Frilly Cupcakes

Wow….. It’s been a long time since I posted here. Enjoy the new pattern!!

NOTES: I’ve used UK terms throughout in this pattern. The pattern is worked in a spiral without joining each round. It may be helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round, but I just count obsessively!!

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You may want to make a cherry for the top of your cake; otherwise decorate with buttons, beads or even glitter!

Ingredients:

• Aran or worsted weight yarn for the cake and red DK weight yarn for the cherry
• 4.5mm crochet hook for cake; 4mm hook for cherry
• tapestry or darning needle
• toy stuffing
• two 4-5cm circles cut from light cardboard, like an old cereal packet. These are optional; they will be used to keep the bottom of the cake flat after stuffing. They should be slightly smaller than the bottom of your cake. I found a tin in the cupboard that was about the right size, and drew around that.

Stitches used:

  • dc: UK double crochet (US single crochet)
  • dc2tog: UK double crochet two together, which decreases (US single crochet two together)
  • sl st: slip stitch

Method:

Round 1: With cake colour and your 4.5mm hook, start with 6dc in a Magic Circle OR ch2 and work 6dc in second chain from hook. (6dc)

Round 2: Work 2dc in each dc from previous round. (12dc)

Round 3: Dc in first dc, 2dc in next dc. Repeat around. (18dc)

Round 4: Dc in first 2dc, 2dc in next dc. Repeat around. (24dc)

Round 5: Dc in first 3dc, 2dc in next dc. Repeat around. (30dc)

Note: I used Vanna’s Choice for the cake base, which is fairly heavy. If you use a lighter weight yarn and you think it’s not going to be big enough, simply do another increase round (dc in first 4dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat) to increase the size of the cake. You’ll need another decrease round at the top, but otherwise the instructions should be the same, other than the stitch count on each row.

Round 6: Through the back loops only, work 1dc in each dc. (30dc)

Rounds 7-12: dc around. (30dc)

Change to icing colour in the last stitch of round 12 by pulling up a loop with the cake colour, and pulling through the two loops on your hook with the icing colour. Cut cake colour and work over both ends for 10-15 stitches, or until secure.

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Round 13: dc around with icing colour. (30dc)

Round 14: Through the back loops only, work 1dc in each dc. (30dc)

Round 15: dc in each dc around. (30dc)

Round 16: dc in first 3dc, then dc2tog. Repeat around. (24dc)

Round 17: dc around. (24dc)

At this point, put the two cardboard circles in the bottom of your cupcake.

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Round 18: dc in first 3dc, then dc2tog. Repeat around. (18 dc)

Round 19: dc in first 2dc, then dc2tog. Repeat around. (12dc)

Stuff cupcake firmly, pulling icing part of fabric into shape of completed cupcake. I stuff mine fairly firmly to make them keep their shape. Note: despite it’s size, this will use a significant amount of stuffing, especially if you’re overstuffing it slightly to help it keep its shape.

Round 20: dc in first dc, then dc2tog. Repeat around. (6dc)

Sl st in next dc and fasten off. Roll it between your hands to check firmness and reshape, adding stuffing if necessary. Use yarn tail to sew opening at top of cake closed.

Frill: holding cupcake so the top of the cake this toward you and your hook is through the stitch top to bottom, attach icing colour through a front loop in the row after joining the second colour. (You left these loops free when you crocheted through the back loops in this round, and they will show up as a line around the bottom of the icing on your cupcake.)

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Dc in this stitch. *Dc. Dc in next stitch, and picot – ch3 and sl st in first ch. repeat from * around. Sl st to first dc and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Cherry (optional)

With red yarn and 4mm hook, work 6dc in a Magic Circle OR ch2 and work 6dc in second chain from hook. (6dc)

Round 2: 2dc in each dc. (12dc)

Round 3: dc in each dc. (12dc)

Sl st to next stitch and fasten off. Leave a 20cm tail for sewing the cherry to the cupcake.

Position the cherry on the top of the cupcake, and whip stitch the edges into place. Stuff with a tiny amount of stuffing when you are about three quarters of the way around, and then finish the seam. Sew in ends and reshape if necessary.

And you’re finished!! Mmmmmmm – delicious!! 🙂

Use of pattern: Please feel free to make them for yourself or to sell the finished product, but not the pattern! It’s mine!! 🙂

Please leave a comment – let me know if you’re stuck or have a found any errors, and also how you’ve got on!

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Enjoy!

About Beth

I’m a Canadian crochet-obsessed mum living in the UK who used to make a living teaching English to teenagers. Current distractions: babies, baking and baby sign language!

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