Morel knitting pattern

A detailed pattern for a super realistic morel mushroom plus instructions for a baby specimen

Are you a mushroom lover like me? Well, then this very detailed morel knitting pattern should definitely be on your to-do list! The pdf comes with instructions for a mature version and a little baby morel. Both are knit in the round without any seaming and will be a fun challenge for adventurous knitters!

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two knitted morels in a fake forest out of cardboard and felt

The pattern has altogether 10 pages full of detailed step-by-step instructions – including many pictures and schematics. While there is a chart for those who prefer them, you can certainly finish both morels by following the line-by-line written instructions.

There is even a short video tutorial included that helps you navigate around the more unusual parts of the pattern. Separate tutorials for all individual techniques are also available here on my blog & on my YouTube channel.

Materials you need to finish this morel pattern

the assembled materials you need to finish this mushroom pattern

These morels can be a fun project to use up some scraps. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scraps of fingering weight yarn (~20g) in the colors of your choice (I picked a Wollmeise sock yarn in brown and white). For more structure, you could also knit with a lace yarn held together with the Ito Tetsu yarn.
  • Double-pointed knitting needles 2.0 mm (two sets). I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz needles because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes. If you are an experienced magic loop knitter and you don’t mind the small circumference, you can use circulars as well.
  • A tapestry needle and scissors
  • Toy stuffing
  • (recommended) a crochet hook for picking up stitches

You are absolutely free to knit these morels with a heavier yarn weight and bigger needles. The result will be mushrooms that are bigger and less delicate but that can be fun as well!

All in all, I do recommend knitting them with double-pointed knitting needles. There are a lot of rounds with less than 20 stitches. In my experience, this can quite fiddle on circulars. But one of my test-knitters finished it with circulars all the same, so I am sure you can do so as well!

Size & Gauge

someone working on the smaller morel mushroom knitting pattern

The bigger morel is approx. 12 x 6 cm (4.7 x 2.4in). The smaller specimen measures around 7 x 3.5 cm ( 2.8 x 1.4 in).

Gauge for a 2.5 x 2.5 cm swatch in flat stockinette stitch: 10 stitches x 13 rows

If you ask me, you can, more or less, ignore my gauge. Your goal should be to create a dense fabric where the stuffing won’t peek through.

Knitting techniques used

attaching the ridges to the mature morel specimen

This pattern is recommended for intermediate to experienced knitters. Overall, it’s not a complicated pattern but there are a couple of more unusual stitches involved. On top of that, the small diameter and the small knitting needles can turn this into a big challenge for less advanced knitters.

It will take an experienced knitter a bit less than 2 hours to finish the baby morel and around 6 hours for the larger specimen. Each ridge of the mature morel is joined in separately. As a result, there will be quite a couple of tails to be woven in.

But I wouldn’t let myself be scared away by that fact since you can easily hide the tails on the inside of the morel. So it’s a lot easier and faster than you might think. Plus, you get rewarded with a stunning shape that will have everyone asking: “How did you knit this?!”

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If you have any questions regarding this pattern, please feel free to comment below

a pinterest image with knitted morels

1 thought on “Morel knitting pattern”

  1. Oh! Norman! Your Morels are absolutely wonderful! Many congratulations on such an incredible art piece.
    Although I feel that I am, personally, not quite ready to do justice to your pattern; I am so greatly inspired by your artistic knitting and perhaps my confidence will allow me to try this pattern one day.
    With my most heartfelt appreciation and admiration, I thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces and teaching skills with the world.


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