Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Science 101- Frog Life Cycle

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Materials:
Models use Size G/6 (4mm) Crochet Hook - Gauge is NOT crucial
Red Heart Super Saver Yarns in colors: Honeydew, Spring Green, Tealeaf and the tiniest piece of Hunter Green (a few inches for mouth of frog)
6- 6mm onyx rnd beads (for eyes)/2 for each
Small amounts of Polyfil

TADPOLE
Body:
with Honeydew (or color of choice)

Using whatever method fits you best, [Magic Circle] or [chain 2, begin work in 2nd chain from hook] - 8 sc in st
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnds 4-9: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea st around (16 sts)
stuff head and body to this point - rest of the tail can be very LIGHTLY stuffed or left unstuffed (model is only stuffed in head and up to this point).

___ Rnd 13: [sc in ea of nst 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnds 14-15: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: [ sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (8 sts)
___ Rnds17-18: sc in ea st around  (8 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 19: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (4 sts)
___ Rnd 20: sc in ea st around, ch 2
Finish off, leaving tail to help shape the end of the tadpole.  Very carefully, trying to keep as much of the ch-2 to keep a 'point' at the end of the tail; sew the small opening closed.
While shaping the tail, remember you aren't making a male's tadpole *smile* - give the tail a more box-y look by first folding the tail flat and stitching it together so that it remains flat; then at about rnd 10, sew from top to bottom.  When finished with shaping, bury tail inside body to hide.  Curl the tail with your hands, by bending in any direction you wish. 

Eyes (Make 2)
with Honeydew
Using same method you used to begin body,  4 sc in st.
Finish off.  When sewing eyes to head, ly flat, placing your 6mm bead in center.  There is only a touch of an 'eye bulge' with a tadpole.

METAMORPH
Body:
with Tealeaf

Using whatever method fits you best, [Magic Circle] or [chain 2, begin work in 2nd chain from hook] - 8 sc in st
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnds 4-8: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 9: [(Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 4 times, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts] twice  (16 sts)
stuff head - tail is only lightly stuffed

___ Rnd 10: sc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times,  sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times, sc in nxt st  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 11: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 13-14: sc in ea st around (8 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 15: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (6 sts)
___ Rnd 16: sc in ea st around (6 sts)
___ Rnd 17: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (3 sts)**
** If this is unattainable, Dec as many times as you can - then finish by sewing the opening closed.
Finish off, bury tail inside body to hide.

Eyes (Make 2)
with Tealeaf,
Using same method you used to begin body,  4 sc in st.
Finish off.  When sewing eyes to head, you want to give the illusion of a larger 'frog eye'.  Place your 6mm onyx bead in front and use the eye piece to frame the bead at about rnd 2.

Front Leg (Make 2)
with Tealeaf,
Using same method you used to begin body, 5 sc in st.
___ Rnds 2-6:  sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: (Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (8 sts)

Fold flat and work through both front and back sides (4 lps)
___ Row 1: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (2 sts)
Finish off, leaving tail for sewing leg to body at about rnd 6.

Back Leg (Make 2)
with Tealeaf,
Using same method you used to begin body, 8 sc in st.
___ Rnds 2-5: sc in ea st around (8 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 6: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st) twice, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7-11: sc in ea st around (5 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 12: (Inc in st st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 13: st in ea st around  (8 sts)

Fold flat and work through both front and back sides (4 lps)**
___ Row 1: sc in ea st across (4 sts)
Finish off, leaving tail for sewing leg to body between about rnds7 to 13.

FROG
Body:
with Spring Green

Using whatever method fits you best, [Magic Circle] or [chain 2, begin work in 2nd chain from hook] - 8 sc in st
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnds 4-8: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 9: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times  (12 sts)
stuff head

___ Rnd 10: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
___ Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 12: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnds 13-15: sc in ea st around (12 sts/ea rnd)
stuff body

___ Rnd 16: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off and bury tail inside body to hide.

Eyes (Make 2)
with Spring Green,
Using same method you used to begin body,  4 sc in st.
Finish off.  When sewing eyes to head, you want to give the illusion of a larger 'frog eye'.  Place your 6mm onyx bead in front and use the eye piece to frame the bead at about rnd 2.


Front Leg (Make 2)
with Spring Green,
Using same method you used to begin body, 5 sc in st.
___ Rnds 2-6:  sc in ea st around  (5 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: (Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st (8 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (8 sts)


Fold flat and work through both front and back sides (4 lps)
___ Row 1: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (2 sts)
Finish off, leaving tail for sewing leg to body at about rnds 12 & 13.


Back Leg (Make 2)
with Spring Green,
Using same method you used to begin body, 8 sc in st.
___ Rnds 2-5: sc in ea st around (8 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 6: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st) twice, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (5 sts)
___ Rnds 7-11: sc in ea st around (5 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 12: (Inc in st st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 13: st in ea st around  (8 sts)


Fold flat and work through both front and back sides (4 lps)**
___ Row 1: sc in ea st across (4 sts)
Finish off, leaving tail for sewing leg to body between about rnds 14 to 15.


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5 comments:

Goldibug said...

SO SO SO CUTE! I am a big fan of frogs and can't wait to find the time to make these guys! I know my sister-in-law will be just as excited! I'll have to email you a picture of a frog I made free-style about two years ago. I still like yours more though :)

CrochetGirl said...

I love all the amigurumi patterns you make. Especially Layla the Lovebug...Are you going to post the pattern work on some of the amigurumi's you have made?

K4TT said...

:) Thank you for your comments - All of my amigurumi (which is mine and which has some method to the doodle madness) has a pattern somewhere - whether free, here on my blog (some of which are in pdf format) or for sale in my etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/K4TT)

Layla the Lovebug has been a popular pattern and is available for sale in my shop :)

Eldronius said...

I love your tadpoles and frogs! I have thousands of tadpoles in a little backyard pond currently, and this will be a fun thing to add to the enjoyment.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I think this idea is amazing!!!!!!!! My son and I absolutely LOVE following the life cycle of frogs and have all stages from tiny egg to actual frog in our house at one time!!!! Thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic idea!!!!!! : )