Just Ducky Amigurumi Pattern

Just Ducky is an amigurumi duck modeled after the classic rubber ducky bath toy.
Duck

This pattern was inspired by my toddler’s beloved collection of colorful rubber ducks. I searched for weeks for a pattern that I felt was true to the original toy’s appearance and construction, and found some similar, but nothing like what I was looking for. So I wrote my own pattern, got some lovely helpful people to test it, and here it is!

Just Ducky could be called an advanced beginner/intermediate pattern. It is worked almost entirely in the round, with some rows. The beak, wings, body, and head are worked separately from each other and sewn together.

If you have any questions or need some troubleshooting help, don’t hesitate to contact the designer via the form at the bottom of the screen!

Sample Duck is made with Lily Sugar’n Cream and Caron Simply Soft yarns and has embroidered eyes.

You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn, small amounts in two or three complementing colors (See Note)
E/3.5mm hook
Yarn needle
Small safety eyes or embroidery floss/yarn in black or a complementing color to embroider eyes
Stuffing
Stitch markers
Note: you needn’t feel tied to worsted weight yarn. Any yarn weight will do. That said, keep in mind that a different yarn weight will make a larger or smaller duck. Use a hook two or three sizes smaller than recommended for the yarn weight you’re using.

How-To Links:
How To: Magic Ring
How To: Invisible Decrease

Crochet Abbreviations (all US terminology)
Rnd: round
Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Slst: slip stitch
Dec: invisible decrease
Hdc: half double crochet
Dc: double crochet
Sts: stitches

Wings, Color B (make 2)
Ch 10
Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 9 sc. Turn. Ch 1.
Row 2: 8 sc. Turn.
Row 3: Slst in first 2 sts. Ch 2. 6 sc. Turn. Ch 1.
Row 4: 6 sc. Turn.
Row 5: Slst in first 2 sts. Ch 2. 4 sc. 
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Edging: 1 sc in back of each row (5 sc) and slst into starting row. Bind off and leave a 12″  long tail for sewing onto body.
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Beak, Color B or C
Ch 10. Leave a long tail for sewing onto head.
Rnd 1: 1 sc across in front loops only (9). Turn beak around so the back loops are facing you. Working in new front loops: 1 sc in first two loops. 1 hdc in next loop. 1 dc in next 3 loops. 1 hdc in next loop. 1 sc in last two loops. (18)
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After you finish the first round in the front loops, you should have 18 stitches- one in each loop of your starting chain. Put one stitch marker through both the 2nd stitch and the 17th stitch, and another through both the 8th stitch and the 11th stitch.

Join the starting stitch and ending stitch with a slst, ch 1.
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Rnd 2: Turn the beak so the row of sc is facing you. Starting in the stitch immediately after the stitch marker, 1 sc in sts 3-7. Pinch the beak together so the edges touch. Slst stitch 8 and stitch 11 together (first stitch marker). 
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Turn the beak around so the row with the dc is facing you. Ch 1. 1 hdc in stitch 12. 1 dc in sts 13-15. 1 hdc in stitch 16. Slst stitch 17 and stitch 2 together (second stitch marker). 
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Bind off and weave short yarn tail into beak. Set aside.
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Body, Color A
The base is a slightly modified version of Louie’s Loops oval (footnote 1). It may help you to put a stitch marker at the beginning stitch of each round.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 2: [3 sc in first st, 2 in next, 1 in next] 2x. (12) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 3: 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next 3 sts, 1 in next 3 sts, 2 in next 3 sts, 1 in last 2 sts. (18) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 4: 1 sc in first 2 sts, [2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next], 1 sc in next 4 sts, [2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next], 1 sc in last 2 sts. (24) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 5: 1 sc in first 3 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in next 7 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in last 4 sts. (30) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 6: 1 sc in first 4 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in next 10 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in last 6 sts. (36) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 7: 1 sc in first 5 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in next 13 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in last 8 sts. (42) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 8: 1 slst in back loop of each st from Rnd 7 (42). Ch 1
Rnd 9: Working in back loops of each slst from Rnd 8: 1 sc in first 6 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in next 16 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in last 10 sts. (48) join with slst, ch 1
Rnd 10: 1 sc in first 7 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in next 19 sts, [2 in next, 1, 2, 1, 2], 1 in last 12 sts. (54) join with slst, ch 1
Rnd 11-12: 1 sc in each st (54) join with slst, ch 1
Rnd 13: [1 sc, 1dec] 7x. 1 sc in next 6 sts.  [1 dec, 1 sc] 7x. 1 sc in next 6 sts. (40). Join with slst, ch 1.
Rnds 14-15: 1 sc in each st. (40) Join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 16: 1 sc in first 8 sts. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 sc in next 13 sts. 2 dec. 1 sc in next 4 sts. 2 dec. 1 sc in next 5 sts. (36). Join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 17: 1 sc in first 8 sts. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 sc in next 14 sts. 1 dec. 1 sc in next 2. 1 dec. 1 sc in last 6 sts. (34). Join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 18: 1 sc in first 8 sts. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 sc in next 13 sts. 3 dec. 1 sc in last 5 sts. (31)
Rnd 19: 1 sc in first 8 sts, 1 hdc in next 2, 1 sc in last 21 (31) join with slst, ch 1.
Rnd 20: Sc around (31) do not join.

Pinch the body together so the edges touch. Working toward the tail, slst together 5 times: 1 and stitch 18, stitch 2 and 17, 3 and 16, 4 and 15, and 5 and 14. Do not cut yarn.
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Working the tail:
Row 1: 1 dec, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 1 dec. Turn, ch 1.
Row 2: 5 sc. Turn.
Row 3: 1 slst. 3 sc. 1 slst. Turn.
Row 4: 1slst. 1 sc. 1 slst. Turn.
Row 5: 1 slst. Cut a 7 inch tail.
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You should have a little hole right in front of the rows you worked for the duck’s tail. Bind off the last stitch and thread the yarn tail through your needle. Pull it through that hole first to fold the rows in half, and then up through one of the loops right next to the rows. 
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Sew edges of rows to close the sides of the tail, and then sew hole in front of tail closed. Weave remaining yarn tail into body to hide it.

Sew wings to sides. Stuff body firmly, but make sure to flatten the bottom, and set aside.
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Head, Color A
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6) join with slst. Ch 1.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12) join with slst. Ch 1
Rnd 3: [1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next] 6x (18) Join with slst. Ch 1
Rnd 4: [1 sc in first 2, 2 sc in next] 6x (24) Join with slst. Ch 1
Rnd 5 – 9: 1 sc in each st (24) join with slst. Ch 1
Rnd 10: [1 sc in next 3 sts, 1 dec] 5x. (20) join with slst. Ch 1.
Rnd 11: [1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 dec] 4x, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 1 dec (16) join with slst. Ch 1.
Rnd 12: 1 sc in each stitch (16) join with slst. Cut long tail for sewing head to body and bind off.

Sew beak to head at Rnd 10. Attach or embroider eyes between Rnds 6 and 7. 
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Stuff head firmly. Sew head onto body. Weave in ends and hide yarn tail in body.
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Done! 

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(Note: Original pattern is for source citation only; the version written here is essential for the duck to turn out properly.)

 © 2013, Monkey House Crochet Patterns. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This pattern contains material protected under International and Federal Copyright Laws and Treaties. Any unauthorized reprint or use of this material is prohibited. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without express written permission from the designer. 

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2 thoughts on “Just Ducky Amigurumi Pattern

    • The copyright is only for the pattern itself; you may not sell or give away the pattern, but what you do with the finished product is your business.

      I’m sorry for the delay; things have been a little crazy for me here lately!

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