Grafting

I am knitting a frog and the pattern wants me to cut out a couple of stitches in the middle of my work for the eyes. I have tried repeatedly and cannot figure out how to do it without all my work unravelling. Here is a screen shot of the instructions. Any help would be appreciated.

Welcome!
This is a bit like making an afterthought thumb on a mitten. I like this video because you save the sts first before cutting or removing a yarn strand.

The instructions look pretty good. You will end up with a horizontal hole and two loose threads, one on each side.

Have you tried practising with thicker yarn on a swatch? You could thread through two lifelines (short scrap pieces of thinner yarn in a contrasting colour) so that the stitches cannot “go” anywhere.

Alternatively, you could embroider on eyes or use bought plastic eyes or buttons (depending on the age of the recipient).