Sunday, November 13, 2011

Toy for Tot



Hello, Dear Ones! Well, as I've told you, while I was on my death bed, I managed to pick up my crochet hooks and some yarn and go to town. (I'm milking my upper respiratory infection as much as I can! :) I wanted to share with you another little Christmas toy I've crocheted for my Little Tiny grand daughter, Carter! If you'd like to see the Christmas Pony I crocheted for her you can click here.



I made a Froggie!

Oh, she is a silly looking Froggie!
But she is very sweet!
Trust me, I know, I put the personality in her! :)

Just look at that Froggie profile!

Froggie lips! :)

Froggie eyes...here's lookin' at you, kid! :)
I crocheted the eyes instead of using buttons or wiggly animal eyes.
I didn't want Carter to pull the eyes off and risk getting choked on them.


Froggie feet.

What do you think?
I hope little Carter will like her Froggie.
I made a Froggie because my daughter told me
that Carter is really noticing little frogs in all of her
story books and points and laughs at them.
So I had to make her one to hold in her own little hands.
Green and yellow Froggie with Pink eyes.
How can you tell a Froggie is a boy or a girl?
You look at what color ribbon is around it's neck! :)


She is just as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine! :)
Just look at her wriggling around on the sofa.

Below is the vintage pattern I used.
Now the pattern calls for crocheting using cotton thread.
Well, being as smart and talented as I am, I knew it would take
F O R E V E R
to crochet this Froggie using thread so I used baby yarn.




Materials Required—The following AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY Products:

7 ¼" FROG. (Length of Body) "STAR" PEARL COTTON, Size 5, 60 yd. Balls. 2 Balls Yellow, 3 Balls Green. Steel Crochet Hook No. 8. Work with single thread.

10 ½" FROG. "STAR" PEARL COTTON Size 5, 60 yd. Balls. 4 Balls Yellow, 6 Balls Green. Steel Crochet Hook No. 4. Work with double thread.

15 ½" FROG. "STAR" COTTON YARN, 100 yd. Skeins. 2 Skeins Yellow, 3 Skeins Green. Bone Crochet Hook No. 6. Work with single yarn.

Cotton or Kapok for filling.

2 Small Buttons for each frog.

HEAD. With Green, ch 17, 1 s c in 2nd st from hook, * 1 d c in next st, 1 s c in next st, repeat from * 6 times, 1 d c in last st, ch 1, turn. 2nd Row—1 s c, 1 d c, 1 s c in first d c, * 1 d c in next s c, 1 s c in next d c, repeat from * 6 times, then 1 d c, 1 s c, 1 d c in last s c, ch 1, turn. 3rd Row—1 s c in first d c, 1 d c in next s c, * 1 s c in next d c, 1 d c in next s c, repeat from * across row. (Always end row with a d c and ch 1 to turn each row). 4th Row—1 s c, 1 d c, 1 s c in first d c, work even across row working 1 d c, 1 s c, 1 d c in last s c. Repeat last 2 rows twice.9th to 21st Rows—Work same as 3rd row. 22nd and 25th Rows—Work same as 4th row. 23rd, 24th and 26th Rows—Work same as 3rd row. 27th Row—Work even to end of row, then ch 7, turn. 28th Row—1 s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 d c in next st, 1 s c in next st, 1 d c in next st, 1 s c in next st, 1 d c in next st, continue working across row, then ch 7 and turn. 29th Row—Work across ch same as 28th row, then continue across row. Next 5 Rows Work even. 35th Row—Start decreasing, skip the first 2 sts, s c in next d c, d c in next s c, continue even across row. Work 14 more rows the same as 35th row, break thread.

With Yellow—Work under section in same manner.

HIND LEG. With Green, ch 12, work 11 s c on ch, ch 1 to turn each row. 2nd Row—1 s c in each s c, work 10 more rows even.

START FEET. 13th, 14th and 15th Rows—1 s c in each s c increasing 1 s c in first and last st in each row. 16th Row—1 s c in each of the first 4 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 3 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 3 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the last 4 s c. 17th Row—1 s c in each of the first 4 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 5 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 5 s c, 2 s c in next s c, ch 1, turn. 18th Row—2 s c in first s c, 1 s c in each of next 7 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of next 7 s c, 2 s c in next s c, ch 1, turn. 19th Row—Increase 1 s c at beginning and end of row and in the center st, break thread and work 3 more sections in same manner.

FRONT LEG. Ch 10, work 9 s c on ch, ch 1, turn and work 21 more rows even. 23rd, 24th, 25th Rows—Increase 1 s c at beginning and end of each row. 26th Row—1 s c in each of first 4 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 2 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 2 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the last 4 s c. 27th Row—1 s c in each of first 4 s c, 2 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 4 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 4 s c, 2 s c in next s c, ch 1, turn. 28th Row—2 s c in first s c, 1 s c in each of the next 6 s c, 3 s c in next s c, 1 s c in each of the next 6 s c, 2 s c in next s c, ch 1, turn. 29th Row—Increase 1 s c in first, center and last s c, break thread. Work 3 more front leg sections in same manner.

TO ASSEMBLE FROG. Sew one of the front leg pieces to each side of Green section starting at about the 21st row, and sewing towards back, sew one of the hind leg sections to each side of Green, starting at about the 40th row, ending at last row. Sew the other 4 leg sections to Yellow section in same manner. Match the Yellow to the Green section and sew all around leaving enough opening at side to allow for filling. Stuff legs and feet slightly, stuff body and sew remainder. Tack feet down to indicate toes.

EYES ARE WORKED WITH SINGLE THREAD. Using Yellow, ch 9, work 1 s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 s c in each of the next 6 sts, 3 s c in next st, working on opposite side of ch, work 1 s c in each st, 2 s c in same st with first s c, do not join rows. 2nd Row—1 s c in each s c. 3rd and 4th Rows—Increase 2 sts at each end of each row. 5th Row—1 s c in each s c. 6th Row—Working in back loop of st only, 1 s c in each s c. Next 3 Rows—Working in both loops, work 1 s c in each s c, break thread. Work another Yellow eye. With Green, ch 9 and work 8 s c on ch, ch 1, turn. Decrease 1 st at beginning of each row until 3 sts remain, break thread. Work another section in same manner. Sew the two Green sections to the top of Yellow eyes, stuff with cotton and sew in position. With Yellow embroider mouth as illustrated. Finish with two small buttons as illustrated.




Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Froggie Went a Courtin'

Froggie went a courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh
Froggie went a courtin' and he did ride
With a sword and a pistol by his side, uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

He rode right up to Miss Mousie's door, uh-huh
He rode right up to Miss Mousie's door, uh-huh
He rode right up to Miss Mousie's door
Gave three loud raps, and a very big roar, uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh

Said Miss Mouse, are you within, uh-huh
Said Miss Mouse, are you within, uh-huh
Said Miss Mouse, are you within
Miss Mousie said, I sit and spin, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Took Miss Mousie on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousie on his knee, uh-huh
Took Miss Mousie on his knee,
Said Miss Mousie, will you marry me, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Without my Uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
Without my Uncle Rat's consent, uh-huh
Without my Uncle Rat's consent,
I wouldn't marry the President, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Uncle Rat laughed, and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh
Uncle Rat laughed, and he shook his fat sides, uh-huh
Uncle Rat laughed, and he shook his fat sides
To think his niece would be a bride, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Uncle Rat went running downtown, uh-huh
Uncle Rat went running downtown, uh-huh
Uncle Rat went running downtown
To buy his niece a wedding gown, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Where shall the wedding supper be, uh-huh
Where shall the wedding supper be, uh-huh
Where shall the wedding supper be
Way down yonder in the hollow tree, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

What shall the wedding supper be, uh-huh
What shall the wedding supper be, uh-huh
What shall the wedding supper be
Fried mosquito and a black-eyed pea, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

First to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh
First to come in was a flyin' moth, uh-huh
First to come in was a flyin' moth
She layed out the table cloth, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh
Next to come in was a juney bug, uh-huh
Next to come in was a juney bug
She brought in the water jug, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was a bumbly bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbly bee, uh-huh
Next to come in was a bumbly bee
Sat mosquito on his knee, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was a broken back flea, uh-huh
Next to come in was a broken back flea, uh-huh
Next to come in was a broken back flea
Danced a jig with the bumbly bee, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, uh-huh
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow, uh-huh
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow
She tried to dance but she didn't know how, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh
Next to come in was a little black tick, uh-huh
Next to come in was a little black tick
She ate so much it made her sick, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was the big black snake, uh-huh
Next to come in was the big black snake, uh-huh
Next to come in was the big black snake
Ate up all of the wedding cake, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Next to come in was the old gray cat, uh-huh
Next to come in was the old gray cat, uh-huh
Next to come in was the old gray cat
Swallowed the mouse and ate up the rat, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Mr.Froggie went a-hoppin up over the brooke, uh-huh
Mr.Froggie went a-hoppin up over the brooke, uh-huh
Mr.Froggie went a-hoppin up over the brooke
A lily white dove came and swallowed him up, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

Little piece of corn bread layin' on the shelf, uh-huh
Little piece of corn bread layin' on the shelf, uh-huh
Little piece of corn bread layin' on the shelf
If you want anymore you can sing it yourself, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh

~ sung by Burl Ives


52 comments:

  1. Wow! That is the sweetest, most prettiest frog I have ever see. Usually they are just plain old green! But this one almost sparkles! Definitely now you need to think about an Etsy shop. :) xo

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  2. You are so clever! That is the sweetest Frog I have ever seen Carter is going to love it and she's going to love you even more!

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha.
    xo

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  3. Carter will be delighted with her special "froggie"...it's adorable...you did a beautiful job with it!!! Have a beautiful week and feel better!!!

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  4. ANOTHER Fabulous Pattern I'm passing onto my MOMMA! LOVE THIS ONE TOO!

    xoRebecca

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  5. I love that you can still produce even on your death bed. Cute little frog and I guess by its neck its a girl. Am I right. Trish

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  6. I couldn't begin t make this precious frog, but Carter is one lucky little girl!
    Brenda

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  7. What a cute little froggy, she is adorable! I hope you are feeling better soon!

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  8. Oh, what a darling. So cute!

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  9. Hi Sheila, I am sorry to hear you were illen. Your little frog is so darn cute. I love the colors too. Hope you are on the mend.

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  10. Grandmothers are wonderful people, my mother knitted my daughter a 'frog' jersey when she was a pre-teen. For some reason known only to them the kids had nicknamed her Frog; she loved the jersey. Your frog is lovely, Carter will love it.
    Blessings.
    Diana

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  11. Now that is THE curest froggie I have ever seen!!!! Carter is going to LOVE it! Love the colors you used too and that it looks like it is smiling:):) XO, Pinky

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  12. That frog is adorable.....just like your blog.

    Debbie

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  13. Oh how cute!! Reminds me of the Froggy books by Jonathan London, I think. They are cute too. :)

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  14. I started humming that song the minute I saw this A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.
    froggy.
    Oh, Shelia, you do such beautiful work..these little toys you made for Carter are just as sweet as you are.
    xo bj

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  15. Oh, I remember Burl Ives Uh, Huh!
    Another adorable little animal for Carter! She'll love it! So cute, Uh, Huh!

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  16. Oh my goodness, this frog is adorable! So sweet, soft and I love the colors! What talent and one blessed baby to receive it!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  17. What an adorable little froggie! I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  18. Sheila that is adorable! You crochet beautifully. These would sell in a heart beat in a gift shop that has a baby section. We had a baby section in the gift shop I used to work at and these are better then any of the ones I saw we bought from the manufacturers. You really should consider selling them!
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blanket too!

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  19. Gosh, I haven't heard that song in decades! That really brought back the memories. Your little frog is so cute. Your granddaughter will love it too. You're pretty good at that kind of stuff!

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  20. Hi lovely lady.
    Your froggie is beautiful and sweet!!
    Carter is going to love this for the Toy for Tot"
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new tablescape so sweet of you.
    I hope you have a great week with your family.
    XXOO Diane
    Looks like we are going to get some rain today I HOPE.

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  21. She is darling!!! Carter is going to love her! Beautiful job, Sheila!

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  22. Get better, get rid of that stuff, but in the mean time keep on creating. Just darling as usual. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  23. He is eight kinds of cute! Feel better soon or now even:)

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  24. Your little froggie is tooo cute! Hope you're feeling better. Have a great week!
    Candy

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  25. That is one little frog I wouldn't mind holding in my hands! Too cute! You are so talented. I hope you are feeling better by now! Blessings, Pamela

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  26. That is beyond adorable!! I hope you feel better soon Shelia! :-)
    Vanessa

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  27. Hello
    Just wanted to let you know that I am sharing this post over at my blog. If there is anything you would like me to remove, please let me know.
    Have a great day!!!!

    Jennifer
    www.eatcraftsow@gmail.com

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  28. Your granddaughter is so lucky! That is the cutest thing. I am sure it will become a cherished friend. I am a new follower from Making the World Cuter. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  29. Shelia, you always make me laugh when I visit. How happy exactly is a dead pig in the sunshine? Is that how that saying went? lol
    That is the cutest froggie I've ever seen! I used to crochet but haven't in many, many moons. You make me want to start back up. You are soooo talented my friend! Love the colors of yarn you chose to use. And thanks for clearing up that age old question of how to tell the boy frogs from the girl frogs. I'll look for the ribbon from now on. ;) I can just see Carter holding her own little froggy while her Mom or better yet, YOU read her a bedtime froggy story. Take a pic of Carter with her frog and share it so we can see. :)

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  30. Very beautiful. I am sure your granddaughter will cherish this little frog forever. Thank you for sharing. I am a new follower stopping by from the Creative Bloggers Party Hop. I am looking forward to reading more. I hope you stop by for a visit. http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

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  31. Absolutely darling froggie, love it. Hugs...Lu

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  32. This is the most sweetest thing, your grand daughter will love it! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

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  33. I love that song when Burl Ives sings it, it was written for his voice, it seems.
    What a darling little frog your tiny pink fingers have created! So glad you are off of your "death bed".
    I think your froggie will make Carter giggle and should provide hours of fun for her.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

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  34. I don't often see anything that I seriously covet..but that adorable little girl..that apple of your eye..(mine too!) had best keep her tiny eye on that froggy!!
    *goes to get second cup of coffee wishing she was a LITTLE GIRL AGAIN with a Grandma like Carter!*

    Oh..and before I forget..Shelia dear, I am SO pleased to hear you are on the mend! We cannot be sick during the holidays. I need to see your delicious Christmas decor!!

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  35. I don't often see anything that I seriously covet..but that adorable little girl..that apple of your eye..(mine too!) had best keep her tiny eye on that froggy!!
    *goes to get second cup of coffee wishing she was a LITTLE GIRL AGAIN with a Grandma like Carter!*

    Oh..and before I forget..Shelia dear, I am SO pleased to hear you are on the mend! We cannot be sick during the holidays. I need to see your delicious Christmas decor!!

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  36. That is the cutest and sweetest little frog I've ever seen! Wow sweet Shelia, your needle work beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  37. Wow I am so impressed what a sweet gift. I am sure she will love it.

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  38. I love it! You are soo good! Carter is lucky to have you as a toy making granny! I still cherish all the stuff my grandmother made for me.Beautiful work!

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  39. Hi Shelia, your little froggie is just adorable. The colors are so soft and sweet. You are the talented one for sure.

    Hope you are feeling better. Be kind to yourself.

    Barb ♥

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  40. Uh~huh....that's the most adorable little bug eyed froggie I've ever seen!!! Your quite the little talent sister!

    Somebodies gonna love huggin' and squeezin' that little soft creation.

    God bless and have a marvelous day my sweet friend!

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  41. This is the sweetest, cutest frog I've ever seen in my life! Now I'm going to have to learn to knit, so I can make one for my little grandson.
    My daughter said that's what all the "good" Nana's are doing! See the trouble you've got me into!!
    It is gorgeous, I know it will be a big hit with Carter!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  42. Hi Shelia,
    What an adorable little froggie! She's going to love it.

    If she doesn't, you can send it to me and I'll love it!!! LOL!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  43. Sheila, that is so cute and your grand baby will treasure it I'm sure.

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  44. Shelia,
    Too darn cute!!! How do you tell a girl froggie from a boy froggie???I'm still chuckling! Lucky little Carter will now have a pony and a froggy! Precious!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  45. I'm sure Miss Froggie will be a big hit! Miss Carter will probably take her everywhere she goes! She has such personality.
    ~Adrienne~

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  46. So many clever projects. Carter must love when you arrive with a new toy! Thanks for stopping by my post. I love connecting with all the wonderful people out there in blogland doing creative, and loving things to make their homes and lives richer. Happy Thanksgiving. ~CJ

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  47. Très beau travail,une pure merveille.
    bises A+

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