ODDknit - Free Knitting Patterns - Cupcakes
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Cupcakes (R3)

four different cupcake designs

This pattern involves quite a lot of knitting as the cake, case and icing are all knitted separately. Mix and match styles and colours and you could have INFINITE cupcakes.

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • yarn leftovers (double knit)
  • toy stuffing
  • 4 x double ended needles (3mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Pattern:

(A list of abbreviations is available.)

Case

Cast on 4 stitches in coloured yarn, divide between three needles and join into the round.

  1. Round 1: kfb x 4 (8)
  2. Round 2: kfb x 8 (16)
  3. Round 3: k –
  4. Round 4: [kfb, k1] x 8 (24)
  5. Round 5: k –
  6. Round 6: [kfb, k2] x 8 (32)
  7. Rounds 7 & 8: k –
  8. Round 9: [p1, pfb] x 16 (48)
  9. Rounds 10 to 24: [k1, p1] x 24

Cast off using the invisible cast off method (aka tubular bind-off).

Cake

Cast on 4 stitches in beige or brown yarn, divide between three needles and join into the round.

  1. Round 1: kfb x 4 (8)
  2. Round 2: kfb x 8 (16)
  3. Round 3: k –
  4. Round 4: [kfb, k1] x 8 (24)
  5. Round 5: k –
  6. Round 6: [kfb, k2] x 8 (32)
  7. Round 7: k –
  8. Round 8: p –
  9. Rounds 9 & 10: k –
  10. Round 11: [kfb, k7] x 4 (36)
  11. Round 12 & 13: k –
  12. Round 14: [k8, kfb] x 4 (40)
  13. Round 15 & 16: k –
  14. Round 17: [kfb, k9] x 4 (44)
  15. Round 18 & 19: k –
  16. Round 20: [k10, kfb] x 4 (48)
  17. Round 21: k –

(Change yarn colour here for knitted-in icing that covers the visible part of the cake.)

  1. Round 22: k –
  2. Round 23 & 24: p –
  3. Round 25: [p2tog, p4] x 8 (40)
  4. Round 26: p –
  5. Round 27: [p2tog, p3] x 8 (32)
  6. Round 28: p –
  7. Round 29: [p2tog, p2] x 8 (24)
  8. Round 30: p –
  9. Round 31: [p2tog, p1] x 8 (16)
  10. Round 32: p –
  11. Round 33: p2tog x 8 (8)
  12. Round 34: p –

Stuff loosely before threading yarn through the remaining stitches and pulling tight.

Icing 1 ("The Puddle")

Cast on 4 stitches in coloured yarn, divide between three needles and join into the round.

  1. Round 1: kfb x 4 (8)
  2. Round 2: k –
  3. Round 3: kfb x 8 (16)
  4. Round 4: k –
  5. Round 5: [k1, kfb] x 8 (24)
  6. Round 6: k –
  7. Round 7: [k2, kfb] x 8 (32)
  8. Round 8: k –
  9. Round 9: [k3, kfb] x 8 (40)
  10. Round 10: k –
  11. Round 11: p –
  12. Round 12: k –
  13. Round 13: [k2tog, k3] x 8 (32)
  14. Round 14: k –
  15. Round 15: [k2tog, k2] x 8 (24)
  16. Round 16: k –
  17. Round 17: [k2tog, k1] x 8 (16)
  18. Round 18: k –
  19. Round 19: k2tog x 8 (8)
  20. Round 20: k –

Cut the yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.

Icing 2 ("The Mountain")

Cast on 3 stitches in coloured yarn, join into the round.

  1. Round 1: k –
  2. Round 2: kfb x 3 (6)
  3. Round 3 & 4: k –
  4. Round 5: kfb x 6 (12)
  5. Round 6: [k1, p1] x 6
  6. Round 7: [k1, pfb] x 6 (18)
  7. Round 8: [k1, p2] x 6
  8. Round 9: [k1, p1, pfb] x 6 (24)
  9. Round 10: [k1, p3] x 6
  10. Round 11: [k1, p2tog, pfb] x 6
  11. Round 12: [k1, p3] x 6
  12. Round 13: [k1, p2tog, pfb] x 6
  13. Round 14: [k1, p2, pfb] x 6 (30)
  14. Round 15: [k1, p4] x 6
  15. Round 16: [k1, p2tog, p1, pfb] x 6
  16. Round 17: [k1, p4] x 6
  17. Round 18: [k1, p2tog, p1, pfb] x 6
  18. Round 19: [k1, p3, pfb] x 6 (36)
  19. Round 20: [k1, p5] x 6
  20. Round 21: [k1, p2tog, p2, pfb] x 6
  21. Round 22: [k1, p5] x 6
  22. Round 23: [k1, p2tog, p2, pfb] x 6
  23. Round 24: [k1, p4, pfb] x 6 (42)
  24. Round 25: [k1, p6] x 6
  25. Round 26: [k1, p2tog, p3, pfb] x 6
  26. Round 27: [k1, p6] x 6
  27. Round 28: [k1, p2tog, p3, pfb] x 6
  28. Round 29: [k1, p6] x 6
  29. Round 30: k –
  30. Round 31: [k2tog, k5] x 6 (36)
  31. Round 32: [k2tog, k4] x 6 (30)
  32. Round 33: k –
  33. Round 34: [k2tog, k3] x 6 (24)
  34. Round 35: [k2tog, k2] x 6 (18)
  35. Round 36: k –
  36. Round 37: [k2tog, k1] x 6 (12)
  37. Round 38: k2tog x 6 (6)

Do not stuff. Cut yarn, thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.

Making Up:

Each complete cupcake is made up of one case and one cake, with various options on icing and decoration. The case fits around the outside of the cake without needing to be sewn into place, just hide the loose ends inside the fabric of the knitting.

Icing option 1 is plain or knitted-in. This option covers the complete top of the cake such that it is all that shows once the case is on. Either knit the cake plain and decorate with embroidered sprinkles or change colours between round 21 and 22 of the cake pattern.

Icing option 2 is what I call “the puddle” a flat round of icing that is sewn on top of a plain base cake. Follow the knitting instructions and sew into place with a line of stitches around the edge. Top with a tiny knitted ball as per the instructions for tiny bauble in the plain baubles pattern.

Icing option 3 is “the mountain” a big heap of icing that is knitted in three dimensions but unstuffed to keep it moldable and floppy. Sew into place with a line of stitches around the row where the ribbed stitches end.

Notes:

Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!