In honour of the forthcoming National Crochet Month, I’ve been refreshing my play food crochet patterns. I have redesigned my Cherry Cake Slice to look neater and be easier to construct, with fewer parts, as of 25 February 2015.
All rows and rounds begin with a standard turning chain, and rounds are joined with a slip stitch. All directions are in UK English; see abbreviations section for US English equivalents, where available!
Needles: 5mm (US: H) crochet hook, and either a smaller hook or darning needle for attaching the crocheted pieces together
Yarn: DK (US: worsted) in various colours
Materials: toy stuffing
Row 1: ch2, slst into 2nd ch from hook [1 slst]
Row 2: 2dc [2 dc]
Row 3 (and all odd rows to row 9): dc all sts
Row 4: *2dc* twice [4 dc]
Row 6: 2dc, dc2, 2dc [6 dc]
Row 8: 2dc, dc4, 2dc [8 dc]
Row 10: dc8 BLO
Rows 11-15: dc8
Row 16: dc8 BLO
Rows 17: dc2tog, dc4, dc2tog [6 dc]
Row 18: dc6
Row 19: dc2tog, dc2, dc2tog [4 dc]
Row 20: dc4
Row 21: *dc2tog* twice [2 dc]
Row 22: dc2tog [1 dc]
Finish off, and trim the yarn tails.
Work 6 rows of dc15 – either in a single colour, or with a contrasting colour for rows 3-4 to represent jam or buttercream. Finish off, and trim the yarn tails.
Rnd 1: magic loop of 3 dc sts [3 dc]
Rnd 2: *2dc* 3 times [6 dc]
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Preparing Your Cherry Cake Slice
Similar to my Play Food Sandwich, you now have an elongated diamond shape (frosting). The BLO rows mark the edges of the cake frosting, so you know where to fold the frosting piece. Use a small crochet hook (recommended) or a darning needle (if you prefer) to attach the cake to the frosting. I used a 3.5mm (US: E) hook to dc around the edges, working 3dc into the corners and 1dc along the straights. Stuff the cake slice just before you finish joining the last edge. Use the cherry’s long tail yarn, to sew it somewhere on the top frosting.
BLO = back loop only
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
dc2tog = double crochet 2 sts together
slst = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
Pattern first published July 4, 2013. Revised February 25, 2015.
Legacy pattern, from July 4, 2013
Frosting triangles worked as 3 rows of dc5, then
Row 4: dc2tog, dc3
Row 5: dc2tog, dc2
Row 6: dc2tog, dc1
Row 7: dc2
Row 8: dc2tog
Back frosting as 8 rows of dc5. Cake as 8 rows of dc14. Cherry, the same as refreshed pattern. Assembly, approximately the same as refreshed pattern; begin by joining frosting pieces, then join the cake and attach the cherry. Stuff as you go.