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Knitted, Crocheted. Felted Christmas Mushroom Tree Ornaments!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 20:18
The little 'shroom' tree ornament project begun earlier this year is completed! At least until I find another pattern I can not resist!
My earliest memories of Christmas include little red and white "Raggedy Ann" mushrooms dangling from the Christmas tree branches - twinkling in the shimmering glow of bubble lights. And although I have managed to find a few glass 'shroom' ornaments over the years, I definitely wanted more "Raggedy Ann 'shrooms" on my tree!! Thanks to several brilliant designers I have 8 lovely fiber versions to hang this year!
Four Crocheted Mushrooms - clockwise from upper left:
2. Crocheted Mushroom (version 1) by orangeflowerpatterns. Also a free Ravelry download here. A quick and satisfying project. And as you can see - cute as a button!!!
3. Mushroom and toadstool pattern found in "The Complete Idiots Guide to Amigurumi Crochet" by PlanetJune - read more here. As with all June's Amigurumi, this pattern was a pure pleasure to crocchet!
4. Seamless Toadstool by Cult of Crochet and available for Â£1.00 GPS on Ravelry here. Love the added details in the gills on the underside.
5. Fly Agaric designed by: Leslie Stanfield and included in her book :"75 Birds, Butterflies and little beasts to knit and crochet". Order a copy here! The shape is so so similar to those on the trees of my childhood!
6. Needle felted cluster made using a kit and instructions purchased from the Magic Onions. You can order a kit of your own right here in the beautiful Magic Onions Shop! Donni's Mushrooms were my very first needle felted project and deserve a place of honor on the tree!
7. On the right - a knitted and wet felted mushroom designed by Marie Mayhew Designs. It is included in the pattern for Marie's brilliant Woolly Gnome and can be ordered here . BTW - the 'shroom is so cleverly designed there is no need for stuffing!!!
8. And finally - this little unplanned serendipitous bit of fun!!! A marriage between my Christmas 'shrooms' project and Knitted Christmas Balls designed by Arne and Carlos. I have been participating in the MerryKal conceived by Knitting Sarah and hosted on IMake. I can't begin to tell you how much fun I have had these past three or four months learning to knit beautiful Scandinavian influenced designs onto sweet little Christmas Balls. I will be sharing my whole collection soon!
For now, i am sharing this little 'shroom' ball! The designs for the five 'shrooms' on this ball are mine and were possible only because Arne and Carlos encouraged my Muse with their "design your own motif" chart in the back of their book "55 Christmas Balls to Knit". If you love to knit - buy a copy here!
Trust me, once you practice the ball pattern a couple times, making Christmas balls becomes addictive - which is good! You will have lots to give to friends and relatives at Christmas!!!
Thank you to all the designers linked above for sharing your talent and designs. I can not wait to start decorating!!!