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 .
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


  1. Great minds must think alike Tracy - I have just blogged too ( 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

  2. Realy cute! I love your cup cakes.


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

  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

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

  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

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

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

  9. They look good enough to eat!
    Carol xx

  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 :)

  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

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

  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:
    Best regards, from Brazil

  14. thankyou for this pattern, it is so lovely

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

  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