Hello crafters, I’m Leanne and you’ll find me blogging over at Knit Me A Cake. I was delighted to be asked by Kate to share an Easter knitting project, and this pattern for ducks is one of my Nan’s favourites. It’s a really easy knitting project, so whether you’re new or an old hat at knitting, pick up your knitting needles and give this a go this spring.
To make the ducks you will need:
- Stylecraft Special DK in Candyfloss, Lemon, Sherbet and Wisteria
- 3.75mm knitting needles
- A small piece of orange felt
- Either eyelets or some black yarn for the eyes
- Toy stuffing for the head
- Yarn needle
- Easter eggs
Begin this project by knitting each duck. The pattern is as follows:
- Cast on 36 stitches.
- Knit 12 rows in garter stitch (garter stitch basically means working every row using knit stitch, no purling is needed making it perfect for beginners!)
- Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 6 rows (42 stitches).
- Cast off 11 stitches of the beginning of the next 2 rows (20 stitches) so you’d go down from 42 to 31 in the first row, and then 31 to 20 in the second row.
- Knit 11 rows.
Now break off the wool and using the yarn needle thread it through the remaining 20 stitches on your needle. The duck will look something like this at this point.
You’ll now need to sew the duck together. Start with the top of the head and then sew down the neck stopping at the back. Then sew from the bottom of the duck up to the top of the tail.
Once you’ve got your duck sewn together you’ll need to add some facial features and stuff the head. Start by cutting out a diamond shaped piece of orange felt for the beak. The piece will measure at around a centimetre.
Eyes will also be needed, and you can add these by sewing on some eyes, or by using eyelets.
The ducks are now ready to be filled with Easter eggs. The best part! I added approximately 6 to each duck.
And there you go your Easter Ducks are finished! Happy Easter crafters!