This is a crochet pattern review of Frank the Frog designed by Rachel of The Farmer’s Wife. Review done by Candace of T&C Crafters for EyeLoveKnots.
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With my summer break nearing its end before I go back to school in the fall, I am in crunch time trying to find quick makes that I can use to stock up for a big show I’m doing in September. After working up the Tank the Turtle pattern previously, I saw a pattern for Frank the Frog advertised as the perfect sidekick for my cute turtle. Seeing that it was also advertised as a no-sew, blanket-yarn-friendly pattern, I figured it would be a quick make that would be a great addition to my market prep. Oh, was I right!
The Frank the Frog crochet pattern is a very quick and easy pattern to follow with one of the most detailed sets of instructions I have seen to date. If you are looking for a quick project for market prep, or you just want to make a super adorable set of frogs, this pattern is right for you! This pattern is perfect for someone new to working up chunky amigurumi, as the designer has provided extremely detailed directions and pictures for every step of the process. This pattern is definitely worth every penny!
I will warn you, though – this pattern is extremely addicting! As soon as I finish one of these cute little frogs, I am ready to start in on another one!
Materials I Used:
- Bernat Blanket Yarn – I used the light green of Bernat Blanket Yarn O’Go in the colorway Scuba
- Small Amount of Black and Pink Yarn for Facial Features
- K10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook – I love Clover Amour Ergonomic Hooks
- Small Amount of Black Felt for Eyes
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Polyester Fiberfil Stuffing
- Tapestry Needle
- Frank the Frog, Paid Crochet Pattern by The Farmer’s Wife via Etsy
This pattern uses a very small amount of yarn and other materials. After making my first frog, I could barely tell I used anything from my skein of yarn. This would be a great project to use up some scrap yarns, or to make a lot of finished pieces from one skein of yarn.
In the pattern, the designer suggests Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Grass to make the frog. However, if you are looking to use a different type of yarn, she has you covered! Later on in the pattern, she provides modifications for different types of yarn, including blanket yarn, Parfait Chunky/Yarn Bee Adore-a-ball, worsted weight, and cotton yarns. She also shares the recommended hook size for all of these different weights, as well as what size felt eyes would be appropriate.
While this pattern is no-sew, you will still need to finish off the piece by sewing it shut and sewing in ends. A tapestry needle works great for this. The designer also mentions the use of straight pins to help keep track of where to add the eyes, as well as stitch markers to keep track of rounds. I did not use either of these materials, but they may be helpful to you.
The pattern includes options for both felt eyes and crocheted eyes. If you opt for the crocheted eyes, you will need some black and white yarn. A hot glue gun makes the eye attachment super easy, but if you don’t have one, you could use a bottle of fabric glue as well.
This is an extremely quick project! I was able to make my first frog in just about thirty minutes. Once I had the pattern in my memory, they only took about an hour to make three frogs.
My finished frogs were approximately 3 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. I used super bulky yarn, so if you want smaller frogs, you could use a thinner yarn.
When making the frog, my work measured 1.75 inches in diameter after the second row of single crochets when working in the round.
Gauge is not critical in this type of project. You mainly just want to make sure that there are not gaps between stitches so that the stuffing does not come through. If you notice gaps, you will want to go down a hook size.
If you are looking for an easy pattern to get you started into the world of no-sew, chunky amigurumi, this is the pattern for you! The designer gives extremely thorough directions for every step of the process with clear pictures to show where to work and what your finished piece should look like. If you have been crocheting for some time, this pattern will blow you away with all of the helpful details and formatting. You can tell the designer put a lot of time and work into making it easy to read and useful, and for that, it is worth every penny!
To be able to work up this adorable frog, you will need to have knowledge of working in the round, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and increases and decreases. When working in the round, using a stitch marker can help you keep track of where your rounds start.
The frog body is worked up in one piece with the feet included. The entire body is less than 10 rows, and the feet are really simple to make. Once the body is made and stuffed, you just need to sew up the bottom of the frog. The bottom of the frog has some portions that require working in the front loop or back loop only, but don’t be too worried about this, as the designer provides really clear pictures of where to work your stitches and what to do.
To add the eyes, there are two options provided in the pattern. You can either go with the no-sew option where you crochet them right into place and just have to weave in your ends, or you can make them separately and then sew them on. I don’t really mind sewing on pieces, so I like the second option best. Whichever method you choose, the eyes are really quick to make.
Finishing the frog requires just weaving in your ends and adding a few details. The black part of the eyes can be crocheted and attached, or you can use felt eyes instead. The green portion of the eyes requires a little bit of shaping when weaving in your ends so that you get the right look. The rest of the features only require four little stitches – two for the mouth and two for the cheek details.
All in all, this is a super simple pattern to follow and an easy and quick make. I highly recommend this pattern, as well as checking out some of the other adorable patterns from The Farmer’s Wife! If you decide to make one of these cute little frogs, we would love to see your finished make! Be sure to tag @rachel.thefarmerswife, @tandc_crafters, and @eyeloveknots on social media so we can see what you made.
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