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I'm a knitting designer living in the Deep South. I love top-down seamless sweaters, cables, unicorns, and all things nautical.

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The Duck Hat

from Emily Ringelman Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : The Duck Hat
The Duck Hat Duck Hat 2
The Duck Hat Duck Hat 1
The Duck Hat Duck Hat 3

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • knit in the round
  • work short rows
  • work i-cord
  • intarsia
  • mattress stitch
  • increases/decreases
  • cable cast-on
  • provisional cast-on

Pattern Description:

My husband, an avid duck hunter and an ornithologist, asked me for a 3-D hat that looked like a mallard. I thought, you've got to be kidding me. But here it is! We often ride our bikes together, and he wears this hat. I bike a few feet behind him so that I can watch the wings and feet flap in the breeze. Too funny.

The duck hat starts with a basic ear-flap hat. The head and wings are knit separately and sewn on. The legs are picked up from the provisional cast-on of the bottom of the earflaps, and knit in i-cord down to the short-row feet.


20 sts/30 rows over 4" in stockinette.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • to fit an average adult head


  • 1 set US size 7 /4.5 mm double-pointed needles
  • 1 16" US size 7/4.5 mm circular needle
  • Cascade 220, natural 8505, small amount
  • Cascade 220, oatmeal 2442, one skein
  • Cascade 220, green 2409, small amount
  • Cascade 220, dark brown 8686, small amount
  • Cascade 220, dark blue 7348, small amount
  • Plymouth Encore Worsted, orange 1383, small amount

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle
  • waste yarn
  • 1 9" x 12" piece of tan craft felt
  • needle and thread to match felt
  • small amount of toy stuffing
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

220 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade 220


oatmeal 2442

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