These little frog closures are fast and fun to make, and can be added to almost anything! Put them on cardigans, bags, boot cuffs, even tree skirts – anywhere you need a decorative closure. They’re a great way to use up scrap yarn too.

Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com


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Little Frogs


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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Easy – if you’re using thread, fuzzy yarn, or anything that’s harder to see, that will make it more difficult.

Size:

Varies depending on yarn used.

Gauge:

 No specific gauge. Choose a hook that’s a little bit on the smaller side for your chosen yarn – you want your stitches (for the button in particular) to be a little tight.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)

Instructions:

Male end:

Button:

Rnd 1 (RS): Work 6 sc inside a magic loop, do not join. (6 sc)

OR Alternate Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, do not join. (6 sc)

1st round of button - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc2tog 3 times, do not join.  (3 sts)

2nd round of button - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Note: If desired, you can stuff the button lightly with a small scrap of the same yarn at this point. 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc3tog (draw up a loop in each st, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook).

Note: If you’re using a very thick yarn and just can’t get into all three stitches to pull up a loop, it’s ok to do an sc2tog and sl st in the last st instead. This will make the button not quite as tightly closed, but with a thicker yarn that shouldn’t be an issue.

3rd round of button - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Loops:

Ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook.

1st loop on male end - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

(Ch 5, sl st in same ch as before) twice. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

male end - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Female end:

Ch 8, sl st in 8th ch from hook. (This is the large loop to go around the button.)

1st loop on female end - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

(Ch 5, sl st in same ch as before) three times. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing

female end - Little Frogs - free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Finishing:
  • Weave in starting tails
  • Use long ending tails to sew closure to fabric as desired, so that the large loop is positioned to go around the button.

Notes:

  • The button and loop should both extend about halfway over the edge of the fabric, so that the edges of the fabric will meet when it is closed. You can pin it in place first and check that it’s positioned correctly.
  • To make the loops keep their shape nicely and add some definition, I like to sew through the middle of each chain, using a running stitch.

 


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Kyla Marieceliaak, FiaKnit, tadpoletroll, piratemonkey, DalColloLungo, wilmaelee, and sharonf for testing it!

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