Food for Thought – Knit Cupcake

cupcakecherryHave you noticed that the world has gone crazy for cupcakes? There are cupcake stickers, cupcake note cards, rubber stamps, fabric, wall art, and even cupcake jewelry! Of course real cupcakes have always been a favorite with just about everyone, but lately they are very much the “in” thing to serve at parties of all kinds.

And, suddenly, it seems everyone is knitting cupcakes! If you told me six months ago that I would knit a cupcake, I would have asked you if that was really coffee you had there in your coffee cup! 😉 For a long time, I just didn’t “get it”. Why would anyone want to knit “pretend” food? Sweaters, potholders, placemats, even handbags – yes! But a cupcake? What would you do with it afterwards? Have a plate of inedible cupcakes on display to tease your guests? Seems a little mean!

cupcakecandleI guess they would be cute for kids to use for teddy bear tea parties – that is if the kids are old enough to play with beaded items. But toy stores have lots of very realistic play food for reasonable prices. There’s no need to spend hours knitting cupcakes!

You’ll probably laugh when I tell you that I finally gave in, though. Was it peer pressure as in – “Everyone is making them!”? Or maybe it was more “If you can’t beat ‘em; join ‘em”. LOL I’m really not sure, but I came across a cupcake pattern (click here) offered by the fabulous Julie and decided to see what all the fuss was about.

So far so good:


Hmmm . . . knit, sewn together, and stuffed – but it doesn’t look too much like a cupcake.


Maybe if I decorate it with a “frosting” flower and add some beads for sprinkles:


Better yet – on a little china plate:


Well, there you have it. I knit a cupcake. It’s kind of cute.

Would I make another one or a whole plate of them? No, I don’t think so.

But I have decided that this one will make a pretty little pincushion! 🙂



Food for Thought – Knit Cupcake — 16 Comments

  1. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Delicious!!! Could I bite it?????

    Crystal says: Yes Janil! But I don’t think it tastes very good! lol 🙂

  2. Well, the cupcake is cute. I’m not sure how useful a knitted pincusion will be. Nope, don’t see the point in knitted cupcakes. If it doesn’t have calories, its not a cupcake. What I do think is cool though, is when they bake a bunch of cupcakes, put them all together and decorate them like a cake. Vualla! Birthday cake you don’t have to cut!

    Seriously. The cupcake wasn’t too cool until you added your decorating touch and really set it off with the saucer.

    You’re so talented!

    Crystal says: Thanks, Sis! 🙂
    I just had to do something to save it! LOL There’s nothing I dislike more than spending a lot of time on a project and then having it turn out to be a total dud!

  3. This is sooo cute. Great job!! I saw a few of these in my crochet pattern books. Hmmm. Maybe I will make one.

    Crystal says: Thanks Donna! 🙂
    I am thinking a crocheted cupcake might be a little quicker to complete, too, because the pattern might have the bottom of the cake already attached as you go along. The thing about knitting small items is that sewing those little pieces together can be a bit of a nuisance.

  4. That’s too cute! I’m not that good a knitter. If you could figure out a way to make the bottom a drawstring, you could stuff it with a pair or two of socks for a baby present!

    Crystal says: Oh Jennifer, what a sweet idea! Thank you for suggesting it 🙂

  5. I think the pincushion idea is a good one. I’ve never quite understood the purpose of a knit cupcake (and I’ve seen a surprising number of them), so I like that you’re finding a use for it!

  6. Hehe! I knit a cupcake last year for a friend’s birthday. I used some leftover eyelash yarn for the frosting, which made it nice and “whipped”. I think people like cupcakes because they’re cute, petite, and very girly. They really fit in with the recent “cute” aesthetic.

  7. How cute!! I can imagine all the different colors the cupcakes could be made into. I really would like to learn how to knit or crochet. baby steps though. lol

  8. Very cute and I like the idea of using it for a pincushion. My girls would probably like a few to play tea party with, but other than that, I don’t think I will be knitting any cupcakes.

  9. i like it and i would like to know how to make it!!!

    Hi, Thank you!!! You can see a link to the pattern above. 🙂

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