You're Gonna Catch Flies!

Jun 21, 2006
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by Tawnya Hopkins

Introduction

Frog & Flies
I am a mother of 4-year-old twin boys, and boy are they ALL BOY. They don’t go for  finger puppets, frilly hearts, or anything girly. I made this project with them in mind. The frog’s mouth opens up so you can put “treasures" inside. Prevents many treasures from ending up in pants pockets and ruining a batch of laundry -- trust me, I speak from some experience here!

I also home school my boys, and often look for fun things to use as math manipulatives. So inside this frog are some flies: you can make as many as you want and then count them, add and subtract them, and so on.

And finally, with summer holidays coming up, this is a nice little toy to pack in a suitcase.

If you really have adventurous little ones, they could put real bugs inside the frog since it does provide some air holes, yet most insects can not get out. I don't encourage the capturing of creeping, crawly things but it could be done…

Materials List

  • Approximately 50 yards (about 46m) of a green worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart) (MC)
  • Small amounts of red (A), white (B), and black (C) worsted weight yarn.
  • 5.0mm (size US 8-H) hook
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

Gauge is not critical.

Notes

Due to the small size of the flies, this toy is not recommend for children who may still put things in their mouth. Please use common sense and your best judgment when making this, or any, toy for young children. Adult supervision is recommended.

The Pattern

Frog

With MC, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook,sl st in first sc to form ring.    (4 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, work 2 sc in ea st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (8 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, work 2 sc in ea st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (16 sts)

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, * sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (20 sts)

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, * sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.   (25 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *sc in each of the next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (31 sts)

Rnd 7-14: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (31 sts)

Rnd 15: Ch 1, sc in next st, *sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (25 sts)

Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (25 sts)

Rnd 17: Ch 1, *sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (20 sts)

Rnd 18: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (20 sts)

Rnd 19: Ch 1, *sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog,* repeat from * to * around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (16 sts)

Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to first sc to close ring.  (16 sts)

Rnd 21: Ch 3, skip first st, sl st in next st, *ch 3, skip next st, sl st in next st,* repeat from * to * 7 more times.  (8 ch-3 loops) (These are the loops through which the tongue [drawstring] will pull.)

Fasten off. Weave in  ends.

Tongue (drawstring)

With color A, ch 50. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Thread chain though loops on the frog so that when they are pulled closed, the long “tongue” part is in the middle.

Sewing an eye togetherEyes

Make two with color B and two with MC.

Ch 3, work 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st to second chain of ch-3 to form ring. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to attach the eye parts.

On the white part of the eye, with a needle and color C, embroider a “pupil” in the center of the eye. Mine were made with two vertical stitches using a single strand of yarn. You can be creative and make a tiny x or a horizontal line to get a different look. You could even use yellow instead of white. Be creative, it’s your frog!

Sew the eyes to the frog.

Attaching the eye to the frog 

Back Legs (make two)

Attaching the back legsWith MC, ch 30, sl st in 10th chain from hook to form ring, *ch 9, sl st in same stitch as the previous  to form loop,* repeat from * to * once more to form 3rd loop, sc in each remaining ch st. (20 sts)

Next row: Ch 2, turn, skip first two sts, dc in each of the next 10 sts, hdc in each of the next 4 sts, sc in each of the next 3 sts, sl st in next stitch.  Fasten off.

Front Legs (make two)

With MC, ch 22, sl st in 8th ch from hook to form loop, *ch 7, sl st in same stitch as the previous sl st to form loop,* repeat from * to * once more to form 3rd loop, sc in the remaining ch stitches, turn. (14 sts)

Next row: Ch 2, skip first two sts, dc in each of the next 8 sts, hdc in each of the next 3 sts, sl st in next st. Fasten off.

Flies

WingsBody

With color C, ch 7.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each remaining ch.  (6 dc).  

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Wings (make two)

With color B, leaving a 3-inch tail, ch 4.

Row 1: Work [4 dc, ch 3, sl st] all in the fourth ch from hook.

Fasten off, leaving a 3-inch tail.

Thread tails of the wings through the dc sts on the body and tie securely. Trim ends, leaving a little bit to look like legs (see photos).


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Comments

Andrea wrote
on Jun 23, 2006 11:11 PM

Awesome!

Vashti wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 8:20 AM
This got a thumbs up from my 7yr old boy!
I would keep a fly for me. Those are just the BEST flies EVER. If I sent some to my Mom it might help her have a sense of humor about the huge amount of flies in Iowa (due to the hogs I guess).

SO MANY uses for crocheted flies.

marykate wrote
on Jun 24, 2006 12:47 PM

awesome!!! I love these. adaptations: a bird with worms (handy in chain stitch)? anteater with ants? tyrannosaurus with people? ah, the possibilities. a veritable crochet food chain...

Rachel wrote
on Jun 27, 2006 11:10 PM
I love these! I have two girls I can crochet for but I'm always looking for something to crochet for my little guy. He loves to stuff things not only in his pockets but in MY pockets, so this is perfect. When I saw the flies I laughed out loud, you're definitely in tune with the boy vibe.
Thanks,

Rachel

Tawnya wrote
on Jun 28, 2006 8:48 PM

Hmmmm- great ideas! My boys are really into dinosaurs (Land before Time) right now. Maybe I'll have to do some type of dinosaur and tree star.....

Thank YOU for the idea!

LinkZink wrote
on Jul 5, 2006 9:33 AM

Thank you very much for this great pattern! I made one for my nephew/ring bearer who loves frogs -- he had to carry it down the aisle; he refused to put it down!

annonymouse wrote
on Jul 11, 2006 8:39 AM

You really know boys don't you?I'm always looking for cute boy toys and you really hit the mark.Thanks for the pattern.Thinking a poison arrow frog would be really cool!

Hope wrote
on Jul 12, 2006 6:54 AM

How awesome is right!!! I will have to try this for my 7 year old grandson. I homeschooled my last one (son) and my daughter is homeschooling for the first year this coming year and soooooo. Thanks for the suggestions. As you know in homeschooling you have to come up with some creative ideas (dont have to but it is so much fun toooo) Would love to share ideas and sites if you would like for homeschooling. Email me to my email. Take Care and have a wonderful day.

Sherri wrote
on Jul 16, 2006 1:04 PM

I guess I'm the odd man out because I made this for my 2 year old daughter who adores bugs and she loves it! Thanks :)

marykate wrote
on Jul 26, 2006 7:07 PM
so funny! my son is crazy about land before time now too! he watches it at his grandparents' and talks about petri and sharp-tooth's all the time...sigh. glad you like the ideas!

can't wait to make me some flies!

scarletti wrote
on Jul 27, 2006 12:41 PM

Mine too! Made this for my 2,3 and 4 year old daughters, who love it, especially the flies in the tummy. My middle daughter is the pinkest of pink girlies and she is the first to Froggit in the morning. Today she took it play shopping to count for her...Froggit was dressed with a mini pink sparkly handbag and co-ordinating pink sunglasses, so a big hit with all of us too. Thanks!

Melinda wrote
on Aug 12, 2006 10:28 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing such a neat little project! I made mine in about two hours! My son will love it! I'm going to make a pink one for my neice next...

Anonymous wrote
on Sep 9, 2006 10:02 AM

I'm going to crochet this for my one year old niece, just the frog, she loves frogs. I've been looking all over for something to do for her birthday. When she's a little older, I'll do the flies for her. Her grandma loves frogs and she's always playing with grandma's frogs. Girls like frogs, too, not just boys!!!

SherriC. wrote
on Nov 12, 2007 2:17 PM
Tawyna, I just wanted to let you know I love this frog pattern. My soon to be 7yr old grandaughter is having a princess party. So I wanted to make a frog prince for each girl. And here was your pattern, just perfect. I created a crown, and they, about 11 frogs will be in the dragon pinata I am making from a paper bag. Then when they break it their frog princes will drop to them. They also will be their goody bag,candy and flies.
Thanks again

Sherri C.

boodamom wrote
on Apr 26, 2008 9:12 PM
I made this for my grandson's 5th birthday
also made 20 flies to go inside as he is learning how to count.
He loves it!

Nancy Grant

kimberleigh2 wrote
on May 29, 2008 11:23 AM

my mom makes them all the time i have one myself

Lin Bolton wrote
on Aug 21, 2008 10:45 AM

kewlest of kewl i my daughter and daughter-in-law all love frogs enless possibilities. can't wait to get on this project.thanx so very much!!!!!!!

dolly@9 wrote
on Feb 1, 2009 7:44 AM

this is so cute. thank you. im going to make it for my grandson who is 3 and it'll be fun for him to count with. again thanks.

on Jul 9, 2009 6:53 PM

I did this very recently for a Red Hat Secret Pal who loves frogs, and used a hat pattern for a Barbie to put a red and purple hat (sewn on behind eyes with rim and top sticking up) on it. Major hit especially because I did red and purple flies... Thank you so much for this absolutely great pattern!