I promise I didn’t write this stitch tutorial to make you hungry. However, the more I edit this and look at it, I’m getting hungry, so I apologize in advance. I fell in love with this stitch when someone showed it to me, so I just had to figure out how to crochet the cupcake stitch, and then share with y’all. Happy crocheting!
What You’ll Need
- Crochet Hook
- Yarn in 4 colors – I used I Love This Yarn! Solids in Graphite, Coffee, Pink, and Ivory.
Stitches & Terms to Know
- Chain (ch)
- Single Crochet (sc): Insert hook into stitch. Then, YO (yarn over) and draw up a loop. YO and pull through both loops on your hook.
- Double Crochet (dc): YO and insert hook into stitch. YO and draw up a loop. YO and pull through the first two loops. YO and pull through both loops on your hook.
- Front Loop Single Crochet (flsc): Insert hook into front loop ONLY (loop closest to you). YO and draw up a loop. YO and pull through both loops on your hook.
- 5 Double Crochet Cluster (5dccl): * YO and insert hook into stitch to be worked. Draw up a loop. YO and pull through the first two stitches on your hook. * Repeat between *s a total of 5 times. Then, YO and draw through all 6 loops on your hook.
Keep in mind that a typical 5dccl is worked all in the same stitch. However, for the cupcake stitch, you will work across the 5 dc stitches from the previous round. It will not bump out like a typical 5dccl. It will be flat.
Starting Chain – How to Crochet the Cupcake Stitch
To begin your cupcake stitch, you’ll need a chain with multiples of 6, plus 4 additional chains at the end. Make a few, or make a lot. Examples of chain numbers are:
- 6 + 4 = 10
- 12 + 4 = 16
- 36 + 4 = 40
I think you get the point. Now onto the fun part of how to crochet the cupcake stitch.
How to Crochet the Cupcake Stitch
With color A, make your chain in a multiple of 6 + 4.
Row 1: sc in the 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. Ch 1. Turn.
Change to color B.
Row 2: Ch 2. 1 dc in the same stitch. Ch 1. Skip the next two stitches. * 2 dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in the next stitch. 2 dc in the next stitch. Ch 1. Skip the next 3 stitches. * Repeat between *s until you get to the last 6 stitches. 2 dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in the next stitch. 2 dc in the next stitch. Ch 1. Skip the next two stitches. dc in the last stitch of the row. Turn.
Change to color C.
Row 3: Ch 1. 1 flsc in the same stitch. * 1 sc in the ch 1 space. 1 flsc in each of the next 5 stitches. * Repeat between *s across. 1 sc in the last ch 1 space. 1 flsc in the last stitch. Turn.
Change to color D.
Row 4: Ch 2. 1 dc in the same stitch. Ch 4. Skip the next stitch. * 5dccl across the next 5 dc stitches. Ch 5. Skip the next stitch. * Repeat between *s across. 1 5dccl. Ch 4. Skip the next stitch. 1 dc in the last stitch. Turn.
Change to color A.
Row 5: Ch 1. 1 sc in the same stitch. 3 sc in the next chain space. * 6 sc in the next chain space. * Repeat between *s across. 4 sc in the last chain space. 1 sc in the last stitch. Turn.
Then, repeat this pattern to your desired length, or alternate this cupcake stitch pattern throughout your project with other stitches and stitch patterns.
What projects are best with this stitch?
Hats & Headbands
Picture this: a row of the cupcake stitch around a hat. Yes, there would be some holes/gaps, but as long as you have the ears covered, I think it would still be pretty effective, plus being absolutely adorable.
For the headbands, it may not work for an ear warmer type to actually keep your ears warm, but maybe some cupcake stitches attached to an elastic to hold your hair back. I think that would be cute!
Um, yes. How adorable would a couple cupcake stitches attached to a hair barrette be? I just might have to try this one out!
Along the same lines as the hats, I might do a scarf with a few cupcake stitch rows. It might get complicated doing it in ALL cupcake stitches, but I think a row every now and then would be adorable.
Same as with the scarves, I’d avoid doing an entire blanket with the cupcake stitch, but alternative rows every now and then would be a great idea. Another idea would be to utilize the cupcake stitch as a border on a finished blanket.
“Ribbon” around jars
Someone in The Crafty Cabin gave me this idea. It reminded her of a ribbon that she would put around jars that she gifts. Maybe you could put a cupcake mix in a mason jar, then use the cupcake stitch to make a ribbon around the jar.
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