In a dull moment at the Craft Market last week, I decided to try writing up this little froggy pattern, invented years ago for one of my first every crafty swaps. It’s worked out ok I think (gosh it was hard to remember what I’d done!), I hope you enjoy it – please feel free to leave any feedback as a comment – I will help with any questions you have.
I used a chunky yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed) and a 6mm hook to get a nice tight stitch. The finished frog is around 8cm across and about 6cm high. I’ve also made one with a DK yarn with a 3.5mm hook – you get a lovely small frog about half the size – I’ll try and get a picture and add it so you can see. I used felt to make the eyes, mouth and tongue, but you could experiment with toy eyes and embroidery thread to create a different look. The body and the eyes are worked in rounds but the feet are worked in a row.
ch: chain; dc: double crochet (treble in UK terms); fo: fasten off; hdc: half double crochet (half treble in UK terms); rnd: round; sc: single crochet (double crochet in UK terms); ss: slip stitch; st: stitch; tog: together.
rnd 1: Start with a magic ring and make 6 sc in the ring.
rnd 2: make 2 sc in each sc (12 st)
rnd 3: *2sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times (18 st)
rnd 4: *2sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2sc, repeat from * 5 times (24 st)
rnd 5: *2sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 3sc, repeat from * 5 times (30 st)
rnd 6: *2sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 4sc, repeat from * 5 times (36 st)
rnd 7-9: 1 sc in each sc (36 st)
rnd 10: *2sctog, 1 sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * 5 times (30 st)
rnd 11: *2sctog, 1 sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * 5 times (24 st)
rnd 12: *2sctog, 1 sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * 5 times (18 st)
rnd 13: *2sctog, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * 5 times (12 st)
Stuff the body.
rnd 14: 2sctog until hole is closed. Fo and weave in ends securely.
Eyes (make 2)
rnd 1: start with a magic circle and make 4 sc in the ring
rnd 2: make 2 sc in each sc (8 st)
rnd 3-4: 1sc in each sc (8 st)
Fo, insert toy safety eyes if you’re using, then stuff.
Feet (make 1)
Row 1: Ch 12
Row 2: Make 1 hdc in 3rd ch from the hook, hdc in next 2 ch, ss in next 4 ch, 3 hdc in next 3 ch.
Row 3: *ch2, 1 dc in next hdc, ch 2, ss in the same hdc, repeat from * 2 times, ss in next 4 ss, *ch2, 1dc in next hdc, ch 2, ss in same hdc, ch2, repeat from * then FO.
Attach eyes to the top of the body, then the feet to the bottom – arranging them however you like to get a cute-looking creature, sew on the features and you’re all done.