“Can you make me a duck?”

“Can you make me a duck?”  This was the text my uncle sent me one sunshiny day this past May as I was on my way to work.

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“Sure, what colors?”  And the adventure began.

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I searched on Ravelry (my favorite pattern site, as you may know by now…), and found this one –>  Ducks in a Row by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.  Since both my uncle and I liked the way this one looked, this is the pattern I used. 🙂

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I used ‘I Love This Cotton!’ yarn, and US size 4 double-pointed-needles (dpns).  I really do like this brand of cotton yarn – it’s very soft (perfect for toys!) and there are a lot of colors to choose from.  I used brown, buttercup, ivory, antique cream, and the smallest bit of white for Mama Duck.

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The above photo shows the body, which started right before where the chest is on the left side there, and worked towards the tail.  The live stitches I placed on some scrap yarn to come back to and finish the tail later.

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Above (looking from right to left) is duck’s body, the chest, working up to the neck, and then the head, which then goes on to the bill. 🙂

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After putting the live stitches back on my needles,  I was able to continue knitting the tail. And there she is — body and head complete!

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The wings are knit in the round starting at the tip (above photo), and working towards the top.  I used the antique cream color for the wings.

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I advise that you read patterns carefully when knitting.  It saves time, and you also know what to expect…  I perused the pattern and thought “Oh, this will be done in about 8 rounds.” Then I read it again as I was working the first wing and realized I needed to repeat rounds 1 & 2 until I had 42 stitches, then knit 10 rounds before starting to decrease…..  Read. Patterns. Thoroughly. 😉

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And they look adorably like angel wings side by side. 🙂

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I always add the eyes last.  Here is the little Mama complete with tail, wings and dark blue eyes.  She looks a little grumpy from this side, but I assure you, she is as sweet and gentle as a mama duck should be.  And very soft.

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I sewed her wings on right at the ‘seam’ where the chest meets the body, then tacked them down in a few places on her back and side. I thought she would be more fun to play with if her wings weren’t tacked down all the way around, that way little ducklings can cuddle underneath.

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Her partner is in progress, he is going to be quite the handsome fellow.  Pictures to be posted when he arrives!

 

 

Happy Knitting Everyone!

~ Ashley Nicole

 

 

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