A free knitting pattern for porcini mushrooms, also known as ceps or boletus with step by step instructions for beginners.
If you have been looking around my blog, you might have seen the one or other post about mushrooms already. There is my tiny mushroom pattern, chanterelles, and fly agarics. But not porcinis! Yet, they are my favorite of them all. They are just so tasty and have this lovely bite.
Those who are following me on Instagram (do so now, if you always want to be notified of new patterns right away) probably saw me tinkering around with this pattern for quite a while. I knitted the first batch in April, but never really wrote a pattern for them.
But with the recent success of my pumpkin patch pattern, I had a lot of people asking me for the porcini pattern as well. So, I decided to finally sit down and perfect the pattern.
While the process was quite straightforward, I noticed that my final design might be a tiny bit too difficult for beginners. So, I split this mushroom pattern into two parts. You will find an easy to follow instruction at the beginning, and another version where things might get a bit more tricky and you will be knitting on two sets of dpns at the same time for more advanced knitters.
The difference is quite tiny, though. One version does have a noticeable overhang and the other a smooth transition from gills to cap. As an avid mushroom hunter, that’s a distinction that matters to me, but if you just want them as cute home decor you might enjoy the more simple design just as much.
I arranged them in my little fake forest here in my studio, but ultimately I put them under a cloche and let me sit on the windowsill. Looks stellar and is the perfect autumn decoration.
It will take about 2 hours to finish the small version and up to 4 hours for the big version. I might be biased, but I do recommend you to knit both!
Materials you will need:
- 12 grams of the Wollmeise Twin (in the colors bärenstark and Natur) or any other fingering sock yarn scraps for needles size 2.5 – 3.00 mm.
- Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.0 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
- A tapestry needle and scissors.
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Thin wire and wire pliers
- Toy stuffing
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The mushrooms are is mainly shaped through a combination of easy increases and decreases. I feel it’s quite suitable for early intermediate knitters, even though you might have to look up one or two stitches (I linked you to easy to follow tutorials in each case).
- K = knit
- K2tog = knit two together
- KLL = Knit left loop
- Yo= yarn over
- Kfb = knit front and back
- A three-needle bind-off (optional)
- ….And a standard longtail cast on.
These mushrooms are knit in the round on a set of 5 double-pointed needles. If you still need to do some catching up, here’s my tutorial on knitting in the round. You might also check out my blog post with 10 tips for better results with dpns.