Updated: Nov 30, 2019
This is my take on the "Sue the Duck" crochet patterns found here. It's an Amigurumi crochet duck stuffed animal. There are 40 variations of different animal stuffies and loveys.
If you're not familiar with these terms, Amigurumi basically means 3D crochet. It's not as intimidating as it seems. If you know how to increase/decrease, and you've worked in the round, then you already know how to do it. If you haven't, it's not hard to learn! Instead of turning at the end of a row, you just keep going around in a circle.
I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in bright yellow. It's gender neutral and easy to add other features if you want a gender specific stuffy.
The yarn label said to use a 5.5mm hook, and the pattern called for a 5mm and a 4mm. I stuck with what the pattern said. I typically go down a hook size from the label when doing Amigurumi. The tighter stitching helps give it a firmer stance and holds the stuffing in better. I use these Boye hooks. It's totally personal preference, but I have a tighter tension and like how metal hooks slide in and out. The hook ends are also more rounded, so don't snag as much.
I sewed the eyes on, as this was before I started using safety eyes. Now that I've tried them, I'm done embroidering them on. They're such a time saver and just look so much more realistic than I'm able to do with yarn. Just make sure they're safety eyes specifically made for use in toys for young children, like these. There are a variety of sizes and colors, plus noses, so they work for tons of different amigurumi projects.
I use polyester fiber fill. Fairfield's poly-fil can be found here. They're the original, it's inexpensive and machine washable.
One of things I love about this book is the fact that you can switch up the patterns so easily. Most of the animals have similar heads and bodies, with the facial features varying. The lovey blankets are available in a variety of patterns so you can pick and choose which style would look best with the yarn you've chosen. To see a cat I made from the same book, click here, or see the dog stuffed animal and dog lovey here.