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Rupert the Duck is the leader of the On the Farm crew. He can be a bit bossy at times (like ducks are) but he always has the group’s best interests at heart. Rupert is a good friend and a great listener! He would love to be part of your crew too!
I loved designing this lovey! The whole On the Farm set has been super fun but I started with Rupert so I think he got the most attention at first. I tried some things I hadn’t seen before (I’m sure they have but I haven’t seen them) as far as shaping and lovey design. I think it’s a perfect blend of amigurumi and snuggle blanket.
I chose to not use safety eyes on these loveys for a couple of reasons. For speed and cost, thinking about these as being gifts or sellable products, I wanted them to be quick and profitable. For safety, safety eyes aren’t exactly as safe as their name implies, especially for really little ones. But as with ALL things that you hand over to a baby, they should always be supervised while playing and the items should be inspected thoroughly before and after each use. Even with the best intentions and diligence, babies inevitably find the one weak point. This doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy great handmade gifts, just that caution is always warranted!
I hope that you also love this lovey and that he brings some joy and snuggles to someone in your life!
A couple of disclaimers: This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are welcome to use the pattern to make and sell products, to keep for yourself, or to give away as gifts. I would appreciate receiving credit and a link back to the site, however. Please do not republish or distribute the pattern in any way, or use my photos in your listings.
I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below OR email me at firstname.lastname@example.org OR through the contact page on this site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! 🙂
Rupert the Duck Lovey
- Big Twist Value Yarn, Medium Worsted Weight 4 (100% Acrylic, 371 yds, 6 oz) White, 1 skein- approx. 200 yds, Gold, 1 skein- approx. 20 yds
- G/6 4.25mm hook
- J/10 6.0mm hook
- Polyfil Stuffing
- Needle, for weaving ends
Stitches/Terminology Used (US):
- Ch- Chain
- Sl st- Slip Stitch
- SC- Single Crochet
- DEC- Single Crochet Decrease, Using the Invisible Decrease method, insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through to finish decrease
- 2SC- Single Crochet Increase- 2 SC in same stitch to increase
- DC- Double Crochet
- 2DC- Double Crochet Increase- 2 DC in same stitch to increase
- Shell- 5DC in same stitch
- HDC- Half Double Crochet
- Head pattern is worked in joined rounds. Each round will begin with a Ch 1 and end with a sl st to the first SC of the round. If you need help with this technique, you can find my tutorial HERE.
- Lovey pattern is a half circle worked in rows. Each row will begin with a Ch 2 and turn.
- Throughout the pattern, Chains do NOT count as stitches.
- I chose to embroider eyes onto this Lovey. If you would prefer to use safety eyes, you absolutely could. You will just need to remember to place them before you finish off the head.
- Gauge for the head isn’t terribly important but you do want to make sure that your stitches are tight enough that the stuffing won’t show. You can go down a hook size if needed. Changing the hook size will change the finished size some as well. As written, the finished heads will have a circumference of about 11” and the lovey blankets will be about 19” across and 9” tall (not counting the feathers). You can check the gauge on the lovey after Row 4, it should be about 4.5” in diameter. Although, if you need to go up or down a hook for the lovey, you may want to go up or down a size for the head as well to keep them proportionate.
Using G Hook
1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring), SC 8 into ring. (8)
2) 2SC in each st around. (16)
3) *SC in next, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (24)
4) *SC in next 2, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (32)
5) SC in each st around. (32)
6) *SC in next 3, 2SC;* Repeat from * to * around. (40)
7-16) SC in each st around. (40)
17) *SC in next 3, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (32)
18) SC in each st around. (32)
19) *SC in next 2, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (24)
20) *SC in next, DEC;* Repeat from * to * around. (16)
21) DEC around. (8)
Finish off. Leave a long tail to close the opening as well as to attach the Head to the Lovey Blanket.
Using J Hook
1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring), DC 6 into ring. DO NOT JOIN. (6) (Leave the starting tail to help attach the head to the lovey.)
2) 2DC in each st across. (12)
3) *DC in next, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (18)
4) *DC in next 2, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (24)
5) *DC in next 3, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (30)
6) *DC in next 4, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (36)
7) *DC in next 5, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (42)
8) *DC in next 6, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (48)
9) *DC in next 7, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (54)
10) *DC in next 8, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (60)
11) *DC in next 9, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (66)
12) *DC in next 10, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (72)
13) *DC in next 11, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (78)
14) *DC in next 12, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (84)
15) *DC in next 13, 2DC;* Repeat from * to * across. (90)
After Row 15, continue to Border instructions.
Ch 1, turn. SC in corner stitch, Around the curve work: * [sk 1 st, Shell in next, sk 1 st, SC in next] three times, *sc in next 26 sts; Repeat from * once, Repeat from * to * once more.
At corner, work 2 SC in corner st.
Across Top: (Don’t crochet over the starting tail, leave it to help attach the head to the lovey.) sk 1 st, Shell in next, sk 1 st, SC across the top working 1-2 SC in each row end (try to keep SC evenly spaced), stop before working into last row end, then sk 1 space, Shell in next space, sk 1 space, SC in same st as first SC of border. Join with sl st. Finish off, weave in the end.
Using G Hook
1) SC in 2nd from hook, SC in next 4 chains, Ch 1, turn (5)
2-4) SC in each across, Ch 1, turn. (5)
1) SC in 2nd from hook, SC in next 5 chains, Ch 1, turn. (6)
2-4) SC in each across, Ch 1, turn. (6)
Do not finish off.
Continue off of the bottom piece to SC the top and bottom beak pieces together. You’ll want the top piece to be closest to you when you join so that the Right Side of the stitches on this join face upwards when attached. There will be one more stitch on the bottom section than on the top so when connecting them you will need to go through one of the stitches on the top twice. SC around 3 sides, leave one end open to attach to head. Finish off, leave a long tail to sew in place.
Using G Hook
Worked in joined rounds. Each round will begin with a Ch 1 and end with a sl st to the first st of the round.
Leave a long starting tail to help attach to lovey or use as stuffing.
Ch 8, sl st to first to form a loop.
1-2) SC in each st around. (8)
3) SC in next 3, 2SC in next 2, SC in remaining 3. (10)
4) SC in each st around. (10)
5) *(SC, HDC) in next st, sl st to next stitch, (ch 1, 3HDC, ch 1) in next st, sl st to next stitch, (HDC, SC) in next st;* Repeat from * to *. (4 SC, 10 HDC, 4 sl st)
Finish off, leave a long tail to sew the “toes” together. Press the foot flat, lining up the toes. Use your tail to sew the end shut. Pull that end through to the start and tie together. This just helps secure the tails. You can add stuffing to your foot if you would like. I just used the end of the starting tail to stuff in. I didn’t want them to be too fat.
Assembly Pt 1
Start with sewing your duck beak on. I use T-pins to place the top and bottom to make sure that they are centered. Aim for sewing the beak down just below center.
Attach the feet on either side of the centered shell stitches along the border.
You can add any details that you like. I took 3 lengths of yarn (about 18 inches long) folded in half and tied them on the top of the head, trimmed and frayed them for a little tuft of feathers. You can leave this off if you’d like.
I also stitched on basic closed eyes with a small amount of taupe yarn. You can make your eyes sleepy, or open, or closed, or you can use safety eyes if you do so before closing the head section.
Assembly Pt 2
Attaching the head to the lovey securely is very important. I use the starting tail from the Blanket part and the ending tail from the head to attach. Place the blanket on the underside of the head and sew down in a half circle at the start of Row 2 of the Lovey. Go around and through the center as many times as your yarn will allow. Use both tails for this. (The ending tail from the head will be higher than where the blanket meets, just thread it through the head until it reaches.)
And that’s all! Rupert is all set for snuggles galore!
Check out Rupert’s Farm Friends too!