Crochet Stiches & Terminology

Frogging in Crochet

If you are new to online crochet communities you have undoubtedly stumbled across someone saying they had to frog a project. Although this is an unofficial term in crochet terminology, it is commonly accepted in various social media posts and among those who crochet.

In crochet, the term “frog” is a verb, meaning “to frog” or to “rip out your stitches“. Frogging is a slang term that is a play on words. Often when you discover an error in your crochet project you have to unravel the yarn and take out your stitches; a simple process generally completed by removing your hook from the yarn and gently tugging on the end of the yarn you were working from. In this process, you “rip it, rip it, rip it” which, when said like this, sounds like the sound a frog makes “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit”. When frogging, it is best to act slowly so you are able to re-insert your hook and resume your project after you have removed the error.

It should also be noted, frogging can also be used to reclaim yarn from a project. I have done this when I have not had enough yarn to complete a project – I remove the yarn and replace with that of a different skein.

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