This free crochet frog pattern came about one night while watching The Orville. I couldn’t help but notice the Frog leaned up against the desk light on captain Ed Mercer’s desk because he always steals the scene! I love Kermit the Frog so the next day I was inspired to make Kermit’s counterpart to adorn wherever I choose to place her.
Only problem was, I couldn’t find a free frog pattern I liked so I had to make my own. You know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention, don’t you? If you love frogs as much as I do, you’ll be thrilled to get your free crochet frog pattern for Gabriola at the end of this post.
Free Crochet Frog Pattern
With Amigurumi trending on Instagram and Pinterest, I was curious to try my hand at it. Incredibly, it’s been over 20 years since I picked up a crochet hook, but I think I would have done my grandmother proud. I must have been channeling her when I used one of her vintage hooks later in the process!
IMPORTANT UPDATE (Mar 9, 2021): After recently losing my mom and mother-in-law to Alzheimer’s, we opened up a pattern shop where 100% of all proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s. You can still find Gabriola Frog here for a nominal donation. I hope you’ll help support our fundraising efforts. While Gabriola Frog is no longer available as a free pattern, we still have free crochet patterns for you to enjoy (details at the end of this post).
See How She Bats Those Beautiful Crochet Frog Eyes?
It took me many tries before I got Gabi’s eyes just right. Eyes are so important! They say that eyes are the window to the soul!
After stitching on her eyes, I think that Gabriola Frog does indeed have a soul! Gabi, as I like to call her, is bursting with personality. In face, she’s a happy-go-lucky frog. You’ll melt the first time she bats those beautiful crochet frog eyes at you 😉.
One ball of dollar store yarn is all it took! The entire project cost me a whopping $1.25 (the cost of the yarn) because I upcycled scraps of yarn, fibrefill, beads and embroidery thread left over from other projects to create her.
As you can see, Gabi is a bit of a drama queen and she doesn’t close her mouth for a minute. To her credit, she catches more flies that way!
She’s made herself quite at home and will show up in different places around the house! One day she’ll be chillaxing on a chair…
…. and the next thing I know she’ll be staking her territory on our TV stand.
At meal time, she’s keeping me company in the kitchen. Here she is feigning hunger; I’m not a fast cook!
Of all the places she’s been, I thought she found her happy place reclining in her milk painted adirondack chair.
However, that was before I found this motorcycle at Value Village. Unfortunately it was missing the handle bars.
If you just came for the free crochet frog pattern, feel skip to the bottom of this post for details. But if you love a good upcycle, read on!
Watch this quick video detailing how we fixed the handle bar on this wooden motorcycle:
The missing handle bar didn’t deter us from buying it. Because I knew we could bend a new one for free using a coat hanger, it’s an easy fix. Since we already own a wire bender and have windshield wiper tubing, it’s also a quick fix.
Hubs screwed the wire bender onto a piece of wood and then clamped it into his workbench.
Just a few strategic bends.
Then some rubber tubing to complete the handle grips.
Before I took over, Hubs removed the metal poking out from the block of wood with a pair of pliers.
Get in the Groove
Unless a groove is made to accommodate the new handlebars, you won’t be able to glue the new handlebars in place. I used a grinder disk to start; it wasn’t even attached to a grinder. I just held the wheel in my hand and notched the wood.
Then I used a piece of folded coarse sandpaper, widening the gap to fit the new handle bar.
In order protect the surface from the 5 minute epoxy, I added green tape surrounding the area.
I applied the epoxy in the groove and inserted the handle bar, letting it set up for 16 hours with a piece of green tape to hold it.
Wannabe Motorcycle Mama
Gabi hopped on as soon as it was done! As single minded as she is, I couldn’t stop her 😉.
I think she’s enjoying her new ride. She loves to feel the wind ruffle through her eyelashes!
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