As promised... a pattern for miniature crochet cupcakes.
A present from me to you on Mother's Day
Using a 2 mm crochet hook and a fine yarn (such as 4 ply) in a colour suitable for your cupcake case, make a magic ring to start. Do this by forming a loop with your yarn and hold in firmly where the yarn is double.
Insert the hook into the loop and draw the yarn back through the centre of loop.
Make a double crochet stitch (I'm using UK crochet terms)
Continue making double crochet (dc) stitches into the loop until you have a total of eight stitches.
Pull the tail end of the yarn, closing the ring so that the stitches forrm a tight circle and then join the first and last stitches with a slip stitch.
Row 1: Make 1 chain, 1 dc into first stitch, 2 dc into each of the following 7 stitches (16 stitches)
Row 2: Work 1 dc into each of the stitches in the previous row, working into the back loop of the stitch as shown below (this forms a ridge that marks the edge of the base of the cupcake case) (16 stitches)
Rows 3 - 6: Work dc into each stitch of previous row, working into both loops of the stitch as shown.(16 stitches)
Row 8: Picot edge - * Make 2 chain, slip stitch into next stitch working into the front loop of the stitch only, as shown**. Repeat from * to ** 15 times more. fasten off yarn.
Change to cake coloured yarn.
Row 9: Working into the back loop of the stitches of the last dc row (row 7), make a dc into each stitch. (16 stitches)
Row 10: Work 1 dc into each stitch of previous row. (16 stitches) Fasten off yarn.
Rows 11 & 12: Change to pink (or icing coloured) yarn and work two rows of dc (16 stitches).
At this stage, insert a small circle of firm card (approx 1.5 cm diameter), or a penny, into the base of the cake and fill the case with a small ball of polyester toy stuffing.
Row 13: Decrease row. *Insert hook into next stitch and draw yarn through (2 stitches on hook), insert hook into next stitch and draw yarn through (3 stitches on hook) Draw yarn through all 3 stitches**. Repeat from * to ** 7 more times (8 stitches) If necessary add more stuffing at this stage.
Row 14: As row 13 (4 stitches)
Row 15: As row 13 (2 stitches)
Pull yarn through stitches to fasten off. Weave in all loose ends and finish by working a French knot in a dark pink/red yarn on top of cake.
Having seen these photos again, I think what I need for Mother's Day is a decent manicure... but in fact I'm getting something much better. I have almost a full contingent of sons at home and Ben is coming up from London to cook me and my Mum lunch. And there is promise of some wonderful Mediterranean food inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi. I can't wait!
Wishing all Mums out there a wonderful Mother's Day.