I have decided to add a little bit of healthy into my daily routine. I am calling this new addition “10 for Me”. The idea is that I am worth at least 10 minutes of healthy movement. Even the busiest of days can be squeezed for 10 minutes to do something good for yourself. And if you can just get started, it is really easy to just keep going ;D So, I start off with at least 10 push ups, 10 ab crunches, 10 curls, 10 thigh lifts (for each leg, including the inner thigh lifts too), and 10 pelvic tilts. We also have been trying to go on a walk every evening. I chose 8 pm because we can go out for about 15 minutes and then come home and get ready for bed by 9 pm. And I am drinking more water too. I have increased my water intake to about 12 cups each day.
Now, on to the fun stuff! 🙂 I have a free miniature pattern to share!
You will need: The Knifty Knitter Spool Knitter, a loom pick, a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, worsted weight yarn in the color(s) of your choice, and a very small amount of fiberfill to stuff the cap.
Abbreviations: MC = Main color; CC = Contrasting color
Pattern notes: We will be working with two strands through out this project. I prefer to use the U-wrap version of the Flat Stitch for this project. The mushroom cap is stuffed but the stem is not. This pattern can also be easily adapted to make miniature cupcakes. Have fun!
Creating the cap:
Using the Knifty Knitter Spool Knitter, with your MC complete a double stranded chain cast-on for the 8 peg side and join in the round.
Round 1: Knit all pegs with MC
Round 2: Knit odd pegs with CC and Knit even pegs with MC
Round 3: Knit all pegs with MC
Round 4: Knit odd pegs with MC and Knit even pegs with CC
Round 5: Knit all pegs with MC
Round 6: Knit odd pegs with CC and Knit even pegs with MC.
Using the gather removal method, take the cap from the loom. Secure and weave in all ends and set aside.
Creating the stem:
Using the Knifty Knitter Spool Knitter, with your CC complete a double stranded E-wrap cast-on and join in the round. Knit in the round for 4 rows. (For a longer stem, knit in the round for 6 rows) Cut the yarn, leaving a 10″ tail. Using the gather removal method, remove the stem from the loom but do not gather. Weave in the yarn tails at the cast-on edge and set aside.
Putting it together:
Lightly stuff the mushroom cap with a tiny bit of fiber fill. Using the long yarn tails, whipstitch the stem to the underside of the mushroom cap. Finito!
This is how it might look in the cupcake form. I think the longer stem is a better option for cupcakes. Or ommiting the ruffle cast on. The cake top is very large in proportion to the cake. But my cute little gal still likes it, so all is well 😀
I hope you enjoy this little pattern. My kids were so excited when I gave them their very own ‘Mario’ mushrooms. Have a great day!