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Boris the Frog | Free Crochet Pattern

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By a popular vote on the ongoing Amigurumi Poll, Boris the Frog needed to be next on the docket. I have been flirting with the idea of a chubby frog with his mouth open for some time. I messed around with a few samples a while back. In the end, this guy turned out great.

There are a few frog heads in my TOAD drawer. (For those who don’t know, TOAD stands for Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust.)  Boris the Frog is the culmination of a lot of tests.

This guy has a lot of great elements. His body is all in one piece, even with his mouth open. The inside of the mouth is also one piece, worked into the hole in the body for his face.

My favorite part of Boris the Frog’s construction is his eyes. The eyeballs are free-floating in his eyelids, so you can turn them any where you want him to look. I LOVE this feature. I’ve already had a lot of fun with it. (He’s particularly adorable with derpy crossed eyes.)


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Pattern is written in English, in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.

Intermediate pattern. Need to have knowledge of chains (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), amigurumi assembly, increases, and decreases.

Supplies

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 100% acrylic worsted weight, 236 yds, 1 ball Medium Thyme (THY) <1 ball, Ranch Red (RED) <1 ball, White (WHT) <1 ball.
  • Furls Odyssey G (4.00 mm) hook
  • Polyfil
  • Two 15mm slit pupil safety eyes
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Straight pins (optional)

Measurements

6” inches in diameter, 5” inches tall

Gauge

Gauge is not important for amigurumi. Be sure to use the same hook throughout to ensure proportional size.

Pattern Notes

  • Work in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch unless otherwise specified by the pattern.
  • For best results, assemble parts in order as directed.
  • Weave in attachment end at very end of project in case pieces require repositioning.

Pattern Stitches

  • Cluster: (yarn over, insert hook, pull up loop, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

Instructions

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Body

With THY, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 7 sc in second ch from hook.  (7)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (14)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 7 times. (21)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 7 times. (28)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 7 times. (35)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 7 times. (42)

Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] 7 times. (49)

Rnd 8-9: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 10: 20 sc, 3 sc in each of next 2 sts, 27 sc. (53)

Rnd 11: 12 sc, ch 18, skip 22, 19 sc. (31 sc, 18 ch)

Rnd 12: Working in sts and chs, [6 sc, inc] 7 times. (56)

Rnd 13-20: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 21: [6 sc, dec] 7 times. (49)

Rnd 22: [5 sc, dec] 7 times. (42)

Rnd 23: [4 sc, dec] 7 times. (35)

Rnd 24: [3 sc, dec] 7 times. (28)

Rnd 25: [2 sc, dec] 7 times. (21)

Rnd 26: [sc, dec] 7 times. (14)

Rnd 27: 7 dec. (7)

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 7 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

(Hole is for the mouth with the top pointed piece working as the upper lip.)

Mouth

With RED, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 7 sc in second ch from hook. (7)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (14)

Rnd 3: [sc, inc] 7 times. (21)

Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 7 times. (28)

Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 7 times. (35)

Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 7 times. (42)

Rnd 7: [5 sc, inc] 4 times, 4 sc, 3 sc in each of next 2 sts, 5 sc, inc, sl st in next st to round edges. (53)

Bind off and weave in ends.

Inserting Mouth

Turn body inside out. Line up point of mouth (Round 7) with point of head, pin into place.

With THY, working through the back loops of both layers (outside loops when pressed together), 22 sc across mouth from corner to corner.

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Turn body right side out. Stuff body and space in upper lip between mouth and lip.

Fold loose half of mouth into remaining gap in body. Using tail from previous step, working through back of chains on the bottom lip and both loops of the mouth, sew mouth to lower lip. Weave in ends.

Front Legs

(Make 2)

With THY, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [Cluster (see Pattern Stitches), sc] 3 times, 6 sc. (12)

Rnd 4-7: Sc evenly around. (12)

Bind of leaving long tail for sewing.

Stuff.

Pinch top flat. Working through both layers of last round, sew foot to body at Round 17, in line with the last 6 sts on side of mouth. Using the same tail, sew three sts on Round 3 of the foot to Round 21 of body. This holds foot in support position.

Repeat with second foot.

Back Legs

(Make 2)

With THY, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: [Cluster, sc] 3 times, 6 sc. (12)

Rnd 4: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 5: [sc, inc] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 6: [2 sc, inc] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 7: [3 sc, inc] 6 times. (30)

Rnd  8-10: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 11: [3 sc, dec] 6 times. (24)

Rnd 12: [2 sc, dec] 6 times. (18)

Rnd 13: [sc, dec] 6 times. (12)

Stuff.

Rnd 14: 6 dec. (6)

Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Attach to body with toes facing forward between Rounds 13 and 19 on the body, in a circle around the side of the leg. Leave 7 stitches between Front and Back Legs and 7 stitches between Back Legs on the back of body.

Eyeballs

(Make 2)

With WHT, Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3: Sc evenly around.

Insert safety eyes in center hole. Attach washer.

Rnd 4: 6 dec. (6)

Do not stuff.

Cut yarn. Thread needle through back loops of remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Eye Lids

(Make 2)

With THY, ch 2.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook. (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around. (12)

Rnd 3-4: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 5: Ch 5, sk 5, 7 sc.

Bind off leaving long tail for sewing.

Insert eyeball into eye lid. Position safety eye to show in ch-5 sp, pupil HORIZONTAL, not vertical.

Sew eyelid to body between Rounds 3 and 6, on either side of the center point of the body. Do not sew through eyeball. This allows it to move freely and be repositionable.

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Nostrils

With BLK, sew two lines, one st long, three sts apart, and 3 rounds from the edge of the upper lip.

Weave in all attachment ends when parts are positioned as desired.


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14 Comments

  • sarator

    I don’t understand the last row of the eyelid (chain 5,7 sc). Can you better explain what the chain is attaching to and where the sc’s are being crocheted? Is it attached to the 5th stitch and left loose?

    • Kati

      I corrected it to read more clearly. Chain 5, skip 5, sc 7. That will leave a ch-5 space. Then you attach the whole last round (including the chains) to the head and insert the eye through the chain-5 space. Hope that is clearer. 🙂

  • Barb Pavoni

    I’m finishing up with the frog but having trouble putting the eye in the lid. Could you send me more specific instructions. Would really appreciate it.

    • admin

      You have to just kind of squeeze it in there. Know that you are probably going to stretch and wiggle the lid around getting in there, and then straighten it after the fact. I like to use a smaller crochet hook (use the NO HOOKED end), poke it into the eyeball, and then put it in the eyelid and move it the way I want it to point before I take out the small hook. It gives it a sort of “handle” to use. 🙂

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  • Linda

    Absolutely love this little frog and the eyes are pure genius I would like to use them on a plain green beanie for a child – hope this is ok with you!

    • Kati

      Go right ahead! On a hat the eyes might have a tendency to fall out, so I would consider adding a little string attached to the inside of the eye socket so that when/if they do, they don’t get lost. It would super odd for someone to find a stray eyeball on the playground. Lol!

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