Christmas | 14 October 2016Crochet Your Own Birthday Cake Toilet Paper Cozy Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Give your house a unique makeover with Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a La Mode. She’ll show you how to turn your household objects into fun and delicious looking cakes, gummy bears and so much more. Add some pizzazz to your bathroom with this birthday cake toilet paper cozy. Grandma Wendleton—my best friend’s grandma who taught me to crochet when I was ten years old—made classic toilet paper cozies that looked like dolls in dresses, complete with plastic doll torsos on top and crocheted skirts hiding the toilet paper roll inside. Let’s give Grandma’s TP cozies a fun update by turning them into playful birthday cakes! I’ve included both a jumbo cozy and a smaller cozy to accommodate your various TP needs. Between birthdays, housewarmings, Mother’s Day, and the holiday season, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to cover everyone’s powder room in sprinkles and cheer! Add some vanilla or strawberry-scented room spray for a multi-sensory experience! INGREDIENTS 4 worsted weight Red Heart Classic, 100% Acrylic, 3.5 oz (100 g)/190 yds (174 m) per skein: 1 skein #E267-681 Mist Green (A) Red Heart Super Saver Economy, 100% Acrylic, 7 oz (198g)/364 yds (333 m) per skein: 37 yds (34 m) #E300-37 Petal Pink (B) Worsted weight acrylic yarn for each candle: 6 yds (6 m) White (C), 3 yds (3 m) Teal (D), and 2 yds (2 m) Yellow (E) 5-mm mini pompoms TOOLS – G/6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook – H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook – tapestry needle – stitch markers – straight pins – fabric glue (for sprinkles) DIRECTIONS Gauge 15 sts x 18 rows in sc with A and larger hook = 4″ (10 cm). Take time to check gauge. Finished Size Jumbo roll: 6″ (15 cm) diameter x 4.25″ (11 cm) high, excluding candles Regular roll: 5.25″ (13.5 cm) diameter x 4.25″ (11 cm) high, excluding candles Special Stitches Used TALL POPCORN [Yo] twice, insert hook into next st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice, *yo twice, insert hook into same st, yo and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; rep from * twice more, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hool. Note: Instructions for cake portion of small cozy are given first, cake portion of jumbo cozy follow. Borders, candles and assembly are the same for both sizes. Small Cozy With larger hook and A, ch 3, join with sl st to form ring. Place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in ring, join with sl st in 1st st—10 hdc. Rnd 2: Ch 2, (2 hdc) in each hdc around, join with sl st in 1st st—20 hdc. Rnd 3: Ch 2, [(2 hdc) in next hdc, hdc in next hdc] 10 times, join with sl st in 1st st—30 hdc. Rnd 4: Ch 2, [(2 hdc), in next hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc] 10 times, join with sl st in 1st st—40 hdc. Rnd 5: Ch 2, [(2 hdc) in next hdc, hdc in next, 3 hdc] 10 times, join with sl st in 1st st—50 hdc. Rnd 6: Ch 1, [(2 sc) in next hdc, sc in next 9 hdc] 5 times, join with sl st in 1st st to join—55 sc. Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in next sc, hdc in each rem sc. Do not join. Rnds 8–18: Hdc in each st around. Rnd 19: Sc in next 55 sts, join with sl st in next st. Fasten off and weave in ends. Begin shell border top. Jumbo Cozy Work as for small cozy through rnd 5. Rnd 6: Ch 2, [(2 hdc) in next hdc, hdc in next, 4 hdc] 10 times, join with sl st in 1st st—60 hdc. Rnd 7: Ch 2, [(2 hdc) in next hdc, hdc in next, 5 hdc] 10 times, join with sl st in 1st st—70 hdc. Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in next hdc, hdc in rem hdc. Do not join. Rnds 9–19: Hdc in each st around. Do not join. Rnd 20: Sc in each st around, join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off and weave in ends. Shell Border Top With larger hook and B, ch 2. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, turn—1 sc. Row 2: Ch 3, tall popcorn in next st, turn. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next st. Rep rows 2 and 3 until border fits around the top edge of cozy being sure to have an even number of tall popcorns. Fasten off, leaving 1 yd (1 m) for sewing. Shell Border Bottom Work as for shell border top until border fits around the bottom edge of cozy (approx 2 tall popcorns more). Candle (make 3) With larger hook and C, ch 3, leaving a tail 18″ (45.5 cm) long at beg, join with sl st to form ring. Place marker for beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 6 sc in ring—6 sc. Do not join. Rnd 2: Sc in each st around. Rep rnd 2 until candle measures 3.75″ (9.5 cm) long. Fasten off C. FLAME Change to smaller hook. Join E with sl st to beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Ch 2, in BLO work as follows: [(2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next st] 3 times, join with sl st in 1st st—9 hdc. Rnd 2: Ch 2, work in both loops as follows: [hdc2tog, hdc in next hdc] 3 times, join with sl st in 1st st—6 hdc. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off, leaving a tail 12″ (30.5) long. Thread tail through the outside loops of the rem 6 sts and pull to close. Tie off and weave in all ends, excepting the beg tail. SPIRAL Join D to one end of candle and surface sl st or embroider a chain st, using photo as guide. Assembly Place cozy on toilet paper roll. Pin shell border top to top edge and sew down using a straight stitch in each sc, threading the yarn to the WS of the cozy behind each tall popcorn. Sew shell border bottom to bottom of cozy in the same way. DROP STRINGS With larger hook, join B with sl st in any sc in shell border top. Rnd 1: *Ch 25, sk 1 sc, sl st in next sc; rep from * around. Fasten off and weave in ends. Glue mini pompoms to top of cake as desired. ATTACH CANDLES Pin candles to top of cozy and sew with whipstitches. If your candles flop over too much, try sewing the second to last rnd (instead of the last rnd) of the candles to the cozy. This can provide more stability, but remember that crochet does produce a soft sculpture. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Crochet the cutest food-themed home goods you’ll ever see with Twinkie Chan’s new book of patterns! Crochet designer and craft superstar Twinkie Chan is back with her highly anticipated book Crocheted Abode a la Mode: 20 Yummy Crochet Projects for Your Home. This is the follow-up to Chan’s first book, which featured food-inspired crocheted accessories. In Crocheted Abode a la Mode, Chan unveils twenty new food-themed crochet patterns for crafters to follow as they crochet their living space into a cozier, yummier place. The book is organized according to rooms in your house: kitchen and dining, living and lounging, bath and beauty, and home office. Helpful diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and colorful photos help crocheters of all skill levels create Chan’s cute and cozy home decor pieces. Readers are guaranteed to find several adorable, food-forward patterns to bring to life with their crochet hooks–everything from giant donut floor poufs to sweet honeybear aprons to savory corn dog pen cozies. Chan’s signature style is cute, colorful, food-themed, and always functional, which highlights an attribute she likes to call “cute-tility.” Her fun, unique designs are inspired by Japanese kawaii (cute) culture as well as her childhood collection of faux food toys. Her patterns appeal to crafters of all ages, and her warm, conversational writing style welcomes them into her cozy crocheted world, encouraging everyone to get creative. So, what are you waiting for? Let the fun unravel! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.