Monday, 22 April 2013

Quackball


Quackball is a small, duck friend made up mostly of a ball that is both its head and its body. It also has fairly over sized limbs.

If you want to knit your very own Quackball friend, please use the pattern I created below!

You will need:
A small amount of yellow dk wool
A small amount of orange dk wool
4mm knitting needles
Toy stuffing
Eye material (I used black wool to sew on eyes, but you may prefer to use buttons, beads, etc)
Darning needle (for sewing up)

Abbreviations:
Kfb - Increase by 1 by knitting into the front and the back of the stitch
K2tog - Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together
P2tog - Decrease by purling 2 stitches together
M1 - Increase by picking up a stitch from the previous row

Pattern:

Body
With yellow, cast on 22 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Kfb into each stitch in row    count 44 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Rows 5 - 24: [Repeat rows 1 and 2] 10 times

Row 25: [K2tog] across row     count 22 stitches

Row 26: Purl

Row 27: [K2tog] across row     count 11 stitches

Cut your yarn, leaving a long end. Thread your yarn onto a darning needle and thread through the remaining stitches on your needle and pull tight (drawstring finish). Sew up the seam at the back of the body, but do NOT sew up the bottom of the body.

I would suggest adding your eyes to the body at this point, be they wool eyes, button eyes, bead eyes etc.

Stuff the body, and sew up opening. You may want to manipulate the shape of the body into a ball to prevent it looking a bit lumpy!

Wings (make 2)
With yellow, cast on 16 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: [K1 K2tog] repeat 5 times, K1     count 11 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: [K2 K2tog] repeat twice, K2     count 9 stitches

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: [P2tog] repeat 4 times, P1     count 5 stitches

Row 9: [K2tog] repeat twice, K1     count 3 stitches

Cast off, fold along the middle and sew up the sides. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Beak (make 2 pieces)
With orange, cast on 7 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1 M1 K5 M1 K1     count 9 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K1 M1 K7 M1 K1     count 11 stitches

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: K1 M1 K4 M1 K5 M1 K1     count 14 stitches

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: [K1 K2tog] repeat 4 times, K2     count 10 stitches

Row 10: [P2tog] repeat 5 times     count 5 stitches

Cast off

Repeat instructions for beak so that you have two pieces, place the two pieces on top of another and sew together. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Feet (make 2)
With orange, cast on 7 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3 - 20: Repeats rows 1 and 2 a further 9 times

Cast off, fold in half so the short ends meet and then sew up. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Tail
With yellow, cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3-8: Repeat rows 1 and 2 a further 3 times

Cast off, fold in half so the short ends meet and then sew up. Sew onto back of body.

Well done! Your Quackball friend is complete!




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