FREE Amigurumi Pattern: Mini keychain-sized Mallard Duck
Hello fellow crocheters!
This pattern was very highly requested over on instagram so here is the pattern for Ducky (I haven't been able to think of a good name for him so I'm just sticking with Ducky).
Since we've been social distancing we have been going on walks to the park almost daily to get some fresh air and exercise. The ducks have never failed to put a smile on my face during these stressful and uncertain times, I love seeing them dive for food with their butts in the air and sleep with their heads in their feathers. So I hope that making your own Ducky puts a smile on your face as well.
Mini Keychain-Sized Mallard Duck
*Note: this pattern is for personal use only. Please credit the designer (yurigurumi or Christina from yurigurumi) should you post photos of finished products.
o Foundation chain
o Single crochet in the round
o Colour changes
o Magic ring
o Increasing and decreasing number of stitches
o Sewing pieces together
o Fastening off
Size of finished product: Approximately 5.5 x 5 x 7 cm (LxWxH)
o 3mm crochet hook
o DK or light weight yarn in green, white, dark brown, grey, yellow
o Yarn needle
o Stitch marker (optional)
o Polyester stuffing
o 6mm black safety eyes
o Nickel ball chain (10 cm length or more recommended) or split key ring
Stitches used and abbreviations (pattern written in US terms):
o MR = magic ring
o ch = chain
o st/sts = stitch/stitches
o sc = single crochet
o inc = increase (2 sc in one st)
o dec = decrease (sc 2 sts together)
o (…) = repeat instructions in brackets given number of times
o [..] = total number of stitches in the round
R1) 8 sc in MR 
R2) inc in all 8 sts 
R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 8 
R4-8) sc in all 24 sts 
Place 6mm safety eyes between Rows 6 and 7, approximately 7 sts apart as shown in the pictures below.
R9) (sc in next st, 1 dec) x 8 
R10) (sc in next 2 sts, 1 dec) x 4 
Fill with polyester stuffing
Switch to white
R11) sc in all 12 sts 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
R1) Ch 5. Starting from the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 3 chs, 3 sc in next ch. On the other side of the ch, sc in next 2 chs, inc in next ch, skip last ch 
R2-3) sc in all 10 sts 
Fill with polyester stuffing. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
In dark brown
R1) 7 sc in MR 
R2) inc in all 7 sts 
R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 7 
R4-6) sc in all 21 sts 
Switch to grey
R7-8) sc in all 21 sts 
R9) (sc in next 5 sts, 1 dec) x 3 
R10-11) sc in all 18 sts 
R12) sc in next 4 sts, 6 dec, sc in next 2 sts 
Fill with polyester stuffing
R13) sc in next 2 sts, 5 dec 
Fasten off and close the body by looping the yarn through each of the sts from Round 13 and pulling tight.
Wings (make 2)
R1) 4 sc in MR 
R2) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 2 
R3) (sc in next st, inc in next st) x 3 
R4-5) sc in all 9 sts 
R6) (sc in next st, dec) x 3 
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Filling with polyester stuffing is not necessary.
Feet (make 2)
R1) Ch 3. Starting from the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch. On the other side of the ch, 2 sc in next ch, skip last ch 
R2-3) sc in all 6 sts 
Fasten off and close by looping the yarn through each of the sts from Round 3 and pulling tight. Leave a long tail for sewing. Filling with polyester stuffing is not necessary.
Attaching the head to the body
Sew the head onto the body between Rounds 3 and 9. Make sure the body is oriented such that the "round" side (where you made all the decs) is the bottom side. The pattern has been written such that the body colour change will be hidden underneath the head, so use that as a guide!
Attaching the beak, feet and wings
Sew the beak between they eyes between Round 6 and 9. Sew the wings and the feet flat against the body as shown. Finally, attach the split key ring to the very top of the head and tie tightly so it doesn't come loose.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern and that you take the time to take a socially distanced walk to the park to visit the ducks in your neighborhood!
Until next time,