Little Cherry Bakewells

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Knitted Cherry Bakewell

How to Knit a Cherry Bakewell

What you will need...

Total time - 2 Hours

Size 5cm Base, 5cm height,  7.5cm top diameter

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

4.5cm Cardboard Circle to firm up the base

Double knitting yarn - light brown, white and red.

Sewing up needle

Toy stuffing / filling

Scissors

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Bakewell Inspiration

Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - P wise. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

Don't over-stuff your bakewell as it'll end up being quite poofy at the top rather than a flatter finish.

Depending on how tightly you sew up your bakewell, you may need to adjust the size of the cardboard base to fit.

How to Make it...

Made from a knitted pastry piece, a knitted icing piece, and a small knitted piece to form the cherry. All pieces are sewn together with a 4.5cm cardboard circle in the base to help support its shape.

Pastry

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Make 1

Time - 1 Hour each

Size 8 cm Diameter

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light Brown

Cast on 52sts

Beginning with a K row st-st 2 rows

K5, (K2tog, K11) three times, K2tog, K6 (48sts)

P 1 row

K5, (K2tog,K10) three times, K2tog,K5 (44sts)

P 1 row

K4, (K2tog,K9) three times, K2tog,K5 (40sts)

P 1 row

K4, (K2tog,K8) three times, K2tog,K4 (36sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 2rows

K 1 row to form bottom rim

Continue to shape the flat bottom...

Next row (K2, K2tog) to end (27sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, K2tog) to end (18sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to end (9sts)

P 1 row

B&t tightly

Icing

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Make 1

Time - 25 Minutes Each

Size 7cm Diameter

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 45sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows

Next row (K3, K2tog) to end (36sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, K2tog) to end (27sts),

P 1 row

Next row (K1, K2tog) to end (18sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to end (9sts)

P 1 row

B&t tightly

Cherry

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Make 1

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 2 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Red

Cast on 4 sts

Inc Knit-wise into every stitch (8 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5rows

Next row K2tog to end

B&t tightly

Piece it Together...

Sewing up Time 30Minutes

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Sewing up Pastry

Cupcake Base

Begin to sew up the pastry at the cast off edge, sewing across row ends all the way up to the top edging.

Using a compass draw and cut out a 4.5cm sturdy cardboard circle and push into the bottom of the case.

Fasten off all loose ends.

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Cardboard Base
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Sewing Bakewell Top

Top of the Cake

Complete the icing knitted piece, by oversewing row ends to form the circular shape.

Sew this icing just inside the knitted top edge of the pastry, stuffing the cake lightly as you go. This will bring both cast on edges together.

With the right side of stocking stitch on the outside, oversew row ends of the cherry knitted piece, stuffing the cherry lightly as you go.

Sew the cherry to the top of the cake centrally.

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Bakewell Top View
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Plain Cupcake

Make it Different...

The top edge of the pastry for this cherry bakewell is a quick and easy rolled edge, however you could use 'yrn' stitching instead, as used for the knitted cupcake pattern. This gives a more frilled edge.

If you fancied something another than a cherry (I've seen some very yummy lemon bakewells), there's always the option of picking another little knitted shape for your topper, such as knitted flowersknitted hearts or other small knitted pieces from other knitting patterns - just mix and match.

Perfect handmade keepsake or decoration, especially as part of a little cake collection!

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!