Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mia the Frog - A Free Crochet Pattern

Meet Mia the Frog, she is a gentle and fun leaping friend who works up fast! After making Holly the Honey Bear, I knew I wanted another forest friend for her. The colors were chosen with Spring in mind but I am excited to see the colors you choose too!





For those who prefer not to work with safety eyes this is a great alternative as her eyes are done with black yarn. 



Mia measures about 13 inches from eyes to feet. If you would like a boy version visit Marshall here!

Changing colors can be easy and nearly invisible with amigurumi. If you haven't done it before I have a picture tutorial below with the making of the eyes.

***You will insert your hook into the last stitch of the round for your color and draw a loop just as you would for a normal SC. When you yarn over to complete the stitch you will use your new color instead and pull through your two loops on your hook.

Your color change is complete! Make a slip stitch instead of a SC for your first stitch with your new color to keep it even smoother***



You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer. Thank you!

If you are new to amigurumi check out the tips and materials page to get you started! 


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Pattern:


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Without further ado, lets get started!

Materials:

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (I used 100g I Love This Yarn in Mid Green, 50g Hot Rose; you will also need a small amount of white, light pink for the cheeks and black yarn for the eyes/mouth)
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors and tapestry needle
  • Stuffing (Poly-Fil and Morning Glory are my top favorites!)
  • Stitch markers

Abbreviations: US terminology
MC- Magic circle
SC- Single crochet
SC INC- Single crochet increase
DC INC- Double crochet increase
INV DEC- Invisible decrease
DC- Double crochet



*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.


Legs and Body-
Legs: Make 2 - Using green
Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12 SC)
Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (18SC)
Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, repeat around (30 SC)
Rounds 6-8: SC around (30 SC)
Round 9: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 10: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)
Rounds 11-24: SC around (18 SC)
Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 25)

*Round 25 joins the legs together and starts the body

Round 25: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC, SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains. This completes your join and is where your next round will start. (42 SC)





Rounds 26-27: SC around, change to hot rose at the end of round 27

*Note: Carry your yarn on the inside to avoid multiple tying off and loose ends*

Round 28: SC around (42 SC)
Round 29: SC in back loops only (42 SC) Change to white
Rounds 30-31: SC around (42 SC) Change to hot rose
Rounds 32-33: SC around (42 SC) Change to white
Rounds 34-35: SC around (42 SC) Change to hot rose
Rounds 36-37: SC around (42 SC) Change to white
Rounds 38-39: SC around (42 SC) Change to hot rose
Rounds 40-41: SC around (42 SC) Change to white
Round 42: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC, repeat around (36 SC)
Round 43: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC, repeat around (30 SC) Change to hot rose
Round 44: SC around (30 SC) Change to green
Round 45: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC, repeat around (24 SC)
Rounds 46-47: SC around (24 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing


Head- With green

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)
Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)
Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)
Round 9: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (54 SC)
Rounds 10-18: SC around (54 SC)
Round 19: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (48 SC)
Round 20: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (42 SC)
Round 21: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)
Round 22: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 23: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24 SC) *Continue to stuff the head firmly
Round 24: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 25: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 26: INV DEC around (6 SC)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end


Note- If you don’t already use an invisible join you will want to for the eyes as the color change will be at the front and more noticeable.


Invisible color change
: When switching from black to white complete round 2 up to the last stitch, you will start the last stitch with black but will finish it by pulling through with white instead. When making your first SC with new color complete a slip stitch instead of a SC, this will make the color change more seamless. Complete these steps again when changing to green.







Eyes- Make 2
With black yarn

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12 SC), change to white
Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC) Change to green
Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)
Rounds 5-7: SC around (24 SC)
Round 8: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 9: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)
*Stuff before closing*
Round 10: INV DEC around (6 SC)
Fasten off and sew remaining portion closed, leave a long tail for sewing

Pass your yarn through to the bottom of the eye for sewing onto the head




Assembling the head- Sew the eyes onto the head starting each eye at round 5 and ending about round 8 (important part is having them even from each other, feel free to have yours closer together or further apart as you’d like)






Cheeks- Make 2
Create a magic circle with 12 HDC, slip stitch to the first HDC and fasten off with a long tail for sewing

Sew your cheeks on starting at row 12 and ending at row 15, even with the eyes (I spaced mine with 9 stitches in between)

*Picture below for reference



Smile- Ch 7 and fasten off leaving a tail. Using the picture above line up your smile and sew into place.


Dress- To work the dress, have your frog’s body towards you and feet away from you (see pictures below for example) and we’ll work around:





With hot rose create a slip knot and attach with a slip stitch to one of the front loops from round 29 (For a cleaner look attach at the back of the body)

Round 1: Ch 1, DC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (42 DC)
Round 2: Ch 1, DC INC in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (84 DC)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1DC in the same stich and in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch to the first DC (84 DC)

Fasten off and weave in ends

Arms- Make 2
*Lightly stuff the bottom of the arms only*
With green

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC
Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 3: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC, repeat around (15 SC)
Rounds 4-5: SC around (15 SC)
Round 6: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC, repeat around (10 SC)
Rounds 7-13: SC around (10 SC) Change to hot rose
Rounds 14-20: SC around (10 SC)

At the end of round 20 pinch the arm flat and make 5 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body.



Attaching everything together- Sew the head onto the body, making sure to have the facial features centered. Add extra stuffing as you go to keep it firm and less wobbly. Next sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at round 44.





Your frog is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern. In fact, I would love to see your finished frog! You can follow me on Facebook to share and stay up to date on new patterns, tutorials and giveaways, I hope to see you there.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stephanie

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