Sunday, 12 February 2012

Crochet Duck Sweater/Jumper Pattern

Ever wanted to turn these:
into these?
Then read on!

SKILL LEVEL: Easy to intermediate. You must be comfortable with increasing and decreasing.

TIME: Depends on how fast you crochet, but I can knock one of these out in less than half an hour.

* Plastic or rubber duck. I prefer to use the medium sized ones [ones used in my photo examples are 9cm in length x 7cm in height] but once you get familiar with the pattern, you can adjust it for other sized ducks.
* Size G - 4.0mm crochet hook
* 8ply acrylic yarn [the ducks tend to sink if you use wool or cotton yarn]
* 2x stitch markers
* Needle
* Scissors

GAUGE: Not important in this pattern as it's very much a "make it up as you go" sort of pattern.

* This pattern is written in US terms.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
2dc in each st = increasing
2sctog = decreasing with sc
2dctog = decreasing with dc
st = stitch
ss =slip stitch

* Please be aware that the results of this pattern can differ dramatically, depending on the size of the duck you have, the size of the yarn you use, how tight you normally crochet. I have to admit that every time I make a duck jumper, I usually just make it up but so many people have asked me for a pattern. So don't take this pattern as gospel. If you need to add more stitches in, or take them away, then do that. Or if you find another way of making the jumpers then do that instead.

PATTERN: This pattern works from the neck of the duck downwards and you will be working in the round. You will need to keep trying the jumper on the duck to make sure it fits after every row. 

Ch 16, ss into the 1st ch to make a circle. Check to make sure it fits over the duckie's head.
Row 1 - ch1, sc in each st, ss into that first ch1 
Row 2 - ch3, 2dc in each st, ss into that first ch3 
 Row 3 - Face the duck away from you and place your stitch marker at the edge of the duck's right wing. 
Now working in the back post of each stitch - ch3, 2dc in each st across to the beginning of his left wing and place second stitch marker here, 
then 2dc around the rest of the row but in the normal stitch not the back post, finishing up back at your first marker, ss into your beginning ch3. [You will see that crocheting like this makes a rib line over the front of the duck.]

Now this is where some winging [excuse the pun!] comes into it. You have to fill in the back part of the duck.
Row 4 - IMPORTANT: Turn your work - you're now going to be working in the opposite direction as before. Ch3, 2dctog, *1dc, 2dctog* to your second stitch marker, then 2sctog to end [this part is under the front part of the duck where you previously did the rib line], ss into ch3 
You will now begin decreasing for the rest of the pattern. You will be working on the underneath of the duck.
Row 5 - ch3, 2dctog to end, ss to ch3
Row 6 - Same as row 5. You can start to see the hole closing up.
Row 7 - You have a choice of doing the same as row 5 or sewing close the hole. By this stage the hole should be fairly small so it's up to you if you prefer to sew it up [like I do] or do another row of decreasing to close the hole.

Feel free to share my pattern on your blog/website/facebook etc. Also feel free to make and sell these little cuties etc. I don't mind. Just don't copy the pattern and say it's yours. Thanks all and happy hooking!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square

Part of my contribution to the project

Not long after Yarn Corner had formed last year, and we'd been bitten by the bug of yarn bombing in groups and how fun it can be and how much you can get done, we were sitting around at a cafe and someone had the idea of doing a tree, but I wanted to go further and do lots of trees! I wanted IMPACT! So why couldn't we yarn bomb all the trees in City Square? Surely it couldn't be that hard? Oh my, I had no idea!

That's me sewing up the first tree. You wouldn't think from this angle, but I'm seriously high up!

I think ducks might be becoming my signature yarn bomb as everyone loved them last year and they were a hit again this year.

6 months in the making became Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square. It was about 4 months of asking the City of Melbourne Council if this type of idea was even possible and waiting for them to go to different departments to get permission for a whole range of things. Then submitting examples of other trees that had been yarn bombed and how they weren't damaged. And a meeting with the Tree Planning department about their Urban Forest Strategy. Then a mountain of paperwork to get through, and all this was even before they accepted our proposal! Then of course we had to find yarn bombers that were interested in our project.
When we realised just how much yarn we were going to need and how much money it would take to put on such a massive event, I knew we would need sponsorship. So I sent emails around to yarn stores/suppliers and to my surprise the donations came flooding in! Lots of yarn donations, but the one that took the cake was $15,000 worth of yarn from a very small family run business in Coburg called Yarn Barn. We were over the moon!
 We had to hire a scissor lift so that we could get to the tops of the trees as they were so high! 
Nice job Grace!

Pebble hugging her awesome hexagon tree.

While it was nice to get yarn donations we knew we needed money aswell. Australian Country Spinners came on board with $1200 and combined with some fundraising between YC members, we managed to get what we needed for the installation day and workshop day.
 We've had a small film crew running around after us for a few weeks now, filming how we've put together this event. 
That's Louis our camera man, Tracy, Jacqui, Lyndel and Grace working on tree 11.

Everyone had such different pieces. Our only theme/color guide was that it had to be rainbow - but rainbow means something different to everyone. This is Lyndel's tree.

Installation Day came and went with out too much trouble. We had more than enough material [too much in actual fact] and helping hands. We got done an hour before the scissor lift needed to be picked up. And apart from a few burnt noses [it's Summer in Australia] we all did really well. I was so proud of everyone pitching in together to get such a large event installed.
 Me mucking around in front of Jaguar's tree with the cute clouds and pot of gold.

Yarn Corner is made up of 207 members worldwide. This tree piece was done by Stacie from Yarn Revolt in the US who has been a part of every YC project so far even though she lives a world away.

The next day was the workshop day where we held classes for Kids Learn To Knit, [Adults] Learn To Knit, Learn To Crochet and Learn To Yarn Bomb. The lovely Andrea from CCCK yarn store came down to help with the workshops and Spotlight kindly provided the contents needed for the Learn To Yarn Bomb kits. [If you are interested in a kit, then we have some left. You need to join Yarn Corner on facebook - search under facebook groups - and reserve your kit.] 
Again, it's interesting to see what kind of pieces people came up with. That's Grace's on the bottom and Katie's on the top.

Back up on the lift. I think we overestimated exactly how much material we would end up with. I guess we were all eager to yarn bomb!

Sunday morning we also had a photo shoot for Moreland Leader who continue to support Yarn Corner and our yarn bombing efforts.
 Photo from the Moreland Leader newspaper article
Pebble, myself, Jaguar, Emilienne and Jacqui.

 Overall this event has been a resounding success and I'm extremely proud of all the Yarn Corner members and what we've managed to do.

Lots more photos can be seen on our facebook page
or flickr

Luv Bali.

2012 for Twilight Taggers and Yarn Corner

So... 24 days into the New Year and I finally have a moment to sit down, rearrange the blog and post something worthy of reading. This year I will try to update this thing more often than I did last year.


Things got very busy very quickly after International Yarn Bombing Day and the formation of Yarn Corner. To date, in less than 8 months, we went from starting the group with 3 whole people, to 207 members from all over the world! I just wanted a stitch and bitch group for yarn bombers in Melbourne. I had no idea what was in store for me. I didn't know that I would end up working 4 days with 10 hour shifts at my "professional job", so it meant I have three days off a week to manage YC. I didn't think that we'd be needing four admins to make sure YC ran smoothly. And I certainly didn't think we'd be pulling off such amazing projects like we have so far. Every day I'm pleasantly surprised by how well the group is doing, the recognition it's getting but mostly how much fun everyone is having with their yarn bombing.

If you want to join Yarn Corner, then please go here: and request to join. We'll accept your request generally within a few hours. Or to see what we've been up to then go here: .


My own yarn bombing works [Twilight Taggers] got put on the back foot while we were establishing Yarn Corner but in February I'll be taking holidays from work and traveling to Sydney and Brisbane to do some personal yarn bombing for an event I'm calling the East Coast Yarn Storm. You'll be able to follow my progress here on my blog or on my Twilight Taggers facebook here: and you can see the event details here: .

So bring on 2012! It's going to be a stellar year!

Luv Bali.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square

Not long to go people! And Yarn Corner will have all the trees in City Square covered in yarn bombing.

Make sure you get in quick for a place at one of the free workshops by emailing me at All materials supplied. We will also have Learn To Yarn Bomb kits for give aways.

The installation will be up for one month.

Make sure you get on down for a look.

How To Guide on Yarn Bombing [revised edition]

Today I finally got around to revising my HOW TO GUIDE ON YARN BOMBING. The original one I wrote quite a long time ago. So now I've tidied it up and it's all good to go. I even made it into a PDF. Feel free to distribute it as you wish, or post links back to here.

Click on this link and it will take you to the PDF.
[Please note the website that I have the PDF uploaded at only keeps uploads for 30 days. So if the link doesn't work please email me [] and I'll upload it again.]

Happy yarn bombing!