Crochet

Chonky Mushroom Softie

This is my second time participating in CAL Central’s Annual Softie CAL, and this time I made a Chonky Mushroom! It is weighted with Poly Pellets so it can stand on its own, and stuffed with Poly Fil so it’s squishy and soft.

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Finished Size: 11” tall, 4 1/2″ in diameter at base, 9″ in diameter at base of cap

Materials:

Approx. 200 yds Super Bulky weight acrylic yarn (CYCA 6, Super Bulky) in two colors. Model shown in Bernat Softee Chunky (100% acrylic; 108 yds; 3.5 oz/100g) 1 skein each in Natural (A) and Berry Red (B)

Crochet hook size K/10.5/6.50mm or size needed to obtain gauge. Gauge should be tight rather than loose, for a dense fabric that doesn’t allow stuffing to escape.

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Approx 6 ounces of Poly Pellets

Small amount Poly Fil Stuffing

Pantyhose (I found some at the Dollar Store) or knee hi sheer, or other stretchy fabric for pellet wrangling

Gauge: 9 sts x 11 rows = 4″ in sc

Notes:

With the exception of Rnd 1, there are no chains at the beginning of the rounds. Make sure to mark the beginning of each rnd with a stitch marker.

Abbreviations

Beg – beginning

Ch – chain

Rep – repeat

Rnd – round

Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Mushroom:

Stem:

With A, make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring. 6 sc

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc

Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * around. 18 sc

Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. 24 sc

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. 30 sc

Rnd 6: ScBLO in each sc around.

Rnds 7 – 10: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 11: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 8 sc. Rep from * around. 27 sc

Rnds 12 – 14: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 15: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. 24 sc

Work even in sc until work measures 5” from the BLO ridge of Rnd 6.

Cap Underside:

Rnd 1: Rep Rnd 5 in FLO. 30 sc

Rnd 2: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * around. 36 sc

Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc. Rep from * around. 42 sc

Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 6 sc. Rep from * around. 48 sc

Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. 54 sc

End off A.

Cap Top:

With B, rep Rnds 1 – 5 of Stem.

Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * around. 36 sc

Rnds 8 – 9: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 10: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 5 sc. Rep from * around. 42 sc

Rnd 11: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 12: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 6 sc. Rep from * around. 48 sc

Rnd 13: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 14: *2 sc in next sc, sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * around. 54 sc

Rnds 15 – 17: Sc in each sc around. Do not end off, place stitch marker in working loop so it doesn’t unravel while you are working on the

spots.

Spots: Make 9 or desired number

With A, make a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring. Join rnd with sl st in first sc. End off leaving a longish tail for sewing.

Assembly/Finishing:

Pin Spots into place in random order, sew into place with tails and tapestry needle.

Pour approx 6 ounces of Poly Pellets into the pantyhose leg or sheer knee hi. Stretch the fabric to make a fairly tightly packed ball the diameter of the inside of the stem, knot off hosiery.

Drop the knotted pack of Pellets into the stem, fill remainder with Poly Fil.

Stuff Cap with Poly Fil.

With the B working yarn that is still attached to the Cap, sc the Cap and Stem together – there are the same number of sts remaking on both pieces.

Before you join them completely be sure to check and see if your softie needs anymore Poly Fil – insert that if needed before finishing.

Join rnd with sl st in first sc. End off.

Weave in ends.

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