The Mushroom Cottage Free Crochet Pattern by Laura Jaworski (@bugburrypond) 🍄

This mushroom cottage stands approximately 8 inches tall and is suitable for all crocheters. I hope you enjoy this pattern, and if you post pictures, please hashtag #laurajaworski so I can share your creations.


Happy crocheting!

The Mushroom Cottage Free Crochet Pattern PDF:

The Mushroom Cottage Free Crochet Pattern PDF by Laura Jaworski
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Skill Level: Easy


Size:


This cottage stands approximately 8 inches tall when made with a size 4 hook and worsted weight yarn.


Supplies:


Worsted weight yarn (white, red, blue, brown)

4.0 mm hook

Needle for sewing

Polyester or other stuffing

Stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to count rounds

Scissors

Hot glue (optional)

Cardstock/heavy paper, cardboard, or plastic craft sheets (optional but recommended)

Wire brush (optional)

Push pins (optional)

Miniature wooden cutout (optional)


Abbreviations:


MC = Magic circle

St = Stitch

Sc = Single crochet stitch

Dc = Double crochet stitch

2tog = Crochet two together, also known as decrease (invisible decrease preferred)

Ss = Slip stitch

Sk1 = Skip a stitch

RS = Right side (the front side of your work)

Puff = Puff stitch (see pattern notes)

Rep = Repeat

Inc = Increase

Ch1 = Chain one

BLO = Back loop only

FLO = Front loop only

F/o = Finish off


A note about the magic circle:


Also known as a magic loop or magic ring. If you prefer not to use a magic circle, simply create a slip knot, chain two, and begin by placing your first round of stitches into the first chain. Pull tightly on your tail to close the gap and continue with the pattern as written. Once you have worked a few more rounds, weave your yarn tail back and forth on the underside to secure your piece and close any remaining gap.


A note about working in a spiral vs. joined rounds:


The roof & flat base of this cottage are worked in a spiral which means that each round continues into the next without a slip stitch and chain. The sides of the cottage are worked in joined rounds which means that each round begins with a slip stitch and chain 1 in the first stitch, followed by your first single crochet in the same stitch.


A note about counting stitches:

Using a stitch marker, safety pin, or small piece of yarn to mark the first stitch of each spiral round will help you track your progress. Move the marker as you complete each round.

A note about BLO & FLO:


For the back loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the back loop of each stitch. For the front loop only round, you will work all of your stitches into the front loop of each stitch. For all other rounds, work into both loops of each stitch.


A note about gauge:


The size of your cottage will be determined by a number of factors; your hook, the yarn you’ve chosen, and even how tightly or loosely you crochet can significantly change the size of your work.


A note about reading the pattern:


Before beginning a pattern, it helps to read through the abbreviations list. If you need help with a technique, refer to a written or video tutorial, or keep a crochet book handy. Below is a round from the pattern, followed by a detailed description of the instructions.


Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)


Beginning round four, add one single crochet into each of the next two stitches. Add two single crochet stitches in the following stitch. Repeat the pattern of one single crochet in each of the next two stitches followed by an increase until you reach the end of round four. There should be 24 stitches in your completed round.


A note about the puff stitch:


To crochet the puff stitch for this pattern, yarn over, insert your hook into the stitch space, yarn over, pull up a loop, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop* 2 times (7 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook. Complete each puff stitch with a chain one.


A note about the invisible finish technique:


For the invisible finish technique, complete the last stitch of your pattern. Snip your yarn, leaving a tail long enough for sewing. Pull the loop on your hook, drawing the snipped yarn tail free. Next, thread the yarn tail onto your needle and bring it through both loops of the stitch following the next stitch. Bring your yarn tail through the back loop of the last stitch of your final round, pulling until you’ve created a v that is comparable in size to the rest of your stitches. Weave your yarn tail on the backside of your piece to secure.


Now let’s get started!

Mushroom Cottage Roof (beginning at the top, with red yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 4sc (4)

Rnd 2: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (6)

Rnd 3: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (9)

Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (12)

Rnd 5: 1sc in each st (12)

Rnd 6: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 7: 1sc in each st (18)

Rnd 8: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 9: 1sc in each st (24)

Rnd 10: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 11: 1sc in each st (30)

Rnd 12: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 13: 1sc in each st (36)

Rnd 14: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 15: 1sc in each st (42)

Rnd 16: 6sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (48)

Rnd 17: 1sc in each st (48)

Rnd 18: 7sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (54)

Rnd 19: 1sc in each st (54)

Rnd 20: 8sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (60)

Rnd 21: 1sc in each st (60)

Rnd 22: 9sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (66)

Rnd 23-25: 1sc in each st (66)

Rnd 26: FLO 10sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (72)

Rnd 27: 11sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (78)

Rnd 28: 12sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (84)

Rnd 29: *Sc, sk1, 3dc in the next st, sk1* repeated to end of round (84)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique, leaving an extra-long tail for sewing. You will use this tail to sew the base of your cottage to the roof.


Mushroom Cottage Base (beginning at the bottom center, with white yarn):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Rnd 3: 1sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (18)

Rnd 4: 2sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (24)

Rnd 5: 3sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (30)

Rnd 6: 4sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (36)

Rnd 7: 5sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (42)

Rnd 8: 6sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (48)

Rnd 9: 7sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (54)

Rnd 10: 8sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (60)

Rnd 11: 9sc then 2sc in the next st, rep (66)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique. You should have 66 stitches.

Rnd 12: BLO attach your white yarn to the back loop of the first st of rnd 11 and ch1, sc in the same st, then sc in each st around (66)

Rnd 13-25: Ss & ch1 in the first st, 1sc in each st (including the st with the ss & ch1) (66)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique. You should have 66 stitches.


Door (beginning at the bottom, with blue yarn):


Row 1: Ch 5, sc in the back bump of the second ch from hook, sc in each back bump to end of row (4)

Row 2-5: Ch1 & turn, sc in each st (4)

Row 6: Ch1 & turn, sc, 2tog, sc (3)

Snip your yarn and f/o; weave your yarn tails in the back of your piece.


You will now work a border around the sides and top of your door. Attach your blue yarn to the bottom right corner of your door and ch1 (see photos). Continue as follows:


Right side, working from bottom to top: Sc in ch1 space, 4sc (5sc)

Top row (working into row 6): 2sc in the first st, 1sc, 2sc in next st (5sc)

Left side, working from top to bottom: 5sc (5sc)


F/o once you reach the bottom left corner; do not work along the bottom row. Note: as there are no workable stitches on the sides of your door, add your stitches wherever you can comfortably fit your hook. You should have 15 border stitches.

You will now crochet the front stoop across the 6 bottom stitches of your door. Attach your brown yarn to the front loop of the last st of your border, working in the opposite direction that the door was crocheted (see photos). Note: the first and last stitches in this row will not have a normal FLO space; work wherever you can comfortably fit your hook. Continue as follows:


Row 1: FLO ch1, sc in the same st, 5sc (6)

Row 2: Ch1 & turn, 6sc (6)

Snip your yarn and f/o; weave your yarn tail on the back of your piece.

You will now add a second border to your door. Attach your white yarn to the bottom right corner of your door (the first st of your blue border) and ch1 (see photos). Continue as follows:


Right side, working from bottom to top: Sc in ch1 space, 4sc (5sc)

Top row: 2sc in first st, 3sc, 2sc in next st (7sc)

Left side, working from top to bottom: 5sc (5sc)

Ch1 & turn your work. FLO *puff, sc* to end of row (17sc)

Snip your yarn and f/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using your white yarn tail, sew the first and last puff stitches of your border to the front stoop. Weave your yarn tails in the back of your door to secure.

Adding a doorknob:


To add a doorknob, carefully stitch or hot glue a bead or small wooden cutout to the door. You can also create a doorknob with yarn by wrapping a strand from the back to front until you’ve reached your desired shape & size.


Chimney (with red yarn):


Row 1: Ch 4, sc in the back bump of the second ch from hook, sc in each back bump to end of row (3)

Row 2: Ch1 & turn, 2sc in the first st, 2sc (4)

Row 3: Ch1 & turn, 3sc, 2sc in the next st (5)

Row 4: Ch1 & turn, 2sc in the first st, 4sc (6)

Row 5: Ch1 & turn, 5sc, 2sc in the next st (7)

Row 6: Ch1 & turn, sc in each st (7)

Row 7: Ch1 & turn, 5sc, 2tog (6)

Row 8: Ch1 & turn, 2tog, 4sc (5)

Row 9: Ch1 & turn, 3sc, 2tog (4)

Row 10: Ch1 & turn, 2tog, 2sc (3)

Snip your yarn and f/o, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using your tail, whip stitch the first and last rows of your chimney together, with the RS of your piece facing outward. Weave your yarn tail on the inside of the chimney to secure and do not snip; you will use this tail to sew your chimney to the roof.


Next, attach your red yarn to a stitch on the top of your chimney (see photos). Ch1 and 10sc around the top of your chimney. F/o using the invisible finish technique & weave your yarn tail on the inside of the chimney to secure. Note: as there are no workable stitches on the top of your chimney, add your stitches wherever you can comfortably fit your hook.

Windows (with blue yarn, make two):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2sc in each st (12)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique. You should have 12 stitches.

Rnd 3: Attach your white yarn to any st and ch1. Sc in the same space, then 2sc in the next st. *1sc then 2sc in the next st* to end of round (18)

Rnd 4: Ss & ch1. FLO sc in the same stitch, then FLO sc to end of round (18)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique. Use your yarn tail to even out the bump on the bottom of your window, then weave your yarn tails in the back of your piece to secure.

Mushroom Spots (with white yarn, make 15-20, to your preference):


Rnd 1: MC with 6sc (6)

Snip your yarn and f/o using the invisible finish technique. Note: do not skip over a stitch when completing the invisible finish technique for the mushroom spots, work into the next stitch over.


Making smoke for your chimney:


For the smoke, you will need a stiff brush (a wire dog brush works well) and white yarn that is acrylic or wool, but not cotton. Wrap the yarn loosely around your hand 10 times +, depending on how large you would like your smoke drift to be. Snip the yarn into long strands, then use one of the lengths to tie the strands together in the middle. Brush out the yarn on both ends, moving it around as you go. Continue until your yarn resembles smoke. Note: it helps to unravel the yarn strands before brushing, either by hand or with the help of a needle.

Putting It All Together:


First, cut a round piece of cardboard, plastic, or a few pieces of cardstock to the size of the bottom of your cottage (rounds 1-11). Fit this into the base snuggly, making sure that it doesn’t stretch the shape of your cottage; this will help your cottage sit flat. You can add a few dots of glue to secure if you like. Next, cut a few pieces of heavy paper to wrap around the interior walls of your cottage (rounds 12-25). These steps are optional but will help keep the shape of your cottage when stuffing.


Sewing the roof of your cottage to the base:


Line up round 26 of the roof with round 25 of the base. Each round should have 66 stitches. Using your red yarn tail, whip stitch the two pieces together, working into the BLO stitches of round 26 for the roof, and through both loops of round 25 for the base. Stitch your way around until you have just enough space to begin stuffing. Carefully stuff your cottage, continuing to stuff and shape as you go. Make sure not to overstuff as it will warp the shape. When you have reached the last stitch, f/o & hide your yarn tail.

Adding your door & windows to the cottage:


Line your door up on the front of the cottage so that the bottom sits flush with the bottom of your base. Line your windows up so that they are 1-2 stitches away from the door, and just under the fringe of your roof. Stitch or carefully hot glue your door & windows to the cottage.


Adding your chimney to the cottage:


Pin the diagonal, rough edge of your chimney to the side of the roof. Using your red yarn tail, carefully whip stitch the chimney to your cottage, beginning & ending at the back.


Adding the mushroom spots to your roof:


Sew or carefully hot glue the spots to your roof, spacing them out evenly.


Complete your cottage by gently shaping & finger blocking the fringe of your roof so it hangs nicely. Finally, tuck the smaller half of your smoke into the chimney, trimming as necessary. You can add a dot of glue to secure the smoke inside the chimney if you like.

The Little Gnome Free Crochet Pattern available here.


And now you’re done! I hope you enjoy this mushroom cottage & if you post pictures, please hashtag #laurajaworski so I can share your work! You can find me @bugburrypond on Instagram, Facebook, & Pinterest.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Happy crocheting and have a beautiful day. 💕


Laura



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