snappy tots: Duck Plantings

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Duck Plantings

It's May and time for blooms of color to be popping up all over. Along with flower, little ducks are being planted in random places to bring joy into the lives of those around us too.
Earlier this year, a picture of some ducks with crocheted sweaters was floating around and the idea was born to do some yarn bombing during my birth month of May. In light of everything, "duck planting" sounded like a much happier term. Along with our decked out ducks, Sandy Hook is also encouraging people to share pix of ducks visiting different places all over the world. Please read previous posts for more information.

The original duck sweater, by Twilight Taggers, was designed for large rubber ducks. I ordered several ducks from Oriental Trading and they are quite a bit smaller! Here is what I did for their sweaters (as shown in the photo above):
With a G hook and worsted weight yarn, ch 16, sl st in last ch from hook to join in the round. Be careful not to twist ch. Ch 2, 2dc in each ch to end of round, sl st to join. Ch 2, dc in each st to end of round, sl st to join. Ch 2, *dc2tog*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join. Slip sweater over duck's head. Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join. Finish off and weave in ends. Viola! It's done. Takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Not as fancy as the original sweater, but these little ducks just need a few rounds of coziness.

I have been attaching a small tag with a simple note on each duck so people will know to take the duck. I hope you will join me in planting some of your own ducks, then sharing your experiences on my page.