Rocket the Beagle’s Toy Duck

Rocket the Beagle | by Projectarian

All puppies need toys, so Rocket has her very own mallard duck!

Rocket the Beagle is my brand new pattern, released TODAY! You can get her in my Etsy shop. Rocket’s duck is free and you can get it right here (just scroll down to see the pattern)!

Rocket is inspired by my own puppy, Scallop who found me while I was on holiday in August. You can meet her in my Instagram stories and also see behind the scenes of designing Rocket.


INTRODUCTION

This is an easy-peasy pattern for a fun ducky toy that is all crocheted together so there’s almost zero sewing – you only have to sew the eyes on! The project uses stash amounts of yarn (less than 50g in total) and you can easily complete it in a single weekend. Yasss.

Rocket's Toy Duck | by Projectarian


PATTERN INFORMATION

Written is US terminology
Size: 30cm long
Difficulty: Easy

Yarn weight: You can use absolutely any yarn and even combine different weights because our ducky is pretty funny-looking anyway! I randomly combined double knit and 4ply yarn from my stash to make my ducklet.

COLOURS
Yellow-orange: beak and feet
Pink: head (substitute with green for a more realistic mallard.)
Off-white: neck-band and eye
Grey: eye embroidery and neck
Light brown: eye rim and body
Dark brown: wings

SUPPLIES
2.5 mm hook
Scissors
Yarn sewing needle
Stuffing

ABBREVIATIONS
R – row/round
SS – slip stitch/surface stitch
SC – single crochet
Ch/ch-sp – chain/chain-space
St/st-sp – stitch/stitch-space
Incr – increase
Decr – decrease
* – section to be repeated
Rem – remaining
BLO – back loop only
WS – wrong side

COPYRIGHT

NOTES
If there are any techniques in this pattern that you’re unfamiliar with, you can download my free Amigurumi Tips Booklet with bonus tutorials.

This ducky pattern has not been tested officially for errors, it’s a casually-written freebie. If you spot any typos, it would be super-lovely of you to pop me a comment and I’ll fix it! (All of my paid patterns are thoroughly tested and totally profesh, though! 😉 Hubble the Squid is a free example of how my premium patterns are written.)

The duck model has not been tested for safety. It may not be suitable for babies or young children

Let’s begin!


BEAK

BEAK 1

R1: Using beak colour, 6SC in magic ring. (6)

Continue working in the round and use a running stitch marker.

R2: SC-incr X 6. (12)
R3-10: 12SC. (12)

Tie off.

BEAK 2

Copy beak 1 but do not tie off at the end.

JOINING BEAK 1 & 2

Place beak 1 on top of beak 2. Insert your hook into WS of any st on the last round of beak 1. Push your hook through the next available stitch on beak 2 as well. Both pieces (2 sts) are now on your hook.

Work 1SC to join them. Continue working through both pieces and work another 5SC to complete the join. (6)

Ch1, tie off.


HEAD & NECK

R1: On beak 1, join head colour with a SS at any st. Ch1, then starting in the same sp and working the loose ends in as you go, *2SC, SC-incr* X 2, 2SC, SC-incr, 3SC. Work 1SC into the same st as the 1st SC of this round. (16)

Continue working in the round and use a running stitch marker.

R2: *3SC, SC-incr* X 4 (20)
R3-10: 20SC. (20)
R11: *SC-decr, 8SC* X 2. (18)
R12: *SC-decr, 7SC* X 2. (16)
R13-14: 16SC. Change to neck-band colour on the last SC of R14. (16)

See the Amigurumi Tips Booklet on how to change colours.

R15: 16SC. (16)
R16: *SC-incr, 7SC* X 2. Change to neck colour on the last SC. (18)
R17: 18SC. (18)
R18: 1SC, SC-incr, 8SC, SC-incr, 7SC. (20)
R19: 20SC. (20)
R20: 2SC, SC -incr, 9SC, SC-incr, 7SC. (22)
R21: 22SC. (22)
R22: 3SC, SC -incr, 10SC, SC-incr, 7SC. (24)
R23: *5SC, SC-incr* X 4. (28)
R24: *6SC, SC-incr* X 4. (32)
R25: *7SC, SC-incr* X 4. (36)

SS in the next 2 sts to taper off your round. Tie off.


EYES

Make 2

R1: Using neck-band colour, 6 SC in magic ring. Join with a SS in 1st SC. (6)
R2: SC-incr X 6. Join with a SS in 1st SC. (12)

Tie off.

EDGE AROUND THE EYES

Work in BLO. Join body colour with a SS at any st (simply draw up a loop of body colour). SS in each of the sts around the eye, including the joining-SS. Tie off, leaving a 15 cm thread for sewing.

Thread the loose end onto your sewing needle. Sew into the loops of your 1st SS, then pull the yarn through the same sp as the last SS, to the back of the eye.


WINGS

Make 2

R1: Using wing colour, 6SC in magic ring. (6)

Continue working in the round and use a running stitch marker.

R2: SC-incr X 6. (12)
R3: *5SC, SC-incr* X 2. (14)
R4: *6SC, SC-incr* X 2. (16)
R5: *7SC, SC-incr* X 2. (18)
R6: *8SC, SC-incr* X 2. (20)
R7: *9SC, SC-incr* X 2. (22)
R8: *10SC, SC-incr* X 2. (24)
R9: *11SC, SC-incr* X 2. (26)
R10-18: 26SC. (26)
R19: *11SC, SC-decr* X 2. (24)
R20: *10SC, SC-decr* X 2. (22)
R21: *9SC, SC-decr* X 2. (20)
R22: *8SC, SC-decr* X 2. (18)
R23: *7SC, SC-decr* X 2. (16)
R24: *6SC, SC-decr* X 2. (14)

Tie off and remove the running stitch marker. Squash the wings flat as illustrated so that the increases run up the sides of the wings.

Rocket's Toy Duck | by Projectarian


LEGS

Make 2

R1: Using beak colour, ch13. Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 12SC into ch. Working down the other side of the ch, 12SC. (24)

Continue working in the round and use a running stitch marker.

R2-3: 24SC. (24)
R4: *10SC, SC-decr* X 2. (22)
R5: 22SC. (22)
R6: *9SC, SC-decr* X 2. (20)
R7: 20SC. (20)
R8: *3SC, SC-decr* X 4. (16)
R9: *2SC, SC-decr* X 4. (12)
R10-17: 12SC. Change to body colour on the last st of R17. (12)
R18: 2SC, SC-incr, 5SC, SC-incr, 3SC. (14)
R19: 3SC, SC-incr, 6SC, SC-incr, 3SC. (16)
R20: 4SC, SC-incr, 7SC, SC-incr, 3SC. (18)
R21: 5SC, SC-incr, 8SC, SC-incr, 3SC. (20)
R22: 6SC, SC-incr, 9SC, SC-incr, 3SC. (22)
R23: 22SC. (22)

Tie off and remove the running stitch marker. Squash the legs flat as illustrated.

Rocket's Toy Duck | by Projectarian


BODY

R1: Using body colour, 4SC in magic ring. (4)

Continue working in the round and use a running stitch marker.

R2: SC-incr X 4. (8)
R3: *1SC, SC-incr* X 4. (12)
R4: *2SC, SC-incr* X 4. (16)
R5: *3SC, SC-incr* X 4. (20)
R6: *4SC, SC-incr* X 4. (24)
R7: *5SC, SC-incr* X 4. (28)
R8: *6SC, SC-incr* X 4. (32)
R9: *7SC, SC-incr* X 4. (36)
R10: *8SC, SC-incr* X 4. (40)
R11: *9SC, SC-incr* X 4. (44)
R11-18: 44SC. (44)

ATTACHING THE LEGS

R19: Work the loose ends in as you go. On the last round of a leg, insert your hook at the right-hand side so that it goes through both layers of the edge of the opening. Insert your hook in the next st on the body (3 sts on hook), then work 1SC to attach the pieces. Continue working through all 3 layers and work 10 more SC to complete the attachment. Attach the second leg in the same manner, working 11SC to attach it. 22SC in rem sts on body. (44)

R20-28: 44SC. (44)
R29: *9SC, SC-decr* X 4. (40)
R30: *8SC, SC-decr* X 4. (36)

ATTACHING THE WINGS

R31: Work 19SC then attach the wings by the same method as the legs: Working the loose end in as you go, insert your hook through both sts on the right-hand side of a wing. Insert your hook in the next st on the body and work 1SC to attach the pieces. Work 6 more SC to complete the attachment. 3SC, then attach the second wing in the same manner, working 7SC to attach it (the last two of your 7 sts will be on a new round, ie. you will pass the running stitch marker while attaching the second wing).

R32: 34SC. (36, incl 2 sts on wing)

SS in the next 2 sts to taper off your round. Tie off, leaving a 30 cm thread for sewing.


ASSEMBLY

ATTACHING THE HEAD

Stuff the head and body then align them so the beak is centred with the wings and legs as illustrated. You can use clip-on stitch markers to keep the stitches aligned while you work. Sew the body and head together, working into every st of both pieces, then weave your sewing thread away into the body and trim.

ATTACHING THE EYES

Place the eyes on the side of the head, leaving 4 rounds open behind the beak. They should be level with the beak when looking at the duck from the side. Pin and sew them in place, working into every SS around the eye. To avoid long, visible sewing sts, sew directly into the sts underneath the edge of the eye (on the duck’s head). Weave your sewing thread away into the body and trim.

EMBROIDERING THE EYES

Using a 30cm thread of any dark colour, embroider an X onto the eye, inside the border of SS. The X should be level with the beak, and both eyes should be the same. To do the embroidery, thread your needle and sew into any part of the head, and out the top right of the eye. Sew into the bottom left of the eye and out the top left. Finally, sew into the bottom right of the eye, and out the exact same spot as where you started. Tie the ends in a secure, tight knot so that it pulls back inside the head when released. Pull the tails into the head and trim any excess.

Your project is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this funny duck as much as I enjoyed designing it! Scallop enjoyed it too.

I’d love to see your ducky! Share your pictures with me using #RocketsToyDuck on Facebook or Instagram. It helps me out loads when you guys share my projects. You’re welcome to pin it to your crochet boards or share a link with someone else who might enjoy it!

xxx
Jessie


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