I recently wrote out the pattern I’ve dialed in to make my mushroom pouches so that my apprentice could learn it. She picked it up in no time, and is happily cranking them out now in preparation for event season! I’m going to share it here in a post, but if you want it in a convenient, downloadable pdf, you can buy it over on my Ko-fi store.
Size G hook or 4.5-5.5, depending on your preference and yarn size
Yarn: I usually use 2 different solid colors for the cap and stem or a single multicolor yarn for the whole piece. You can also patch together scraps and ends, as this doesn’t take much yarn, so it’s a good way to use up remnants. Do whatever you think looks good!
Cap: 9 yards
Stem: 12 yards
Optional: Small beads with at least a 6mm opening or pony beads
Stitches: magic ring, single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), foundation stitch single crochet, slip stitch (slst).
Row 1: 6 sc in magic ring. Join with sl st
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join with sl st
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st
Row 4: Ch 1, *1 sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st* repeat around. Join with sl st
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st
Row 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st
Row 7: Ch 1, *1 sc in next 2 st, dec in next 2 st* repeat around.
Row 8: Ch 1, 1 hdc in each st around. Join with sl st
Rows 9-10: Repeat Row 8
Ch 1, pull up a loop from the next st, ch 1 in that loop only, yo and pull through both loops – foundation sc made.
Insert hook into the loop you pulled up from, pull up a loop, ch 1 and then yo and pull through both loops – second sc foundation
Make 20 sc foundation st total (see pictures for exact steps for foundation sc)
Sl st to the hdc directly across the circle from where the strap starts (pinch it flat to easily spot the correct one), then sl st the last ch st on the strap to the st next to the one you just sl st to.
Optional: thread about 12 small beads onto your yarn or about 6 pony beads. Slide 1 or 2 beads into your work randomly each row for small, and 1 each row for bigger ones starting at row 2.
Row 1: Ch 2 and then make a sc in the first ch – leave the first ch big enough to get your finger through. 5 more sc in the first ch, join with sl st to first sc. You now have 6 sc in a ring around an opening.
Row 2: ch1, 2 sc in each st around, slst join to first sc in row.
Row 3: ch1, 1 hdc in each st around, slst join to first hdc in row.
Row 4: ch1, (1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st ) around, slst join to first sc in row.
*If using beads, be remembering to slide one or two into your work per row!*
Row 5: ch1, (1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st ) around, slst join to first sc in row.
Row 6: ch1, (1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st ) around, slst join to first sc in row.
Row 7: ch1, (1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st ) around, slst join to first sc in row. Tie off, Cut yarn and weave in ends.
NOTE: if your mushroom cap is too flat, you can add another row of hdc around along about Row 5 or 6. You can add scallops along the bottom edge too or whatever you’re feeling.