Smaller than the Ultra Mini Ugly, tinier than Lil Other Brother, Baby D is the cutest just-hatched duckling you’ll ever want to give away. The latest duck I’ve been making for The Little Yellow Duck Project, Baby D is a really small version of Darryl – a duck and with only 11 rounds for the body and head and another 2 for the beak, he works up in well under an hour, like a half hour or less. Like some of the other mini ducks, Baby D is a great size to be used as a bag charm, backpack clip, or key chain.
Just a little worsted weight yarn in 2 colors. (The head and body are worked in one color. The beak is in another color and needs very little yarn.)
6mm black safety eyes
E crochet hook (3.5 mm)
Abbreviations (US Terms):
dec: Single Crochet Decrease
inc: Single Crochet Increase
SC: Single Crochet
SC3tog: Single Crochet 3 Together
SS: Slip Stitch
This pattern is worked in continuous rounds.
Head and Body (make 1 in main color):
Round 1: Ch 7, Starting with second chain from hook, 5SC, 4 SC in same stitch, now crochet back up the other side, 5SC, inc (last increase is in the first chain) (16)
Round 2: 14SC, inc, SC (17)
Round 3: inc, 14SC, inc, SC (19)
Round 4: inc, 16SC, inc, SC (21)
Round 5: inc, 8SC, 3SCtog, 8SC, 3SCtog (you’ll include 2 stitches from the next round in your last 3SCtog) (20)
Round 6: Flatten in half, 6SS through both sides starting by slip stitching through the next stitch and the stitch before the SC3tog you just made, stuff (not a full round, you will be slip stitching the top together through both sides to finish the body, there will be 5 stitches left unworked, that is where you will be working the head in the next round)
Round 7: (SC, inc) 3x (last inc in SS) (9)
Round 8: (2SC, inc) around (12)
Rounds 9-10: SC around (12)
Add plastic safety eyes 1 row down from the top, 4SC apart.
Round 11: (dec) 6x (6)
FO leaving long tail
Weave tail through front loop of Round 11 and pull tight. Tie knot and pull into head.