So to get yourself started you will need :
Yarn ( per cake ) 25g of D.K.yarn in main colour (A) for case ,
10g of D.K. yarn for first contrast colour (B) for the cake ,
15g of D.K. yarn for the icing . (Add the last two quantities togeher if your doing the cake and icing area all in one colour )
Then small amounts of waste or stash yarn for decorating the buns .( if your like me you may have a bag of oddments that you can keep to hand ).
Small amount of toy stuffing .
Tapestry needle .
This image from the pattern shows you two different textured icings , I do tend to stick to the smooth ( stocking Stitch ) icing but I will cover both patterns .
Knit one piece per cake using these insructions;
With 3.75mm needles and yarn A , cast on 6 stitches
Row 1 to 2 ; Knit
Row 3: increase knitwise into every stitch (12sts)
Row 4 and every alternate row : K
Row 5:( increase knitwise , K1) repeat to end (18sts)
Row 7 : (increase knitwise , K1 )repeat to end (27sts)
Row 9 : (increase knitwise , K2) repeat to end (36sts)
Rows 11 to 19 (K1 , p1) repeat to end
Row 20 : Knit
Change to colour B to work on cake .
Starting with a knit row , work four rows in stocking stitch.
Change to colour C to work on the icing . There are two options which are Garter stitch icing ( textured) or Stocking stitch ( smooth ).
Garter stitch icing ( textured ) pattern.
Rows 25 to 26 : knit
Row 27: ( K4, K2tog) six times (30sts)
Row 28 and every alternate row : knit
Row 29: (K3, K2tog) six times (24sts)
Row 31: (K2, K2tog) six times (18sts)
Row 33: (K1, K2tog) six times (12sts)
Row 35: (K2tog) six times (6 sts)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail . Thread through remaining six stitches . Pull tightly and Fasten off .
Stocking stitch icing ( smooth )
Row 25: Knit
Row 26 and evry alternate row : purl
Row: 27 (k4 , k2tog ) six times (30sts)
Row: 29 (k3 , k2tog ) six times (24sts)
Row: 31 (k2 , K2tog) six times (18sts)
Row: 33 (k1 , K2tog) six times (12sts)
Row: 35 (k2tog) six times ( 6sts)
Cut yarn, leaving long tail . Thread through the reamaining six stitches . Pull tightly and fasten off .
Sew the cake together ; start from the middle of the top of the icing , and work down to the botton of the case. Before sewing along the underside of the case, fasten off all the other yarns securely on the inside and trim ends . Stuff and shape the cake . when the cake is nice and plump, sew along the bottom of the case and tie off ends securely with matchng yarn . Decorate as desired .
( Pattern designed by Lynne Rowe )
As you can see button's work well as embellishments ( I do avoid this decoration when they are intended for an under 3year old , due to choking hazard ).
I also like to play about with colour combinations to give different effects , as well as using contrasting yarns to give the effect of sprinkles . When doing the sprinkles I always leave a small opening in the base of the cake.
That way you can work the yarn fom the inside and knot off inside the cake when the desired effect is created . Then finish by stitching up the cake base .
I have also in the past used textured yarns to create intresting icings , yarns such as ' SIRDARS SNUGGLY , SNOWFLAKE' which gives a nice fluffy icing ( I use garter stitch pattern when using textured yarn ) . Or an eyelash style yarn works well for textured icing too !!
This pattern is fantastic if you have young family members who like to role play at shops , bakers or for that all essential dollies tea party . I have also used this for raising money at charity events , filling vintage cake stands up with lots of these cakes is always a winner !!
The best thing about these cakes is they are calorie free . So you can have as many as you want !
Thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . XX