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Drops In The Frog Pond Crochet Afghan

It's finally finished! 

I'm calling this Afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond' because it's based off the 'drop in the pond' pattern and I ended up frogging so much of it.

I'm calling this crochet afghan 'Drops In The Frog Pond'

I think I re-did enough of this crochet project I could have made it twice. 

There were quite a few things to figure out whilst making it. I ended up redoing all of the side sections again to get the 'drops' in the right order, which also allowed me to sort out the yarn colour issue

I had change the side rows to accommodate the yarn shortage

I decided that rather then use the bright aqua I would only do a single row of laguana (pale blue)on the side/end rows and do an extra row in the dove grey. It changes the feel of the pattern a little but I like it better then the aqua.

I also tried to figure out what to do about the change in ripple size on the long sides but I had no luck with that. 

'drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

The only flat surface big enough to display this afghan on is our bed. Using our bed to lay it out for photos presents it's own  problems, like lighting, camera angles and getting the whole afghan in the shot.

Drops in the Frog Pond crochet afghan. All the 'drops' are in a row just as if a frog and leaped and left a trail of droplets.

Hopefully these shots will suffice to give you a feel for the final outcome.

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug the sections are joined with a zipper join

What I've learnt from this project

  1. plan your project, then buy your yarn. 
  2. buy extra yarn when you're deviating from a pattern
  3. expect to have to fix things when deviating from a pattern
  4. when making a project during an emotional time it's really good therapy, but you're likely to make mistakes
  5. writing down everything will ensure you can make the pattern again (I already knew that but it's still true and I actually wrote it down this time!

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

Yarn Usage:

The original pattern example was made with:

Color A: 2 skeins
Color B: 1 skein
Color C: 1 skein

What I  actually used: 

Color A: 2 skeins Meriner (dark blue) & 4 skeins of Grape (purple)
Color B: 5 skeins Dove (grey)
Color C: 2 skeins Laguana (pale blue)

12 ply yarn | 3.5mm /size 9 crochet hook

weighing remaining yarn to determine yarn usage

What I would purchase to make this afghan again:

Color A: 5 skeins Meriner (dark blue) & 4 skeins of Grape (purple)
Color B: 3 skeins Dove (grey)
Color C: 3 skeins Laguana (pale blue)

'Drops in the frog pond' large crochet rug

I'm looking forward to rugging up in this afghan next winter.

Oui Crochet


  1. Congratulations on your finish! From following your progress on this piece, I know I would have frogged the whole thing - You've put so much work into it! I'm glad you got it together in the end. The results are amazing! I like your version with more 'drops' better than the original (no offense to the designer).

    1. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply, but when I first read your comment it totally made my day. Now I'm reading it again, and it's made my day all over again =) thank you.

  2. awesome dude! so glad you finished it and so lovely!! colors are gorgeous!!

    1. A part of me regrets the need for that purple, I wonder what it would look like if I'd been able to do the whole thing in the original 3 colours.

  3. I cannot believe how beautiful this looks. How long did it take for you to make this?

    liz @ sundays with sophie

    1. I wish I knew the answer to that. It was a bit of an experimental piece that saw a lot of frogging. To give you an idea I was able to do about each of the centre sections in an evening (so that's about 5-6 evenings) and that final row all the way around also took a full evening. I think I got the shorter ends done in an evening-ish each and the long sides seemed to take forever, probably because I ended up undoing them as much as I was doing them. That's not a great answer but there you have it. 0_o

  4. What an interesting pattern. Great job. And the colors work so well!

    1. I love the colours, but I would have preferred to just stick with the original three.

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you. It was a bit of an experiment, but it's just for me.

  6. What a very pretty afghan with an equally pretty name :)

    1. I'd like to give it another go and see if I can't get those edges right.

  7. Beautiful variation! And I wholeheartedly agree with your tips!!!
    Thank you for sharing with #FiberTuesdays!

  8. Congratulations on seeing this one through. I'm impressed with your stick-to-it-iveness. The end result was worth it. :)

  9. I love this pattern it is beautiful I started one as soon as I saw it ,I have made a few of the original pattern but this is a great change .

    1. That makes me happy =D I'd love to see how it turns out. I would love it even more if I could share a photo on my blog. Let me know if you have any better luck with the edging then I did. I was able to get one side behaving nicely but not both.

  10. I would love to do this for a friend of mine and was wondering if you have the pattern available somewhere.

    1. Hi, I'm sorry I didn't see your request earlier. I don't have a pattern however I did link to the original, which can be found here:

      You can follow my progress and deviation from that pattern from here:

      If you want to see how If you would like to email me I am happy to step you through.


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