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