Sunday, 8 July 2012

Pattern for Knitted Cup Cakes ( or Buns if your from Yorkshire !!)

Well a couple of weeks ago I blogged about these buns I had knitted for a birthday present , I've had a couple of request for the pattern I used , so I've decided to devote todays blog to the pattern .  The pattern was featured in ' Let's Knit ' issue 5 April 2008 and it's designer was Lynne Rowe. So due to the age of the pattern it may be hard to come by , so let me help you out !! I have made a few personal tweeks to the origonal  design and colour  and with a bit of creative flare so can you . The basic pattern is very easy to follow , so lets get you started .

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 ).
Needles: 3.75mm.
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 .
Pattern 
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 . 

Making up 
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

16 comments:

  1. Great minds must think alike Tracy - I have just blogged too (http://sockamabobsnthingamajigs.blogspot.co.uk/) and included a picture of my cakes that I had made. I did struggle to find the pattern and the one I did find made the case and bun separately and to be honest did not look as lovely as yours. Thanks for the pattern I try it out this week x

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  2. Realy cute! I love your cup cakes.

    Sigrun

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  3. Thank you so much for the pattern. I can't wait to make some of these very cute cup cakes :)

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  4. Hello Tracy,
    You are amazing! I don't know how to knit so I was wondering if you would add to your shop cupcakes? I am anxiously waiting to purchase a hare. Thank you. Liz

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  5. Wow those cup cakes look delicious - can't wait to make some! Thank you so much for the pattern :0) X

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  6. Thank you for sharing the pattern - I can't wait to cast on. The only problem is I can't decide which flavour icing and topping to choose! x

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  7. oh thanks so much for the pattern and i cannot wait to make some. xxpippa

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  8. These little cupcakes are so cute!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. Something to add to my "to do" list :-)

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  9. They look good enough to eat!
    Carol xx

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  10. I gave these cupcakes a go for decoration at my tea party this weekend and they turned out great. I posted about making them and your pattern on my blog www.baconflavouredjam check it out and let me know what you think :)

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  11. Hi, we love your knitted cupcakes. We are going to make them and use them for our wedding. We have our own polaroid photo corner with a picnic theme/ fancy dress for the guests, we are going to use them in a picnic basket and for props. How much would your cupcakes be if you made a few for us?

    Thanks michelle

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  12. luv them! might put cute faces on them too!

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  13. I love this pattern and just have indicated it on my blog. I intend to give it a try some day, but for now my skills are better on crochet... Thanks a lot for sharing!! Link to the post: http://linhasimaginarias.blogspot.com.br/2013/08/cupcake.html
    Best regards, from Brazil

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  14. thankyou for this pattern, it is so lovely

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  15. The cupcake is shown as having rib for the case but the instructions are for knit.

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  16. Hi Anonymous
    Please read rows 11 to 19 they are K 1 p 1 on each of these 9 rows forming the ribbed case , rows 1 to 9 form the underside/ base of the cup cake case which you can't see . I hope this helps you work out the pattern .
    with regards Tracy

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