You’re Gonna Catch Flies!

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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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