Cupcake Knitting Patterns

Do you just love everything about cupcakes?

I like baking them sometimes, eating them and decorating them…. but this can be so dangerous to your waistline!

Why not turn the love to a non-edible version by knitting little cupcakes, with different coloured icing and adding beads/sequins for sprinkled decoration.

The cupcakes are knit flat and then assembled together, with the addition of beaded or stitched sprinkles.

They are stuffed with toy stuffing so they are squishy and can be used as decorations – I used to place mine inside of an old antique cake stand.

The cupcake pattern is easy to follow, knitted flat on straight needles.

You can use up leftover yarns in your stash and make lots of cupcakes in different colours.

The pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning new stitches.

If you would like to make more knitted items for the home, please take a look at the other patterns in the home knitting pattern library.

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You can scroll down to see the free pattern below or you may choose to purchase the printable ad-free pdf version from my shop.

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Knit Cupcake Pattern

Materials >

3.5 mm (US 4) needles

A small amount of Pink (Shade A), Cream (Shade B), Light brown (Shade C) and Light pink (Shade D) DK/4 ply wool.

You can choose your own colours and use beads to look like sprinkles!

The Pattern >

Using shade C cast on 10 stitches

Row 1: (k1, inc 1) to end (15 stitches)

Row 2: P

Row 3: (k2, inc1) to end (20 stitches)

Row 4: P

Row 5: (K2, inc1) to last two stitches K2 (26 stitches)

Row 6: P

Row 7: K1 (K3, Inc 1) to last stitch K1 (32 stitches)

Row 8: P

Row 9: K

Row 10: P

Row 11: K

Row 12: P

Row 13: K4 (K1, inc1, k6) three times, K4 (35 stitches)

Row 14: P

Row 15: K

Row 16: P

Row 17: K4 (K1, Inc 1, K7) three times, K4 (38 stitches)

Row 18: P

Row 19: K4 (K1, Inc 1, K4) five times, K4 (43 stitches)

Row 20: P

Row 21: Change to Shade A. K

Row 22: K
Row 23: K
Row 24: K

Row 25: K2, (K2tog 5 times, K10) twice, K1 (33 stitches)

Row 26: K

Row 27: K1 (K2 tog 3 times, K7) twice, K2 tog three times, (24 stitches)

Row28: K

Row 29: K2 tog to end (12 stitches)

Row 30: K2 tog to end (6 stitches)

Row 31: Break yarn and thread through stitches, draw tight & fasten off


Using shade D cast on 4 stitches

Row 1: P
Row 2: P
Row 3: K
Row 4: P
Row 5: K
Row 6: P
Row 7: P
K2tog to end

Break yarn and thread through stitches, draw tight & fasten off


Using shade B cast on 9 stitches

Rows 1–78: Knit all rows in Garter Stitch

Cast off.

Pick up 29 stitches evenly along one of the long sides.

Row 1: P

Row 2: K4 (K2tog x 4, K3) twice, K4

Row 3: P

Row 4: K1 (K2 tog, K2) to end (16 stitches)

Row 5: P

Row 6: K2 tog to end (8 stitches)

Row 7: Break yarn and thread through stitches, draw tight & fasten off. Sew bottom and side together to form a cupcake case.

Making Up

Sew together cupcake edges leaving a gap to stuff. Stuff with stuffing and sew up gap. Sew in any loose ends.

Sew a running stitch around edge of cherry and pull tight to give a ball shape. Fasten off and attach to the top of the cake.

Sew on small round beads to look like sprinkles! Or add French knots with embroidery thread.

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)

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