A cuddly mallard duck (4” tall), although you could also knit the duck in white with a yellow beak. This guy is a little bit famous in the UK, where he was the poster duck for the Unraveled knitting festival. The pattern is available individually or as part of the eBook Around the Barnyard which also features the patterns for a pig, sheep, cow, mother hen and baby chick.
For an INTERMEDIATE KNITTER because of picking up stitches, increasing and decreasing and short row shaping (fully explained in the pattern). A little sewing is required. The Duck pattern uses some surprising construction which may be a challenge, but in a good way.
Knitting in the round on dpns
3 needle bind off
PU and Knit
Short row shaping (explained in the pattern)
Approximately 30 yards of Double Knitting yarn for body
Approximately 10 yards of Double Knitting yarn for head
Approximately 3 yards of Double Knitting yarn for beak
US size 3 (3 ¼ mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
US size 3 (3 ¼ mm) Double Pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Scraps of contrasting color yarn for stitch marking
Scrap of brown yarn for the eyes
HINTS AND TIPS to help you with this pattern are available on my blog http://nattyknitter.wordpress.com this is mentioned in the pattern.