Giant Rubber Duck (Free Pattern)

Last week I posted this status on my Facebook page:

‘I fancy designing and crocheting a really big duck. I’m talking huge. Huggable size. I have no idea why this desire has come into my head. I think I just want to see my cat next to a really big duck tbh.’

Wish granted:

Amiguruthi Giant Rubber DuckSqueak does not look impressed. I however am more than happy:

Amiguruthi Giant DuckDUCK FACE!

Ok, here’s a better picture of the duck its self. He picked up a few friends.

Amiguruthi Giant Rubber DuckMore photos and the free pattern after the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 3.5mm

Wool: Yellow, orange and black.

Finished Size: approx 7” long, 6″ wide and 6″ tall

Terms:

CH = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

BLO = Back Loops Only

SL ST = Slip Stitch

Body

Ch13 in yellow

Round 1:Sc around the chain, starting in 2nd chain from the hook [12 stitches per side = 24]
Round 2:{3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 3:{4sc, INC} around [36]
Round 4: (5sc, INC) around  [42]
Round 5: (6sc, INC) around  [48]
Round 6: (3sc,INC) around [60]
Round 7: (4sc, INC) around [72]
Round 8: (11sc, INC) around [78]
Round 9: (12sc, INC) around [84]
Round 10: (13sc, INC) around [90]
Round 11: (14sc, INC) around [96]
Round 12: (15sc, INC) around [102]
Round 13: (16sc, INC) around [108]
Round 14: (17sc, INC) around [114]
Round 15: (18sc, INC) around [120]
Round 16: 19sc, INC, 20sc, (INC x40), 2osc, INc, 19sc [162]
Round 17: (26sc, INC) around [168]
Round 18: (27sc, INC) around [174]
Round 19: Sc around BLO [174]
Round 20-23: Sc around [174]
Round 24: (27sc, DEC) around [168]
Round 25: (26sc, DEC) around [162]
Round 26: 19sc, DEC, 20sc, (DEC x40), 2osc, DEC, 19sc [120]
Round 27: (18sc, DEC) around [114]
Round 28: (17sc, DEC) around [108]
Round 29: (16sc, DEC) around [102]
Round 30: (15sc, DEC) around [96]
Round 31: (14sc, DEC) around [90]
Round 32: (13sc, DEC) around [84]
Round 33: (12sc, DEC) around [78]
Round 34: (11sc, DEC) around [72]
Round 35: (10sc, DEC) around [66]
Round 36: (9sc, DEC) around [60]
Round 37: (8sc, DEC) around [54]
Round 38: (7sc, DEC) around [48]
Round 39: (6sc, DEC) around [42]
Round 40: (2sc, DEC) x10, 2sc  [32]
Round 41: DEC around [16]

STUFF

Round 42: DEC around [8]
Round 43: DEC around [4]

Phew! Finish off, weave in the end and go and get a cup of tea because you deserve it. your hands will be very very sore too. You’ve just crocheted 3319 single crochet stitches after all…

In progress photos of the above:

Base before round 17.

Base before round 17.

After round 23

After round 23

Amusing cat in the hat related interlude.

Amusing cat in the hat related interlude.

Completed base. Look - feathery bum! Now you understand the x40 INC...

Completed base. Look – feathery bum! Now you understand the x40 INC…

Got your cuppa? Right, lets carry on.

Head

Magic ring in yellow

Round 1: 6sc into the centre of the ring
Round 2: INC around 12
Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5:{3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6:{4sc, INC} around [36]
Round 7: (5sc, INC) around  [42]
Round 8: (6sc, INC) around  [48]
Round 9: (3sc,INC) around [60]
Round 10: (4sc, INC) around [72]
Round 11-15: sc around [72]
Round 16: {10sc, DEC} around [66]
Round 17: {9sc, DEC} repeat around [60]
Round 18: {8sc, DEC} around [54]
Round 19: {7sc, DEC} around [48]
Round 20: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 21: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 22: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 23-24: sc around [30]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing and stuff. Sew the head in place on the body.

Amiguruthi Giant rubber DuckYou can see I’m watching ‘Kill bill’ in the background. I hate action films, but love me some Tarantino.

Beak Top

Magic ring in orange

Round 1: 6sc into the centre of the ring
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5:{3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6-8: Sc around [30]

Finish off and flatten, then pinch as shown below:

Flatten

Flatten

Pinch.

Pinch.

Beak Bottom

Magic ring in orange

Round 1: 6sc into the centre of the ring
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4:{2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5-6: sc around [24]

Sew the top beak in place first, then the bottom beak. Shape as desired until ducky!

Amiguruthi Giant Rubber Duck Amiguruthi Giant Rubber Duck

Eyes (x2)

Magic ring in black

Round 1: 6sc into the centre of the ring
Round 2: INC around [12] SL ST to join.

Finish off. using a little bit of white wool, sew over one v shaped stitch to create a highlight, then sew in place.

Amiguruthi Giant Rubber Duck

4667 stitches later, and you are done!

Extra photos as promised too (cos I’m so dang proud lol. Yarndango number something or other)

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34 thoughts on “Giant Rubber Duck (Free Pattern)

  1. I love it! So CUTE!!! Don’t know if you’ve seen them, there are novelties called Devil Ducks. Regular size, varying colors and patterns for the duck body, they all have horns and “frowny eyes.” Not only do I want to make a Devil Duck, regular size, I want to make a zombie duck. I’ve always been inspired by my friends, well, to make the creepy or dead version of what they’re making, so…um, consider yourself lucky you’re my friend!… hehehe This is very cute!
    XX k

    • Ah a zombie version would look ace! I expect to see it made now :p
      I have seen the devil ducks thinking about it – I’m sure one of my mates has a few even. I used to have a huge amount of novelty rubber ducks but I got rid of a load when we moved last year cos they’d gone all manky 😦 x

      • I had some wee ones, giraffe, lion, zebra, tiger,dragon, pirate… I gave em to the kids I used to work with. But the devil ducks I still have…those don’t seem appropriate to give to kids…
        The zombie duck will happen, but may be quite a bit smaller than yours…I have a harder time with bigger…

  2. Awesome duck – and I love that little touch of white to highlight the eyes! 🙂
    I know just the duck-loving person who will appreciate me making them one – once I’ve got all my other WIP’s finished, of course! Lol

  3. help!!! I’ve done most of the body got to round 23 then the pattern says round 18 have i gone wrong or are the rounds numbered wrong besides that it looking great

    • Eek – sorry about that! I was being clever and copy pasting and have miss managed changing the round numbers! Fixed now – thanks for pointing it out Gill. Would love to see a photo of your duck once he’s done x

    • I love big ami but I’ve never had the patience before now.
      Monkey must be a very beautiful kitty. The common tabby totally beats all these Persian snobs eh? 😉 x

  4. Omgosh I absolutely LOVE this! I have been searching like forever trying to find an ‘L’ pattern for a swap. I didn’t want to do the regular ones, ya know lion, leopard, etc and now I see this rubber ducky, I’m gonna call it ‘Little Rubber Ducky’ so there’s my ‘L’, right?

    Thanks so very much for posting this cutie and for saving me more looking. Awesome job! 😀

    • Large Rubber Duck would also work – although I like the idea of Little being followed by ha – surprise! It’s huge! lol.

      Please send me a photo through if you do go ahead with it 😀 x

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  7. no one else seems to have this problem, but maybe I’m just dense. In the beginning, you have instructions with the number of increases in the round and then in parenthesis you have the stitch count. The increases don’t add up to the stitch count. What am I misreading?

    • Do you mean on the very first line? The ‘Round 1:Sc around the chain, starting in 2nd chain from the hook [12 stitches per side = 24]’?
      If so, then it’s because you chain 13, then skip the starting stitch like you would if you were doing flat work and crochet down the chain (12 stitches) then instead of chaining 1 and turning, you turn it into a round by crocheting up the other side of the chain (another 12 stitches, total of 24 stitches). It creates a long oval rather than a circle like the magic ring would.
      It’s described really well with photos here:
      http://woollytoons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/tutorial-crocheting-around-chain.html

      If its the general rounds then they have been checked for me by another crocheter who did find some mistakes which have been changed a few days ago, so if you’d copied the pattern into a word doc or something you may have an incorrect one. If you’re working straight from the blog post though they should be correct. Remember to count an Increase as two stitches (so ‘3sc, INC’ is 3sc plus 2sc which makes 5sc, and six repeats of that would make up to 30sc). That’s usually my problem when counting stitches!

      If there’re any still incorrect please do let me know specifically which ones so I can get them edited – I always appreciate the second pair of eyes.

      • Ah also, there are some when the stitch pattern for the round gets repeated more than six times (eg – ‘Round 6: (3sc,INC) around [60]’ – in this case, the set is repeated twelve times, not the standard six you might be looking out for.

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  10. Just a quick question, in round 16, I’m a little confused. Does it mean, 19sc, then increase, then 20sc, then 40sc, then 20sc, increase, and finally 19sc again. Also, when you say decrease, is it just 2sc together? Or 2sc together twice?

    • Dec is pretty much the same as sc2tog if you’re familiar with that terminology? Planet June has a brill tutorial if you’re still confused – she calls it the Invisible Decrease and it’s the way I always do it:
      http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/

      As for round 16 it means 19 sc, then 1 increase, then 20 sc, then 40 increases (so do two sc in each stitch to make the 40 stitches into 80), then 20 sc then 1 increase.
      It’s a little long winded but just take it section by section and it builds up easily.

      I hope that helped! Let me know if anything else causes confusion. x

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