Monday, April 18, 2016

Overhauling the Crochet Donut

Last week I described the changes I made to the crochet donut pattern to make it not make me crazy. Today, as promised, I'm posting the full pattern.


Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn: in beige or brown for bottom of donut, in frosting color, and variegated for sprinkles. (Left over yarn can be used as not much is needed for the project.)
  • Size H crochet hook, size I crochet hook (optional)
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
Pattern: 
Chain 15. Join to form a ring. Then, rather than working into the usual spot, work into the bump on the back of the chain...


...2 sc into each. (30 sts)
Continue working as a spiral:
Round 2: *2 sc into next st, 1 sc in next st, repeat from * all around (45 sts)
Round 3: sc in each st around
Rounds 4-6: repeat round 3
Break yarn. While not vital, the best way to end this half of the donut is with the seamless join (video link).

Frosting:
Flip donut to the first round. With right side facing, 2 sc into each chain. (30 sts)


Round 2: *2 sc into next st, 1 sc in next st, repeat from * all around (45 sts)
Round 3: sc into each st around
Rounds 4-8: repeat round 3

Now there should be 14 rounds total.


Don't break yarn.

Now's the time for any embellishments. "Sprinkles" can be added using a variegated yarn and running random stitches over the top. This is easier done before the thing is stuffed.

Lay the layers of the donut together, being careful to line them up. Remove hook from the last stitch of the "frosting". Insert hook into the bottom, through the live loop, and then through the top layer.


Single crochet. It may be a little awkward to get the hook through all three layers, but it's perfectly fine if you need to make the live loop a little bigger to accommodate.


The next stitch is worked the same way. Remove hook from live loop. Insert into bottom layer, through live loop, then through top layer. Then single crochet. Continue working as such until the whole donut is bound together.

At the same time, stuff the donut. I find it best to work about 5 stitches, stuff the part that's now sort of closed, and then work a few more stitches. Rinse and repeat.

Once the whole thing is bound together, break yarn, and bury the end inside the donut.

And there you have it. A crochet donut.

(I would love to see how yours turned out. You can find me on Ravelry. I'm ZiziRho, and the pattern page for this is here.)

If you crochet, are you going to try this? If you don't, what sort of foodstuffs should I attempt to crochet next? 

Today's A to Z Challenge post brought to you by the letter...

Knitted O, monogrammed O, gift card holder

46 comments:

  1. Cute! I like that crochet donut!! Kind of wish it were a real one, though... :)

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  2. How cool! Thank you for sharing. About the most sophisticated thing I can do with yarn are those plastic canvas projects with the directions spelled out. ~grin~ I know a blog you should check out, my dear. http://acatherinenoon.com/category/yarn/
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Blessings to you and yours!

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  3. It is so cute!! I think it would be fun to do fruit like Alex said :)

    betty

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    1. It might be. I'll have to find some patterns. I know they do exist.

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  4. A huge water melon :)

    PS torrents are the way people share series and movies over the internet for free download :) Mostly legal because ain't nobody can stop you to share with others what you watched on your telly :)

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  5. Wow that sounds complicated. Of course, I might just think that because I don't know how to crochet. It looks nice, though. I'm definitely hungry for donuts.

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  6. A nice tutorial! I knew how to crochet many many years ago but it's been awhile since I made something.

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    1. It'll have to be something specific to bring you back, I think. That's the way it usually goes.

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  7. The donut is cute and it looks so technical to me. I also love your letter O

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    1. Thanks. The O was made for my niece for a birthday (or Christmas--I forget). She was into purple at the time.

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  8. Looks easy enough - if I ever finish my current WIP, which my son has been waiting for since Christmas of 2013. I have lots of leftover yarn, after all. Thank you for posting this recip...I mean, pattern. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. I post these things for the few like you that can use them. These are also the posts that consistently get the most hits. It's fun to put on the designing hat from time to time.

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  9. Great instructions. I think I would not have a problem following. Don't think I'll be giving it a whirl though. I'm in the middle of one two many things right now.

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  10. You lost me at "pattern" but I love the end result. :)

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    1. Thanks. Most of my daily commenters don't crochet or knit, so I only post these sporadically.

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  11. What Yvonne said, lol. I am so not a knitter.

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  12. Maybe I need to try it sometime. I was working on a duster cover for a swifter and I had to rip out some stitches.
    Coffee is on

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  13. I never mastered the art of crochet. My mother tried to teach me, but I just couldn't get the hang of it. I'll have to pass your pattern on to her. I think she'll love it.

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  14. The great thing about the crochet doughnut is ZERO calories! :-)

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  15. What do you do with a crochet donut? Does it have a purpose?

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  16. That is cute! I have never crocheted. I've done a little finger-weaving with yarn and it was fun :)

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  17. I am soo not clever enough to make them. Your knitting is wonderful.

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  18. A cupcake. I'd like to request a cupcake!

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  19. I was thinking a cupcake, too. The most I've ever crocheted was a series of chain stitches. My mom was good at crocheting. She made some pretty quilts.

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    1. Well, it alls starts with a chain...

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  20. amazing job ,,cupcake sounds good

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    1. Well, there might be, but they'd be no fun in the acquiring...

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  22. One day I'll attempt to crochet. Maybe. lol Glad you were able to figure your tweaks out!

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  23. This is perfect! Can't wait to try it. A friend wants some doggie donut toys and I tried a pattern "the other way"...drove me nuts! Thanks for the upgrade!

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    1. Glad you like it. The other way made me crazy, too.

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