It’s been a better week; No more bad news at any rate!
Recent events mean that I’ve been put back a little bit with projects that I’ve been working on, so over the last couple of days I’ve had to get my head down and do some serious catching up.
And with the weather continuing to be fairly vile I’ve also decided that it’s probably not a good idea to take myself off somewhere in the camper van. So, for the moment, I’ve put my gastronomic travel plans on hold until the torrential rain decides to stop – apparently the weather forecast predicts at least another week before the sun puts in an appearance and we finally start to dry out! What a pain 😦
I have still been busy cooking up my own little storm though – so I thought I’d share some of my recent makes for this week’s blog….
Cute, crocheted, calorie-free cupcakes.
I’ve been making these delightful little treats for a while now – They’re very easy to make if you can crochet, and I like the fact that you can let your imagination run riot when it comes to the myriad ways of ‘decorating’ them.
Easier than it looks!
Here’s a very basic pattern to get you started (please note that it does not include details for creating the toppings, fluted edging etc):
Round 1: Use the magic ring method to form a loop, working 6 dc into the centre of the ring (6 sts). Join with a sl st to the first dc. Make 1 ch.
Round 2: 2 dc in every stitch (12 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 3: (1 dc, 2dc in next st) six times (18 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 4: (1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (24 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 5: (1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next st six times (30 sts), join, 1 ch.
Rounds 6-7: 1 dc in every st (30 sts), join, 1 c.
Round 8: (1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next st) six times (36 sts), join, 1 ch.
Rounds 9-11: 1 dc in every st (36 sts), join with a sl st to first dc, 1 ch.
Round 12: (1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, dc2tog) six times (30 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 13: 1 dc in every st (30 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 14: (1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, dc2tog) six times (24 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 15-18: 1 dc in every st (24 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 19: Work in back loops only – (1 dc, 1 dc, dc2tog) six times (18 sts), join, 1 ch.
Before continuing, trim off and tie in any loose ends. Stuff with a BS standard toy filling.
Round 20: (1 dc, dc2tog) six times (12 sts), join, 1 ch.
Round 21: (dc 2tog) six times (6 sts), join, 1 ch.
Cut the yarn leaving a 15 cm tail and pull the end through the stitch on the hook. Pull tight to fasten off. Thread the yarn end through a darning needle and gather up the final six stitches to close up the hole. Weave in loose ends.
Add toppings, beads sequins etc as desired…….
The finished item looking good enough to eat – Perfect to offer to the Vicar when he next comes for tea 😉
They look great when arranged together on a vintage cake plate!
Crocheted cupcakes and knitted Battenburg – Yummy!
Next week sees the start of another month and a new theme – Sewing! I’ll be starting off with a simple, hand sewn item that you can use as either a keyring or bag charm. Until then, Happy Crafting!