Just for fun, I made a little kawaii cupcake amigurumi on a whim last week, all the while wondering what I could make for St. Patrick’s Day next week. I had a little lightbulb moment and decided to make a green St. Paddy’s Day cupcake, garnished with a little shamrock. So sweet and festive!
The colour combination and accessory possibilities for these little cupcakes are endless; a green cupcake could also be garnished with a lime wedge, and orange and yellow cupcakes could be garnished with an orange and lemon slice. I was also considering getting funky with it and making an ‘Under the Sea’ cupcake with a little starfish accent! So many fun possibilities.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This cupcake has just 2 pieces (!).
There is no colour work involved so they are quick to make!
The finished measurements are approximately 12cm/5″ in both height and width.
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- 3.25mm hook for main (I use THESE hooks!);
- For the birthday cupcake:
- Hobbii Rainbow 8/8 Cotton in Colour: 62 (or any lightweight/category 3 yarn) – less than 50g;
- Patons Astra in white (or any lightweight/category 3 yarn) – less than 50g;
- Scraps in various colours for sprinkles;
- Hobbii Rainbow 8/8 Cotton in Colour: 93 for heart accent.
- For the St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake:
- Hobbii Rainbow 8/8 Cotton in Colour: 84 – less than 50g;
- Hobbii Rainbow 8/8 Cotton in Colour: 74 – less than 50g;
- 12mm safety eyes;
- Black crochet thread for mouth (optional – red yarn scrap for mouth);
- Tapestry needle.
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease
BLO – Back Loops Only
Sk – Skip a stitch
Dc – Double crochet
The cupcake is worked from the bottom up. Use a 3.25mm hook and start with the bottom cupcake colour (i.e. dark pink or dark green in mine).
Row 1: Ch 13, starting in second ch from hook, sc in each st across (12 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Inc in each of the first 2 sts, sc 8, inc in last 2 sts (16 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Inc in first st, sc 14, inc in last st (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Inc in first st, sc 16, inc in last st (20 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 5-7: Sc in each st across (20 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Inc in first st, sc 18, inc in last st (22 sts), switch to frosting coloured yarn, ch 1, turn.
(Remaining rows are worked in the frosting colour).
Row 9: Inc in first st, sc 20, inc in last st (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
In the next row, we will create the frosting edges by working shell stitches into the back loops only.
Row 10: Working in BLO, *sc, sk 2 sts, 5dc into the next st, sk 2 sts*, repeat * until 2 sts remain, sk 1 st, sc in last st (4 shell sts), ch 1, turn. Fold the shell stitches down onto the bottom part of the cupcake.
Row 11: Working in unworked loops of row 10, inc in each of the first 2 sts, sc 20, inc in each of the last 2 sts (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 12-15: Sc in each st across (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 16: Dec, sc 24, dec (26 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 17: Dec twice across first 4 sts, sc 18, dec twice across last 4 sts (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 18: Inc in first st, sc 20, inc in last st (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 19-20: Sc in each st across (24 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 21: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 22: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 23: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts), ch 1, turn.
Tie off. Turn panel. Rejoin your yarn into the 4th stitch of row 23 and continue:
Row 24: Sc 12 (12 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 25: Dec, sc 8, dec (10 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 26: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts), ch 1, turn.
Row 27: Dec 4 times across all 8 sts.
Tie off. Weave yarn tails to the back. Set aside.
The back panel is worked almost exactly the same as the front panel with one small difference. The shell stitches are not worked in the body of the panel; we will come back and finish them at the end (this is to make sure that the shell stitches face “out” on both panels).
Rows 1-9: Work rows 1 to 9 of the front panel as normal.
SKIP ROW 10 OF THE FRONT PANEL. Continue as follows:
Row 11: In BLO, inc in each of the first 2 sts, sc 20, inc in each of the last 2 sts (28 sts), ch 1, turn.
Rows 12-27: Work rows 12-27 of the front panel as normal.
Turn the piece upside down and work Row 10 into the unworked loops:
Row 10: Working in unworked loops, *sc, sk 2 sts, 5dc into the next st, sk 2 sts*, repeat * until 2 sts remain, sk 1 st, sc in last st (4 shell sts), ch 1, turn.
Tie off. Weave yarn tails to the back. Set aside.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Face
Using scraps of yarn, stitch on various sprinkles at the top of the front panel. For the birthday cupcake, I used pink, purple and green but any colours would look great! For the St. Paddy’s Day cupcake, I used green only.
Insert 12mm safety eyes into the front panel between rows 3-4 of the frosting (i.e. 3-4 rows up from the top of the shell stitches) with about 11 sts between them.
If you want to do happy eyes, use black crochet thread and stitch them onto the front panel as follows: Starting 4 sts in from each side and spanning 6 sts in width and 3 rows in height. Add eyelashes. Take a look at this video tutorial to see how I stitch happy eyes onto amigurumi.
Stitch on the mouth. I did this by stitching some red yarn around 2 sts between the eyes and then outlining it using black crochet thread.
Stitch on cheeks by stitching some pink yarn around one st below each eye.
Step 2: Joining Panels
Place the two panels together, matching up all colours.
Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.
Starting in a stitch at the top of the cupcake on the left, begin attaching the panels together by inserting your hook through both panels and single crocheting around the outside edge of the panels starting in the frosting colour. Switch colours as you crochet around (i.e. when you get to the cupcake base). You do not need to cut your yarn each time; pull the working yarn in between the panels before you drop it and finish the stitch with the next colour. Then you can simply pick it up again from between the panels when you need it.
Stuff after crocheting most of the way around i.e. when only the top is left open. Continue topping up stuffing after every few stitches.
Continue crocheting around then close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Step 3: Accessories
Make a heart or a shamrock (or anything else you can think of…fruit wedges! Little animals! Sea shells!) to decorate your cupcake.
I used this tutorial for the heart (but still used my 3.25 hook):
And this tutorial for the shamrock (again, I used my 3.25mm hook instead of the size used in the video):
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