Thursday, 31 October 2013

Frog Mittens



This week I have been knitting some children's fingerless mittens. I have so admired many of the cabled owls I have seen recently, so thought I would have my own go at producing my own animal from cables. So meet Cable Frog.



He is made from a combination of cabling and bobbles. These are not hard to knit, but the part I found most challenging was writing the cable instructions. Not simple as sometimes you need to cable one or two stitches, and are you on a purl row or a knit row?
 

But I do like these little frogs, with their big feet, and little open mouths. I have used them on the back of some child's fingerless mittens. The mittens are knitted with Aran wool, and although I think the cream frogs show up better in my photos, I also thought green was quite a suitable colour for frogs. The mitten pattern is for sale on ravelry, and I have also put on the frog motif as separate download, so you could use it in whatever way you wish: frog edged scarf perhaps, frog pencil case or bookmark.



I have a few more plans for the frogs, but just thought I would show you this one, which was a bit of a flop. I think it is a cute froggy hat, but the recipient was not happy. She says she would not want to be seen out looking a bit like my acorn fairy. I can sort of see what she means. I may have another attempt at something similar, but for a baby, or at least a younger child who hasn't yet got strong views on fashion and what is cool. I do think Mums would love it.

"Mummy, Why have you made me look like an acorn?"




39 comments:

  1. Your frog mittens look wonderful. I love the design. I think the acorn hat looks great but I can see where your daughter is coming from. Like you said babies and little ones would probably love it.
    Ali x

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  2. The mittens are lovely. Perfect for keeping little hands warm this winter. The little dolly looks cute. I love her red hair xx

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  3. Love your frog mittens and the green yarn is gorgeous!

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  4. They are gorgeous! Aren't children ungrateful!?

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  5. Could you just knit a very wide, ribbed cuff for the hat so it covers the ears and forehead and isn't so "acorn"-ish, as your daughter put it? Cute frogs. I have no imagination for that sort of thing.

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  6. Cute mittens, You are invited to share this with Show Your Stuff:
    http://www.treasuresmadefromyarn.com/2013/10/show-your-stuff_31.html

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  7. Your daughter's comment makes me laugh. Knitting for my children as they get older can be a bit of a challenge. I love the last photo! So pretty.

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  8. All atop each other like that makes me think "Leap Frog!" Such a cute motif. I loooooove frogs!

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  9. Ha! I love when our children give feedback! I adore the mitts.

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  10. Love the mitts, the frog is great!

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  11. Oh my gosh... I'm laughing about the Acorn Fairy... at least she let you take a photo. ;-)

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  12. These are so creative! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  13. So very clever. A really good idea. Well done you - I can imagine how tricky the pattern was to write down!

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  14. Your patterns and designs are so clever!

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  15. Your frog motif is lovely! I particularly like the acorn hat and lovely little doll! I've popped by from Handmade Harbour :)

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  16. aww i love your little acorn fairy!

    i love you froggy mittens too and agree that the hat version would be adorable on a baby :) x

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  17. These are lovely, the green is a great Autumn / Winter colour. I know what your daughter means about the 'acorn look' bit it is a cute hat. :)

    Jan x

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  18. Ah it's great to be an Acorn Fairy! is that her in the picture below too?!

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  19. BTW, does SHE *know* that MORE PEOPLE are seeing Her on the BLOG?! -- just saying... ;-D
    whatever... GORGEOUS WORK!

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  20. Yes, but I think the difference is they aren't her friends.

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  21. There's nothing like a child for giving blunt feedback! I love your little froggies, they look really cute on the mittens.

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  22. Love your frog mittens - I love to see things knitted in Aran wool, it reminds me of my grandmother who always made all of us the most gorgeous (and useful) Aran jumpers :)

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  23. Cabling is my nemesis!! >_< You are so clever, these are lovely!

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  24. I have never done cabling before...it is intimidating! Love the mitts!

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  25. The little acorn doll is adorable.

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  26. Fingerless mitts are one of my favorite things to knit. And those are cute! Perfect for little hands! Happy knitting!

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  27. Amazing mittens!

    Here's my WIP: http://mibruno.com/en-proceso-113/

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  28. How cute !!
    I like these mittens

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  29. Loving the frog mittens. Too sweet.

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  30. so creative! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  31. Love those mittens! So cute! Thanks for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday!

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  32. Adorable! Now I'm thinking chickens would be cute too! ;)
    I'll be featuring you on the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week, so please feel free to grab a featured button!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  33. I love the little acorn fairy in the last photo!

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