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Free Pattern: Knitted Duck Plush

Posted in Knit & Crochet, Tutorials , on December 15, 2007 , 8 Comments

A few weeks ago I attempted to make Lion Brand Yarn’s Pocket Pet Duckling. In the end, I didn’t like the Fun Fur, didn’t like the fact it was a duck without wings, and really really disliked the look of using felt to make the beak and feet… wishing instead that it was truly a fully knitted duck. My solution to a better knitted duck plush? Make my own!

I use the same concept of knitting a square that is folded in half to make a triangle for the duck’s body as inspiration, but that’s where the similarities end. This duck sports fully knitted wings, feet and beak, and sits up on its own instead of laying down. Here’s the pattern!

Size US 9/5.5mm needles
Bernat Satin Solids yarn in Sunrise yellow
Bernat Satin Solids yarn in Sunset orange
ribbon, tapestry needle, black yarn for eyes or seed beads

If you can cast on, use the plain knit stitch (garter stitch), can knit 2 together (K2T) and bind off, you’re set! Here we go.

Duck Body
* CO 30 sts
* Knit (garter stitch) 50 rows
* BO, leaving a 12 inch tail

You now have a square. Fold it in half so that you form a triangle. Using your lengthy tail and a tapestry needle, stitch up one side of the triangle. Open it up and you’ll see that you now have a cone. You may wish to flip it inside out so that your seam looks neater. Stuff the cone, keeping in mind that the pointed end is going to end up being the head, and the seam goes up the stomach of your duck. At the top of the cone, you’ll have an extra “flap” that you now fold over like a triangle. Sew the edges closed, and you’ve formed the rear end that the duck will sit on. Shape it to “sit” up on its rear like in the photo. Now it’s time to make the other body parts.

Wings & Feet – Make 2 in Yellow and 2 in Orange
* CO 9 sts
* knit 5 rows
* K2T, knit 5, K2T (you have 7 sts left)
* knit 2 rows
* K2T, knit 3, K2T (you have 5 sts left)
* knit 2 rows
* K2T, knit 1, K2T (you have 3 sts left)
* knit 2 rows
* K2T, knit 1 (you have 2 sts left)
* K2T to bind off
Weave in ends. Stitch wings and feet to duck in appropriate places. I positioned the wings so that they were like hands — sewing them on their side so that the pointiest end where I bound off was facing the stomach. I used the bottom seam as a guide and lined up each foot along that seam when I stitched it on.

Beak – Make 1 in Orange
* CO 7 sts
* knit 5 rows
* K2T, knit 3, K2T (you have 5 sts left)
* knit 2 rows
* K2T, knit 1, K2T (you have 3 sts left)
* knit 2 rows
* K2T, knit 1 (you have 2 sts left)
* K2T to bind off
Weave in ends. Stitch beak to duck at the end of the face, making sure the pointy end where you bound off is hanging a bit over the edge of the face. Once you’ve stitched the back of the beak onto the face, fold the pointy end under the “chin” and stitch down, making a more blunt beak.

Tie a ribbon around the duck to clearly define the neck area. You can make eyes either by sewing on black seed beads or embroidering the eyes with black yarn. Voila!

Enjoy the pattern, and if you make any ducks, I’d love to see them! Send them my way to craftblog @ pinktoque.com and I’ll showcase them here :) Remember that the pattern is protected under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Creative Commons license, and anything made from it may not be used for commercial purposes. You may not make anything from the pattern and sell it or resell/redistribute the pattern in part or in whole.

As you can see from my WIP list, I am almost done with all of my Christmas gift knitting and crafting with one week to go before we leave for Indiana. Check back soon to see a final post before Christmas to see all of the little things I’ve finished lately just in time for the holidays :)

8 Responses to “Free Pattern: Knitted Duck Plush”

  1. huntingmouse says:

    I would like to know if I can make and then donate the ducks to EPU. I am really big on knitting for disabled kids and was looking for more animals to give them.

  2. Lesley (Toque) says:

    Yes of course! Thank you for asking — I love knowing that the pattern will be used for something so wonderful and donated to kids who will enjoy them. Take care!

  3. huntingmouse says:

    thanks I made two of them for my self (I love them, soooooo cute)1 out of yellow fun fur and orange eyelash & 1 out of yellow fun fur and orange furry yarn. will try to get some pics of them up soon. will make more out of washable red heart to donate:)

  4. Lesley (Toque) says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see pictures :)

  5. P says:

    I am SOOOO glad you made this pattern. I have been trying to find a cute knitted duck for AGES. You would think it would be more common for a baby gift or something? But I guess not. Yours is totally adorable, though, and I will definitely be knitting it up for someone soon!

  6. Lesley says:

    Yay! So glad you like the pattern :) Thanks for the kind comment!

  7. Cheri says:

    The duck pattern is absolutely adorable! It looks like it would make a really cute gift for a baby.

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