Duck by Jeny Staiman


March 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette st
US 2 - 2.75 mm
2.75 mm (C)
191 yards (175 m)
3 to 9 months
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Note that the English language version is available through the original knitty publication, not as a downloadable pattern.

Many thanks to prjonastelpan for providing the Icelandic translation, and to Belskaya Elena for the Russian translation.

DPN enthusiasts, please see this video kindly posted by Mojen, for adapting the Turkish cast on technique.

Additional sizes
For a faster knit version (Oct 2011), please see the accompanying Ravelry download.
For a toddler version, please see Booby socks.
For an adult version, please see Felted Duck Slippers.

Are you getting holes with the Turkish cast on sts?
Note that when doing the Turkish cast-on, you might get a hole between the work and the first cast-on stitch. It’s hard to avoid this. This was my workaround:

  1. CO your sts with Turkish Cast On (for example, 6 wraps or 12 sts)
  2. Knit the sts just wrapped (in this example, 6 sts)
  3. If you have a hole between the cast-on sts and the work, then use a third needle (or temporarily replace sts on L needle) and manually tighten up the yarn, first along the bottom non-active needle, and then along the sts you just knitted.

(If you are using cable needles, be careful to not make the sts so tight that you can’t slide a needle through them!)

When you get to the last stitch worked, pull out the slack in your working yarn.