Dollop by Hunter Hammersen


April 2019
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30 - 60 yards (27 - 55 m)
Pretty much the sizes real cupcakes come in...I've made both mini cupcakes (about two inches across) and full sized ones (about three inches across)
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Dollop noun
- a small portion or amount

You already know if you want this. I suspect you looked at the pictures and thought either “Oh…oh yes…I need that in my life…right this very minute” or “nope, not for me.”

If you’re camp nope, that’s totally cool, there are lots of other things to knit. But if you’re camp cupcake, oh wow are we going to have fun!

So, first, the practical stuff. These take a few dozen yards of yarn (each of the cake bits took between 15 and 30 yards, each of the frosting bits took the same), so they’re perfect for using up scraps.

The knitting is all very simple (they took me about two or three hours each). And you can use whatever kind of needles you like as long as they let you knit flat and in the round (you work the cupcake part flat and the frosting part in the round).

The only slightly odd bit of equipment you need is a little plastic condiment cup to go inside the cupcake. They’re easy to find, and you can almost certainly get a few free with lunch or dozens of them for a few bucks. I’ve got a blog post over here with lots more info on where you can find them (and the pattern has lots of suggestions too).

Oh and if you’ve never made something 3D before, don’t worry, the pattern is extremely detailed (really, it’s massive…it holds your hand the whole way through). I’ve got a six-page photo tutorial showing you every step of the process. And I’ve included all sorts of helpful tips on everything from what to fill them with to how to block them to how to weave in your ends. You can totally do this!

Ok, practical bits out of the way. Now, on to the fun stuff…all the things you can do with these!

- So first, you are totally allowed to make some just because they’re adorable and you need a little more adorable in your life.

- If you want to make something a tiny bit more useful, fill the bottom with something heavy and they make a great paper weight.

- And while we’re talking about the bottom, depending on how you finish these, they can have a little hidey hole in the base. Stitch your frosting on right and they totally turn into little hinged containers for keeping treasures in (yes, the pattern tells you how, don’t worry).

- Plus, if you stuff the frosting nice and tight, they make the most ridiculously adorable pin cushions (yup, the pattern tells you how to do that, too).

- Make a bunch and use them for place card holders/party favors (maybe with the bottom filled with candy?) at a special meal.

- Or give them to the folks in your life most likely to play tea party (as always, use your best judgement about when kiddos are old enough to realize that play food is not actually for eating…you know your kids better than I do).

I suspect you’ll want to make a bunch and you’ll come up with no end of ideas for what to do with them. From what I can see, it’s hard to knit just one!

These are perfect for you if:

- You need something cheerful and quick

- You have a jar of yarn leftovers you’ve been wanting to do something with

- You’re already thinking of all the things you could do with these

They’re not for you if:

- You’re looking for a somber, serious project

- You just can’t handle this level of cheerful right now