I love knitting this little frog. He’s been a member of my band of Fairy Tale Finger Puppets since the beginning, and I’ve had quite a few happy customers who have ordered and enjoyed him over the past few years. But knitting him up is almost as fun as playing with him afterward, so today I am going to share his simple pattern with you. Clear out an hour or so in your schedule for knitting, get out your double pointed needles and lets begin!
Friendly Frog
Four size 3 double pointed knitting needles
scrap worsted weight yarn in two shades of green
tapestry needle for attaching legs and belly
black embroidery thread and needle for adding face
green thread to attach the legs
*note: if you change needle size or yarn weight, you’ll get a bigger or smaller frog, which is cool too. Just make sure to use a combination of yarn + needles that creates a stiff, tight knit, so that your frog has some stability.

abbreviations used: 

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit two stitches together into one. a decrease stitch
p = purl
p2tog = purl two stitches together into one. a decrease stitch.
ssk = slip, slip, knit. Slip the next two stitches onto the right hand needle as if to knit, stick the tip of your left-hand needle into them from below, and then knit them together as one. a decrease stitch

knit in the round

with your main color:
CO 24 stitches and divide evenly onto 3 needles (8 stitches on each needle).
Round 1-12: k
Round 13: [ssk, k4, k2tog] repeat 3x (18 stitches)
Rounds 14-21: k
Round 22: [k2tog, k1] repeat 6x (12 stitches)
Round 23: k2tog around (6 stitches)
Cut your yarn with a tail of about 5 inches, and pull the tail through the remaining stitches, making a slip knot before pulling tight. Use a tapestry needle to pull the yarn tail into the body and out of sight.
legs (make 2)
knit flat and i-cord
with your complementary color
CO 8 stitches
Rows 1 & 3: k
Rows 2 & 4: p
Row 5: k4, fold the work in half with purl sides inward so that the first 4 stitches are lined up with the second 4 stitches. Using a 3rd needle, knit together each pair of aligned stitches. (4 stitches)
Row 6: k i-cord until your leg measures desired length. For my frog, that is about 6 inches, but hold your leg up to your frog’s body to make sure you’re happy with the length.
knit flat
with your complementary color
CO 4 stitches
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (6 stitches)
Rows 2 & 4: p
Row 3 & 5: k
Row 6: p2tog, p2, p2tog (4 stitches)
BO, leaving a bit of yarn tail that you’ll use to sew on the tummy
-use black embroidery thread and needle to stitch on a face (I’m no embroidery expert, but I used backstitch for the mouth)
– use your extra yarn tail and a darning needle to sew on the tummy
– pinch the legs so that the top end is touching the “ankle” and then use green thread and needle to sew the legs firmly to the sides of the body at this touching point.
-optional but always fun: share your frog on instagram (hashtag #yarnbirdy), facebook (tag @yarnbirdy), or Ravelry, because I would love to admire it!

See, a very friendly frog. Just hanging out with his fairy tale buddies.