Monday, 31 January 2011
Valentines Cupcake Tutorial
Sc - Single Crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Ch - Chain
The cupcake consists of two separately crocheted items- the case and the icing. Lets start by making the case:-
With round 12 completed, we'll now make the lip of the cupcake.
R 13: *2 SC in first stitch from round 12, then 1 SC in the next. Repeat this pattern from the * all the way around. (54)
The sides of the cupcake should start to flare out like this:
R14: 1 Sc in each stitch around (54)
R15: Sc decrease over the first 2 stitches and then 1 Sc into the 3rd. Repeat this pattern all the way around until you have 36 stitches. Tie off your yarn.
You have now completed the case of the cupcake, now for the icing, which is made using the Hdc stitch - the entire icing section is worked in the back loops of the stitches.
R1: Ch2, and them crochet 6 Hdc into 2nd ch from hook (6)
R2: Hdc 2 in each stitch around (12)
R3: *Hdc 1, 2 Hdc in next stitch* x6 (18)
R4: *Hdc 2, 2 hdc in next st* x6 (24)
R5: *Hdc 3, 2 Hdc in next st* x6 (30)
R6: *Hdc 4, 2 Hdc in next st* x6 (36)
R7: *Hdc 5, 2 Hcd in next st* x6 (42)
At this point the icing is almost completed and should look like this:-
If you want a plain edge to your cupcake, tie off now, leaving a long enough piece of yarn to sew to base - or like mine, you can add a frilly edging to the icing, as shown below:-
*Skip 2 stitches and 5 Hdc into 3rd stitch, skip 4th st and s.s into 5th* - continue from * - * all the way around the edging. Tie off your yarn, leaving a long enough tail to sew top to base
Assembling your cupcake.
Stuff the case of your cupcake with filler and then sew the icing onto the top edge of the case. If you added a frilly edging, make sure you sew at round 7 so the frilly bit is an over hang.
When you have about 2cm left to sew around the edge, stop and put more filler in the cake, making sure the icing has a peak and doesn't sit flat - I use a large crochet hook to push it in. Cut out, (or crochet!) a little felt heart for embellishment and glue (or stitch) onto top - sit back and admire your creation!