Monday, February 12, 2007

Tiny Frog

My boyfriend has this strange obsession with frogs. It could be worse - at least it's not monster trucks or World of Warcraft. Besides, frogs are rather cute, and I can handle our house being filled with plush frogs and beanie babies. So, anyway, for Valentine's Day I decided to knit him a little felted frog. I call him Croaky.



Materials: Worsted weight dark green 100% wool yarn.
Scraps of red or orange wool yarn.
U.S. size 6 double pointed needles (4)

Gauge: Not too important, but about 6 stitches per inch.

Finished size: About 3 inches across and 9 inches from nose to toes.

Terms:
kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
icord: Cast on 3-4 stitches. Knit. Slide all the stitches to the other end of your dpn and knit them again. Repeat. (it's like working in the round on a really tiny scale)

Body:

Cast on 6 stitches, divide 2 to each needle.

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: kfb 6 times (12)
Round 3: (k1, kfb) 6 times (18)
Round 4: (k2, kfb) 6 times (24)
Round 5: (k3, kfb) 6 times (30)
Rounds 6-13: Knit
Round 14: (k3, k2tog) 6 times (24)
Rounds 15-17: Knit
Round 18: (k2, k2tog) 6 times (18)
Rounds 19-21: Knit
Round 22: (k1, k2tog) 6 times (12)
Round 23: Knit
Round 24: k2tog 6 times (6)


Break yarn. At this point you can stuff the frog with some fiber fill, or just leave it be. Sew the yarn tail through the 6 remaining stitches and weave in the end.

Hind Legs: (make 2)

Cast on 4 stitches leaving a long tail.
Work in icord for about 5 inches.
Foot:
Row 1: (WS) purl
Row 2: k1, kfb, kfb, k1 (6)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: k2, kfb, kfb, k2 (8)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: k3, kfb, k4 (9)
Row 9: Purl
Toes:
K3 stitches.
Turn work and purl back.
Turn again and k3tog.
Break yarn.
Reattach yarn and work two more toes the same as the first.

Front Legs: (make 2)

Cast on 3 stitches leaving a long tail.
Work in icord for about 1.5 inches.
Foot:
Row 1: (WS) Purl
Row 2: k1, kfb, k1 (4)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: k1, kfb, kfb, k1 (6)
Row 5: Purl

Bind off.

Use your cast-on yarn tails to sew the legs onto your frog body.
You can use scrap yarn to embroider some froggy eyes, or glue on some plastic googly eyes after felting it. I chose to embroider the eyes and then feed the leftover yarn through the nose end to create a little tongue.
Placement of the limbs:


Felting:
Since Croaky is so leggy I didn't want to risk felting him in the washer and ending up with a big frog knot, so I decided to try hand felting for the first time. The thing about hand felting is... well... it kinda sucks. But if you are willing to suffer sore fingers to avoid the risk of having a frog knot here's how I did it:
Fill a sink with water as hot as you can stand it. With your fingers, scrub the frog with mild soap. Now, don't be shy about it. It takes quite a bit of elbow... er... knuckle grease to get the fabric to felt. Once you've got some feltage going on (or your fingers are too cramped to continue) rinse your frog in very cold water.
Repeat the above steps until your froggy is as felty as you want.

8 comments:

Miss Me said...

Ribbit-ribbit! Froggy is just adorable. I see (at least) one of them in my knitting future...

Anonymous said...

he is soo cute!! :)

Anonymous said...

My sister collects frogs. I see one of these added to her collection.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully your bf doesn't find out there are many types frogs in World of Warcraft, even big ones you can have as pets. >.>

-Knitter and WoW player.

Ullen said...

A very cute one, when I´m done with my " Barbapapa" I give it a go with the frogg.

shermboo99-google said...

I'm thinking about making a froggy purse, since I'm a purse freak. thanks for idea. great little frog!

Smitty Fan said...

so cute! =) working on it right now! however i do have a small suggestion, for when making the toes.

You can save yourself alot of loose ends and sewing in, if when after you make the first toe, leave about a yard long yarn tail.

After you get the first toe knitted, take a tapestry needle, and following the direction the yarn hangs when it is cast off, sew your yarn along the edge, through a couple stitches. Then turn to the backside, and sew it into a couple more stitches, until you reach the other side of the toe, where you want to pick up knitting again.

After you got all your toes knit, then take your yarn and sew it along the backside, where the 'bumps' from the increasing are, until you reach the long tube of the leg. thread your yarn end through it, until it reaches the other yarn tail at the cast-on edge of the leg. When you finish sewing the legs onto the body tie your two yarn tails together and sew them up into the leg a little ways.

Smitty Fan said...

hope this helps! =)