I couldn't find a frog puppet pattern I liked, so I made this one up as I went along (that's why it's weird and bumpy!). It was fun to make, though.
Frog puppet (pattern is also on my blog here
, with pictures explaining the weird stuff around row 36)
materials: 1 skein Lion Brand Jiffy in Apple Green (135 yd bulky)
J10 or K10.5 crochet hook (6-6.5mm)
ch 29. sl st to join as ring.
rounds 1-10: use the totally awesome futuregirl’s seamless crochet technique to sc 29 around. sl 1, ch 1, turn. this forms the neck.
row 11: skip sl st from previous row, sc 15. ch 1, turn.
12-16: sc 15, ch1, turn.
row 17-20: sc across, decreasing by 1 sc at center of each row, ch 1, turn at end
row 21-26: 11sc, ch 1, turn
row 27-33: decrease by 1 sc at center of each row, ch 1, turn at end (end with 3 sc)
row 34: sc2tog, sc (2 sc). this forms the top of the upper jaw.
row 35: turn work over. ch1, then sc 2.
row 36: ch 1, then slip stitch into the side of the triangular piece you just did, then sc a row, then slip at the end of the row to form a pocket. in other words, ch 1, sl st into the edge space of row 35, 2sc, sl st into the next edge space.
row 37: ch 1, sl st into next edge space, 3sc, sl st into next edge space down. this will make it seem like you're skipping rows, but it makes the puppet fit better.
row 38-57: continue in this manner, increasing 1 by sc in the sl st of the previous row. this forms the bottom of the upper jaw (roof of the mouth).
row 58: 23 sc, ch 1, turn. you are not connecting this piece to the sides using the sl st technique.
row 59: 22 sc (sc2tog in center), ch 1, turn.
continue in this manner, decreasing 1 in the center until you have 2 sc left. this forms the top of the lower jaw (inside mouth, where tongue will be).
row 80: 2 sc.
turn work over. ch1, then sc 2.
row 81: ch 1, sl st, sc 3, sl st.
row 82: repeat as in rows 38-57 until you reach the joint between the upper and lower parts of the jaw. your stitch count for the last row should be 14, and you should have about 1.5-2 inches left to do before you get to the top of the neck (the in-the-round cuff of 10 rows worked at the very beginning).
work the next 15 rows with no increase as follows: ch 1, sl st, sc 14 (skipping the sl st from the previous row), sl st until you reach the top of the neck. this forms the bottom of the lower jaw.
to finish: sew the lower jaw to the top of the neck.
tongue: ch5. work 11 rows sc.
row 12: sc 2 tog, sc, sc 2 tog (3 sc). fasten off. attach to puppet.
for eyes: using magic ring method, 10sc into ring, sl st to join and pull ring closed.
round 2: ch 1, 10sc, sl st.
round 3: ch 1, sc twice in each stitch (20)
round 4: ch 1, sc twice, sc (30)
round 5-6: sc 30
stuff each eye with yarn or fiberfill. use black yarn to stitch the irises on the eyeballs. attach to puppet.