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If you'd like to work this pattern but you don't think of yourself as an experienced crocheter, please don't let the skill level rating scare you away. On the one hand, this pattern isn't complex; it's worked mostly in single crochet, and no complicated shaping is required. However, you do need to know how to do color changes, and you will also be carrying two inactive colors of yarn throughout. If you haven't practiced the tapestry crochet technique yet, you'll find that maintaining a consistent tension throughout the piece can be a bit of a challenge.
If you haven't yet tried tapestry crochet, I'd recommend working a simple checkerboard pattern first -- it's much easier than this cupcake pattern. That practice piece will give you a good feel for the technique. If you can successfully finish the checkerboard, I'm pretty confident you could achieve success with this cupcake too.
Yarn: You'll need four colors of yarn, as follows:
- Color A: lighter pink (background color)
- Color B: tan (cupcake color)
- Color C: darker pink (frosting color)
- Color D: red (cherry color) -- This can be scrap yarn. You only need a small amount of it.
My project sample was crocheted using worsted weight yarn. The two pink colors are Cascade 220 wool, the tan is a mill spun New Zealand wool yarn, and the red yarn is Paton's classic wool.
It could be interesting to try crocheting this pattern in other yarn weights and other fibers; feel free to experiment if you like.
Crochet Hook: You'll need a hook that's compatible with your chosen yarn or fiber.I used a size I crochet hook for working my project sample.
Tapestry Needle: A tapestry needle is essential for working the cross stitch part of this pattern; it is also handy for weaving in your loose ends when you are finished crocheting.
Finished Size: My sample piece measures approximately 8.5 inches square.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
To crochet the square, you'll be working with three of the four yarn colors. Although the first four rows are worked in color A alone, I recommend carrying colors B and C from the beginning, and then continuing to carry both your unused colors throughout the pattern.
This helps with two things: first, it helps you to achieve stitches that are more square than they would be otherwise; the carried yarns add to the height of your stitches. Second, it makes it easier to maintain a consistent tension throughout.
Using color A, ch 29. Begin working this cupcake color chart, or if you're left-handed, this version. sc in 2nd ch from hook to start off. Do not crochet the red Xes on the chart; ignore them for now. The Xes denote areas that will be cross stitched, and the cross stitch will be worked overtop of the cupcake pattern after you are finished crocheting the square.
When you have finished crocheting the chart, work a round of sc st around the outer perimeter of the square using color A. I worked 2 ch sts to form each corner.
For a bit of extra dimension, you can work a round of surface crochet slip stitches in the spot where the border touches the outer edge of the charted design. If you look closely at the photo, you can see this little detail on my sample project. This is optional; I do like the way surface crochet slip stitches look, and I think it's a nice touch, but the design would be OK without it.
Stitch the Cherry Motif:
Thread your tapestry crochet needle using color D. Use it to cross stitch the cherry onto the top of the cupcake. Each red X on the chart represents a cross stitch on the finished piece.
Finishing the Cupcake:
Insert your hook into a spot where colors A, C and D touch each other. Pull up a loop of color C and use it for working an outline of surface crochet slip stitches around the outer edge of the frosting on the cupcake. You'll be working these sts in the area where colors A and C touch each other.
This is your opportunity to "clean up" the jagged edges and make the cupcake look as appealing as possible. Study the sample carefully; see how I used my surface crochet stitches to outline the piece?
Using color D, work a round of surface crochet slip stitches in a circle overtop of the cross stitched area. This makes the cherry motif appear to be round instead of square. End off color D and weave in loose ends.
Insert your hook into a spot where colors A, B and C touch each other. Pull up a loop of color B and work surface crochet slip stitches around the edge of the cupcake, working around the area where colors A and B touch each other.
End off. Weave in the remaining loose ends. Block the piece if desired.
Ideas for Using This Cupcake Square:
- If you crochet a bunch of these squares using lots of different colors and kid-friendly yarns, you could join the squares together to make an adorable child's afghan.
- Combine multiple squares to make placemats or table runners.
- Crochet two of these, stitch them together with wrong sides facing, and use the piece as a hot pad or large potholder.
- Assuming you used a feltable yarn to crochet it, toss the piece in the washer and dryer to felt it; depending on how it turns out, you can probably use it all by itself as a hot pad or potholder.
- There are zillions of other ways you could use this design, and I invite you to use your creativity and adapt it as you see fit. I hope you'll have sooooo much fun with it, and that your finished project will give you and your loved ones much enjoyment.