Quack? Quack, quack!

What do you call the female duck?

Today learned that female duck is duck! πŸ™‚ It is male who is called the drake! Β We’ll call these little two just simple ducklings πŸ˜‰Ducklings - 1

Yes, that is the lovable couple! I love old photography, and just had to make them in b&w πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Here they come in colorDucklings - 4

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.

Ducklings - 5

Here is the pattern for all duckling lovers or those that will become one!

Abbreaviation:

Ch: chain

St: stitch

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)

 

Materials used:

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

fiberfill stuffing

 

Head

Yellow yarn

Ch6

R1: Β 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, Β 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.

 

Body

Yellow yarn

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.

 

Beak

Orange yarn

Ch9

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

Yellow yarn

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

Tie off.

 

Next piece:

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.

 

Wings (make2)

Yellow yarn

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.

 

Legs (make2)

Orange yarn

R1: sc6 in magic ring

R2: *Inc+, sc1* x3 (12 sts) Β 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 Β the rows 15-20. Pin it and sew it all around nicely.

 

Details such as hair, bow or necklace!

 

Drake’s hair:

Ch10

Slip stich all the way back,

Ch8

Slip stitch through the chain, tie off leaving long end for sewing the hairs on top of the head

 

Duck’s hair:

Ch15

Inc x15

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

 

Bow:

Leave long end before the chain Ch6

R1-3: sc5

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

Tie off.

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.

 

Necklace:

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

Change color

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 buttonDucklings - 2

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 πŸ˜‰Ducklings - 3

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66 thoughts on “Quack? Quack, quack!

  1. These guys are just so cute. May have to make a “family” of them for next Easter to put in Easter baskets. Thank you for the pattern.

    • Hi Vicky and thank you!
      By next Easter I am sure will have a family of quack, quacks here as well πŸ˜€ Will think of some “babies” to go with this lovable couple!

  2. I just want to thank you for sharing your patterns so generously! They are all beautiful and, thanks to their cuteness, my 12 year old daughter is dying to learn to crochet! May you be blessed for your generosity! Love from Cape Town!

    • Thank you Annalize,
      It is my pleasure to share the patterns. I like making crocheting dolls and seems unfair I keep the patterns to myself. I really enjoy doing this.
      Teach your daughter crochet if she wants to learn it! πŸ˜€ Teach her fast!!!
      Hugs and much love, keep in touch πŸ™‚

    • Marlene,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I can send you the patterns if you like, but it is easier if you sign up to follow the blog and hear about each post I make. I am not into much writing but try to keep up with posting at least one pattern each week. πŸ™‚

      • Hi.
        Loving the pattern, but struggling to follow the tail bit. Can you post a photo to help with what the end piece should look like so I can figure it out?
        Thanks again for the pattern!

      • hello Clare,
        Saw your post and made something to help you out a little. You will find kind of step by step tutorial under new page I created, called Help page – tutorials and tips. Duckling’s tail, how to is there. Photographs are bad…blame me… πŸ˜€ Hope that will help you on how to make it. It is very simple. You can easily make a 3D heart out of same pattern. Happy crocheting! πŸ˜‰

  3. Thank you! That’s much clearer now πŸ™‚ almost done now and very happy so far… I’ll add to ravelry site once complete.

  4. Hi! Thanks for making this gorgeous pattern available! I am new to amigurumi and just learning the invisible decrease thing. I’m a bit confused with the Dec+, it says using the invisible decrease through 3 stitches, is it using the invisible decrease 3 times? I can’t find any tutorial for a Dec+ 😦 Thanks!

    • Hello Sofia,
      Glad you like the ducklings and are trying them out. As for the dec+, I kind of made this up πŸ˜€
      When making triangle shape, you were increasing at certain points, adding 3sc in one stitch, what gave you this nice triangle shape at the end. well, then we had to decrease at certain point as well… I don’t know how this is called (when decreasing three stitches, using “invisible# decrease or 3 stitches decreasing together. What you have to do, instead of decreasing 2, you will decrease 3 stitches where indicated dec+
      It is one decrease through 3 stitches (instead of usual 2)
      Hope this helped you clear it a bit. Let me know if you’ll need any more assistance regarding this.

  5. Hi, I don’t get it how to do on the head part.. 😦
    Ch6
    R1: sc4, inc3, (continue around the chain), sc3, inc. (12 sts)

    How can I do it while it only have 6ch to do the sc/inc..

    x ,x ,x ,x ,xxx ,x ,x ,x , xx

    Can it be like xx,xx,xx,xx,xx,xx like that instead…?

    I really really confused… :((

    • Hi,
      Will try to make it easier and more clear regarding the first row. πŸ™‚
      As you make the chain, from the second stitch from the chain you will start making single crochet.
      Make 4 of single crochet stitches.
      You will reach the end of the chain or the last stitch. In that one make 3 single crochet stitches.
      finishing this stitch, you will continue to stitch through the other half of the same chain (would look like as stitching the same stitches twice; from both sides of the chain -this is what you will actually do)
      On the other side you will make 3 single crochet stitches, and then in the last stitch 2 single crochet stitches in one stitch (what will make 12 stitches in oval shape – around the chain – as you look at what you just made)
      Hope this will help you a little bit more. If you will still have problems, let me know and will try to make photos, step by step.

    • Dear Naomianzu,
      I have just finished photo tutorial on how to make that first row on duckling’s head. Think u were confused by mistake I made writing inc3 instead of sc3 in one st.
      Anyway, hope this tut will help you. You’ll find it under Help page, called: “ch6 into 12 sc oval making”

      • Thank You!! πŸ™‚
        I try to google and youtube it and finally i understand and get it πŸ™‚
        I already finish with the body and head πŸ˜€
        Thank you once again for sharing this cute duck pattern ❀

  6. I will! πŸ˜€ Where should I post the picture when I’m done? hehe..
    btw, I have a question for the legs,on..
    R12: inv.dec+, sc1, inv.dec+, sc13 (16 sts)
    R13: inv.dec.+, sc12 (14 sts)
    R14-R16: sc14 sts

    Do you mean R13, 14, 15 is 13sts? or 14sts? cuz if i do inv.dec+ it should be 13sts left.. xD Thanks<3

    • I’m having trouble with the bow as well. I’m good until row 4. I just can figure out what that looks like. Also in rows 1-3 (also for the bow) do you ch1 at the end of each row before you turn?

      • Dear Amanda,
        As long as long as you can work to make 3 stitches in row 4, then 2 in row 5 is fine.
        When making rows, yes, I always ch1 at the end before turn.
        But as I mentioned at one of the comments few days ago, try making the bow as in pattern for One piece doll. This one is done horizontally (instead of vertically) and is much prettier (and easier).

  7. I just finished my ducky, William. I just love your patterns! My daughters both keep trying to claim him but this little guy is for me! I put him on Pinterest so you can see him. Thanks for the great patterns. I have learned so much!

  8. I just made a white little ducky (Gracie) to go with my little yellow one (William). I love this pattern. Going to make ducklings next. If I figure out the pattern I’ll send you a copy. :0) I love making your patterns!

  9. I finally finished the duckling. His name is Jonah! I used the same pattern that I used for William and Gracie, and cut them in half.(if that makes sense) I will send you a copy as soon as I type it up! And a picture of the “family” is on my page!

  10. I just typed up the duckling pattern. I cut and pasted your original pattern and made my changes that way so that it would stay similar to the original. Is there an email that I can send it to? Let me know when you get a chance to make one! This is only the 2nd time i have ever written a pattern down and I am eager to see if anyone else can follow it!

    • Yes, I even replied to you. Have tried the pattern out and baby duckling ended up fabulous. Will send you pictures to see. πŸ™‚
      Made two of them so far. One with 2mm hook and medium weight yarn and another one with hook 1,75 and cotton thread (one is 7 cm and another one 5 cm tall when seated) Very adorable and cute little ones. You did great job “shrinking” the pattern! πŸ˜€

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  13. Hello, I would love to make these, and started working on the head part, however stuck on R3, I am only getting 22 not 24 stitches, also the math doesnt add up to me in R4, when counting the stitches I am only getting 28..could you please clarify what does the sc2x2..is this an increase?..working 2 sc in the next stitch x 2?…thank you!!!

    • Will try to explain the pattern in words.

      R3: sc1, inc.1, sc4, *inc.1, sc1* x2, inc.1, sc4, inc1, sc1, inc.1 (24 sts)
      Single crochet, increase, single crochet in the next four stitches, (increase stitch,single crochet in next) repeat two times, increase, single crochet in the following 4 sts, increase, single crochet, increase
      R4: sc2, inc1, sc5, *inc1, sc2* x2, inc1, sc5, inc1, sc2, inc1 (30 sts)
      single crochet in the next two sts, increase the next st, single crochet for the next 5 sts, (increase in one st, single crochet in the next two sts) repeat what in brackets 2 times, increase, single crochet in the next 5 sts, increase in the next st, single crochet next 2 sts, increase in the last st.

      Hope it helps Iveta πŸ™‚

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern! I am making a duckling for my mother-in-law as ducks are one of her collectable items. I am confused though on making the tail. I believe I understand to slip stitch both small peices together but don’t understand what it means to “continue stitching all around both pieces.” Am I making a chain around the pieces to make the first row? Am I using the stitches from the previous small pieces made and add 20 stitches to those? Please help!!

  17. Hi, I love the Ducklings but some time ago I made the adult Dick and would love to make another. It was quite a bit bigger so I’m guessing it was the pattern that was double in size. My problem is I can no longer find it! Can you help me out? A family would be so nice. Thanks, Sharon

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  19. When making the beak do I go to the next chain from the book after chaining? Have you made a video? Im more of a visual learner. Love all the patterns

    • If you’re asking on starting chain and first round, you simply have to work this round around the chain. Once you make a chain, work the back loops only (all the way around), three stitches in the last chain stitch will lead and rotate your work to continue around and again work the back loops. Your first round will form little oval shape, that will further on create beak. I can make few photos to show you how it’s done. let me know if you need them.

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