Crocheted Fly Agaric


You will need
: Some white yarn, red yarn, off white yarn and a small wooden stick for the stem (mine are 7,5 and 10 cm high and approx. 0,75 cm. diameter).

Underside of the small mushroom (in white)
For the first 3 rounds of the underside of this mushroom I have to give credit to Loren G (twisted1 at Ravelry). I have used her pattern of a Birds Nest Fungus for this. (shared at the International Free Form Forum at Ravelry in the CKAL Fungus among us.

If you leave a long tail at the start, you can use this for the speckles.  

Round 1
Start with 12 dc in a magical ring (use ch 3 for the first dc), close with a slipstitch (slst).
Round 2
Slipstitch around first dc, ch 3 for the first front post dc (fpdc), dc in the same dc in the normal way (you will have to reach a little back with your hook), *fpdc, dc around and in next dc*, repeat from * to * till end of round, close with slst in top of first stitch. ( 24)
Round 3
Slst around ch 3 of last round, ch 3 for the first fpdc, 2 dc in next dc, *fpdc around fpdc of last round, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from * to * around, slst. to top of first st. (36)
Round 4
Slst around ch 3 of last round, ch 3 for the first fpdc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, *fpdc around fpdc of last round, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc*, repeat from * to * around, slst to top of first st. (48).
Fasten off.

Underside of large mushroom
Round 1-4 as small mushroom
Round 5
Slst around ch 3 of last round, ch 3, (dc, 2dc, dc in next 3 st.), *fpdc aournd fpdc of last round, (dc, 2dc, dc in next 3 st)*, repeat from * to * around, slst to top of first st (60).
Fasten off.

Small mushroom - with red
Close each round with a slipstitch.
Round 1
12 sc in magical ring (ch 2 for the first sc)
Round 2
(sc, 2 sc in next 2 st.) repeat (18)
Round 3
sc in each sc (18)
Round 4
(sc, 2 sc in next 2 st.) repeat (27)
Round 5
(sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next st.) repeat (36)
Round 6
sc in each sc (36)
Round 7
(sc in each of the next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc.) repeat (42)
Round 8
(sc in each of the next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc.) repeat (48)
Round 9
sc in each sc (48) DO NOT BREAK THE YARN
Continue putting both sides together (right sides outside) with red: Go around with sc in red as following: For each sc, take one stitch of red and one of white together.

Large mushroom - the red part
Round 1-9 as small mushroom
Round 10
(sc 7 in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat (54)
Round 11
(sc 8 in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat (60)
Round 12
sc in each sc (60)
Put together both sides as with small mushroom.

Making the white speckles
Use your long white tail to make your first speckles or attach a new thread in the middle of the white section. Each new thread has to be attached here. Take your needle up through the red, cast on 3 double stitches as in needle tatting (- see this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgge3BqtB60) as close to the red base as possible, pull through needle and stitch in place. Or you can wrap around the needle 6 times and pull through. If you find this too difficult just embroider a few stitches on top of each other to make a speckle.
When you go to the next speckle be sure your thread stays in between the layers - you do not want to see it at the white side. Make many of these large speckles and then continue with making lots of smaller ones. The smaller ones you make with French knots or other knots as Chinese knots.

Top of the stem
It all depend on your yarn and the width of your stick how much stitches you will need.
You can start with 9 sc in a magical ring and then in next rounds you will have to find out how many more stitches you need. This upper part of the stem can be a little wider then the under part.
When you have enough width for your stick to fit in (and perhaps a bit more), just go around with sc for some rounds (without closing the rounds). Determine where you want to have the ruffle and then make the ruffle as following (or make your own variation): (sc, hdc in next st), dc in next st, (hdc, sc in next st) repeat around, fasten off.

Under part of the stem
Make as much as chain stitches as needed to fit around the stick, slst. to close. Sc in each st. around, go round and round till the bottom. To determine the length: Put around the stick and put the upper part on top. The top of the underpart will be connected to the top part at the underside of the ruffle, so that the ruffle will stay loose from the stem.
When you have reached the bottom you can make some wider rounds around it. You will have to increase sttitches as needed for some rounds. The under part can be used to stitch down at a piece of (crocheted or knitted) fabric to help your fungus stand.

Finishing
Stitch the under part of the stem to the upper part as described above.
Attach the body of the mushroom to the stem.
Stitch your mushroom to a piece of crocheted, knitted or other fabric to help it stand. 

Good luck.