Yesterday I said I had another gift to make. Luckily today I have had the chance to start and finish that project. This is a gift for my grandparents, who definitely don’t read my blog!
There is a story behind this project, as frogs are a long standing family joke/tradition. When I was around 6 years old, our school pond had some frogspawn in and we were allowed to have some. I begged Mum and Dad to let me have some, and I watched it develop into frogs. There was a minor problem, though. We didn’t have a pond, but luckily Granny and Grandad did. They kindly took in the one frog who developed fully and he/she lived in their pond happily. ‘My’ frog sent me birthday cards, a graduation card and even a housewarming gift. It was only during a science lecture at university that I realised that my frog must have died some time ago and that it was his/her descendants sending me treats. (I know, I just didn’t ever think about lifespan, it was almost devastating at the time!)
Anyway, even now when we visit them my children look in the pond for the frogs. Granny and Grandad have various frog toys at their house, including a delightful singing one! I decided that they could not possibly want anything more for Christmas than ‘his and hers’ crochet frog coasters.
The pattern is one I wrote myself and I’ve shared it below, just in case you happen to know any frog enthusiasts!
This pattern makes a coaster approx 12cm diameter when using double knit yarn and a 4mm hook.
Chain 2, slip stitch into the first chain forming a ring.
Round 1: Chain 2, 11 htr into the centre of the ring. Slip stitch into the top of starting ch 2.
Round 2: Chain 2, htr into the same stitch. 2htr into each stitch around. Slip st into the top of starting chain 2. (24 sts)
Round 3: Chain 2, htr into the same stitch. *1htr into the next stitch, 2htr into next*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Slip st into the top of starting chain 2. (36 sts)
Round 4: Chain 2, htr into the same stitch. *2htr into next stitch, htr in the next 2*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Slip st into the top of starting chain 2. (48 sts)
Round 5: Chain 2, htr in each stitch around. Slip st into the top of starting chain 2.
Round 6: Chain 2, 1 htr in same stitch, 1htr in next stitch. *2htr into next stitch, htr in next 3*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Slip st into the top of starting chain 2. (60 sts) Do not tie off.
To make eye sockets: slip stitch into next 3 stitches (working around the outside of the circle). Skip 2 htr stitches, work 9 treble crochets into the 3rd stitch. Skip 2 htr, slip stitch into the 3rd stitch. Slip stitch into the next 3, skip 2htr, 9 tr into 3rd stitch. Skip 2 htr, slip st into 3rd htr. Slip stitch into the next 3htr, tie off the end.
Eyes: (make 2)
With black, chain 2. Slip stitch into 1st chain (forming a ring), chain 1 and make 6 double crochets into the ring. Slip stitch into ch1. Tie off the end.
With white, draw up a loop through any dc and chain 2. Htr into the same stitch. 2 htr in each stitch around. Slip stitch into the top of ch2 and tie off. (12sts)
Using the photo as a guide, sew on the eyes. Use surface crochet and black yarn to make the smile, I worked around half of the edge of round 2. Darn in any remaining ends.
For the bow: Using your colour of choice, chain 8. In the 3rd chain from the end, work 1 htr. Htr in remaining 5 chains. Turn, ch 2, htr in each stitch to end. Turn, ch 2, htr in each stitch to end and tie of the yarn. (3 rows of 6 htr)
Use the yarn tail to gather the centre of the bow and attach as desired.
Hope the pattern works for you, let me know any feedback! All I ask is that you credit me as the designer.