Fungus-dyed Jacket









 This jacket was knitted using only wool dyed with the fungus Cortinarius semisanguineus, which I obtained from Finland. The pattern is one I devised myself and the front bands have been crocheted rather than knitted. I often use crochet for edgings, partly because it gives a firm border but mainly because it’s quicker. (Yes, I know that speed is not really a valid reason for design choices and I confess to laziness at times!) The skeins from which the upper section of the body was knitted were dyed using different modifiers to give a variegated effect.








This is the reverse of the jacket. The keen-eyed viewer may notice that the colours in the upper variegated section of the back are slightly different from those on the variegated sections of the fronts and sleeves. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough of the same wool for the back, so I used a skein I bought from Leena in Finland, also dyed in Cortinarius semisanguineus. But the colours all seem to blend in well together.


 This is the first in what I plan as a series of knitted cushion-covers, dyed with various fungi. This one was dyed using what remained from the skeins dyed with Cortinarius semisanguineus, after I’d knitted my jacket.

10 replies
  1. Leena Riihelä
    Leena Riihelä says:

    It is really nice looking, and even the colors look warm:)
    I’m glad you got to knit something for yourself from the yarns, and you got a lot of color from small amount of mushrooms.

  2. Benita
    Benita says:

    Fungus is something I haven’t gotten into, but it looks like I might have to try it. These are wonderful colors and I love how they blend with one another so well. Sweet jacket!!!

  3. Carol Leonard
    Carol Leonard says:

    Oh, Jenny, what a beautiful jacket! Lovely colours, and I do particularly like the crochet edging. Definitely a design choice and not laziness!

    commenting from the Oregon coast

  4. cedar
    cedar says:

    I am a pink person, but that is because of lobster mushrooms and sanguineas…and that jacket is amazing. great work and the pillows are a wonderful idea.

  5. Doe Arnot
    Doe Arnot says:

    That Jacket is beautiful Jenny, the variegation in the yarns is very effective.
    Space dyeing with natural dyes is a real challenge so using modifiers on part of the skeins is a great idea. I think crochet makes great edgings although I am a little biased.

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