A squishy mushroom as a belated birthday present for the edible mushroom-growing 0!
I was aiming for as realistic of a mushroom as possible. My biggest inspiration was Cult of Crochet‘s lovely one-piece toadstools (for sale on Ravelry here). I did not purchase Cult of Crochet’s pattern (now Vampire Weasel), nor have I seen any part of her pattern, so any similarities between my pattern and hers are entirely coincidental.
I started out trying to make some sort of cross between Cult of Crochet’s mushrooms and CAROcreated‘s gorgeously realistic toadstool. Then 0 told me she prefers her mushrooms round instead of pointed. Oops. I had already made the top half of my mushroom cap, with the rounded pointy top flaring out. Rather than waste all the work I spent in getting a nice flared shape, I changed course to make a mushroom more like this picture instead.
The hardest part was figuring out how to make the gills on the underside of the mushroom cap. I couldn’t figure out how to make gills like the ones on Cult of Crochet’s lovely mushrooms without having to redo my whole mushroom cap. (It looks to me like Cult of Crochet worked her mushroom caps in vertical strips, not horizontally as a spiral, like mine.) After lots of different stitch attempts, I finally came up with these gills. I am extremely pleased with how they turned out! They radiate out from the stalk, stick out from the underside of the cap like real mushroom gills, and are clearly visible.
0 was thoroughly nonplussed when I asked her if she likes her mushrooms with or without spots. Possibly because I did not tell her why I kept asking her weird questions about mushrooms out of the blue, because I was trying to keep her present as a surprise. I like the mushroom better with spots, so I made three spots but didn’t attach them, to let 0 decide what she’d like.
Of course, before the mushroom could be declared fit to gift, someone tested the mushroom for balance and nom-ability.