Dr. Quackers is a cuddly, striped duck. He was inspired by a rather disastrous outing, when we introduced my daughter to "Santa" at the Yankee Candle store in Deerfield, MA, and she promptly burst into tears. To make her feel better, I allowed her to play with a plush duck toy that was on sale while we walked around the store. She loved the duck so much that I wanted to buy it for her, but my stingy husband said it was too expensive. So, I decided to make her a duck based on the one she had befriended that day.
photos: Elizabeth Collins
|18 sts/26 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch|
Instructions for Judy's Magic Cast On can be found here.
Instructions for grafting can be found here.
Instructions for working short rows can be found here.
Pattern stitch: Knit 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds.
M1: Use the backwards loop (e-wrap) method to make 1 stitch.
The body, arms, and head are worked from the bottom up. The legs and feet are knit as one piece and worked from the top down. The beak is worked sideways.
When stuffing the head, body and arms, don't overstuff. The ribbed texture stands out best when only moderately stuffed. The feet should be only very lightly stuffed (if at all), while the legs should be stuffed quite firmly.
Using the long-tail method and MC, CO 9 sts. Distribute sts across your needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.
Round 1: [K1, m1, pm] 9 times. 18 sts.
Repeat Rounds 2-7 twice more, and then work Rounds 2-3 again. 108 sts.
Purl 3 rounds.
Begin decreasing 9 sts every third round as follows:
Repeat Rounds 1-6 once more. 72 sts.
Round 13: [P to 2 sts before marker, p2tog] around. 63 sts.
[Knit 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds] three times.
Round 40: [K2, k2tog] around. 27 sts.
Finish stuffing body with batting. Cut yarn, weave through remaining sts and secure.
ARMS (make 2)
Place a removable marker or safety pin in the fabric after the 5th stitch for the center of the round, and a second after the last st, for the end of the round.
Round 1: [Kfb, k to 1 st before marker, kfb] twice. 4 sts increased.
Repeat Rounds 1-6 once more. 34 sts.
Knit 3 rounds.
Round 19: [SSK, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] twice. 30 sts.
[Knit 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds] 4 times
Stuff arms with batting being careful not to overstuff, and using Kitchener stitch, graft all stitches.
Using the long-tail method and MC, CO 9 sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round, placing a marker after sts 3, 6 and 9.
Round 1: [K1, m1, k to 1 st before marker, m1, k1] three times. 6 sts increased.
Repeat these 6 rounds 3 more times, to 81 sts.
Knit 3 rounds.
Round 7: [SSK, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] three times. 6 sts decreased.
Repeat Rounds 7-12 one more time. 45 sts rem.
[Knit 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds] twice.
Stuff 90% of the way with batting.
Repeat Rounds 7-12 twice more, until 9 sts rem.
Finish stuffing head with batting being careful not to overstuff.
Round 13: [Sl1, k2tog, PSSO] three times. 3 sts.
[K 3 rounds, purl 3 rounds] twice.
Arrange all sts onto 2 needles, 15 sts each. Stuff tail, being careful not to overstuff, and graft sts together to close up tail.
Using the long-tail method and CC1, CO 12 sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.
Knit for 2 inches.
Round 1: K2, m1R, k2, m1L, k3, m1R, k4, m1L, k1. 16 sts.
Next row, start heel [RS]: K14, w&t.
Round 2: P2, m1R, k1, pm, p2, k1, m1L, pm, p2, k1, M1R, k6, M1L, k1. 20 sts.
Repeat Rounds 4-5, twice more. 32 sts. Work Round 4 seven more times. 60 sts.
Row 1 [RS]: K1, m1, k1, pm, p2, pm, k1, m1, k1. 8 sts.
Repeat Rows 3-4 three more times, to 16 sts.
Row 11 [RS]: K to first marker, p2, k to end.
Repeat Rows 11-14 four more times, until 6 sts remain.
Knit the picked up bump onto the active needle, and pass the slipped stitch over it. Knit the next two stitches from the static needle to the active needle. Slide all three stitches back to right-hand-side of what is now the static needle**, and repeat from ** to ** until the entire center column of purl stitch bumps has been incorporated into the I-cord.
When the last bump has been knitted into the I-cord, BO all sts leaving a 6-inch tail. With a tapestry needle, whipstitch the BO sts to the knit stitches below to create a neater interface between the foot and the I-cord.
In the same manner, add an I-cord to all three purl columns on each foot, and to the beak.
Stuff legs until firm, leaving feet unstuffed.
Attach arms, legs, tail, and head to body using main photo as a guide. Using photo as a guide, fold the beak in half along its width. Using a tapestry needle and CC1, whipstitch the beak closed. Attach beak to head.
With CC2, and tapestry needle, darn eyes onto head, using photos as a guide.
|ABOUT THE DESIGNER|
Elizabeth lives in the Chicagoland area of Illinois with her husband, their beautiful daughter who now loves Santa Claus, and a very mischievous little cat named Panthro whose raison d'etre is to destroy his arch nemesis: the knitting machine in the basement. In her free time from knitting, crocheting, and designing, Elizabeth works as a variant curation scientist and a DDP Yoga instructor...but she'd rather be knitting!
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