My daughter has a spiffy IKEA play kitchen that she plays with daily (thank you Grandma & Grandpa!). She also has a wicked sweet tooth that I am sure she inherited from me. She often asks to visit our favorite doughnut shop and, when we oblige, she insists on eating a whole doughnut by herself. Recently, I decided to make her some doughnuts that she can play with in her kitchen. A half-dozen of these crocheted doughnuts come to life quickly and will last her much longer than an edible doughnut ever would.
Materials & Skills
I found the yarn and poly-fill stuffing at my favorite thrift shop. I dug out a small crochet needle and set to work using this pattern and tutorial. It’s a great pattern if you don’t think of yourself as a “crochet-er” because it is not very complicated. All of the doughnut base and the majority of the frosting is made using the single crochet (sc) stitch—the most basic of all crochet stitches. On the last row of the frosting, double (dc) and triple crochet (tc) stitches create the nice little frosting drops.
A row counter and a stitch marker make this pattern a breeze (especially when you’re lost in the repetition of rows 4-10), but you don’t have to be fancy about it. I use a large safety-pin as a stitch marker and I sometimes use tally marks on a piece of scratch paper to count rounds.
A Box of Doughnuts
After assembly, presentation is everything. I packaged the doughnuts in a small box with a sticker custom designed by me. I got my boxes at the thrift store for a few cents. You might check your grocery store for a free one. See link at the bottom to get a free printable sticker for your doughnut box. I printed mine on sticker paper and cut them out with scissors. You could also print on cardstock and attach with glue.
A Few Notes on Finishing
There are approximately a million different ways to stitch the doughnut closed and to stitch the frosting to it. If you have a favorite way to do such things, do it your way. If you are new to this stuff, or a veteran who has never settled on a way to finish your work, I’ll tell you what I did so you can save yourself or your two-year-old daughter from having to look at your ugly finishing stitches.
I left a long tail (8″) at the end of my doughnut to stitch it shut. Using a large tapestry needle, I used the mattress stitch to stitch 2/3rds of the doughnut closed. Then I filled it with stuffing and continued the mattress stitch to finish. This link demonstrates mattress stitch to join knit squares, but the concept can be applied on these doughnuts, too.
Again, I left a long tail (8-10″) on either end of my crocheted frosting to attach it to the doughnut base. I attached the inside ring of the frosting to the doughnut by stitching vertically between the first two rows of crochet stitches on both pieces. Attach the outer edge of the frosting by stitching vertically through the spaces in between your last two rows of crochet stitches. Tie off and bury the ends of your yarn inside of the doughnut and clip off the excess.
Pick a sticker to go with your doughnuts from eight options in two styles and four beautiful colors. Get the free printable sticker file here.
My daughter loves them and I bet there is someone in your life who would love them too! I enjoy seeing your work. Connect with me on Instagram @octavesofcolor or on Facebook at facebook.com/octavesofcolor.