Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern

 

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Isn’t it symbolic that the design that stretches my wings happens to be baby ducks?

 

Or maybe it’s just a bad pun.

 

Whatever it may be, this design has indeed stretched my creative wings. I’ve talked before how I am not one for making amigurumi. It isn’t because I don’t like it but because I naturally gravitate toward other things like wearables. And then of course, designing amigurumi has seemed a little daunting. I cannot settle for second best, and I’ve discovered it takes some unique creativity to make good amigurumi, (for example, Stephanie of All About Ami!).

 

However, after receiving a handful of requests for handmade ducklings I knew it was a challenge I would have to accept. Because after all, I rarely back down from a professional challenge.

 

So I started out with a few ideas. Now, many failed experiments later, I can present to you my own Darling Duckling Amigurumi!

 

(Find a digital copy of this pattern in my stores, Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Designing the Ducks

For the design I knew I wanted a bit of a flip to the tail. You know how ducklings always have that cute “duck tail”? In an effort to make these more realistic this was a must. So getting the decreases in the right place to effect that “flip” took some tries.

 

Although normally I use buttons or some sort of stitching for the eyes on my project, this time it had to be safety eyes. I wanted this to be a full blown, legit amigurumi. And besides, I’ve needed to get myself some anyway. It was exciting giving them a try, and I was a little wary about having to remember to put them on before finishing up, but they really weren’t too much trouble. On the first head I made some markings for coloring, and beak and eye placement, so by the time I got to the finished design it was a breeze.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Out of all the designing, the coloring is what took me the longest. What I originally wanted to do was the sharpie and dog slicker brush effect that the Lau’s used in their Chinese New Year Dog amigurumi. They’re designs are just the cutest! However, after much brushing and sharpie wafting later, I and my family concluded that it wasn’t cutting it. Frankly I felt the poor little thing looked like Gollum with his scraggly strands of hair. Not a cute amigurumi.

 

So out went that idea. I tried another idea as well until finally biting the bit and graphing the color — stitch by stitch.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Graphing the Color

This was an experiment in itself. I’ve graphed a little for other projects, one recently for my Classic Video Game Controller Pillow, but these have been quite basic as far as graphing goes. I used to cross-stitch a lot, which I thought would help me in this. But it really didn’t. With crochet, the lay of the stitches are always going to be a bit off center, and when working in a spiral as I do with the Darling Duckling Amigurumi, I had to account for that and assign my colors accordingly.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Trying to explain the peculiar designs I was creating in Gimp for the graphs to my family was more confusing that making them. It’s really hard to explain things like that to people who haven’t engrossed themselves in every stitch of crochet. But they were patient and tried to understand, even if just for my sake.

 

All in all, it was quite an experience, one that I had to test run myself more than once. So hopefully this pattern will be less a few flaws than normal (which I hope you normally don’t find any flaws anyway! Eek!).

 

Want to give it a try?!

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi

 

Skill Level Easy

 

Finished Size
5 inches long, 4 ½ inches tall, 2 ½ inches wide

 

Materials
Medium weight yarn (approximately 20 yards of yellow and 20 yards of alternate color like dark yellow or brown)
Light weight yarn in black (approximately 5 yards)
Crochet hook F/3.75mm and B/2.25mm
Fiberfill
Stitch markers
2 black plastic safety eyes

 


 

Gauge
Rounds 1 – 2 of body measures 1 inch.

 

Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch (chain)
Hdc (half double crochet)
Sc (single crochet)
Sl st (slip stitch)
St (stitch)
Sts (stitches)
Beg (beginning)

 

Note: the pattern is worked in a spiral so do not join with a slip stitch at the end of each round. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

 

Duckling Coloring

For body and head coloring, follow graphs while working pattern. The light gray area represents the duckling while the dark gray represents the color change. Each square represents an actual stitch in the pattern but be careful to note the count in each row.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Duckling Body Color Graph

Duckling body color graph for Duckling Amigurumi at Ginger Peachy

 

 

Body
With medium weight yarn and F hook,
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc:
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around: 18 sc
Round 4: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around: 24 sc
Round 5: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * around: 30 sc
Round 6 – 12: sc around: 30 sc
Round 13: sc in next 9 sc, (sc2tog, sc) 4 times, sc in last 9: 26 sc
Round 14: sc around
Round 15: sc in next 8 sc, (sc2tog, sc) 4 times, sc in last 6 sc: 22 sc
Round 16: sc around
Round 17: sc in next 7 sc, (sc2tog, sc) 4 times, sc in last 3 sc: 18 sc
Round 18: sc around
Round 19: sc in next 6 sc, (sc2tog, sc) 4 times: 14 sc
Round 20: sc around
Stuff body generously before continuing to Round 21,
Round 21: hdc2tog around: 7 hdc
Round 22: sc around, sl st in next st: 7 sc
Weave yarn tail through last round and pull to tighten. Finish off.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

Duckling Head Color Graph

 

Duckling head color graph for Duckling Amigurumi at Ginger Peachy

 

 

Head
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 6 sc:
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around: 18 sc
Round 4: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around: 24 sc
Round 5 – 8: sc around: 24 sc
Round 9: * sc2tog, sc in next 2, repeat from * around: 18 sc
Round 10: * sc2tog, sc in next sc, repeat from * around: 12 sc
Attach safety eyes and then stuff generously before continuing to Round 11,
Round 11: sc2tog around: 6 sc
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Beak
With light weight yarn and B hook,
Round 1: ch 3, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in last ch and turn to opposite side of ch: 6 sc
Round 2: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc: 8 sc
Round 3 – 4: sc around: 8 sc
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff with beginning tail and sew beak to head.

 

With alternate color, sew two lines on either side of the eye, on both sides of the head. Sew finished head to body.

 

Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern at Ginger Peachy

 

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I am pretty thrilled with the ways these turned out, and I hope you will be too! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

(Find a digital copy of this pattern in my stores, Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)

 

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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.

 

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2 thoughts on “Darling Duckling Amigurumi | Free Crochet Pattern”

  • For these ducks, how do you incorporate a different color? Can you recommend a good link or YouTube video on how to add the second color yarn? I’m only familiar crocheting with a single color. Thanks!

    • Hi Shirley,
      You will want a little experience in changing colors before attempting this pattern because the color changes can be a little complicated to keep up with even for an experienced crocheter. I would suggest searching the internet for “how to change colors in crochet”. However, there are graphs in the post showing you where to change colors and instructions explaining what they mean. Hope this helps!

      Amy

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