (6sts)
R2: inc1 x6 (12 sts)
R3-R4: sc12 sts
R5: *inc.1, sc1* x6 (18 sts)
R6-R7: sc18 sts
R8: *inc1., sc2* x6 (24 sts)
R9-R10: sc24 sts
R11: *inc1, sc3* x6 (30 sts)
R12-R13: sc30 sts
R14: *inv.dec.1, sc1* x10 (20 sts)
R15-R16: sc20 sts
R17: *inv.de1* x10 (10 sts)
R18-R19: sc10 sts
Flatten the wing and stitch across both sides with single crochet. Tie off and leave long end for sewing the wings to the body later.
R1: sc6 in magic ring
R2: *Inc+, sc1* x3 (12 sts) don’t forget! In legs every increase is 3sc in one st. in order to reach triangle shape)
R3: sc1, *inc+, sc3* x2, inc+, sc2 (18 sts)
R4: sc2, *inc+, sc5* x2, inc+, sc3 (24 sts)
R5: sc3, *inc+, sc7* x2, inc+, sc4 (30 sts)
R6: sc4, *inc+, sc9* x2, inc+, sc5 (36 sts)
R7: sc36 sts
R8: sc4, inv.dec+, sc9, inv.dec+, sc17 (32 sts)
R9: sc3, inv.dec+, sc7, inv.dec+, sc16 (28 sts)
R10: sc2, inv.dec+, sc5, inv.dec+, sc15 (24 sts)
R11: sc1, inv.dec+, sc3, inv.dec+, sc14 (20 sts)
R12: inv.dec+, sc1, inv.dec+, sc13 (16 sts)
R13: inv.dec.+, sc12 (14 sts)
R14-R16: sc14 sts
Tie off and leave long end for sewing. Stuff the legs lightly. Just enough to form the nice shape. Close and sew the end nicely so can be attached to the body later.
Now time to attach the parts together.
Sew body and the head nicely through the 18 stitches you have on both sides. That should give you nice and tidy connection. Put some more stuffing if needed so they stick together nicely and firmly.
Wings place on the sides of the body. Place them evenly, pin them and sew them.
Legs are placed in between rows 4-5 (looking from the bottom side of the body). Center them leaving 2 stitches in between and see them nicely.
Tail is placed centered on the back side of the body between the rows 6-7.
If you didn’t use safety eyes, sew them on on between rows 15-16, leaving 7 stitches between them.
Place the bark between the eyes in between the rows 15-20. Pin it and sew it all around nicely.
Details such as hair, bow or necklace!
Slip stich all the way back,
Slip stitch through the chain, tie off leaving long end for sewing the hairs on top of the head
Repeat for as many hairs as you want duck to have
Tie off leaving long end for sewing the hair on the top of the head
Leave long end before the chain Ch6
R4: skip1 stitch, sc2, 2 stitches together (3 sts)
R5: sc1, 2 sctog (2 sts)
R6: inc.1, sc1 (3 sts)
R7: sc1, inc. x2 (5 sts)
R8-10: sc5 sts
R11: skip1, sc2, 2 sctog (3sts)
R12: sc1, 2sctog (2sts)
Tie off here and go back to the first row.
With the yarn you left at the beginning of the chain use to repeat R11 and R12
Fold the end of the bow to the center of the bow. Use the access yarn from the ends to wrap around the middle and sew so the bow stays closed and firm.
You can sew the bow directly on the body, or tie it behind the neck line so can be taken off and replaced with some other detail.
Depending what yarn you will use for making the necklace, measure it before starting R2 so can be placed all around ducklings neck.
In my case I used 25stitches in the chain
R1: ch25 (or as many as you need to make a chain all around the ducklings neck)
R2: sc24 sts
R3: skip one st, slip stitch next, ch3, skip one st, slip stitch next, ch3… repeat all the way around.
Reaching the end, chain to make circle you will use to lock the necklace. Close the ring, cut off. Sew and hide the ends.
On the other side, sew on the bead or very small button
That’s it! Your ducklings are done! Hope you enjoyed making them as much as I did, and hope kids will love playing with them too!
Until next week, keep calm and crochet 😉