Birthday Cupcakes!

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Birthday Cupcake
Handmade Cupcake Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Plain Cupcake
Handmade Birthday Cupcake Finished Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Ellie's Birthday Cake
Handmade Cupcake Plain Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Plain Cake

How to Knit a Cupcake

What you will need...

Total time - 2 Hours 40 Minutes as Shown (birthday cupcake)

Size 5cm Base, 5cm height (9cm inc candles), 8cm top width

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

4.5cm Cardboard Circle to firm up the base

Double knitting yarn - desired colours

Sewing up needle

Toy stuffing / filling

Scissors

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Pin Cushion Cupcake

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.

Yrn = 'Yarn Over' - Loop the yarn around the end of your needle (under and over) to create a new stitch.

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

Sewing up the sprinkles and top icing to the top of the cake before fixing it altogether will allow a neater finish, by hiding loose ends more easily.

How to Make it...

Made from a knitted case, a knitted cake top piece, a piece of knitted icing with some sewn-on sprinkles and some finger knitted candles. All pieces are sewn together with a 4.5cm cardboard circle in the base to help support its shape.

Case

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Make 1

Time - 1 Hour each

Size 8 cm Depth and Diameter

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Colour of Choice

Cast on 55sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row k1 (yrn, K2tog) to end (55sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows

Next row K8, (K2tog, K16) twice, K2tog, K9 (52sts)

Next row P

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 3rows,

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

Cake Top

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Make 1

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 7.5 cm Diameter

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Brown

Cast on 54sts

P 1 row

Next row (K4, K2tog) to end (45sts)

P 1 row

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

Candles

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Make 3 (Or however many!)

Time - 5 Minutes each

Size 4.5 cm

No Needles

Yarn -2 strands, pink and white

Finger-knit both strands of yarn together to make a two-tone candle, to approximately 4.5cm in length.

At one end of each candle, cut the two yarn ends approximately 1cm from the end of the knitted stitches. These form the wicks of the candles.

Icing

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Make 1

Time - 15 Minutes Each

Size 4 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 4 sts

Inc Knit-wise into every stitch (8 sts)

Next row P

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Inc Kwise into the first and last stitch of all K rows (12 sts)

St-st a further 2 rows

Continue in st-st a further 4 rows, Dec Kwise at the start and end of all K rows (8 sts)

K2tog to end (4sts)

Cast off Pwise

Piece it Together...

Sewing up & Embroidery Time 40Minutes

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Sewing Cupcake Case

Cupcake Base

Folder over at the top of the cupcake main piece, at the 'yrn' stitching to form the crinkled case effect, and pin in place before lightly catching the cast on row to the inside of the case.

Then begin to sew up the case, beginning at the cast off edge, and 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, as shown in the picture.

Fasten off all loose ends.

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Cardboard Base
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Icing with Sprinkles

Top of the Cake

Sew on some sprinkles randomly onto the surface of the knitted icing piece, in your desired position and colour.

Complete the top of cake by oversewing row ends to form the circular shape.

Sew the sprinkle-patch icing and the finger knitted candles to the top of this piece, before finally sewing this top piece just inside the knitted case, stuffing the cake lightly as you go. This will bring both cast on edges together.

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Cake Top Piece
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Topped with Icing & Sprinkles
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Cake Toppings
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Sewing the cake top into the case
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Pin Cushion Cupcake

Make it Different...

Choose your own cake and case colour depending on your favourites, to make it personalised and unique. Experiment with your toppings to be as extravagant or artistic as you like as you could with a real cupcake - sugar unicorns and rainbows would be Ellie's pick, but I chickened out of that one! You could pick another little knitted shape such as knitted flowers, knitted hearts or other small knitted pieces from other knitting patterns - just mix and match.

Perfect handmade birthday gift or keepsake, a nice decoration or even a pin cushion!

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Handmade Cake Collection

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 inspiration.

All done?

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