When I started crocheting and knitting, I asked my husband if there was anything he wanted me to make for him. His request? A frog puppet. I had a terrible time finding a free pattern anywhere for a puppet I liked, so one night I sat down, chained 29 and started working. I hate finishing -- seams, making up, all that stuff -- so I really tried to not have to do any of that. The result wasn't bad. A bit lumpy and bumpy, but he loves the puppet.
I also made some finger puppets from Knitty for my boss's birthday (she's a former-children's librarian-turned-library-director and still does some storytimes and a puppeteering workshop).
Here's the frog puppet pattern. I have been knitting instead of crocheting for a while, so I'm a little rusty. Also, it's my first pattern, and I wrote it down after making the puppet instead of while making it, so if anything's confusing, please comment and I'll try to clarify! I'm also planning to draw a diagram and post it later this week, along with a cute picture of the knitted elephant toy I just made.
Frog puppet *updated pattern - now includes pictures of technique*
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 (shown with red paperclip).
row 37: ch 1, sl st into next edge space (shown with blue paperclip), 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.