How to…Crochet Your Own Cupcake Garland (DIY Tutorial by Twinkie Chan) + Giveaway!

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I have adored Twinkie Chan from afar for a long time. Her “Eat your cake… and wear it too!” motto kind of speaks to my sweet tooth-loving self you see! Her colourful and super kawaii blog has brought daily rays of sunshine into my life for quite a while now ad I’m pretty much jumping over rainbows with the excitement of sharing our little collaboration with you all today!

For those of you not familiar with Twinkie Chan, she is a crocheting marvel from San Francisco who has risen to fame with her cute and food inspired creations. She has made everything from scarf’s, hair accessories and other wearable goodies from wool and her designs literally fly off the shelves as soon as she posts them to her etsy store. In short, she makes crocheting cool again! She’s even released a tutorial book of some of her adorable creations, which got me thinking…

At the end of the year I was brainstorming some new ideas for the blog and, after seeing these adorable coffee cup cozies that she’s just relased (and yes I did get one!) I knew I had to get this lady on Rock n Roll Bride…somehow.

So I emailed the multi-coloured marvel (we are also pink hair twins…another reason to love her) to see if she’d be interested in creating a DIY tutorial for my readers. I assured her that even though my blog was a wedding-related one, that my readers like anything BUT the usual wedding fluff, and that one of her awesome crochet creations would certainly fit in over here.

Behold…the created-especially-for-Rock n Roll Bride – cute as hell, crochet cupcake garland tutorial!

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When Kat approached me to contribute a tutorial to Rock n Roll Bride, I was so honored, but also a bit confused about how I might translate a Twinkie Chan project into something fun for your wedding! With some brainstorming from the brilliant Kat, we decided to inspire you with some super cute cupcake garlands! Whether your special day is indoor or outdoor, these sweet little strings of sugar are sure to add a magical and personal touch to your wedding decorations. There are so many possibilities as far as color combinations and cupcake toppings that your garlands can range from quirky and goofy to charming and sweet. If you and your pals all know how to crochet, these garlands are a terrific way to meet up while creating something together for your wedding!

For the most part, you can crochet your cupcake garland using the same basic techniques in the Cupcake Scarf pattern in my book “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.” However, we will be making a small change to the cake-bottom portion of the cupcakes in our garlands, not only to make them more light weight, but to also minimize any potential curling.

Pattern

You will need:

-An I hook (5.5mm)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Frosting Color (FC)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Cake Color (CC)

-A small amount of worsted weight yarn in Red for your cherries

-Optional: twine in roughly the same gauge as your yarn, for stringing your cupcakes

-An assortment of pom poms, beads, small bows, or cabochons, to decorate your cupcakes

In my sample garlands, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns as well as Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:

Ch(s): chain(s)

Dc: double crochet

Dec: decrease

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Sl st: slip stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

FROSTING (I made 8 cupcakes, because the number 8 is lucky to the Chinese! But you can add more for a longer garland. My garland ends up being about 52 inches unstretched, and up to 6 feet when hanging and stretching. Just remember, the longer it is, the heavier it will be!)

With FC, ch 3 and sl st to first ch to form loop.

Row 1: Ch 3 (acts as your first dc), work 5 more dc into loop. Turn. (6 sts)

Row 2: (Ch 3, dc) in same st, (2 dc) each in next 5 dc. Turn. (12 sts)

Row 3: (Ch 3, dc) in same st, 1 dc in next st. [(2 dc), 1 dc] 5 times. (18 sts). Don’t break off.

Rotate your completed half-circle clockwise. On the straight edge of this half-circle, you will be working a row of 4 scallops. Imagine breaking the straight edge into 4 quadrants. (Fig.1)

Row 1: Ch 1, (4 dc) into first 1/8, sl st into 2/8. (4 dc) into 3/8, sl st into 4/8. (4 dc) into 5/8, sl st into 6/8. (4 dc) into 7/8, sl st into 2nd ch of the main piece. Break off. Weave in your ends.

CAKE

You will notice a slight difference between the front and back of your Frosting. It really doesn’t matter which side you pick to work from. Just be consistent throughout your work. I prefer to call the “front” the side on which the scallops bubble out rather than bubble in. This “front” is also the right side (rather than the wrong side) of your final scalloped frosting row.

Keep holding the Frosting upside down, with the frosting scallops on top, right side facing you.  See Fig. 2 to help you place your stitches.

With CC:

Row 1: Insert hook into 2nd to last dc, work 1 sc, [skip next dc, (2 dc) down inside sl st, skip next dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc] 2 times. Skip next dc, (2 dc) inside last sl st, skip next dc, 1 sc in next dc. (12 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn. 1 hdc in each st all the way across. (12 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Hdc dec, 8 hdc across, hdc dec. (10 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn. Hdc dec, 6 hdc across, hdc dec. (8 sts). Break off. Weave in your ends. Add Cake onto all your Frosting pieces.

CHERRIES (Make 8, or however many to match each of your cupcakes. If you plan to hang your garland under an arch or in a place where both the front and back of your cupcakes will be visible, you may want to make cherries for the other side of all your cupcakes. If you don’t feel like crocheting the cherries, you can also sew or glue on red pom poms or buttons or whatever you like!)

Before beginning, unravel about 8 inches of Red yarn to use as stuffing later. Do not break off.

Round 1: Ch 2. Work 6 sc into 1 st ch. Sl st to first sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 1, (2 sc) in same space, sc in next sc, [(2 sc) in next sc, 1 sc in next sc] 2 times. Sl st to first sc to join. (9sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around. Sl st to first sc to join. (9 sts) Break off leaving around 10-12 inches for sewing. Weave in the beginning end of your yarn, using this opportunity to close up the center hole if there is one, and tie off but don’t break off.  Turn the cherry inside out so that the right side of your work is the outside of the cherry. Use the inside tail as stuffing for the cherry (add or subtract yarn as you see fit, but I don’t like to overstuff). Sew cherry to top of cupcake.

DECORATE your cupcakes! I usually go for rainbow mini pom pom sprinkles and washable fabric glue. However, for this tutorial, I also tried to make a slightly more grown up cupcake by experimenting with neutral-toned beads, crystals, and faux pearls.

STRING YOUR CUPCAKES TOGETHER

In making my samples for this tutorial, I did find there was a lot of stretchiness due to the weight of the cupcakes, so you might opt for using twine to string your cupcakes rather than yarn, if you can find some that is not too thick. Using twin, your CC, or any color you like, ch 10. Sl st to 1st ch to form a big loop. You can use this to hang your garland.

Continue to ch 30. Sl st to the top of one cupcake.

[Continue to ch 25. Sl st to the top of another cupcake.] Repeat for as many cupcakes as you have.

After slip stitching into your final cupcake, ch 40, and then sl st to the 10th ch from your hook to form another hanging loop. Break off. Weave in all your ends. Tada! You’ve just completed your magical cupcake garland!

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But that’s not all…oh no! The adorable Twinkie Chan would like to give both the samples she created for this tutorial to two very lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers! To enter to win your very own Twinkie Chan original, simply comment below before Wednesday 9th March 2011, stating which colour combo (pink & blue or pink & white) you would like. The winners will be picked at random and announced in Thursday Treats on the 10th March.

This contest is now closed

And if you use this tutorial to make your very own cupcake garland for your wedding (or just for fun!) you simply MUST send us some photos!!

222 comments

  1. Snugglepot ant

    Blue! Learning to crochet Twinkie Chan’s foodie goodies is going on my 30 things to do in my 30s list – I can’t wait to bring more kawaii to peoples’ lives!

  2. Heather

    these are so cute. i love twinkie chan! been following her blog for awhile now. i’d love the pink and blue ones. so adorable =)

  3. Oh they are SO adorable I would dearly love the pink and white version because it reminds me so much of my childhood – being different loving crochet and baking when other girls weren’t interested at all in the finer things in life! Plus I’m running a cupcake company now and cupcake camp so these would look so cute on my stand! xx Fingers crossed

  4. Rachel

    I love love love Twinkie Chan! Not only are her creations cute but she’s adorable too!
    I’d love the pink and blue garland :3

  5. I love the pink and white combination!
    I love Twinkie Chan and everything she creates is inspiring!
    She’s the cutest ^_^
    xoxo

  6. Melissa

    I just bought the Twinkie Chan book yesterday. I can’t wait to start creating. I’d love this in pink and white.

  7. Rachel

    Crochet-tastic! I’m currently learning to crochet and twinkie’s designs are so fun, they make the possibilities so endless and exciting!

    I just bought some mint green wool and some white with a sparkle in, these would be great colours to hav a go at this! But the pink an blue would just look amazing at the rocknroll baby shower I’m throwing for my sis next month… Fingers crossed!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Taleena

    Oooh these are so super cute. I found my way over here from Twinkie’s blog and your site seems really cool. :3 I’ve got her book and I love her designs. I really like the pink and white but both are super adorable.

  9. Denise

    I love making Twinkie’s creations! Her designs are so creative and easy to make, I’m glad I found her! Pink and white is my favorite!

  10. lisa

    Whoa mama, those are delish!!! Love the pink and white one the mostest! I’d love it!!!

  11. the cramped hand

    Love it ! I’m going to make a red white and blue version for my 4th of july party.

  12. Ashley P

    Love Love Love Twinkie Chan!! She is AMAZING!! I’ve been a big fan for a looong time now – love the pink & white garland!

  13. Mandy

    SO adorable!! The pink & white is so chic!! ^_^ I’d use it in my wedding!!! Decorate the cake/cupcake table!!

  14. I love Twinkie and all of her creations!
    I would love love love to win one of her garlands….so perfect for my CHERRY kitchen!
    I love cherrys and cuppy cakes!

    Smiles,
    Dolly

  15. OMG pink and blue is just amazingly cool. I love Twinkie Chan – I have a good few things from her etsy store and always have to be careful to not just spend all my money on her!

    This would be so awesome to go above our cake table – so cute!

  16. Pink and white! I’m having a build-your-own cupcake party for my 23rd birthday and this garland would be precious :) but I already own Twinkie Chan’s book, so I’m just going to make a few of my own – genius idea! Maybe I’ll add some of the other sweets as garlands too…:)

  17. Cheri Jackson

    Adorable! I’ve made one scarf already. I’ll have to try a garland now! The pink and blue is my fave :D

  18. Charlene

    pink and blue would just look so lovely in my kitchen! great garland idea! great for any occasion or for just all the time!

  19. This really makes me wish I could crochet. I love both of the garlands, but especially the pink and white one.

  20. Catherine

    These are darling! Soo cute! I think my fav is the pink and white version! Twinkie ROCKS!! Cupcakes are my favorite guilty pleasure. :)

    XOXO

  21. Katie

    So adorable i love cupcakes !! I would totally make some if i knew how to crochet!!!

  22. anna

    holy cow twinkie thats so pretty! i would love to attempt this one but i feel it will end in a giant knot like everything i try to knitt or crochet. I adore the pink and blue one.

  23. Twinx

    I need to find someone to teach me how to crochet I just your book! The pink and blue cupcakes are adorable! ^_^

  24. I’ve been a TwinkieChan fan for years and years, I was thrilled to meet her at a book signing. If only I could crochet. I learned to knit 7 years ago and yet to figure out how to crochet. It’s too hard to pick which is my favourite… I mean really, both are darling, so I’m refusing to pick. I would be thrilled with either. hah.

  25. Ashley Bo-bashley

    Such a cute idea!!! This would be great for a birthday party, too!! I would love the pink & white garland!!

  26. Alexandra

    Pink & White! I’ve been a long time fan of Twinkie Chan! She’s the reason I learned how to crochet!

  27. Lucy

    These are fabulous! I’m cup cake obsessed and these would look fab in my retro kitchen. Any colour for me please!!

  28. Oh em gee. These are super cuteeee! They would look super amazing hanging above my bed with my ice cream lights and colorful lanterns. :)

  29. Scarlett

    These would be perfect for a bridal/baby shower in pink & blue! So adorable! If only I knew how to crochet so I could make my own. :)

  30. Ahhh, I love Miss Twinkie Chan, she is awesome! The garland is too adorable. I love the pink and white combo, the little bead sprinkles are super cute. Aw, I’m sad that I’m not part of the fabulous pink-haired ladies club anymore!

  31. wow i have always loved her scarf’s and now awesome garlands too- yet another reason i have to learn to crotchet- my fav is the pink and white x

  32. Liz

    Twinkie-chan is wonderful! I would love the pink and blue one, but both of them are to-die-for~

  33. Lou

    The pink and white ones are so lovely, they’d match my pink hair! Yey for cool pink-haired people :) xx

  34. *sigh*! another reason I need to learn how to crochet left-handed. Knitting I can do, crocheting though.. well, I think this cupcake garland is going to make me whip out my hook again!

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