Pattern: Duck by Jeny Staiman in Knitty Spring/Summer 2010
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Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in colorway 340001 light yellow
1 skein (137 yards per 50g skein)
Needles: US 2
I had some previous experience with sock knitting (casting on for toe up, knitting in the round, turning the heel, etc) but never anything duck related. This pattern taught me a few new tricks: Turkish Cast-on, Applied I-Cord and a new stretchy bind off. Jeny's pattern is written beautifully. Everything is straightforward and thoroughly explained. I also loved that she had so many pictures to illustrate the various techniques and even provided links for further explanation. All-in-all, a fun pattern to knit.
For the toes, I kept getting gaps at the beginning of each cast-on row. After a few tries, I found that casting on an extra loop and then knitting it with its neighbor tightened it up enough so that it no longer gapped. Here's a close-up view of the toes.
My only other modification was to knit the applied i-cord along the side toes in one continuous cord (i.e. I started from one side toe, worked my way around back and then just continued to the other side toe). This gave me two less ends to weave in. (There are a lot of ends to weave in unfortunately).
But look how cute.
They stay on pretty well - even on active crawlers.
Model: Caden Violet (9 months) courtesy of Pat's Kids Modeling Agency, Inc.