Saturday, July 26, 2008

knit coffee & donuts

knit coffee & donuts

I gave up drinking daily coffee (french roast, black) about 6 years ago. Now it's a special treat, something I have maybe a few times a year. Donuts? I don't think I can ever truly give them up. My favorite is still a frosted and sprinkled cake donut. For some reason the more outrageously colored the frosting and sprinkle combination, the tastier the donut seems to be.

This knit coffee cup and the knit donuts offer the smile-inducing power of caffeine and fried dough, but without the guilt. Now if I added in some knit cigarettes to go with my coffee and donuts, I'd have the ultimate unhealthy (yet healthy, because it's fake) breakfast going on here.

knit coffee cup


The pattern for the cup of coffee was designed by Melinda at One Of My Ears Is Higher Than The Other.

I followed the pattern, substituting worsted weight yarn and US sz 5s for the cup and coffee and US sz 7s for the cup sleeve. I used the 7s so that the sleeve would knit up less dense than if I used 5s. The cup measures about 5 inches high and is about 3.5 inches in diameter at the top.

While looking for something to stabilize the bottom of the cup as Melinda recommends, I found that a lidded yogurt container fit well towards the top of the cup, but not at the bottom. The yogurt container discovery led to the idea to have the cup be a place to stash spare change or small objects.

I ended up using a simple round of cardboard at the bottom of the cup, then put a plastic bag of rice in to weight the bottom. The yogurt container, wrapped in a white plastic bag so the labeling wouldn't show through, went on top of the rice and I sewed the coffee swatch onto the yogurt container lid.

My cup looks a little portly due to my yarn/needle substitutions. If I get the chance to knit this again, I'll probably do one less set of increase rounds for the base of the cup and work from there. Very well written pattern and it goes perfect with the knit donuts.

knit coffee cup


knit donuts

I saw this doughnut pattern by Dorien on one of my Ravelry friend's (nillakitty) project lists and knew I'd have to give it a try.

Once again, I subbed worsted weight yarn and US sz 5s. Perfect! The donuts turned out life-sized (3.5 inches in diameter). Something to note: if you follow the pattern instructions past round 19, the stitch counts in parenthesis don't appear to be accurate. The donut still looks good when you're finished, but just something to be aware of. Knitting exactly from the pattern gives about a 2/3 frosting to 1/3 donut ratio.

I did work the pattern a little differently so that the frosting to donut ratio was a little more even, and so the donut would be a bit flatter than the original. I knit 3 rounds (instead of 5) just after the cast-on and I added in the "k1, m1" set of rows after round 19, ending with the "k4, m1" plus 2 knit rounds (instead of 3), before casting off. I sewed the "sprinkles" on after stuffing, since I found it made the bead placement easier.

The powdered donut is done the same way as the frosted one. I used some soft and fuzzy yarn that was in my stash that lost its label. The "loftiness" of the yarn caused the powdered donut to be slightly bigger. Even though it's the simplest of all the donuts made, I think it's my favorite.

For the jelly donut I worked the pattern the same way as for the sprinkled donuts, except I kept working the decrease sets until I had 5 stitches left (knit two of these rounds and then sew them together). I also used a paler colored yarn to cast on and knit the first row to give that pale seam that you often see on the real thing. To make the jelly, I just messily embroidered on some red yarn.

Knitting the donuts was really enjoyable and there's no junk food remorse, like I would have after eating the real thing.

knit donuts

More pictures at Flickr


Melinda said...

I love it! The coffee cup goes very well with the doughnuts. I'll have to check out the knit cigarettes--how hilarious.

Thanks for the nice feedback on my pattern--you are my first test knitter. :-)

Em-En said...

Thank you Melinda! I think your coffee cup pattern is just so ingenious. I couldn't resist giving it a try. :)

Bogie said...

Lovely! I'd love to make these for my kitchen table. Thanks for sharing.

Aunt Kathy said...

I love them, they are great.

I was just talking to my grandson and he said he wanted donuts in the morning and then I opened your blog, coincidence? I don't think so, LOL

Em-En said...

Hi bogie

You're welcome! I love to share pattern finds that are quick and fun. :)

Em-En said...

Hi Kathy!

I think your grandson has great taste. Donuts are always a winning choice for breakfast. :)~

nikkishell said...

I'm on a play food mission at the moment. Saturday is dedicated to this on my blog for the moment. So far i've made a number of food items from felt including pancakes with syrup and butter and ravioli. I think i may give these patterns a go. Thanks for posting them.

heiditea said...

I have always wanted to be a knitter and all of your food patterns may be just the push I need- can you reccomend a good learn to knit book or web site?
Is an in person class the est way to learn?
Is your food projects for the experienced knitter?
Thanks from a wanna be knitter,

Em-En said...

Hey Nikki!

I love, love, love your felt food. Especially the biscuits and the ravioli. So cute!

Em-En said...

Hi Heidi :)

For online help I usually turn to If you aren't already on Ravelry (, sign up and check out the forums. Lots of helpful, and experienced knitters there. The only reference type book I have is Knitting For Dummies, but it has been sufficient for my needs so far.

I've never taken a knitting class or been taught to knit by anyone, so I don't think a class is absolutely necessary. However, it really depends on an individual's learning style. I'd say to give it a try on your own, but if you find that things aren't quite going how you hope, then try out a class or a one-on-one lesson.

My patterns, and the types of patterns that I tend to knit are on the easier side. Most of them involve knitting in the round which isn't difficult, but can be tricky as a very first project. My recommendation is to learn knitting and purling on a flat object (like a scarf) and then move on to knitting in the round once you are comfortable with the basics.

Give it a go. If you find yourself getting frustrated, just put it aside for a while and try again later. Good luck!

Marissa Fischer said...

oh these are so so cute I love them!

Em-En said...

Thanks Marissa! They make me grin whenever I get a glance of them. :)