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Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern: National amigurumi day

Updated: 6 days ago

Introducing the Dempsey the Crochet Duck free pattern! Dempsey is the sweetest crochet duck that's perfect for advanced beginners. This easy and cute amigurumi project produces a large, plush yellow crochet duck inspired by a rubber duck. Using super chunky yarn, you'll create a delightful, stuffed duck with a charming beak. The pattern comes as a free online written tutorial with the option to upgrade to a premium PDF version, making it simple to craft a snuggly friend for any baby or child.


Side veiw of a crocheted duck sitting by a tree in the grass Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern: National amigurumi day

 

About the Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern


Attention Duck Lovers! Another Adorable crochet duck free pattern is here!


April 25th 2024 is National Amigurumi Day! If you love to crochet these cute stuffed creatures, today is all about you!


Last week I released the crochet pattern for a small yellow crochet duck named Dizzy.

After creating the Dizzy the Duck crochet pattern I had to try and make a larger version with super chunky, cuddly soft yarn. The result is Dempsy the Duck. While these two rubber ducks look similar, the plush duck patterns are NOT the same for both versions.


What is gauge and why does it matter?


Gauge is the measurement of a specific number of stitches per inch and specific number of rows per inch when using a specific yarn weight and hook size.


While many times you can adjust the hook size and yarn weight size and get a relatively close completed project to the original design it isn't always the case.


For example, Dizzy the Crochet Duck has a gauge of 5 stitches and 6 rows in 1" x 1" square, while Dempsy the Duck has a gauge of 4 stitches and 3 rows in a 1" x 1" square.


Because the Ratio of Stitches to Rows does not match, the completed item will be completely disproportional. In the case of Dempsy, you will end up with a large head on a small body.


Not wanting to leave my bulky yarn friends out on a great duck pattern I set out to create a new pattern that gives you a plush duck that is relatively the size of a young life sized duck. You can find the free and easy amigurumi tutorial for Dempsy the Crochet Duck below and Dizzy the Duck here.


 

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Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern!


Crochet Pattern Information


Crochet Supplies:

US H / 5.0 mm Crochet hook

Hobbii Toucan Yarn, weight (6) super bulky, 100% Polyester, 131 yards / 120 meters (3.5 oz / 100 g) per skein. (Colorways (05) Pastel Yellow; 2 skeins, and (06) Mustard; a small amount of 1 skein)

Stitch Markers

Tapestry Needle

16 mm Safety eyes

Embroidery floss for eye detail (optional)

Straight pins (optional)


Crochet Terminology: Written in US terms

bldec: back loop decrease

blsc: back loop single crochet

blo: back loop only

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

dec: decrease (invisible decrease is recommended. See special sts)

FO: Finish Off / Fasten Off

flsc: front loop single crochet

flo: front loop only

hdc: half double crochet

inc: increase (2 single crochet in same st)

pm: place stitch marker

rep: repeat

sc: single crochet

sk: skip

slst: slip stitch

st(s): stitch

* Indicates the beginning and end of a rep within a row


Special Stitches:

Invisible decrease: when working a decrease (dec) in amigurumi, it is suggested that you use an invisible decrease to prevent holes and give a seamless look. To work an invisible decrease, insert the hook under the front loop only of the first stitch and then under the front loop only of the second stitch, YO and pull a loop through both sts, YO and pull though both loops on the hook.

 

Gauge: 

4 sts x 3 rows = 1” x 1” (5 cm x 5 cm)


Finished measurements:  

8.75” (22 cm) tall x 10” (25 cm) long


NOTES:

  • Body is worked in continuous rounds without joining. Mark the first st of the round with a stitch marker and move up with each round.

  • The entire body of the duck is worked in one piece from the top of the head down. The bill and wings are worked separately and sewn onto the body.



Dempsey the duck free crochet pattern


Duck Bill (Beak)

With Mustard

Round 1: ch 5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in last st, turn to work on the back side of the chain, sc in next 2 sts, sc in last st. (10)

Round 2: (inc) 2x, sc 2, (inc) 3x, sc 2, inc. (16)

Round 3: sc around. (16)

Round 4: sc 4, (inc) 2x, pm, sc 10. (18)

Round 5: sc around. FO leaving a long tail, and set aside. (18)


Duck Body

With Pastel Yellow

Round 1: work 6 sc into a magic circle, pull tight, do not join. (6)

Round 2: inc in ea st around. (12)

Round 3: (sc, inc) around. (18)

Round 4: (inc, sc 2) around. (24)

Round 5: (inc, sc 3) around. (30)

Round 6: sc around. (30)

Round 7: sc 3, pm, sc 5, pm, sc 22. (30)

Rounds 8 – 9: sc around. (30)

Round 10: (inc) 2x, sc 7, (inc) 2x, sc 19. (34)

Round 11: sc 8, pm, sc 26. (34)

Round 12: (dec) 2x, sc 7, (dec) 2x, sc 19. (30)

Round 13: (sc 2, dec) 2x, sc 5, dec, (sc 4, dec) 2x, sc 3. (25)

Round 14: (sc 3, dec) around. (20)

Place eyes in marked sts of Round 7.

Lightly stuff head. Position the top of bill (marker side) between the eyes, 1 row below the center of the eye, and line up the bottom of the bill with the round marked in Round 11.

Stuff the bill. Pinch the top of the bill to form a point at the top center. Use the tail of the bill to sew it onto the head of the duck.

Once bill is attached, finish stuffing head.

Round 15: sc around. (20)

Round 16: sc, inc, (sc 4, inc) 3x, sc 3. (24)

Round 17: sc, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 6, inc, sc 3. (28)

Round 18: sc, (inc, sc 2) 9x. (37)

Round 19: sc 3, inc, (sc 8, inc) 2x, sc 9, inc, sc 5. (41)

Round 20: sc 6, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 4. (45)

Round 21: sc 28, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 5. (49)

Round 22: sc around. (49)

Round 23: sc 27, (inc, sc 3) 3x, (inc, sc) 2x, inc, sc 5. (55)

Round 24: (sc 7, inc) 2x, sc 12, inc, (sc 9, inc) 2x, sc 6. (60)

Round 25: sc around. (60)

Round 26: sc 8, dec, sc 6, dec, sc 14, (inc, sc 6) 4x. (62)

Round 27: sc 37, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 7, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 8. (66)

Round 28: sc 6, dec, sc 10, dec, sc 13, inc, (sc 3, inc) 3x, sc 2, (inc, sc 3) 3x, inc, sc 5. (72)

Round 29: sc 3, dec, (sc 4, dec) 3x, sc 49. (68)

Round 30: sc 39, blsc 15, sc 14. (68)

Round 31: (sc 3, dec) 4x, sc 46, dec. (63)

Round 32: blsc around. (63) begin stuffing body. Continue to add stuffing as you work so body is filled firmly.

Round 33: sc 2, dec, sc, dec, (sc 2, dec) 2x, sc, dec, sc 12, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 10. (52)

Round 34: (dec, sc) 4x, dec, sc 12, (dec, sc 2) 3x, dec, sc 12. (43)

Round 35: (sc, dec) 4x, sc 9, (dec, sc) 4x, sc 8, dec. (34)

Round 36: sc, (dec, sc) 2x, dec, sc 7, (dec, sc) 3x, dec, sc 7. (27)

Round 37: (dec) 3x, sc 6, (dec) 4x, sc 5, dec. (19)

Round 38: dec, sc 6, dec, sc, dec, sc 6. (16) Make sure body is stuffed firmly. FO leaving a long tail. Use tail and tapestry needle to seam closed. Weave in the end.

If your duck doesn’t sit flat, push up on the center of the underside where the last row was worked to flatten out the filling.

 

Duck Tail

With Pastel Yellow and working into the loops left by the blsc sts on Round 30

Row 1: sl st into the first st, sc 3, hdc 2, dc, 2 dc in next st, dc, hdc 2, sc 3, sl st, turn. (14)

Row 2: ch 1, sk the sl st, sl st in next 2 sts, sc 7, sl st 2. FO and weave in tail. (7)

 

Duck Wings

With Pastel Yellow

Round 1: work 6 sc into a magic circle, pull tight, do not join. (6)

Round 2: inc in ea st around. (12)

Round 3: (sc, inc) around. (18)

Round 4: (inc, sc 2) around. (24)

Round 5: (inc, sc 3) around. (30)

 

Duck Wing 1

Round 6: ch 12, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (10)

Round 7: flsc 9, sl st flo, turn. (9)

Round 8: ch 1, sk sl st, sl st blo, blsc 8, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (8)

Round 9: flsc 7, sl st flo. (7)

Round 10: ch 1, sk sl st, sl st blo, blsc 6, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (6)

Round 11: flsc 5, st st flo. (5)

Round 12: ch 1, sk sl st, sl st blo, blsc 4, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (4)

Round 13: flsc 3, st st flo. (3)

Round 14: ch 1, sk sl st, sl st blo, blsc 2, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (2)

Round 15: flsc, st st flo. (1)

Round 16: ch 1, sk sl st, sl st blo, sl st in next st of Round 5, FO leaving a long tail to attach wing to the body.

 

Duck Wing 2

Round 6: ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (1)

Round 7: inc flo, turn. (2)

Round 8: ch 1, inc blo, blsc, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (3)

Round 9: flsc 2, inc flo. (4)

Round 10: ch 1, inc blo, blsc 3, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (5)

Round 11: flsc 4, inc flo. (6)

Round 12: ch 1, inc blo, blsc 5, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (7)

Round 13: flsc 6, inc flo. (8)

Round 14: ch 1, inc blo, blsc 7, sl st in next 2 sts of Round 5, turn. (9)

Round 15: flsc 8, inc flo. (10)

Round 16: ch 1, blsc across, sl st in next st of Round 5, FO leaving a long tail to attach wing to the body. (10)

Place wings on either side of the body. I like to hold mine in place with straight pins to make sure they are even. Using the tail of the wing, sew the wing to the body. I kept the tips of the wings unattached for a “ruffled feathers” look on the tips.


A side view of attaching the wing to a crocheted duck from the Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern

If desired use embroidery floss and a needle to add some details around the eyes. I did 2 lines coming from below the eye.


front view of a crocheted duck with eye details sitting in the grass by a tree from the Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern

 

Want more crochet duck free patterns?


Dizzy and Dempsy are great friends and love to play together, why not make some little duck babies to complete the set. Dizzy the Crochet Duck is a smaller yellow duck made with worsted weight yarn.

three crochet ducks sitting in the grass by a tree Dempsey the crochet duck free pattern

 

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Happy Crocheting friends!

~ Carol





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