Knitted frog pattern for Save the Frogs Day

Mini-Frog Knitting Pattern

                                                            By Meredith Swartwout

I created this pattern with the purpose of making these frogs to raffle off for Save the Frogs Day 2012 (Saturday, April 28), with proceeds to benefit the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation project. This is a simple project, ideal for intermediate knitters, and designed to be knit in the round. The black frog was knit with Kelpie Fibers‘ Lotus BFL/Silk “Ravenna Cosmography”, if anyone is interested. Vary the colors and patterns to create all different kinds of cute frogs! I would encourage those who use this pattern to participate in Save the Frogs Day by donating to amphibian conservation efforts.

Dimensions: About 2″ long (Snout-Vent Length) by 1″ wide at the mid-section.

Knitting Terminology:

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

K = knit

P = purl

Kfb = knit front and back (or increase one)

K2tog = knit two stitches together

[  ] = repeat for round

 

Materials

4 Size US 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles

Fingering Weight Sock Yarn

Needle (for weaving in ends and sewing eyes)

 

Pattern

CO 6 stitches in preferred method of cast on and join in the round.

 

Head

Row 1: [K1, Kfb]

Row 2: Knit all

Row 3 [K1, Kfb], K1

Row 4: Knit all

Row 5: [K1, Kfb], K1

Row 6: K all

Row 7 (short rows to form the eyes): K8, turn and P3, turn and K3, turn and P3,  turn and K8, turn and P3, turn and K3, turn and P3, turn and K9.

 

Body

Rows 8-15: K all

Row 16: [K3, Kfb], K3

Row 17-20: K all

Row 21: [K1, K2tog], K2

Row 22: K all

(At this time you may want to stuff the frog – I like to use  recycled yarn scraps, but any kind of stuffing works)

Row 23: [K1, K2tog], K1

Row 24: K all

Row 25: [K1, K2tog]

BO all stitches

 

Front Legs & Feet

Pick up 3 stitches at an appropriate spot (right behind the eye on the left or right). Knit in I-cord for about 0.7”.

Row 1: K1, Kfb, K1

Row 2: P4

Row 3: K4

BO all stitches, and repeat on opposite side of the body for second foreleg

 

Right Hind Leg & Foot

Pick up 4 stitches at an appropriate spot (just to the right of the end of the body).

Stockinette Stitch for about 0.8” with the purl side on the bottom of the leg.

Row 1: P2tog, P2

Row 2: K3

Rows 3-6: Knit in I-cord.

Row 7: K1, Kfb, K1 (4 sts)

Row 8: P all

Row 9: K all

Row 10: P all

Row 11: K all

Row 12: P all

BO all stitches

 

Left Hind Leg & Foot

Pick up 4 stitches at an appropriate spot (just to the left of the end of the body).

Stockinette Stitch for about 0.8” with the purl side on the bottom of the leg.

Row 1: P2, P2tog

Row 2: K3

Rows 3-6: Knit in I-cord.

Row 7: K1, Kfb, K1 (4 sts)

Row 8: P all

Row 9: K all

Row 10: P all

Row 11 K all

Row 12: P all

BO all stitches

 

Finishing

Weave in all loose ends. Use black (or alternate color) yarn or thread to stitch in eyes.

 

Enjoy!

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