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Crochet Frog Hat Pattern

It’s Spring! Bunnies, ducks, puddles, planting seeds, baby birds, blossoming flowers, AND FROGS! If you need a quick and cute crochet project, this frog hat is the one for you! Because it basically only uses one color, it works up fairly fast. Great for the cool spring weather and perfect for a boy or a girl. I would love to see the addition of a tiny crown for a frog prince or a little red tongue :)

Materials:
– Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Fern green, white, black, and pink poodle (or red) for the cheeks
– Size H Crochet hook
– Tapestry needle
– Two buttons for eyes (other options listed below)

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial <—– click here
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet

Frog Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6 -14: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below

Size: 3-6 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Round 7 -15: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (50 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below
Size: 6-12 months
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7 -16: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below
Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9 -18: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (60 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below
Size: Child
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 29, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Round 10 -20: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (62 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below
Size: Adult
Magic Ring, chain 1, 9 HDC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: Work 2 HDC into each st around, join, chain 1 (18 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (27 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (36 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (45 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC)
Round 7: HDC around, join, chain 1 (54 HDC
Round 8: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 8, Repeat around (60 HDC)
Round 9: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 9, Repeat around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Round 10 -21: HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (66 HDC)
Do not fasten off, continue on earflaps as written below
Earflaps for 0-3 months – Preschooler
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:
Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.

Earflaps for Child – Adult:
Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Second earflap placement: Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap (Refer to earflap placement from the pictures available at the end of my puppy hat pattern).

Earflap 2:

Join yarn, chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn

Row 11: SC decrease, and continue to SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Continue to SC around the hat and fasten off when you get the entire way around.


Frog Eye Pattern (back of eye): MAKE 2

Only using green yarn…
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 8 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 1 (8 HDC)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (16 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around (24 HDC)

Fasten off leaving long tail to sew front and back of eye together


Frog Eye Pattern (front of eye): MAKE 2

Staring with white yarn…
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 8 HDC in ring, join to first HDC, chain 1 (8 HDC)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (16 HDC)
change to green yarn..
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat around (24 HDC)

Fasten off and weave in ends


First, sew button onto front eyes. If you don’t feel comfortable using buttons, you can crochet a small circle (magic ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join and pull tight). OR you can start your front eye with black yarn instead of white for the magic ring round. OR you could use a safety eye.
Take your tapestry needle and long tail… sew the two eyes together by weaving your needle under the top of the last crochet stitches made as in this photo:

Now lay your hat flat and sew the eyes onto the crease of the hat right on either side of your first round. The more of the eye that you sew down, the sturdier it will be.

Frog cheeks:
With pink or red yarn…
Magic Ring, chain 1, make 10 HDC inside of ring, join to first HDC, fasten off leaving tail to sew onto hat.

Note: The cheeks and smile are virtually the same as in my gingerbread hat. I have included a video of how to sew on the mouth and cheeks in my Gingerbread Man Hat Pattern Post!


Ribbit Ribbit!

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns but if you do I ask that you link back to my post. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***
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Craftmoji: Yarn, Crochet, and Craft Emojis

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It’s finally happening! We are getting Yarn, Crochet, and Craft Emojis!!! Are you as excited as I am?! You will soon be able to download the Craftmoji app to any apple iPhone and iPad and add these seriously cute and clever craft-themed emojis to your keyboard!
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Simply Crochet has graciously sent me a prelaunch version of Craftmoji and I am so in love with all 120+ cheeky emojis! You can share them via iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email and more. They cover crochet, knitting, sewing, and stitching. Of course my favorites are the yarn ball faces like the happy face and the frog yarn ball (for when you have to “rip it, rip it”). And the words and phrases are hilarious and a bit edgy :) “Shut up I’m Counting” is the best LOL!  I am giving you a peek at many of them below but there are so many more that I couldn’t fit in the screen shots.
CraftMojiYarnBalls
Tools&Notions
WIPs
WordsPhrases
Craftmojis are stickers rather than emojis and you can send them to your friends & family via iMessage, SMS & MMS even if they don’t have the app. Plus, as they’re much bigger than emojis, they look much better & more fun!
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The launch date for Craftmoji will be finalized soon and they will be available to buy in the next couple of weeks from the Apple app store. More information can be found on the Simply Crochet Facebook Page and Instagram Account (@simplecrochetmag). Stay tuned and in touch!
The price you ask? Only .99 cents!!
Can’t wait to chat with all of you and use these in our daily social media conversations! The crochet community now has their own emoji language! Hooray!

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Crochet Crossword Puzzle

Keep your mind sharp and test your knowledge of crochet words and terms with this Crochet Crossword Puzzle! Hint: all of the words used in this puzzle can be found on my Crochet Words Mug/Printable. And if you really get stumped, the answers are at the very bottom of this post!



Answers: Across: 2. SKEIN 3. PICOT 6. YARN 8. YARNBOMB 11. GRANNYSQUARE 13. HOOK 14. SEAM 16. TUNISIAN 17. MAGICRING 18. PATTERN 19. RAVELRY 20. PLARN 
Down: 1. GAUGE 2. STITCHMARKER 4. FROGGING 5. APPLIQUE 7. AMIGURUMI 9. CROCHET 10. TAPESTRYNEEDLE 12. AFGHAN 15. WIP

Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern (Grit Stitch)

Before I show you how to make the squares, here is a little sneak peek of my Daisy Afghan! 

I am going to share the pattern with you but will need to do it in a 3-part series because I have loads of pictures, tutorials and instructions to show you. This post is Part 1: Solid Granny Square Crochet Pattern.

I already posted the pattern for the Crochet Daisy Flower <—- click here for the FREE pattern. 
I chose to use the 6 petal flower, but you could easily use the 12 petal daisy flower as well.

So lets get start with the squares. I wanted something solid and sturdy for this blanket. I knew I was going to need to appliqué the daisies on and needed a square that could easy hold up the flower (something without a lot of holes and spaces) and I also didn’t want something too busy. Just a solid background to show off the star of the show: the daisies! After a little bit of googling and poking around on the internets I decided on the grit stitch for the squares. The grit stitch is just a little bit of a twist on the regular single crochet that leaves you with a tight texture that is firm and dense. I really think these squares would make excellent washcloth or dishcloth as well!

Here is a close up view of the grit stitch!

Materials:
– Worsted Weight Yarn.
I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby Yarn in these colors for the squares:
Goldfish (orangish color), Lamb (cream color), Sweat Pea (green), and Pink (pink is not part of their baby line).
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry needle

You can get about 4 squares out of one skien of yarn.

Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

Solid Grit Stitch Granny Square Pattern
Pattern works in multiples of 2+1
Finished size: approximately 6×6.


Chain 25 (24+1), SC in third chain from hook, *skip one chain, 2 SC in next, repeat from * until the end of your chain except you will need to make only one SC in the last chain, Chain 1, Turn.
Row 2-21: SC in first stitch, *skip one stitch, make 2 SC in next, repeat from * until the end of your row EXCEPT you will need to make only one SC in the last stitch, chain 1, turn. Please see picture to be sure you are making your last SC in the correct spot!
Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you are using this pattern for a dishcloth or washcloth I would continue to SC around entire square for a more finished edge.

Try to be conscious of your tension. You will want your squares to end up being about the same size. I fully admit that I had to frog and re-do 4 of my squares because my tension was either too tight or too loose, causing my squares to be different sizes. If they are slightly off, that is ok, they just need to be in the same ballpark. 




This is where you start your row:



This is where you end your row:



Still confused? Take a look at THIS great video on how to make the grit stitch by New Stitch a Day.


If you want to make the exact same blanket that I did, you will want to make 5 squares of each color, 20 squares total. Of course you can always make more for a larger afghan. I wouldn’t go any smaller.

Next order of business is to lay out your squares in a desirable pattern. This was like a crazy game of sudoku using colors instead of numbers. You don’t want two of the same color next to each other or in the same row of 4.

Tomorrow I will show you how to join your squares and the best way to stitch on your daisy appliqué! Stay tuned!

Crochet Words Printable Art

Crocheters have a language of their own. Between the patterns, stitches, abbreviations and words like frogging, amigurumi, and WIP (work in progress) I might as well add bilingual to my resume :) But I love our secret language and I love yarn and I love crocheting so I designed printable crochet word art that includes a lot of the common words, stitches and abbreviations used in crocheting. I really like how it turned out so I had it printed on a mug and was so happy when I got a chance to sit outside this afternoon with some hot tea, yarn and my crochet hook!

You can download the Crochet Words Printable Art HERE in B&W <—– click to download
or you can download and print out the COLOR version HERE <—– click to download
Put it in a frame and display it on your desk or next to your favorite crocheting spot. If you are interested in purchasing a mug or a canvas tote bag to hold your yarn or current project, I have uploaded the images to Zazzle and you can purchase them in my Zazzle store. I am going to warn you though that the color image doesn’t print as well as the B&W image. I have contacted Zazzle about this so order at your own risk!

Crochet “I Love You” Blanket

When I found out I was pregnant with a baby girl, I started crocheting a blanket for her. If you are a regular on my blog, you probably have noticed that blankets and afghans aren’t my thing. I mostly stick to hats :) So it’s not a surprise that after 90 rows I put the project down and didn’t pick it up again. I got burned out and lost my vision for it. Recently I have been reorganizing my yarn (can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve done!) and there, sitting in a corner pile of yarn sat my 90-row blanket. I thought about frogging it but too much work had gone into it already to do that. I decided to finish it the way it was! I added some simple edging and used the surface slip stitch technique to write “I heart you” on one side. It will be a little Valentine’s Day gift for her and a nice size for her car seat.
The blanket is a very fast and easy pattern. It’s simply made up of SC + chain. I followed THIS pattern called: Fast Easy Crochet Baby Blanket — Free Beginner-Level Crochet Pattern. I used an H crochet hook and Lion Brand Pound of Love in Pink. The edging is Vanna’s Choice yarn in Pink Poodle. You could really use any size hook and yarn for this project! The finished dimensions of mine are 34″x 24″. 
For the ruffle/shell edging, I attached my dark pink yarn and made a SC, skipped a stitch, made 4 DC in the same stitch, skipped a stitch, made a SC and so on. So the pattern looks like this:
SC, skip one, 4 DC in same stitch, skip one, repeat from beginning all the way around.
I surface slipped stitched the writing on. I freehanded it, using the crocheted rows as guides (think of them as notebook paper lines). I love THIS tutorial on how to make a Surface Slip Stitch.
I would love to see what projects you are working on for Valentine’s Day! Feel free to share them on the wall of my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page so everyone can see! And if you sell your work, I welcome you to post the link to your page or shop!

10 Airplane Travel Games for Kids

Following up on the popularity of my 10 Restaurant Waiting Games for Kids, I thought I would write about some ways we keep our boys occupied while on an airplane. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t absolutely dread the thought of flying with toddlers and preschoolers. Cramped quarters, long flight times and squirmy kids with short attention spans don’t mix well. So here are a couple of ideas for games you can play to help distract your little ones and keep them occupied while you are flying the friendly skies. And just like my 10 Restaurant Waiting Games, these airplane games can all be played (mostly) with items found on the airplane. No need to take up precious carry-on bag space!

Of course we always bring the iPad loaded with their favorite shows or movies, their LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System
and Invisible Ink coloring book.

But what about the times when you can’t use your electronic devices? Those 20 minutes during take off and landing can seem like hours if you have a screaming, whiney child.

1. I-Spy Passengers: The classic game of I-Spy but with the people around you. Choose a person within view of your seat and using the phrase “I spy with my little eye, someone ___” Provide a descriptive word about who you see and let your child guess who it is. Then let him/her pick someone and you try to guess!

2. Ice Cube Fishing: Who knew a small cup of ice and a straw could be so entertaining?! I noticed that the ice cubes on airplanes have a hole through the middle. So when your drink is gone, grab your straw and let your little one try and pick up the ice with the straw. This kept my 20 month old occupied for quite some time!



3. Sky Mall Toy Search: Sky Mall magazine is full of fun toys and gadgets and the magazine is free and available in the pocket in front of you. Ask your child to find different objects or toys in the magazine. They will be flipping pages for hours :)



4. Thumb Wars: This is a fun and classic game always has my boys giggling and laughing. Facing each other and using the same hand, grasp your fingers together leaving your thumbs sticking up. Chant “1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war!” and when you are ready say “Thumbs back, now attack!” The object is to get the opponent’s thumb pinned down by your thumb.

5. Paper Toss (keep score on radio channels): Have you ever played the game paper toss on your smart phone? This is the real life version using crumpled up kleenex from the lavatory and an empty drink cup. Place the drink cup on the tray table in front of you, lean back and try and make a basket with your crumpled tissue paper. Move the cup in different spots and throw from different angles. Just make sure to keep the game from getting out of control.

And keep score with the numbers on the channel changer on your armrest!




6. Barf Bag Puppets: All you need is some crayons or markers and the barf bag from the pocket in front of you and you can create puppets! Some airlines (like Alaska Airlines) have small packs of crayons for kids if you ask.




7. Paper Towel Mask: Use those rough and thick paper towels from the lavatory to make funny face masks. Just poke holes through with your finger. I had my 1.5 year old giggling for a good 10 minutes during descent!



8. Food Play: If you have little ones, I am sure you have packed a large arsenal of snacks. Try to choose some snacks they can play with. Cheez-it now makes “Scrabble Junior” letter crackers that are great for working on letter recognition. Make words with them or try and find the whole alphabet. You an even “build” with these fun little squares.

Or how about Tic Tac Toe with mini Oreos and straws from the drink cart!

9. Rock, Paper, Scissors: This is another simple classic game that can’t be forgotten! If you don’t know how to play, I will let Wikipedia explain it to you. Click HERE for instructions.

10. The Alphabet Game: Look out the window (or around you) and starting with the letter “A” name something that starts with each letter of the Alphabet. For instance, A = airplane, B = backpack, C = clouds, etc.


I hope these ideas will help make your next flight a smoother one! Be sure to check out my 10 Restaurant Waiting Games for Kids for ideas to keep your kids occupied while waiting for your food to arrive when eating out.