This darling woodland crochet mushroom pouch features cute little red polkadot toadstools. The design comes to life using the tapestry crochet technique in this free crochet pattern. This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you. The beautiful Chic Sheep yarn that I used for this crochet project was provided by Red Heart. Thank you!
Happy Monday! Summer is winding down around here. We went shopping today and got The Boy a few essentials for the upcoming school year. The main point of excitement is his new lunch box. He is beyond stoked that he will have 3 recesses and lunch at school each day! With school starting, it means fall will be upon us soon. I have finished up all my summer designs and have started planning my fall designs. I had the idea to do a fair isle mushroom design a couple years ago but it never came to fruition. When Red Heart approached me about joining their Chic Sheep blog tour, I decided it was time to make it happen. I took my original mushroom idea and made this Crochet Mushroom Pouch, isn’t it darling?
Have you tried this wool? Oh my. You have to feel it to believe it. I won’t lie, I am not a huge wool fan. I have used it before, of course, but it’s not my go-to yarn. This is mostly because so often it’s not very soft.
Oh, Chic Sheep! This yarn is soft. It also comes in a ton of colors, so you have nearly anything you would need. I used Lipstick, Sterling, Linen and Suede for this pouch. I had originally planned to use Mai Tai, a beautiful coral color, but the red pops so much better, don’t you think?
The key to this pretty crochet mushroom clutch is working in the back loops only. This will align your stitches and your design won’t slant to one side.
Because you will be working with 3 colors on a few of the rows, I suggest mixing tapestry crochet and fair isle crochet. (watch the video below if you need help). For instance, in the first 3 rows of the graph, I worked the tapestry crochet technique and carried the unused yarn. But when I joined a third color, I alternated between two colors using tapestry crochet, and then used the fair isle technique with the third, meaning I didn’t carry it, I dropped it and picked it back up when needed. When I joined Lipstick, I began dropping Linen and working tapestry crochet with the Sterling gray and Lipstick only. This is how the inside will look:
You can simply work tapestry crochet with all the yarns and carry two at a time if you prefer. Some colors may peek out from inside the stitches if you do it that way.
Watch this video if you need help with Tapestry crochet:
CROCHET MUSHROOM POUCH – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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What you need: (affiliate links)
– 4mm hook (G)
– Chic Sheep Yarn (medium weight) in Lipstick, Linen, Sterling and Suede.
– Darning Needle
– 9″ zipper
Gauge: approx. 19 sc =4″ (Gauge Pattern)
Approx. size (laid flat): 10″ wide across the bottom, 8″ tall.
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The written pattern below is for the Crochet Mushroom Clutch. You can view the pattern for free on my blog or you can purchase a PDF in my Ravelry Shop. The PDF is formatted for easy crocheting on-the-go or for easy printing, it doesn’t include ads or comments. Thanks for your support!
Crochet Mushroom Pouch:
(Start with Suede)
1. work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 34 sts. Work 4 sc in last ch. Working across opposite side of chain: Sc in next 34 chains. work 2 sc in last ch (same ch as the first 2.). Join. (76 sts)
2. Ch 1. Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 34 sts. work 2 sc in ext 4 sts. Sc in next 34 sts.
Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Join. (84 sts)
3. Ch 1. *Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc in next 34 sts. *Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 34 ts. *Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join. (92 sts)
4. Ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc in next 34 sts. *Sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 34 ts. *Sc in next 2 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join. (100 sts)
5. Ch 1. *Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc in next 34 sts. *Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 34 ts. *Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join. (108 sts)
6. Ch 1. *Sc in next 4 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc in next 34 sts. *Sc in next 4 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 34 ts. *Sc in next 4 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join. (116 sts)
7. Ch 1. *Sc in next 5 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Sc in next 34 sts. *Sc in next 5 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work 4 times. Sc in next 34 ts. *Sc in next 5 sts. Work 2 sc in next st* work twice. Join. (124 sts)
If you would like to put a liner here, I suggest tracing your piece at this point to make the liner later.
8. – 9. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join (124 sts)
Cut Suede. Join Sterling.
10. – 24. Work the chart. You will treat each square on the graph as one sc. Be sure to work in the Back Loops Only. You will work the graph twice per row.
25. – 38. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (124 sts)
Once the pouch is crocheted, you want to add the dots to each mushroom. To do this, thread length of Linen colored yarn on your darning needle. You will work simple cross stitches wherever you would like to see a dot.
You can definitely leave the top as-is and sew the zipper directly (you will need a longer zipper). I preferred to have a smaller opening. To do this, pinch the sides inward and pin in place.
Turn the bag inside-out (adjust pins if necessary) and sew a diagonal line from the top to the edge where your mushroom graph starts.
Then you can sew the zipper in place using a needle and thread. It’s easiest to sew one side at a time with the zipper unzipped.
Be sure to add a tiny tassel to the zipper!
My grandma is a professional seamstress, and since I was too itiminated to try lining this bag with fabric, I intend to take some sewing lessons from her during our next visit (why have I never asked her before?!). Hopefully I will be able to share some sewing expertise with you soon.
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