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Crochet Cake Confection

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Two of my favorite things are crocheting and baking cakes. In this pattern I combined them both, in a crochet cake! I made this for Crochet Today’s first birthday, and it’s still one of my favorite designs. It’s silly, but it’s fun, and it always makes me smile. The cake itself is in my office and I always get a kick out of it. If you don’t know quite what to do with a crochet cake, you can fill it with stuffing to make a whimsical pillow!


Crochet Cake Confection


Materials:

  • TLC Essentials, 6oz/170g balls, each approx 312yd/285m (acrylic)- 1 ball #2313 Aran (A)
  • RED HEART Luster Sheen, 4oz/113g balls, each approx 335yd/306m (acrylic)
    1 ball #0235 Think Pink (B)
    1 ball #0735 Hot Pink (C)
    1 ball #0645 Mint (D)
  • Crochet Hooks, Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge, Size F/5 (3.75mm) crochet hook
  • 8"/20.5cm Styrofoam cake form (available at sugarcraft.com)
  • Serrated bread knife
  • Yarn needle
     

Skill Level: Easy

Finished Measurements: Approx 8"/20.5cm diameter x 4"/10cm tall
 

Gauge: Rounds 1–8 (of Cake Top) = 4"/10cm diameter using A and size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook. Remember to check gauge for best results!

Gauge Swatch: With A and H/8 (5mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring. Rounds 1–8 Work Rounds 1–8 of Cake Top. Resulting gauge swatch should measure approx 4"/10cm in diameter. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
 

Tips:

  • Decorate your cake however you like! Substitute crochet flowers for the circles, or embroider a message on the cake top.
     
  • Before adding the embellishments, place the Cake Top and Sides over the styrofoam form to mark placement of the various elements.
     

Instructions:

CAKE TOP AND SIDES
With A and H/8 (5mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 Ch 1, work 6 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc – 6 sc.
Round 2 Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc – 12 sc.
Round 3 Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times; join with sl st in first sc – 18 sc.
Round 4 Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times; join with sl st in first sc – 24 sc.
Round 5 Ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times; join with sl st in first sc – 30 sc.
Round 6 Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times; join with sl st in first sc – 36 sc.
Round 7 Ch 1, sc in first 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 5 times; join with sl st in first sc – 42 sc.
Rounds 8–15 Continue working in rounds as established, working one more sc between increases, until there are 90 sc. Do not fasten off.
Rounds 16–32 Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off.

Round 33 (scallop edging) Join C with sl st in any sc of Round 32, 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, *sl st in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sl st – 15 scallops. Fasten off.

CAKE BOTTOM
With A and H/8 (5mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rounds 1–15 Work Rounds 1–15 of Cake Top.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

ICING EMBELLISHMENTS
large circle

With B and F/5 (3.75mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 Ch 2 (counts as first dc), work 12 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beginning ch – 13 dc.
Round 2 Ch 3, 2 tr in each dc around; join with sl st in first tr – 26 tr. Fasten off.
Round 3 Join C with sc in any tr, sc in each remaining tr around; join with sl st in first sc – 26 sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

medium circle (make 6)
With D and F/5 (3.75mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 Ch 2, work 10 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beginning ch.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

small circle (make 6)
With D and F/5 (3.75mm) hook, ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 Ch 1, work 10 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

finishing
trim cake form

With bread knife, trim upper edge of cake form to create a rounded edge. Hold knife at a 45- degree angle and cut away approx 1⁄2"/1.5cm around upper edge.

Using long yarn tail and yarn needle, sew large circle to center of Cake Top, sewing small stitches through back loops of last round of circle. Using photograph as a guide for placement, sew medium and small circles in the same manner.

icing embroidery
Work embroidery on Cake Top and Sides, as follows:

  1. With D and yarn needle, embroider modified lazy daisy stitches in a ring around the large circle.
  2. With C and yarn needle, embroider chain stitches in swag pattern to connect all medium circles.
  3. With B and yarn needle, embroider chain stitches in swag pattern to connect all medium and small circles.

Place Styrofoam cake form inside Cake Top. Place Cake Bottom on bottom of cake form. With yarn needle and A sew Top to Bottom.
Weave in all ends.
 

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