Sunday, May 4, 2008

scooped - knit ice cream cone patterns

knit ice cream cones


Ah ice cream! What is it about you that casts a spell over us?

As children we gobble you down with innocent glee. As adults we sneak you at midnight as a guilty pleasure. We try to figure out someone's personality by analyzing which of your flavors they choose as their favorite. You make a sticky, melty mess in the summer and you make us shiver in the winter, but no matter the season, we can't resist your call.

There's no need to worry about ice cream going straight to your thighs with these guilt-free knit ice cream cones. Included are patterns to make a sugar cone, wafer/cake cone, classic scoop, dipped scoop and soft serve. Mix and match the tops and cones, and make some no-calorie treats.


Scooped

Do not reproduce this pattern elsewhere. This pattern is for personal use only. In other words, please don't try to make money off of it.


Materials
Set of US size 6 double pointed needles
Worsted weight yarn (your choice of colors for cones and ice cream scoops)
Stitch marker
Material for stuffing (yarn scraps, batting, plastic grocery bags, etc.)
Yarn needle, for weaving in ends and sewing scoops to cones
Beads/sequins or embroidery thread, to act as sprinkles, nuts or other add-ins (optional)
Needle and thread, to attach beads/sequins or to embroider (optional)


Patterns

knit sugar cone


Sugar Cone
Cast on 6 sts and knit one row as for I-cord.
Divide sts equally among 3 dpns. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Rounds 1 & 2: *k1, p1; repeat from *
Round 3: k all sts
Rounds 4 & 5: *k1, p1; repeat from *
Round 6: kfb into first and last stitch on each dpn, k all other stitches (you're increasing by 6 sts each time you knit this round)

Repeat rounds 1-6 six times (42 sts)

Round 7: p all sts
Round 8: bind off knitwise

Turn the cone inside out. Keep the little nubbin at the bottom tucked on the inside to help stabilize the point of the cone. Weave in ends and set the cone aside while you work on the scoop.

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knit wafer/cake cone


Wafer/Cake Cone
Cast on 6 sts and knit one row as for I-cord.
Divide sts equally among 3 dpns. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Round 1: kfb all sts (12 sts)
Round 2: k all sts
Round 3: *k1, kfb; repeat from * (18 sts)
Round 4: k all sts
Round 5: *k2, kfb; repeat from * (24 sts)
Round 6: k all sts
Round 7: p all sts

Rounds 8 & 9: *k1, p1; repeat from *
Round 10: k all sts

Repeat rounds 8-10 five times. Turn the cone inside out and proceed to round 11.

Round 11: *k3, kfb; repeat from * (30 sts)
Round 12: *k4, kfb; repeat from * (36 sts)
Round 13: *k5, kfb; repeat from * (42 sts)
Rounds 14 - 19: k all sts
Round 20: p all sts
Round 21: bind off knitwise

Sew shut the little hole that probably formed when you turned the cone inside out. Weave in ends and set the cone aside while you work on the scoop.

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knit classic scoop


Classic Scoop
Cast on 80 sts, leaving a 30-inch long tail. Divide sts among 3 dpns (if you prefer, you can use a 16-inch circ for the first several rows). Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Round 1: p all sts
Rounds 2 - 5: *k1, kfb, ssk, k1, k2tog, kfb; repeat from *
Round 6: p2tog all sts (40 sts)
Round 7: k all sts
Round 8: *k4, kfb; repeat from * (48 sts)
Rounds 9 & 10: k all sts
Round 11: *k4, k2tog; repeat from * (40 sts)
Round 12 - 14: k all sts
Round 15: *k8, k2tog; repeat from * (36 sts)
Round 16: k all sts
Round 17: *k4, k2tog; repeat from * (30 sts)
Round 18: k all sts
Round 19: *k3, k2tog; repeat from * (24 sts)
Round 20: k all sts
Round 21: *k2, k2tog; repeat from * (18 sts)
Round 22: k all sts
Round 23: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * (12 sts)
Round 24: k all sts
Round 25: k2tog all sts (6 sts)

Cut yarn, thread needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches, knot discreetly and pull tail through to wrong side. Weave in the cast on tail towards Rounds 6/7 (this is the scoop opening). If you would like to embellish with sprinkles or nuts, now is the time to sew them on.

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knit dipped scoop


Dipped Scoop
Cast on 40 sts leaving a 30-inch long tail. Divide sts among 3 dpns, place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Round 1: k all sts
Round 2: *k1, kfb; repeat from * (60 sts)
Rounds 3 - 7: k all sts
Round 8: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * (40 sts)
Round 9 - 12: k all sts
Round 13: *k8, k2tog; repeat from * (36 sts)
Round 14: k all sts
Round 15: *k4, k2tog; repeat from * (30 sts)
Round 16: k all sts
Round 17: *k3, k2tog; repeat from * (24 sts)
Round 18: k all sts
Round 19: *k2, k2tog; repeat from * (18 sts)
Round 20: k all sts
Round 21: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * (12 sts)
Round 22: k all sts
Round 23: k2tog all sts (6 sts)

Cut yarn, thread needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches, knot discreetly and pull tail through to wrong side. If you would like to embellish with sprinkles or nuts, now is the time to sew them on.

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knit soft serve


Soft Serve
Cast on 40 sts leaving a 30-inch long tail. Divide sts among 3 dpns, place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.

Rounds 1 - 10: k all sts
Round 11: k2tog all sts (20 sts)
Rounds 12 - 21: k all sts
Round 22: k2tog all sts (10 sts)
Rounds 23 - 29: k all sts
Round 30: k2tog all sts (5 sts)

Transfer sts to a single dpn

Rounds 31 - 33: I-cord
Round 34: Still working as an I-cord k2tog, k2tog, k1 (3 sts)
Rounds 35 - 37: I-cord

Cut yarn, thread needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches, knot discreetly and pull tail through to wrong side. If you would like to embellish with sprinkles or nuts, now is the time to sew them on.

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Assembly
Stuff the cone and scoop. Place scoop on top of the cone and see if the openings match up. If the opening of the scoop and opening of the cone aren't the same size, weave the long cast on tail along the edge of the scoop opening as a running stitch. Pull the running stitch and gather until the openings match. Knot and evenly distribute the gathers. Sew the scoop to the cone using the scoop cast on tail. Knot discreetly and weave in ends.

Enjoy your guilt-free ice cream!


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This probably doesn't need to be said but... please do not embellish with beads, sequins or other small objects if you intend to use the ice cream cones as child toys. It's best to embroider with yarn or thread to keep the possibility of choking hazards to a minimum.

If you aren't going to embellish the scoop by sewing on sprinkles and nuts, you can knit the cone and dipped/soft serve scoops in one piece. Knit the cone as instructed, however, don't bind off on the last round (remember to turn the cone inside out if necessary). Switch to your scoop color and knit Round 1 of the scoop pattern, but work two k2togs somewhere in that first round to get your stitch count down to 40. Continue working scoop pattern, being sure to stuff the cone and scoop before closing up. I personally prefer the look of the sewn together cones, but this one-piece method is an option if you are concerned about things being pulled apart.

Sprinkles and nuts can be knit in as you go. Before casting on, thread beads onto yarn. While knitting, randomly pull up a bead and knit it in (see this tutorial from Knitting-and.com). Using this method also allows you to knit the ice cream cones in one piece and still add embellishments.

Variegated yarns work great to create swirled flavors of ice cream.

Craving double (or triple) scoops? Just make multiple classic scoops and sew them on top of each other. You may wish to stuff the stacked scoops a little less than the one that is attached to the cone.

If the wafer/cake cone is going to be used for decoration (or light play), you can insert a piece of cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels into the lower portion of the cone to help stabilize and shape it. The double scoop cone in the pictures has the cardboard insert to help support its top-heaviness, while the soft serve and orange creme ones don't.

Want to make these ice cream cones smell like the flavors they are suppose to resemble? Dab a bit of extract, scented oil or perfume (Demeter and Bath & Body Works are a couple of places to find food scents) onto a cotton ball and tuck it in with your stuffing. Or cut one of those car air fresheners into bits and hide a piece or two inside.

Sugar cone measures ~4" high. Wafer cone measures ~3.5" high. Classic scoop measures ~2" high (not including the scalloped “skirt”). Dipped scoop measures ~2.5" high. Soft serve measures ~4.5" high. All are ~3" wide at their widest point.

Pattern available for download as a pdf file.

knit ice cream cones


More pictures at Flickr