This Amigurumi Duckling Makes a Fine Feathered Friend

Is there anything more adorable than a crocheted duckling? From the tuft of hair all the way down to his little duck toes, each stitch is cuter than the last. And If you’re new to amigurumi, this little guy is a great beginner project: it comes together using simple stitches and just a bit of seaming for some festive Easter magic.

Amigurumi Duckling

Pattern by Lauren Espy

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Worsted weight yarn (Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in Pale Yellow and Flame)
  • Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
  • Pair of 9mm black safety eyes
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Straight pins (optional, though they’re super helpful for attaching the pieces)
  • Scissors
  • Gauge

    Gauge is not critical to this project: just make sure the fabric you’re making is on the tighter side with no holes, so your stuffing doesn’t peek through.

    Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Hdc – Half double crochet
  • Inv dec – Invisible decrease
  • Inc – Increase (work 2 sc into the same st)
  • Rnd – Round
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • Sl st – Slip stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • * – Repeat the directions in between * and * as many times as stated.
  • ( ) – The number inside will indicate how many stitches you should have at the end of each round.
  • Instructions

    Make the Head

    With pale yellow,

    Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

    Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)

    Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc* 6 times. (18 sts)

    Rnd 4: *Sc 2, inc* 6 times. (24 sts)

    Rnd 5: *Sc 3, inc* 6 times. (30 sts)

    Rnd 6: *Sc 4, inc* 6 times. (36 sts)

    Rnds 7-12: Sc 36.

    Pro Tip: This chick is crocheted in spirals. Use a stitch marker to help you keep track of where your rounds begin and end.

    Add safety eyes between rounds 10 and 11, 7 stitches apart.

    Rnd 13: *Sc 4, inv dec 1* 6 times. (30 sts)

    Rnd 14: *Sc 3, inv dec 1* 6 times. (24 sts)

    Begin adding fiberfill and continue as you decrease.

    Rnd 15: *Sc 2, inv dec 1* 6 times. (18 sts)

    Rnd 16: *Sc 1, inv dec 1* 6 times. (12 sts)

    Rnd 17: Inv dec around 6 times. (6 sts)

    Fasten off and leave a long tail to close the piece.

    Crochet the Beak

    With flame,

    Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

    Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)

    Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc* 6 times. (18 sts)

    Rnd 4: *Sc 1, inv dec 1* 6 times. (12 sts)

    Rnd 5: Sc 12.

    Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Sew the beak to the head, using the tail you left. Make sure to place the beak between the eyes, leaving 1 stitch on each side of the beak.

    Make the Body

    With pale yellow,

    Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

    Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12 sts)

    Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc* 6 times. (18 sts)

    Rnd 4: *Sc 2, inc* 6 times. (24 sts)

    Rnd 5: *Sc 3, inc* 6 times. (30 sts)

    Rnd 6: *Sc 4, inc* 6 times. (36 sts)

    Rnd 7: *Sc 5, inc* 6 times. (42 sts)

    Rnd 8: Sc 42.

    Rnd 9: *Sc 5, inv dec 1* 6 times. (36 sts)

    Rnd 10: Sc 36.

    Rnd 11: *Sc 4, inv dec 1* 6 times. (30 sts)

    Rnds 12 -13: Sc 30.

    Rnd 14: *Sc 3, inv dec 1* 6 times. (24 sts)

    Begin adding fiberfill and continue as you decrease.

    Rnds 15-16: Sc 24.

    Rnd 17: *Sc 2, inv dec 1* 6 times. (18 sts)

    Rnd 18: Sc 18.

    Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Sew the body to the head.

    Make Two Feet

    With flame,

    Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6 sts)

    Rnd 2: *Sc 1, inc* 3 times. (9 sts)

    Rnd 3: *Sc 2, inc* 3 times. (12 sts)

    Rnds 4-5: Sc 12.

    To make the toes: Fold the circle in half, lining up the stitches along the straight edge. You’re going to crochet the edges together, working through the stitches on the front and back of the foot. To start, you’ll skip one set of stitches next to the hook (we’re not counting these). You’ll have 5 sets of stitches to work into.

    Rnd 6: *(Sc, hdc, sc) in the first set of stitches, sc in next set of stitches* 2 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in the last set of stitches. You’ll have a total of 3 toe bumps.

    Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Feet will remain unstuffed.

    With a yarn needle, weave the tail through the foot toward the magic ring. Sew this area to the bottom of the chick body.

    Make Two Wings

    With pale yellow,

    Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring. (4 sts)

    Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (8 sts)

    Rnd 3: Sc 8.

    Rnd 4: *Sc 1, inc* 4 times. (12 sts)

    Rnd 5: Sc 12.

    Rnd 6: *Sc 2, inc* 4 times. (16 sts)

    Rnd 7: Sc 16.

    Rnd 8: *Sc 2, inv dec 1* 4 times. (12 sts)

    Rnd 9: *Sc 1, inv dec 1* 4 times. (8 sts)

    Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Wings will remain unstuffed. Sew wings to the sides of the body.

    Make Three Hair Pieces

    With pale yellow Ch 4,

    Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each ch across. (3 sts)

    Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing. Attach hairs on the top of the head near the magic ring.

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