toadstool

seamless_toadstool_crochet_pattern_neschof

This pattern is for a seamless amigurumi mushroom or toadstool with a ribbed underneath to represent the gills. They are made in one piece, starting at the base of the stem and working upwards with instructions for two different shapes of top (one shown as a mushroom with a brown top and the other as a red toadstool here. The purple toadstool with the frilled stem is a slightly freestyle variation, explained at the end of the pattern). They’re all made in a single piece with sewing only needed for the white spots on the toadstool.

What you will need:

*Red, brown and cream or white yarn and a suitable sized hook (the red and brown photos show DK yarn with a 4mm hook making the finished toadstool ~10cm tall). Gauge is not important as the finished mushroom/toadstool will vary in size with type of yarn/size of hook and tightness of crocheting.

*Stuffing

*A stitch marker

*A yarn needle for sewing on the white toadstool spots

Techniques/stitches used:

Magic ring, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, changing colour. Pattern is written using american crochet terms.

Stem and ribbing – these steps are the same for the toadstool and mushroom. Use cream or white yarn and a suitable size hook for the type of yarn used. We will be working in a continuous spiral – use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds. Crochet into the back loop only of all stitches (this creates the dense amigurumi style surface with smaller holes than between normal stitches).

Round 1. Create a magic ring with 6sc and slip stitch closed.
Round 2. 2sc in each stitch (12 stitches total)
Round 3. *2sc, sc*  *repeat 6 times (18 stitches)
Round 4. *2sc, sc, sc*  *repeat 6 times (24 stitches)

Round 5-9. 1sc in each stitch
Round 10. *miss 1 stitch, sc the next 7 stitches*
*repeat 3 times (21 stitches)
Round 11. 1sc in each stitch
Round 12. *miss 1 stitch, sc the next 6 stitches*
*repeat 3 times (18 stitches)
Round 13. 1sc in each stitch
Round 14. *miss 1 stitch, sc the next 5 stitches*
*repeat 3 times (15 stitches)
Round 15. 1sc in each stitch
Round 16. *miss 1 stitch, sc the next 4 stitches*
*repeat 3 times (12 stitches)
Round 17. 1sc in each stitch

toadstool_stem3
Stuff firmly adding weight to the base if desired (you could use plastic pellets, lentils or rice wrapped in a scrap of fabric to stop them falling through the stitches.) However none of the toadstools shown in this pattern have weight added and they do stand up on their own with a little moulding of the base.
Do not fasten off but turn so the hole is towards you and continue on with the gills….

Gills – An impression of the gills seen on the underside of mushrooms is made by creating a ribbed circle. Work into the back loop only of all stitches (this is essential to create the ribbed effect as we work back and forth).
Step 1. Chain 8
Step 2. Chain 2, TURN, skip the 2 turning chains and crochet back down the rib: dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, sl, sl.
Step 3. Slip stitch into the next sc of the stem top. TURN

toadstool_gills1
Step 4. Crochet back up the ribbing: sl, sl, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc.
Repeat steps 2-4 all around the stem top until you slip stitch into the last sc of the stem top as shown in the photo below.


Step 5. Hold the two edges of ribbing together and slip stitch back up to the outer edge going through both sides as shown in the photo to complete the circle.

toadstool_gills_sewing
Do not fasten off but turn the work so the open end is facing you and continue on to the mushroom or toadstool top instructions….

Mushroom style top – We are now returning to working in rounds – change colour to brown and reattach your stitch marker. We are still working into the back loop only of all stitches (to create an amigurumi style dense surface).
Round 1. In brown sc all around the ribbing. 2sc into each treble and 2sc into each turning chain. This should equal 48 stitches for one complete round. (places to stitch are shown as red dots on the photo below but as long as you end up with the correct number and they are fairly evenly spaced then you don’t need to be exact)

start of top highlighting stitch locations

Round 2. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 7 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (42 stitches)
Round 3. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 6 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (36 stitches)
Round 4. 1sc in each stitch (36 stitches)
Round 5. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 5 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (30 stitches)
Round 6. 1sc in each stitch (30 stitches)
Round 7. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 4 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (24 stitches)
Round 8. 1sc in each stitch (24 stitches)

mushroom_top1
Round 9. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 3 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (18 stitches)
Add a small amount of stuffing to the centre only. (Try experimenting with different amounts of stuffing to give different shapes.)

mushroom_top2
Round 10. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 2 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (12 stitches)
Round 11. *Miss 1 stitch, slip stitch next stitch.*    *repeat 6 times (6 stitches)
Slip stitch into the 3rd stitch from the hook to close the hole, fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

mushroom1

Toadstool style top – We are now returning to working in rounds – change colour to red and reattach your stitch marker. We are still working into the back loop only of all stitches.
Round 1. In red sc all around the ribbing. 2sc into each treble and 2sc into each turning chain. This should equal 48 stitches for one complete round. (places to stitch are shown as red dots on the photo below but as long as you end up with the correct number and they are fairly evenly spaced then you don’t need to be exact)

start of top highlighting stitch locations
Round 2. 1sc in each stitch (48 stitches)

toadstool_top1
Round 3. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 7 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (42 stitches)
Round 4. 1sc in each stitch (42 stitches)
Round 5. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 6 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (36 stitches)
Round 6. 1sc in each stitch (36 stitches)

toadstool_top2
Round 7. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 5 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (30 stitches)
Round 8. 1sc in each stitch (30 stitches)
Round 9. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 4 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (24 stitches)
Round 10. 1sc in each stitch (24 stitches)
Round 11. *Miss 1 stitch, sc next 3 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (18 stitches)
Stuff, but not overly – the top should be pushed down over the stem to create a bell shape. Different amounts of stuffing will create different effects. Experiment!

toadstool_top3
Round 12. *Miss 1 stitch, dc next 2 stitches.*    *repeat 6 times (12 stitches)
Round 13. *Miss 1 stitch, slip stitch next stitch.*    *repeat 6 times (6 stitches)
Slip stitch into the 3rd stitch from the hook to close the hole, fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

toadstool2

Spots – use the same colour yarn as the stem
Small spot:
Create a magic ring with 6sc, slip stitch closed, slip stitch the next stitch and fasten off leaving a tail long enough for sewing on.

toadstool_spots
Large spot:
Round 1. Create a magic ring with 6sc, slip stitch closed.
Round 2. 2sc into each stitch (12 stitches)
Slip stitch the next 2 stitches and fasten off leaving a tail long enough for sewing on.
Make 1 large and 2 small spots (or as many of each as you like) and sew on to the top of the toadstool.

toadstool1


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The large purple version of the toadstool was created following the pattern above  with modifications as follows:

The stem was created with two stands of yarn and a 5.5mm hook. One strand was cream with flecks of brown and the other white and slightly fluffy/textured. on rounds 6 and 8 of the stem 2 strands of the white textured yarn was used and sc stitches were alternated with puff stitches (yarn over, hook through next sc, pull loop through sc and onto hook x 3  (7 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops). On round 11 I switched to two strands of the cream yarn. The gills were created exactly as written here using a single strand of the cream yarn and a 3.5mm hook. The top is two strands of slightly different and colour shifting shades of purple and made using the mushroom style top. This produces a large chunky and frilled stem with a smaller diameter top by comparison to the standard pattern. The junction between stem and top is very firmly stuffed so that it can be posed at a stable jaunty angle.

new_toadstool (8)


Copyright & Legal Stuff: I’m happy for you to sell items you make from this pattern but the images and words of the pattern itself are mine – I worked hard writing & testing & photographing so don’t copy or distribute any part of this pattern. If you’d like to share it then please link to this page. Thanks & happy crocheting


 

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