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

39 comments:

kaiwa4 said...

Oh my goodness! This is just lovely. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

Cindy said...

Yum - 100% fat free and no calories!!!

Denise said...

They look so yummy, and fun for any kid to play with :)

Em-En said...

Oh yes Cindy! But I must confess that I did a lot of "research" when designing these and consumed *way* too much ice cream. ;)

Em-En said...

Hi Denise! I think kids will like them, but I can't help wanting to see a cat or dog running around with one in its mouth. :)

Esponjita said...

Yours ice-creams are beautiful.

best wishes from Mexico:

an sponge that don't speak english...

Em-En said...

You're welcome kaiwa4. I hope you give the pattern a try. :)

Em-En said...

Thank you very much Esponjita!

Susan said...

So cute, I'll probably be casting on tonight! Thanks so much for sharing.

Em-En said...

You're welcome Susan. I'm excited to see what other's ice creams look like. :)

Vera said...

May I ask what yarn did you use? I love your choice of colors and would like to reproduce exactly. Thanks!

Em-En said...

Hi Vera. Here's the rundown...

Red Heart Super Saver: Buff (cones)

Patons Classic Merino: Taupe (dipped scoop and the chips in the mint chocolate chip double scoop)

Bernat Berella "4": True Taupe (chocolate ice cream in double scoop)

Caron Simply Soft: White, Pink, Sage (soft serve, classic scoop, mint chocolate chip in double scoop)

Knitpicks Wool of the Andes: Custom dyed with Wiltons orange icing gel (orange creme)

Em-En said...

Oops! Make that Knit Picks Bare - Peruvian Highland Wool Worsted Weight.

Linda said...

Hi, Marcie! Brilliant and hilarious, as always! Love 'em!

Em-En said...

Hey Linda! Thanks. I think they have the right amount of kitsch and cute. :)

AlexKnits said...

These are BA. I've used alot of the patterns you have on your site. Please keep adding more stuff. I love your style.

I made the Dairy Queen, the kitties and will be making a couple hats and scarves. I credited you on my blog and am also going to link.

Em-En said...

Thanks Alex. I'm glad you had fun with it. :)

Maryjane said...

Adorable!! I'm going to knit one for my godson and put a bell inside to make it a baby rattle!! Thanks so much for sharing these patterns. :o)

Em-En said...

Hi Maryjane!

You're very welcome. I knit so many things from great patterns by generous designers that it's only right that I give back when I can. :)

jenny said...

They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Em-En said...

Thank you Jenny!

And I'm happy to share the pattern. It's only right to give back to the knitting community that shares their patterns and provides inspiration. :)

Sarah said...

give me a second to get back in the chair... these are so dang cute! I mean... really, i might just keel over.

KnitSpirit said...

I really love those cute ice creams!!! Do you mind if I translate your pattern into French?

Vivien said...

I think you should make a knitting glossary cause I'm a begginner knitter who doesn't know alot of abbreviations :P But I love your ice cream they look sooo yummy! I just luv knitted food!Thanks for sharing with the world!

vdujardin said...

I just knitted your ice-creams! Do you have an e-mail where I can send you the photos? They will be on my blog this week-end... http://vdujardin.over-blog.com

pinkstilettos said...

How Fun! I would love to learn how to make these designs myself...so cute!
Daisy~

Yelena said...

I knit one of these today, and I love it!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs595.snc3/31369_907829744858_10725728_49476012_458504_n.jpg

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redtedart said...

I am just stunned by these and keep coming back to take a look. Really must have a go at knitting one VERY VERY soon.

I was wondering, I am always looking for fab Guest Posts... would you be interested in doing this one as guest post on my blog?

Or something else?

Would be happy to "give" you one of my posts in return... http://redtedart.wordpress.com

Do get in touch

Maggy
info (at) redtedart (dot) com

angelina said...

thanks for this pattern, i might just make some for a 3year old girls birthday pressie next month...:)

Stylista said...

Soooo cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww! Those are so, so cute! My kind of ice cream. =)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oops- I forgot to add that I would LOVE to link to this if you didn't mind!

Sophie said...

Wow, It looks good enough to eat! The cones are specially detailed, making the whole ice cream look like the real thing! I got a lot of left-over yarns from testing my new drum carders and floor looms that I bought for a community project. Maybe I'll use all of the yarns I made to make tons of these cute little things for my friends! And the cloth from the loom will make a perfect gift wrap!

Heather said...

I am working on the Classic scoop pattern, but don't understand row 2-5. To me the row says: Knit 1, knit in front and back of next stitch, slip one stitch knit wise, knit one, knit two together, and knit in front and back of stitch, repeat. This seems to be a 7 stitch repeat which increases by 2 and decreases by 1. How many ruffle points should there be?
Thanks for your help.

stitches from wales said...

I am also confused like Heather. If its a 7 st repeat that cant be right as there are 80 sts in all. I have made several of these but the classic scoop just doesnt look right. Please can you explain. Many thanks, they are really lovely and apart from this, they are easy to make

Kagamineko-chan said...

Is it okay if I sell things that are loosely based on your patterns? I'm trying to raise money for a school trip to Japan next year. I will definitely use the pattern as a reference, but probably edit it a lot.

Ellisen said...

Thank you for sharing your delightful ice cream cones and scoops. Fabulous!

Rosie Martin said...

Hi there,

I work at a charity in London called Bag Books (http://bagbooks.org/) that makes multi-sensory stories for childrem with severe learning disabilities. We have been using your wonderful ice cream knitting pattern to create scented ice creams for a story we have written about a trip to the seaside. We are having a major redesign of our website and are wondering whether it would be ok to link to your pattern on your blog, so that knitting volunteer can access the instructions and knit the icecream at home.

Please do email me at rosie@bagbooks.org

Thank you very much!

Rosie