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What Is Frogging In Crochet? -Crochet Definitions

Have you ever heard the term “Frogging” in relations to crochet? Some of you may have heard of the word, but not know what it means and others are probably staring blankly at the screen or giggling at the word.

I remember the first time I heard the word “frogging”. I was scrolling through Facebook (where you can find me most of the day hah) and in one of my crochet groups, someone was asking if they should “frog” their work or keep going. And I was probably thinking the same thing most of you are thinking right now. “Frogging? Like…. the animal? What the heck does that have to do with your work?!”

So, now that I am more familiar with the word, I did some research on “Frogging” such as, what it means, where the word comes from and why you would “frog!”. I’ll go over all of these things in this post right here!

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What does “Frogging your work” mean?

Essentially, it means to rip out your work. You know when you’ve realized two rows down the line that you’ve made a mistake and you decide to rip out your work? Or when you’ve tried a pattern and can’t get it right, and you undo your work? That’s frogging. It’s basically like crochet slang. You won’t find that word in a pattern because it isn’t “proper language”. The most common places you’re likely to see it pop up in is in Facebook in crochet groups where no one really cares about using “proper” English!

Where did the term “Frogging” Come from?

Why is that the world would someone choose “Frogging” as the slang word? Couldn’t they have found a word a lot less silly?

Probably. But there is a better reasoning behind it then you think.

In this sense, “Frog” is a word that could be used as a verb. Hense, “to frog” means to “rip out stitches.”

It’s also a play on words. It mimics the noise a frog makes (Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!) because when you take out your work you, “Rip it, Rip it, Rip it”. And, thus, frogging was born!

Why would you ever Frog your crochet?

Noticing a mistake

Of course, as mentioned before, if you notice a mistake in your work and decide to rip it out, you’ll be frogging your work. That’s the most common reason to frog work. It happens a lot as a beginner, so don’t get discouraged if you tend to take out your work a lot- Because once you get better and become a perfectionist…. you’ll still rip out your work. Nobody’s perfect!

Creating a new pattern

Once you get a little more comfortable with crochet, you may want to try your hand at creating your own pattern. That doesn’t always go as planned. In fact, the first time around 9 times out of 10 won’t go as planned. You’re likely to have a pattern idea in your head, with the stitches you think will work, so you go to try it aaand….. it just doesn’t turn out the way you planned it to. It happens to the best of us! (Literally, I was just creating a new pattern today and spent some time ripping it out!)

Color miss-match!

Another reason to frog work would be if you added a different color to your work that you deiced you don’t like, you could always rip it out and try a new color! Crochet is all about trial and error!

Tips for Frogging your crochet

  1. Work slow. You don’t want to go too crazy and realize you’ve frogged way past the point you wanted to.
  2. Worried you won’t remember where you want to stop? Try inserting a stitch marker into the place you want to frog til so that you’ll know for sure where to stop!
  3. Don’t frog too much too soon, try working the excess yarn you’re creating back into your ball (or create a new one) so that your yarn won’t get tangled up as you work! (You may not need to worry about this if you are only going back a few stitches though!)

And that’s about all you should need to know about frogging! See, it’s more than just a silly word there’s actual, real meaning behind it! Interested to read more crochet help posts? Check these out!


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