Monday, 8 August 2011

Crochet tutorial- Korknisse and Toadstool patterns

So I've dug out my notes and tried to piece together a pattern for crocheting these cute toys. If something is wrong/unclear in the pattern, tell me and I'll try to help. 
If you make these, do let me know (I'd love to see them) and please link back here if you post them on your blog. Ta. X  

Crochet korknisse in the garden

The korknisse and Toadstool arre crocheted Amigurumi-style. This is a Japanese crochet form which roughly translates as 'crocheted or knitted stuffed doll'. 

- If you can make a magic ring (or ch2 and make your scs in the 2nd chain from the hook) and do single crochet, you can create amigurumi.
There's no need to make a chain at the beginning of every round, or to join with a slip stitch, you just keep going round and round ... Remember to use a stitch marker at the beginning of every round, but don't worry too much if you make a mistake, ami crochet is very forgiving!

Here we go ..
To make Korknisse.
(adapted from original knitting pattern here)
4 little korknisse

You'll need:
Standard cork
DK yarn (these are fab for using up odds and ends, each only takes about 4g of wool
4mm hook
Stitch marker 
Buttons etc for decorating

1. Make 8 sc in magic ring (check out YouTube for great tutorials for this. Or: ch2, and make 8sc in the 2nd ch from your hook)
2.  2 sc in each sc around (16sc)
3. Sc 16 (use stitch marker to mark 1st stitch of each round)

[Check that this will fit your cork; you might need to increase of decrease stitches depending on your tension]

4-8. Sc 16
Slip stitch into next stitch, fasten off.

1.  3sc in magic ring
2. 2sc in each sc (6)
3. Sc 6
4. (sc 1, 2sc in next sc) rep 3 times (9sc)
5. Sc 9
6. (Sc 2, 2sc in next sc) rep 3 times (12sc)
7. Sc 12
8. (Sc 3, 2sc in next sc) rep 3 times (16sc)
9. Sc 16
10-12. Sc 16

[I make this hat from the top down, but if it's too fiddly, then make a ch of 16, join with sl st and work backwards through the pattern]

Now decorate the hat or jumper, or both and dress your little cork and give him a face. Easy.

Royal wedding korknisseKorknisse nice hatCrochet rainbow korknisseCrochet korknisse in the garden
Moving on...

Making the Toadstool
This pattern is my own, so please remember to link back here if you use it

Crochet toadstool

You'll need
DK yarn (one colour for base and another for top)
4mm hook
Stitch marker
Rice or sand
Felt/ material/ buttons to decorate
Polyester toy stuffing
Tapestry needle

Toadstool Base

1. 6sc in magic ring
2. 2sc in each sc around (12sc)
3. (1 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (18sc)
4. (2 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (24sc)
5. (3 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (30sc)
6. (4 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (36sc)
7.  Ch 3 (first dc), 4 dc, 2 dc in next sc, (5 dc, 2dc in next sc) rep 5 times (42dc) sl st into 3rd stitch of chain
8.  Ch 3 (first dc), 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, (6dc, 2dc in next sc) rep 5 times (48dc) sl st into 3rd stitch of chain
9 - 12. Sc 48
13. (4 sc, decrease 1) rep 8 times (40 sc)
14. (3 sc, dec 1) rep 8 times (32 sc)
15 - 23. Sc 32
Decorate the base however you like.
24. (2 sc, dec 1) rep 8 times (24 sc) 
sl st into next stitch and fasten off
Use rice or sand (in a muslin bag) to fill the base

Toadstool top
1. 6 sc in magic ring
2. 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
3. (1 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (18sc)
4. (2 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (24 sc)
5.  (3 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (30 sc)
6. Sc 30
7. (4 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (36sc)
8. Sc 36
9. (5 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (42sc)
10. Sc 42
11. (6 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (48sc)
12. Sc 48
13. (7 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 6 times (54sc)
14. Sc 54
15. (5 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 9 times (63sc)
16. Sc 63
17. (2 sc, 2sc in next sc) rep 21 times (84sc)
18- 26. Sc 84
27. (4 sc, dec 1) rep 14  times (70sc)
28. (3 sc, dec 1) rep 14  times (56sc)
29. (2 sc, dec 1) rep 14  times (42 sc)
30. (1sc, dec 1) rep 14  times (28sc)
31. Sc 28
Sl st into next stitch and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing onto base.

Decorate the top of the toadstool
Fill with stuffing.
Sew top to bottom, using a tapestry needle.
Stand back, and admire your cleverness.

Crochet korknisse in the garden

Hope that works for you. Good luck, and enjoy making.



  1. Sarah, It is so generous of you to post thesepatterns. Thanks so much for letting all of us enjoy your amazing project.

  2. Thanks for the patterns just need to drink lots of wine to get enough corks.

  3. Lovely! Very kind of you to take the trouble to write out the patterns. I find amigurumi a little fiddly I have to say but these are very cute indeed so may be tempted...

  4. thank you so much for taking the time to write down and share these patterns, im gonna try and make some over the next few ays and ill let you know how they turn out but a quick scan of the pattern looks good and it looks easy to understand, thank you again
    x becci x

  5. Thank you so much for so generously sharing them with us. I will make the toadstool and share pics!!

  6. thanks for this wonderful tutorial, can't wait to make the Korknisse - they'd make lovely christmas decorations also (dressed as santas, angels, reindeers, snowmen...)!
    The only problem now is where to get the corks :)

  7. Oh yay! Thank you so much for sharing your patterns!! Am going to bookmark this page now!!! Hurrah!!

    Jo x x

  8. Hee Hee, sadly i cant crochet, but kind of you to post instructions.xx

  9. You're blog is looking super posh!!

    I just love that toadstool!!

    S x

  10. This is wonderful. Thank you sooo much. I am not sure how you decrease but will look it up. xx

  11. These are so adorable and I love your new header!!!

  12. oh wow, your blog is looking amazing - love your new banner etc.. can't wait to make the mushroom, thanks for the pattern x

  13. Thanks for the great comments.
    Hazel, I hope my email helps you out.
    Have good fun making these!
    PS glad you like the new header. Have been having a little play!

  14. Oh how exciting. Can't wait to try. Will be in touch ;0)

  15. these are so cute:) I am going to have to learn how to read crochet patterns so I can have a go..I am in total awe of anyone who can write them so thankyou for taking the time to share x x x x

  16. These are so cute! I love the ones holding the UJ flags! Your header is looking amazing too - I bet you had fun playing!
    Becky x

  17. Love the new blog look :-) I'm so going to make lots of these! I adore the toadstool house, definitely takes me back to my smurf house when I was little, lol! Thanks for the patterns

  18. they are SO gorgeous! I don't know how to crochet, and would need someone to show me before I could attempt your patterns, but they look like lots of fun to do!

  19. Oh Annaboo, these are just gorgeous!!!
    I wish I was better at crochet, my best friend is good and she has tried time and again to teach me to no avail.
    I LOVE the toadstool, absolutely brilliant!

  20. The toadstool is amazing! I haven't tackled crochet yet but do want to give it a go, the Korknisse are very tempting!

  21. Hi how am I meant to get any work today done with you posting this lovely tutorial (hurrah!) just knew that this afternoon would see me starting to make Korknisse didn't you :) ..thanks for this.. I'll link to it in my blog if I may :)x

  22. Jill, I can't wait to see your Korknisse!
    Also, meant to mention that the blog header was the result of a very handy tutorial at the blog of A Thrifty Mrs- find her in my side list!

  23. Absolutely love the little korknisse, I will definitely be making some to come and live in my house, the toadstool is lovely....they are very 'In the night garden' but then mayb I've just been subjected to too much kids tv! Thanks for visiting me, I'm so glad you did!

  24. Faced with having a go at these or the mountain of ironing - I obviously plumped for these! I knitted from the original pattern instead of crocheted (as I wasn't patient enough to wait until I could crochet!) and they weren't too bad, different but not too shabby. Anyway, went to tackle some more tonight and couldn't find them anywhere - checked on my girls and my eldest had snuck them upstairs, taken their hats off and put them into a makeshift bed for the night! So cute! Trying to work out if taking a photo would wake her! So, thank you - looks like I'll be making them for her sisters too!

  25. These are just absolutely adorable! Well done getting the pattern out there too!

  26. Jo- these look dead cute knitted- my mum had to knit a load of 'army' Korknisse for my nephew!!
    Glad they are in demand.

  27. I have quite a stock pile of corks, I had no idea that was what was in those little cuties!
    & You know how I like to recycle!

  28. Those are just the cutest things I've ever seen!
    Thank for stopping by my blog, you are very welcome there and so pleased you did because I have now found you lovely little corner of happiness too!

  29. I would like to come over to your house to play! May I? I love your stories, your wit and your creativity. These little cork people are sooooo adorable. And I have always loved your toadstool! In fact, it was your toadstool that originally drew me to your blog! How exciting that you've shared this with all of us! Toadstools will definitely pop up inside of my home soon! x&o to you! Annette

  30. How gorgeous! I especially love the toadstool - thank you so much for sharing. Have a fab weekend hon.

  31. Hi there, delighted you posted the pattern, will def have to give it a go :D
    Have moved blogs, 4lilgirls site feed was gone & i couldn't fix it, hope you'll pop over for a visit
    Karen x

  32. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the world. I can see you are having fun over here. Cute projects. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Tammy

  33. Oh Wow,what a fab post,I d love to have a go at this.I let you know how I get on,I love the toadstool,surprise,surprise!!thankyou for sharing.
    take care,juliexxx

  34. Oh my goodness!!! I have just returned from holidays and I popped over to see your blog with great glee. I am SO overjoyed to see your little elves and toadstool. I have just been transported back to my childhood. Well done you!!!! I love your design; simple and so magical.



  35. Love the toadstool, it's so adorable! Thanks for sharing the patterns too. I must find time to try these out.

    S x

  36. Thanks so much for sharing! The toadstool is just adorable and the embroidery finishes it off perfectly.

  37. Been browsing around your blog and fell in love with this little toadstool and korknisse. Linking up at Tangled Happy tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this. :)

  38. Just to let you know that I've used your pattern to make the toadstool and blogged it here:
    Thanks so much for the pattern - I love it and it was so easy to follow.

  39. Hi! I'm working up the Korkinisse and therefore... gave you the 'shout out' on my blog. Thanks for posting such an adorable pattern!

  40. Hi, I love the Korknisse, thnx for sharing. When it is finished
    I will put a link to your blog. I love the background of your blog...we share the same taste.

  41. Does the yarn fit tightly or do I need to glue them on?

  42. Sooo cute and my tween who loves amigurumi will be making these for Christmas time XXXX

  43. OH my goodness I love this project! I will def. have to try this out and of course link back. I love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing the patterns :)

    Best wishes from Iceland,

  44. Hi!
    I wanted to let you know that I did the Toadstool... and everybody LOVED it!
    It is a great tutorial and it is great that you are sharing it.
    Many thanks!
    Oh, you can check my toadstool here:

    Of course... I did say that it is a free pattern and that they can find it here, in your super nice blog!


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