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Knit Cake.

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Let Them Knit Cake:

This knit cake project is a lot of fun. It's relatively easy to knit, with two circles for the base and top and a knit strip for the center of the cake.

The real fun comes with the decoration, which can include just about any embellishment you can think of and makes this project almost sweet enough to eat.

Once you've made one, you're sure to come up with tons of other ways you could use the same technique: as a bowl, a gift box, even a toy drum Christmas decoration.

Materials:

  • about 30 yards of medium weight white acrylic yarn (or color of your choice)
  • one set of four size 7 US double-pointed needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • lengths of yarn in different colors for embellishment
  • crochet hook
  • fiber stuffing
  • beads and sewing thread (optional)

Gauge:

20 stitches and 34 rows per four inches (5 stitches 8.5 rows per inch) in Garter Stitch. Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished project is 3.5 inches tall and 18 inches around.

Instructions:

For base:
  1. Cast on 9 stitches. Distribute evenly onto 3 double-pointed needles. Knit one row.
  2. Knit in the front and back of each stitch on the next round: 18 stitches.
  3. Knit 3 rows without increasing.
  4. Knit in the front and back of each stitch all the way around: 36 stitches.
  5. Knit 6 rounds without increasing.
  6. Knit in the front and back of each stitch again: 72 stitches.
  7. Knit 6 rounds.
  8. Bind off and weave in ends, closing up the center of the circle. Make two.
For center:
  1. Cast on 15 stitches.
  2. Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures 18 inches, or the same length as your circles are around.
  3. Bind off.

Finishing:

You can finish this project in any way you like. For my project, I used the feather stitch around the middle of the center piece, then added a bead to the end of each branch using clear sewing thread.

Then I added a lazy daisy to the center of the top piece. I also made some randomly placed French knots on the top and added a bead to the center of the daisy.

To finish it all off I stitched the pieces together using single crochet to give the look of frosting around the edges.

Other ideas include using random beading, spelling out a person's name in stitches, or anything else you like. Have fun!

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