While I finish up the Portland writeups (I haven’t even gotten to Lucas yet, it’s already old news, and I’m about to go on yet another trip!), I’d like to share with you a little ditty I made for a friend’s birthday. I had planned on baking him a cake, and when he replied that he liked carrot cake, went to look up recipes. During this process I realized that 1) carrot cake is complicated and 2) I suck at baking, who am I kidding?
So I decided to knit him one instead:
As a bonus, this time I actually thought to jot down coherent pattern notes as I was making the thing! (Well, if I posted a picture of what I actually scribbled, it would look like moon-writing to most people. But I understand what I wrote. I think.)
Carrot Cake Pattern – easy, scrumptious, and adaptable to other types of cake as well. Just change the colors!
2 balls heavy worsted weight yarn – 1 in a frosting-ish color, 1 in a carrot cake color (orange with speckles works nicely to convey the carroty texture).
Size 8 needles
Filling – I used a combination of stiff pillow form and soft polyfill.
Some felt for the “marzipan” carrot embellishment (alternately you could knit this too, but I chose not to because I was working against a deadline!)
I assembled the carrot cake thusly:
Instructions for the layer part (note, the bottom layer is knit first):
1. CO 28 sts in cake color.
2. Knit in stockinette (knit first row, purl the next, alternating rows) for 8 rows.
3. Knit 2 rows in frosting color.
4. Knit 6 rows in cake color.
5. Knit 4 rows in frosting color. Bind off, leaving a long tail of yarn.
That was easy enough, right? Now, on to the frosting part:
1. CO 12 sts in frosting color.
2. Knit in stockinette for 20 rows.
3. K2tog, k until last two stitches, k2tog. (10 sts)
4. Knit in stockinette for 3 rows.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have two stitches left. Knit one more row and bind off, leaving a long tail.
6. Turn the piece around, and making sure the right side is facing you, pick up 12 stitches on the other side.
7. Repeat steps 3 – 5 for this side.
Now, the piping – I did this with i-cord trickery:
1. CO 3 sts in frosting color.
2. Kfb all sts.
3. Knit 4 more rows in i-cord fashion (see knitting help for instructions; scroll down towards the bottom on that page).
4. K2tog all sts.
5. Repeat rows 2-4 until the length of the piping matches the width of the cake. Bind off, leaving a long tail, and sew the piping onto the cake. (Note: the pipettes (or scallops, or whatever you call them) didn’t turn out as emphasized as I’d like them, so I fixed that when I sewed the piece onto the rest of the cake.)
Now you can weave in all your ends, stitch the sucker together partially, and stuff. Then you can sew on a felt carrot (or rosette, or cherry – use your imagination!), and finish seaming the cake. Bon appetit!