Door 21: Tori the toadstool

Let me take a moment to explain my pattern making process for this CAL quickly.

Initially when I decided on making these critters for Eliana’s advent calendar I wasn’t thinking about writing down the patterns, never mind sharing them with you. It was just a thing I was doing for Eliana, mainly because I’m not a fan of chocolate advent calendars.
Anyway, after thinking about what type of creatures to make I eventually decided that you all might like to crochet along too, so I wrote the patterns down while making the critters.
Please understand that I am usually only one or two days ahead of you in making each creature, mainly because I can only work on this project when Eliana is not around.
Therefore, if you find an error in any of the patterns please let me know so that I can correct them! Thank you to those of you who have already done so.

Ok, now that that is done, lets make Tori.


Today you will need red and light grey or white 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:
dec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
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 red yarn.
Round 1
10 hdc into the magic ring, slst to close round, pull magic ring tight (10 sts).
Round 2
Hdc-inc x 10 (20 sts) finish 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.

Change to light grey/white yarn.
Round 3
Sc-dec x 10 (10 sts).
Round 4
(Dec, 1 sc in the next two sts) x 2, dec (7 sts).
Round 5
1 sc in each st around (7 sts).
Round 6
1 sc in each st around (7 sts).
Round 7
1 sc in each st around (7 sts).
Round 8
Inc, 1 sc in the next six sts (8 sts).
Round 9
Inc, 1 sc in the next seven sts (9 sts).
Round 10
Inc, 1 sc in the next eight sts (10 sts).
Round 11
1 sc in each st around (10 sts).
Round 12
Dce x 5 (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with a good length and close the opening as explained in Part 3 of Amigurumi Basics.
Weave the remainder of the tail into the top and make haphazard dots on top of the toadstool cap.

Now you can add Tori the toadstool to your growing collection.
Please share her on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you again tomorrow for Door 22.

21. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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