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27 July 2009

Yummy Scrummy Cupcakes


Yummy Scrummy Cupcakes
You will need:
Some small amounts of suitable colour yarn for case, cake and icing.  I used dk yarn, but anything will do, your cupcake will just be slightly bigger, or smaller!)
Double pointed needles  (I used 4 size 4mm/UK 8/US6 dpns, but substitute for an appropriate size for your yarn if necessary)
Yarn needle
Cardboard (for cake base)
Stuffing

Cupcake:
With cake case colour, and leaving a length of yarn to sew up bottom of case, cast on 12 sts onto dpns (4 on each needle)
Row 1    k row (and next 3 odd rows)
Row 2      (k1, kfb) repeat to end - 18 sts (6 on each needle)
Row 4  (k1, kfb) repeat to end - 27 sts  (9 on each needle)
Row 6  (k2, kfb) repeat to end - 36 sts  (12 on each needle)
Rows 8-15 (k1, p1) repeat to end
Row 16  (kfb, p1) repeat to end - 54 sts  (18 on each needle)
Row 17 & 18 (k2, p1) repeat to end
Row 19  cast off, keeping stitch pattern (k2, p1) correct
Sew in the cast of end and using yarn left from casting on, catch up a few stitches from around the hole at the bottom and draw up tight to close the hole.  Turn the whole case inside out so that the purl (bumpy) side of the bottom is now facing out  (This makes the cake sit nicely and also shows the cake ribbing off nicely.)
With cake colour, pick up 45 stitches (15 on each needle) evenly around inside of case
Row 1 & 2  k to end
Change to icing colour
Row 3  (k4, m1) repeat this twice more, k3  (repeat instructions for next two needles) - 54 sts (18 on each needle)
Row 4-6  p to end
Row 7  (p4, p2tog) repeat to end - 45 sts  (15 on each needle)
Row 8 & 9 p to end
Row 10  (p3, p2tog) repeat to end - 36 sts  (12 on each needle)
Row 11 & 12 p to end
Row 13  (p1, p2tog) repeat to end - 24 sts (8 on each needle)
Row 14 & 15  p to end
Cut out a cardboard circle base to go in the bottom of the cake and stuff
Row 16  p2tog across - 12 sts (4 on each needle)
Row 17 & 18  p to end
Add any extra stuffing required, cut yarn leaving a length long enough to sew up, remove knitting needles and using a yarn needle, thread end of yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. 
Add lovely buttons, sparkles and flowers as you see fit to make your cupcake look stunning!



Mini Cup Cakes
With cake case colour, and leaving a length of yarn to sew up bottom of case, cast on 12 sts onto dpns (4 on each needle)
Row 1  k row (and next 2 odd rows)
Row 2   (k1, kfb) repeat to end - 18 sts (6 on each needle)
Row 4   (k2, kfb) repeat to end - 24 sts  (8 on each needle)
Rows 6-9  (k1, p1) repeat to end
Row 10  (kfb, p1) repeat to end - 36 sts  (12 on each needle)
Row 11 & 12  (k2, p1) repeat to end
Row 13  cast off, keeping stitch pattern (k2, p1) correct
Sew in the cast of end and using yarn left from casting on, catch up a few stitches from around the hole at the bottom and draw up tight to close the hole.  Turn the whole case inside out so that the purl (bumpy) side of the bottom is now facing out  (This makes the cake sit nicely and also shows the cake ribbing off nicely.)
With cake colour, pick up 30 stitches (10 on each needle) evenly around inside of case
Row 1  k to end
Change to icing colour
Row 3  (k4, m1, k3, m1, k3) repeat this twice more - 36 sts (12 on each needle)
Row 4-6  p to end
Row 7  (p2, p2tog) repeat to end - 27 sts  (9 on each needle)
Row 8 & 9 p to end
Row 10  (p1, p2tog) repeat to end - 18 sts  (6 on each needle)
Row 11 & 12 p to end
Cut out a cardboard circle base to go in the bottom of the cake and stuff
Row 13  p2tog across - 9 sts (3 on each needle)
Row 14  p to end
Add any extra stuffing required, cut yarn leaving a length long enough to sew up, remove knitting needles and using a yarn needle, thread end of yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.

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Any problems, please do let me know.
© Sandra Paul 2009.   All rights reserved.
This pattern is for your own use and should not be used or copied for any commercial purposes.  (In other words, give your finished articles as presents by all means, but don’t sell them!)


PS - The little flowers on top are the Rose buds used on my Rosey Curtain Ties, visit the Cherry Heart Boutique to download the pattern.

Good enough to eat!

What, in this world, is cuter than a knitted cupcake?  Not a lot, in my opinion and so I have been on the quest to create the perfect cupcake!  I have tried a few patterns, some too much work to sew together, some too straight and upright, others too small and flat...  So, in an attempt to solve this invented problem of mine, I have been clicking away and coming up with my own little pattern to put forward into the world of knitted cakes.  Here are the results so far...

Ummm, yum scrum!




And...





These were my first attempts!
I'm rather pleased with them as they are knitted in the round and require no seaming. (hoorah!)  The only only thing is there is a little fiddly bit where you have to pick up stitches to get the 'cake inside of the case' look, but as this was exactly what I wanted and couldn't find on other patterns, I felt it was well worth the extra effort!  (Hopefully you with agree!)
So, if you like the look of these beauties and would like to make your own then click here for the free pattern! (Correct link to follow)



14 July 2009

Knit your own...

As well as enjoying my first year with a real, living vegetable patch, I'm also loving knitting/crocheting my own fruit and veg too from '100 flowers to knit and crochet' by Lesley Stanfield  (which also includes a few other things)...

So far I've done these beautiful cherries


These peas 'n' carrots for another veggie growing friend



Crocheted some ab-so-lutely adorable radishes



And, of course, some beautiful cherries



Very pleasing!
Also in the pipeline are some asparagus, but they are fiddly little devils, so pictures will have to follow soon...
S x
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