Funmigurumi Blockety Mallard

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When we lived in Washington State, we had a pond near out home and a large field of grass, every year, the Canada geese would come, but year round, there were Mallard ducks in that pond. Every now and then, some other visitors would come, like we saw a gray crane once and at another time, we had a snow goose. But the Mallards were the local boys and girls. We would go down to the pond and watch them and sometimes, feed them. I loved to watch them swim, the sun, glinting the feathers of their heads with gorgeous, shimmering, blues and greens. . .This Blockety Ducky is a fun Mallard duck. Like Blockety Ducky, Blockety Mallard is a tactile delight for any little one. Because it has feett, wings, a beak and a tail, and baby can have fun with those. It is also a rattle that can bring out squeals of fun from baby as he moves the block around. Hope you like him!


Materials:
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Kelly Green (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Spring Green (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Gold (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Coffee (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Black (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn White (scraps)
Red Heart worsted weight yarn Buff (scraps)
Crochet hook size H
Fiberfill
Blunt needle (to weave in tails)
Scissors
Measuring tape
Pins
Fiberfill
1 or cat balls with a bell inside (you find those in the pet aisle of your local pet shop or WalMart) or 1 Squeaker.

Block size: Approx. 5” W x 4-1/2” L.

Alternative Blockety Ducky:
You can stuff Blockety with Fiberfill and bury a squaker inside, instead of using the rattling balls.

Body Blocks

Block #1-

With Kelly Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Block #2-
With Kelly Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Block #3-
With Kelly Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Block #4-
With Kelly Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 11- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Fasten off Kelly Green, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 12- Join Spring Green. Work 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 13 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Fasten off Spring green, leaving long tail to sew with. (“Face” of Blockety Kitty Cat made.)

Block # 5-
With Spring Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Block #6 With Spring Green, ch 18.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Rows 3 to 21- 1 sc in each sc across. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 22- 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Beak- With F hook and black, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st to join rnd. (6 sc)
Rnd 2- 1 sc in each sc around. (6 sc) Fasten off Black, weave in tail.
Rnd 3- Join Gold. Work 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 4- 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (18 sc)
Rnds 5 to 6- 1 sc in each sc around. (18 sc)
Rnd 7- 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep around. (24 sc)
Rnd 8- Sl st in BACK loop of each of first 4 sc, working in both loops, make 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next sc, skip next sc, sl st in BACK loop of each of next 2 sc, skip next sc, working in both loops, make 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sl st in BACK loop of each sc till end of rnd. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving lont tail to sew with.

Nostrils- With Black, thread blunt needle and make two nostrils at the front of the beak, right underneath those two “peaks” that are characteristic of the Mallard ducks.

Stuff the beak. Take the “face” block, the one that is half and half dark and light green, turn it so that the rows will run in a vertical way. With measuring tape, measure the block and center the beak, positioning it at the level of the ninth row, counting from top to bottom, and pin the beak in place and sew. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Eyes (Make 2)- With Black and F hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1- Work 6 sc in second ch from hook. Sl st to join rnd. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Semi-Rnd 2- Join White. Work 2 sc in each of first 3 sc, sl st in next sc, fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.
Pin eyes on top of muzzle as seen in photos. Sew in place. Embroider eyebrows. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Feet (Make 4)-
Pieces 1 and 2-
With H hook and Gold, ch 10.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc)
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3- 1 sc in each of first 6 sc, leave last 3 sc unworked. Ch 4, turn.
Row 4- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. (9 sc)
Row 5- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 6- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 7- 1 sc in each of first 6 sc, leave last 3 sc unworked. Ch 4, turn.
Row 8- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. (9 sc)
Row 9- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Fasten off, weave in tail.

Pieces 3 and 4- With H hook and Gold, ch 10.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc)
Row 2- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3- 1 sc in each of first 6 sc, leave last 3 sc unworked. Ch 4, turn.
Row 4- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. (9 sc)
Row 5- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 6- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 7- 1 sc in each of first 6 sc, leave last 3 sc unworked. Ch 4, turn.
Row 8- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc. (9 sc)
Row 9- 1 sc in each sc across. (9 sc) Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew with.

Wing (Make 2)- With Buff and H hook, ch 3.
Row 1- Make 4 sc in second ch from hook. (4 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 2- 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. (5 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 3- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc. (7 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 4- 1 sc in each sc across. (7 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 5- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc. (9 sc) Ch 1, turn.
Row 6- 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc. (11 sc)
Row 7- 1 sc in each sc across. (11 sc) Fasten off Buff, leaving long tail to sew with.
Row 8- Join Coffee. Work 1 sc in each sc across. (11 sc)
Row 9- Sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc till last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc. (9 sc)
Row 10- Sc2tog over first 2 sc, 1 sc in each sc till last 2 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc. (7 sc)
Edge- Ch 3, 4 dc in same spot as ch 3, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, 5 dc in next sc, sl st in last sc of row. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Attach Wings as Follows: Turn one of the Kelly Green blocks around so that the sc rows are in a vertical direction, counting from the edge of block pin down wing 7 rows down from the edge, 4 sc from the top and 5 sc from the bottom. Thread a blunt needle with the leftover Buff tail and sew the first part of the wing in place. Sew firmly, you KNOW that that wing will get pulled! Fasten off, repeat with second wing.
Sew Wing Blocks on either side of Face Block. Fasten off, weave in tails.

Tail (Make 2)-
Triangle #1-
With Coffee and H hook, ch 3.
Row 1- 1 sc in second ch from hook, ch 2, turn. (2 sc)
Row 2- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each sc across. (3 sc) Ch 2, turn.
Row 3- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each sc across. (4 sc) Ch 2, turn.
Row 4- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each sc across. (5 sc) Ch 2, turn.
Row 5- 1 sc in second ch from hook and in each sc across. (6 sc) Drop Coffee, but
DO NOT FASRTEN OFF!
Row 6- Join Buff. Work 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each sc across. (7 sc) Fasten off Buff, weave in tail.
Row 7- Pick up Coffee again, work 1 sc in each sc across. (7 sc) Ch 1, turn. Row 8- 1 sc in each sc across. (7 sc) Fasten off Coffee, leaving long tail to sew with.

Triangle #2- Repeat as for triangle #1.

Put Tail Together as Follows: Sew both triangles to each other so that they form something similar to a cone. In other words, sew all sides together, except the top. Stuff lightly with fiberfill. Choose a Kelly Green Block, turn it around so that the rows face vertically, measure the back and center tail. Pin down. Thread blunt needle with leftover tail and sew in place. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew tail block to the back of the other blocks you have already sewn together. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Note- There is a slight difference between the Spring Green yarn and the Kelly Green yarn. When you work the Spring Green yarn, work a bit more loosely, otherwise, the clocks will be slightly smaller. If yours come out that way, stretch them a tiny bit as you sew them to the others, they will fit snugly, but they will fit.

Sew bottom block in place, this is one of the Spring Green blocks. Stuff feet lightly and sew them in place as seen in photos. Fasten off, weave in tails. Stuff block, insert cat ball or squeaker and sew last block in place to correspond to the top of Blockety Mallard’s head. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Note- If you want your Blockety Mallard to be a bit more “square”, cut 4, strips of plastic canvas 2” tall by 5” wide and sew them together into a little open square, insert into Blockety, stuff, put your cat ball in, and close the top. This Blockety will have a perfectly square body but will not be squeezable, so you cannot use a squeaker for this one. I personally, like the “pudginess” of this duck.

That’s all.
You’re done!

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