Free Pattern: Froggy Pouch

froggy front

This little froggy pouch can hold earbuds, coins, whatever you like! Continue reading for the free pattern and a tutorial for zipper usage in crochet.

I’ve been wanting to try something new with amigurumi, so I bought a pack of 7-inch black zippers on Amazon the other day. The result of my first attempt with zippers is this adorable little frog. He’s so simple to make, he didn’t involve any frogging at all (hehe).

This pattern is more of a tutorial, since you can follow these same steps with any round head shape, then add whatever embellishments you like to make different animals. In this case the only embellishment I used was the froggy eyes. Since this is more of a basic guideline than a true pattern, I’m offering it for free, yippee! I can’t wait to see what kinds of critters you make! Here’s the recipe for my little froggy:

Supplies
  • 7-inch zipper
  • worsted weight yarn in colors of your choice
  • 3.75 mm hook
  • thread or embroidery floss
  • needle
Eyes (white yarn and black yarn or thread)

R1: sc 6 in a magic ring (6)
R2: (2 sc in next st, sc 1) 3x (9)
R3-4: sc around (9). Fasten off and lightly flatten the piece. Create the pupils by sewing black yarn or thread over a circular area on one side.

That’s it for the eyes! Here’s the basic pouch pattern:

Circular Zipper Pouch (top half)

R1: sc 6 in a magic ring (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: (2 sc in next st, sc 1) 6x (18)
R4: (2 sc in next st, sc 2) 6x (24)
R5: (2 sc in next st, sc 3) 6x (30)
R6: (2 sc in next st, sc 4) 6x (36)
R7: (2 sc in next st, sc 5) 6x (42)
R8-11: sc in each st around (42)

Next we’ll attach the zipper. Wrap your zipper into a circle, overlapping the ends so that it just fits inside your crocheted piece. Sew or hot glue the ends together. Then, prepare the zipper for crochet by taking thread or embroidery floss and stitching 36 sewn stitches around the edge of the zipper with a needle, starting just before the zipper pull and ending shortly after the zipper stopper. You can see in the photo below on the left how I have stitches around the zipper with embroidery floss. You’ll want to do this about 2mm above the zipper then sew another set 2 mm below the zipper.

froggy zipper

For the next round you’ll insert your hook through both the stitch AND through a stitch on your zipper (see the photo above on the right), starting just before the zipper pull. Through both, sc 36.

Next we’ll make a little tab to cover the back of the zipper, where you either sewed or hot glued it into a ring. In the last 6 stitches (NOT through any stitches on the zipper, just in your crochet stitches), work as follows: ch. 2, skip 1 stitch, dc in next 4, ch. 2, sl st to the last stitch. Then fasten off.

Circular Zipper Pouch (bottom half)

R1: sc 6 in a magic ring (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: (2 sc in next st, sc 1) 6x (18)
R4: (2 sc in next st, sc 2) 6x (24)
R5: (2 sc in next st, sc 3) 6x (30)
R6: (2 sc in next st, sc 4) 6x (36)
R7: (2 sc in next st, sc 5) 6x (42)
R8: sc in each st around (42)

Next we’ll attach the zipper, crocheting through both the crocheted stitch AND a stitch on the zipper as we did before. I find it easiest to attach the bottom half with the zipper unzipped so I can reach inside it to hold the pieces steady. Through both, sc 36. This time, instead of creating a tab, we’ll fasten off after the first 36 stitches. Then use the yarn end to sew the tab from the top half to the remaining 6 stitches on the bottom half, closing the back of your pouch. See the photos below for how this looks:

froggy sides

Weave in your ends, attach the eyes (or any other embellishments you’re using) then you’re all set!


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