The New and Better Cupcake Delight Mini Pillow | New Crochet Pattern

[You can buy a PDF version of this pattern on Ravelry and GingerPeachyStore on Etsy! Or purchase the pillow itself!]

Before you say this looks familiar, let me explain. This pattern is a remodel of my first design. It’s supposedly better than the last, which is still available here

Even though I posted it and was preparing to put the PDF up for purchase, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I wanted to make another for someone else and decided here was my chance to fix the problems with the first. After careful thought, I finally decided I didn’t like the lack of structure from using half double crochets for the pillow panels. I went back to the drawing board.
This new version has panels that are more structured and holds the square shape of a pillow much better. I used single crochets in the round and added another round of purple before joining the panels so that you have a bigger break from white. Here is the first version to compare.
Now that I had a chance to redo it I also remodeled the bottom of the cupcake. Slip stitching around the bottom never sat well with me but I used it anyway. Only when I single crocheted around it the second time I realized the whole thing was too big. So I completely scaled the bottom down. The frosting however, is exactly as it was and so is the cherry.
I also learned something new with the sprinkles. Quite out of laziness, I was joining the pillow without weaving in ends (have I told you lately how I hate weaving in ends? By the way, that almost sounded like a song…). Later, however, I pulled it back apart and ended up weaving most of them in anyway. But it gave me an idea. Why was I taking the painstaking time to weave in all those ends from the french knots last time?!!! Instead, I gave them a few satisfying ties and snipped off the excess. Isn’t it terrible when you learn afterward that you could have made something so much simpler? I mean, who’s going to see the back?!
Do you know how to make a french knot? I learned from watching this video by Mary Corbet. If you are like me, you will quickly become addicted. I love how simple they are! 
I don’t know if you feel like this pattern is an improvement or not, but I certainly do! Let me share with you the new and updated pattern. Note: this is the pattern I will be selling instead of the last at Ravelry and Etsy.

Cupcake Delight Mini Pillow

Skill Level Easy

Finished Size
10” (25.5 cm) square

Materials
Medium Weight Yarn 
  Yardage: 200 yards of color A (white), 15 yard of color B (yellow), 15 yards of color C (light green), 1 yard of color D (red), and scraps of extra for french knots
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
Yarn Needle for french knots
Polyester Fiberfill 
Stitch markers

Gauge
7 sc = 2’’
7 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 8.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 7 sc
Row 2 – 7: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 7 sc
Finish off.

PILLOW PANEL (make 2)
Round 1: with color A, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 12 sc 
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as sc and ch 2 here and throughout), sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, * (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around, sl st in first ch of beg ch-3: 16 sc
Round 3: (sl st, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 sp, sc across to next ch-sp, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-2 sp, sc across to next ch-sp, repeat from * around, sl st in first ch of beg ch-3: 20 sc
Round 4 – 14: repeat Round 3: 112 sc 
Round 15: with color B, repeat Round 3: 116 sc
Finish off.

Using the method without turning gives you a slight spiral. I wasn’t sure if I liked this at first. You see, I am all about “whether people do that sort of thing,” but in the end I didn’t think it hurt. Maybe the next pillow will be different.

CUPCAKE APPLIQUE
Bottom/Cup
Row 1: with color B, ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 ch, hdc in next 3 ch, dc in last 3 ch: 11 sts
Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, in flo, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 3 sts: 10 sts
Row 3: ch 1, turn, in blo, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in last 2 sts: 10 sts
Row 4: ch 3, turn, in flo, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in last 3 sts: 10 sts
Row 5: ch 1, turn, in blo, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in last 2 sts: 10 sts
Row 6: ch 3, turn, in flo, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in last 2 sts, sl st in next sc: 10 sc
Sc around evenly. Finish off.

Top/Frosting
Row 1: with color C, ch 56, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 11 ch, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 10 ch, 2 dc in next 3 ch, dc in next 9 ch, dc2tog 3 times, dc in next 6 ch, dc2tog: 52 sts
Finish off.

At each bend turn the strip that will be your frosting over onto itself. Make sure and keep them uneven so that it looks natural. I used stitch markers to hold the strip together where I wanted it to overlap so that I wouldn’t be trying to keep its shape while working. Boy, do I appreciate stitch markers.

Cherry
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st in first sc: 8 sc
Finish off.
Attach the frosting to the cup by overlapping it just a little. When it looks right to you, use the color of the frosting, mint green for me, to sew them together. They use red and sew the cherry onto the frosting. I love the swirl to the top of the frosting so I tried to put the cherry where it wouldn’t take away from it.


Attaching Applique and Sprinkle Embellishments
Glue the applique onto the front panel and leave it to dry. I left mine overnight because it was convenient, but depending upon the glue (I used this kind) it should dry sooner than that. 

For the sprinkles I made many little french knots. I mentioned a video above that explains how to make them. The first time I just began adding and swapping colors. This time I used stitch markers and figured out where I wanted them all first. After that I made all the blue markers into blue french knots, the pink markers into pink french knots, the white markers into purple french knots, and so on until I had made sprinkles in five different colors. 

Finishing the Pillow
With color B, or purple, single crochet front and back panel together, leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff the pillow generously and then single crochet panels shut. 
I used pink and green for the last pillow per request but this time I wanted to make a slight change and use yellow. It’s no surprise then that I like this one better. But then again, it could be just because this one doesn’t have the so-called flaws of the last one.

You can buy a PDF version of this pattern on Ravelry and GingerPeachyStore on Etsy!

This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.
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