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poison dart frog crochet pattern

Remember my polymer clay frog from a couple of weeks ago? I decided to follow my own suggestion and remake it in crochet. As with the clay version, this is the ‘Blue Jeans’ colour morph of the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates pumilio), with a distinctive red body and blue legs:

poison dart frog amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune

This adorable tiny tropical frog from the jungles of Central and South America is only about 1″ long in real life, but the crocheted version is poison-free and a much more manageable size (about 6.5″ long).

poison dart frog amigurumi crochet pattern by planetjune

Here she is with her inspiration, my original FIMO sculpture – there’s quite a size difference!

poison dart frogs (polymer clay and crochet) by planetjune

And, just for fun, I thought you might be interested to see my original notebook sketch I made after watching the Amphibians episode of David Attenborough’s Life, which set this whole thing into motion! A little glimpse into my process:

poison dart frog sketch by planetjune

If you’d like to make your own tropical froggy, the Poison Dart Frog amigurumi crochet pattern is now available in the PlanetJune shop. I hope you like her!


  1. Katie said

    LOVE this! I would love to make a set of poison dart frogs–they are so beautiful–it would be awesome to have an extension pack that shows how to make some with back markings–that would open up a whole bunch of possible color combos!

  2. kris said

    oooo – i think that the panda with bamboo is a GREAT idea!!!!!!

  3. Vicki said

    Hey there!
    I love all your patterns! You are such an awesome crocheter!
    I wanted to ask you a quick question. Have you ever heard of smiley’s yarns? the sell namebrand yarns for really cheap prices. I’m wondering if they are legitimate.
    Thanks for all your crochet work!

    • June said

      Vicki, thank you!

      I checked on Ravelry and according to lots of Ravelers Smileys is legitimate, so I think you’re safe 🙂 Bear in mind: they have a minimum order of $50, and shipping is $13, so you’re looking at spending at least $63 per order (ouch). Plus it’s mostly discontinued yarns, so it’s a limited selection. But if you like what they have in stock, and you have $63+ to spend, then go for it 🙂

  4. Etha said

    oh he is amazing!

  5. craftydoo said

    That is so realistic! I’ve browsed your site in the past and your designs boggle my mind! They are simply fantastic!

  6. melissa said

    hi june!
    oh your patterns are truly amazing!
    i love seeing your process.

    thank you so much for sharing it and the pattern!

  7. Kari said

    I love a peek into your process! And I think he’s really cute, too!

    I must admit, I’d LOVE to see you design a panda! with a piece of bamboo in her mouth! 🙂

  8. becky said

    I gave in and bought the pattern:) and oh wow I can’t wait to start it…
    On a second note I made a red ballon today 🙂

    • June said

      Yay! And hey, if it makes you feel any better, you’re helping to pay my mortgage! So thank you (and everyone else who buys my patterns) very much – I really, really appreciate it! xo

      • I don’t know what I would do without your patterns seeing them makes my day… I think I will start the frog now. 🙂

  9. Ruhammie said

    Wow! The body shape looks great! The first pic really threw me off on the size I thought it was much smaller, once I saw the pic with them together, then I saw the scale. Great design!

  10. becky said

    wow this frog is amazing…. I am going to go broke with all the patterns you have and I love 😀 I will have to go get this frog soon. 🙂

  11. Jana said

    AWESOME!! SO cool! I love the frog! I think I’ve mentioned the possibility of branching off into fantasy creatures? Unicorns, dragons, Centaurs, and other mythical creatures maybe? How about a swan? Maybe some more birds? A parrot or toucan? 😀 Maybe some of the animals of Australia like a dingo, kangaroo, or koala. How about more from Africa, like a lion, giraffe, kudu, or zebra? Swing around to China for a panda? Cheetah or leopard?

    • June said

      Wow, you’re keeping me busy, Jana! Thanks for the suggestions!

  12. Cora Shaw said

    Wow, what a great job. I absolutely love your designs as you well know 🙂 since I keep buying them.


  13. kris said

    wow great job june. they yarn color really matches the FIMO colors. how did you ever get the legs to look like that?

    • June said

      Buy the pattern to find out! 😀

      No, seriously, it’s pipe cleaners in the legs that make them strong and poseable like that 🙂

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