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Friday, October 16, 2015

Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: The Skinny Frog

(Shown in Vanna's Choice Kelly Green, White & Denim)

Recently, I've found that I enjoy crocheting toys or amigurumi very much! I wanted to try my hand at a simple frog pattern and here's the final result! The pieces are simple to crochet, very easy to put together and works up fairly quick. I suggest using the same brand yarn for the entire project, whatever your favorite is.

Below is the first frog I made, my youngest son just loved him! When he first saw him he laughed and said, "I really, really like him.....he's so silly...and cute...and funny! ..." He went on about him for a while. As you can see, he has shorter arms than the final frog above. You can choose to stop where you please for the arms but the pattern is written for the longer arms.


While I was snapping the photo above my little guy waited patiently beside me then stuck his head in there too. I adore this picture and I'm so glad he still loves Mom's crochet!


Skill Level: Easy

Size:13.5" in length

Supplies:
Worsted Weight Yarn
     green (about 80-90 yd.), black, white & choice for shorts or skirt
Size G (4.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
2, 9 mm safety eyes or black buttons
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Stitch Marker
Poly-fil

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sc2tog - Single Crochet 2 Together
Sl st - Slip Stitch
Sp - Space

Notes:
-Sc2tog counts as sc.
-Joins are made with sl st.
-This pattern calls for use of the magic circle (aka magic ring), if you do not know how to make a magic circle you can learn here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64O9WVJucFA

Legs & Arms
The legs and arms of the frog are worked in the round after the 2nd row. You can easily make the legs/arms longer or shorter if you would like.

With Size G hook & green yarn:
(Make 2 arms, 2 legs)

Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same, sc in 2, 2 sc in next, sc in last 2. Do not join. (8 sc)

After row 2 you should sew in your beginning end.

Row 3: Sc in first and in each around. Instead of joining to the first sc, sc into it and you are now working in the round.

For the legs: Continue to repeat row 3 until you reach 32 rows.

For the arms: Continue to repeat row 3 for 25 rows.

Work a sl st in the last space of your last row, then fasten off.

Do not stuff.

When you are finished making both arms and legs continue on and make the body.

Body
The body of the frog is joined at the end of each row but you could also work the body in the round if you like. To work the body in the round do not join at the end of row 3, instead sc directly into the next space and keep going around and around until you reach 32 rows.

With size G hook & green yarn:
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 4, work 3 sc in last. Rotate piece to the right so you can work on opposite side of foundation ch. Sc in next 4, work 2 sc in last sp. Join to first sc. (14 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first, sc in 5, 2 sc in next, 2 sc in next. Sc in 5, 2 sc in last sp. Join. (18 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first, sc in 7, 2 sc in next, 2 sc in next. Sc in 7, 2 sc in last sp. Join. (22 sc)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 3, 2 sc in next, sc in 3. 2 sc in next, sc in 6, 2 sc in next. Sc in 3, 2 sc in next, sc in last 3. Join. (26 sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first 6. 2 sc in next, sc in 12, 2 sc in next, sc in last 6. Join. (28 sc)
Row 6-32: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (28 sc)
Fasten off after row 32 leaving a long end to sew this opening shut.

You can now sew the legs & arms onto the body. The legs should be sewn to row 1, leaving a small space between the legs and the arms should be sewn to about row 24.

Next embroider on a smile using a tapestry needle and black yarn. You can now stuff with poly-fil and sew the opening shut. Continue on below with the eyes.

Eyes
(make 2)

With size G hook & white yarn:
Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join. (6 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each around. Join. (12 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first, sc in next. *2 sc in next, sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (18 sc)

Now would be the best time to place a safety eye in the center of the beginning magic circle. After placed, sew in this end.

Row 4-6: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first, sc2tog. *Sc in next, sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (12 sc)

You should now stuff your eye with poly-fil.

Row 8: Ch 1, *sc2tog.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (6 sc)
Fasten off, sew hole shut and sew in end.

Eye Lids
(make 2)

With size G hook & green yarn:
Row 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 7 sc in circle. Join. Pull circle tight and sew in end. (7 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each around. Join. (14 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in first, sc in next. *2 sc in next, sc in next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (21 sc)
Row 4-5: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (21 sc)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first, sc2tog, sc in 8, sc2tog, sc in 8. Join. (19 sc)
Row 7: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next and in each around. Join. (18 sc)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next and in each around. Before joining, slip your finished eye inside the eye lid. Join. (17 sc)
Fasten off and sew lid onto eye to make sure it's secure. Sew in end.

The last step in completing your frog is to sew his eyes on, make sure you also sew the two eyes to one another.

Shorts

With size H hook & color of choice yarn:
Row 1: Ch 26, join to first ch. Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (26 sc)
Row 2-8: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (26 sc)
Row 9: Sc in first 13. Place a stitch marker in the next sp. Join to the first sc, leaving remaining sp un-worked. (13 sc)
Row 10-14: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (13 sc)
Fasten off after row 14.

You now have one side of the shorts completed.

Next, join yarn with a sl st to the sp previously indicated to place a stitch marker in. You may now remove the stitch marker.

Row 1-6: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (13 sc)
Fasten off after row 6 and sew in your ends.

Skirt

With size H hook & color of choice yarn:

Row 1: Ch 26, join to first ch. Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (26 sc)
Row 2-8: Ch 1, sc in each around. Join. (26 sc)
Row 9: Ch 2, 3 dc in each around. Join. (78 dc)
Row 10: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each around. Join. (156 hdc)
Fasten off and sew in ends.

Small Bow

With size H hook & color of choice yarn:

Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 3: Sc in each across.
Fasten off and sew in ends.

Using a separate piece of yarn, no longer than 12", tie a knot around the center of the piece you just made. Wrap one end around a couple times, knot the two ends together then use them to also secure the bow to the top of the frog.

Sew in any remaining ends.



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