I’m back with a new free pattern for this very royal looking frog! 😀
My favourite part of this design is the sneaky little secret pocket in the belly! Of course, you don’t have to turn the belly patch into a sneaky pocket but I mean, why wouldn’t you? Perfect spot to hide some snacks!
The perfect finishing touch is the teeny crown (which can conveniently be stowed away in the belly pocket for those days when your frog is feeling like ignoring those royal responsibilities for a while).
Let’s get into it!
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. The body panels and belly panel are worked flat, the arms are worked in continuous rounds.
The finished measurements are approximately 15cm/6″ from top to bottom.
Let’s get started! (Or Pin/Shop for later!)
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- 3.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
- 2.75mm hook for belly;
- Patons Canadiana in Medium Green Tea (less than 100g) or any worsted (weight 4) yarn of choice;
- Patons Canadiana in Cherished Green for belly (small amount) or any worsted (weight 4) yarn of choice;
- Loops & Threads Colorwheel in Gold (small amount) or any worsted (weight 4) yarn of choice (Here’s a good substitute!);
- Small amount of any pink yarn for cheeks;
- Black crochet thread for mouth;
- 12mm Safety eyes;
- Tapestry needle.
A Note on Yarn:
Colorwheel is sadly discontinued, however, you can use any weight 4 yarn of your choice.
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
FSc – Foundation single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease
BLO – Back Loops Only
Sk – Skip a stitch
Hdc – Half double crochet
Hdc2tog – Half double crochet two together – work a hdc decrease.
Dc – Double crochet
Tr – Treble crochet
Picot – Ch 3, slst to first ch.
Body Panel (make 2):
Use a 3.25mm hook and main colour. We will start by making each leg and then joining them.
Row 1: Ch 6, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch (5 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in each st across.
Tie off and set aside. Repeat rows 1-2 but do not tie off. Ch 1 and turn and continue to Row 3 where we will join the first leg to the one on the hook. Position the first leg (the one you set aside earlier) so that the starting yarn tail is on the left.
Row 3: Sc 5 across leg on hook, FSc 5, sc 5 across first leg (15 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-7: Inc in first st, sc in each st across to second last st, inc in last st (23 sts), ch 1, turn (increasing by 2 sts each row until you have 23 sts after row 7).
Rows 8-15: Sc in each st across (23 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 16: Dec, sc 19, dec (21 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Sc in each st across (21 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 18: Dec, sc 17, dec (19 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 19-20: Inc in first st, sc in each st to second last st, inc in last st (23 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 21: Sc in each st across (23 sts).
Row 22: Inc in first st, sc 21, inc in last st (25 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 23-24: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 25-26: Dec across first 2 sts, sc in each st until 2 sts rem, dec over last 2 sts (21 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 27: Inc in first st, sc 19, inc in last st (23 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 28-29: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Row 30: Dec, sc 3, leave rem sts unworked (4 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 31: Dec, sc 2 (3 sts)
Tie off. Turn your work. Working in the unworked sts of row 29:
Row 1: Sk 1, sc 11 (11 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Dec two times over first 4 sts, sc 3, dec two times over last 4 sts (7 sts)
Tie off. Turn your work. Working in the unworked sts of row 29:
Row 1: Sk 1, sc 3, dec over last 2 sts (4 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 2, dec over last 2 sts (3 sts)
Tie off. Repeat all of the above for the back body panel.
Belly Panel (make 1):
Use a 2.75mm hook and coordinating yarn.
Row 1: Ch 10, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch (9 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 2-3: Inc in first st, sc in each st to last st, inc in last st (13 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 4-10: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 11-12: Dec, sc in each st to last 2 sts, dec (9 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 13: Dec twice, sc 1, dec twice (5 sts)
Tie off. Sc around the edge to finish.
Arms (make 2):
Arms are worked in continuous rounds. Use a 3.75mm hook. Stuff as you go after every two to three rounds.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts).
Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12 sts).
Rnds 3-5: Sc in each st around (12 sts).
Rnd 6: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts, repeat from * once more (10 sts).
Rnds 7-8: Sc in each st around (10 sts).
Rnd 9: *Dec, sc in the next 3 sts, repeat from * once more (8 sts).
Rnds 10-13: Sc in each st around (8 Sts).
Top up stuffing. Flatten the top of the arm and insert your hook through both layers. Sc across to close. Tie off, leaving a long tail for stitching onto the body.
Crown (Make 1):
Use a 3.75mm hook.
Row 1: Ch 13, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st across (12 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc 3, hdc, dc, tr, picot, tr, dc, hdc, sc 3 (12 sts).
Tie off. Using a tapestry needle, stitch the short ends of the crown together to make a circle. Weave in ends.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Face and Belly
Insert 12mm safety eyes onto the front head panel in the two eye sections on either side of the panel created after row 29.
Using any pink worsted yarn and a tapestry needle, make a stitch beneath each eye for cheeks, spanning about 2 sts each. (around row 25).
With black crochet thread and a tapestry needle, stitch a mouth between the cheeks in the middle of the panel (around rows 25 and 26) in a “u” shape spanning about 3 stitches. Optional: use black sewing thread and a sewing needle to stitch the black crochet thread in place for a more precise placement.
Using coordinating yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch the belly onto the front panel (between rows 5-18). For the optional pocket, stitch around three sides only, leaving the top unstitched. Tie a knot on the back of the panel to secure.
Step 2: Joining Panels
Place the two panels together so that all edges line up perfectly. Ensure the front is facing you as you crochet around. Starting in a stitch on the left side of the head, begin attaching the panels together by inserting your hook through both panels and single crocheting around the outside edge of the panels using a 3.75mm hook and main colour yarn. Crochet with a looser tension to create smooth curves, especially around the top of the head and eyes.
Crochet down the body. Work the following into each corner of each of the feet:
- (Sc, ch 1, sc) all into the same st
Crochet down around the body, around the feet, and up the other side, stuffing as you go. You may need to add extra stitches around the curve of the cheeks and the curve of the eyes to create a smooth line.
When satisfied with the stuffing, close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Step 3: Finish
Stitch the arms in place on either side of the body. If you want, stitch the crown in place permanently, or simply pin it in place for a removable crown. Poke the yarn tails inside to hide.
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