Gentle waters flow.
Birds are singing, winging, singing.
Buds their new life show.
~ Wynstones :: Spring
Willow and I made these sweet little ducks from The Children's Year over the weekend. I made the mama duck, of course, and I helped her stuff hers. These may be my favorite of the knitted animals we've made, though Whiskers may tie with them. In a similar mood, Willow named her duck Feathers. Since they're so simple, I'll share the pattern here.
CO 20 sts and knit 24 ridges (a ridge for each 2 knit rows, so 48 rows) for the mama duck. Bind off. Fold in half, with the rows running parallel, and sew up, leaving the end open. Stuff, sew up the end and make some stitches to create a tail. CO 12 sts for the head and work 12 ridges. Bind off and sew up similarly, pulling ther yarn to gather the end. Stuff, and sew up the end, and then sew it onto the body. Make a little felt bill and sew that on. The young duck is worked in the same way. CO 10 sts for the body and work 12 ridges. CO 5 sts for the head and work 6 ridges.