Door 3: Merry the mushroom
How are you doing with Harry and Dotty?
Don’t worry if you are battling a little.
Amigurumi takes a bit of practice, especially when crocheting using a 2mm hook and DK weight yarn.
If you want to practice the animals without straining your hands and wrist too much you can start by using a 3mm or 4mm hook. This will help you become familiar with the stitches, however, the fabric will be looser and therefore the animals will look different.
To create the same look as the animals in the photos you will need to use a 2mm hook.
One last reminder about the hook size:
Do not make your tension any tighter, the fabric will automatically be tighter because of the small hook size.
Merry the mushroom is a quiet a little fellow but he’s really fast and easy to make.
With only five rounds he’s the smallest member of the woodland fauna and flora.
Today you will need light grey and dark brown yarn.
Don’t forget your 2mm hook, fibrefill, a tapestry needle and scissors, and, if you battle finding the end of the round, a stitch marker. If you don’t have a stitch marker you can use a paper clip or safety-pin instead.
All the CAL tutorials are written in US terminology, if you need to convert to UK terminology please look at my Stitch Index.
Today’s abbreviations are:
bl – back loop
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
It is advisable to read the directions before starting, just so you have an overview of what’s happening.
Begin by making a magic ring with dark brown yarn.
5 sc into the magic ring, slst round closed, pull ring closed (5 sts).
Dc inc in each st around, slst round closed (10 sts).
Finish the round with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with enough length. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.
Attach the light grey yarn to the bl of any st of the previous round using a slst.
Sc in bl of next st not the same st as the slst, (sk 1, sc in bl of next st) x 4 (5 sts).
1 sc in first st, sk 1, 1 sc in each of the next three sts (4 sts).
1 sc in each of next four sts (4 sts).
Cut the yarn and close the opening as explained in Part 3 of Amigurumi Basics.
And your little Merry the mushroom is complete.
Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.
I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind Door 4.