One of my favourite things about the lead up to Easter are the delicious Hot Cross Buns, I’ve eaten my fair share already. As I was munching on one whilst knitting, I had a brain wave – A Knitted Hot Cross Bun!
I’m becoming more and more confident with my knitting since I started last year, so I thought it was time that I shared instructions for a knitted project on the blog. This is quite a simple pattern that only required a few basic skills to make. If you know how to cast on and off, knit and purl and stitch seams together you are set.
I also use a fun technique to make i-cord for the bun icing. If you aren’t familiar with i-cord I’ve made a little instructional video that you can follow.
I’m new to knitted pattern writing so please forgive any vagueness.
You will need:
8 ply yarn (DK) in the following colours (caramel, beige, cream, dark brown)
3.5mm knitting needles (US 4)
Toy stuffing (not pictured)
Gauge = 5st per 1″
– With caramel yarn cast on 15 stitches
– Stockinette stitch for 3″ (that’s knit one row, purl the next row)
– Transfer to stitch holder
– With beige yarn cast on 15 stitches, transfer caramel knitting back onto needle and cast on another 15 stitches (just run beige yarn behind caramel knitted section. (45 stitches)
– Knit with beige yarn, stockinette stitch for 1.5″
– Cast off 15 stitches, knit 15 stitches, cast off 15 stitches. Break yarn (15 stitches)
– Knit (beige yarn) stockinette stitch for 4.5″
– Cast off
– Weave in ends
This is what it should look like. I’ve included measurements
- Now sew up matching sides as labelled, remember to leave one side opened for stuffing. (Don’t worry if the bits don’t fit together perfectly, you can adjust slightly as you sew, my sides were a little long so I tucked them in when I stitched)
Stuff medium firmly giving the bun a rounded shape but being careful not to over stretch the knitting.
- With cream yarn knit 2 x 3″ lengths of i-cord, instructions below.
How to knit i-cord
- Cast on 3 stitches
- *knit 3 stitches
- Transfer stitches back to left needle
- Repeat from *
- Cast off when cord is desired length
– Stitch on i-cord on top of bun to mimic icing cross
– With dark brown yarn stitch on rasins (or choc chips it that’s your preference). Leave plain if you aren’t a fan of fruit in your hot cross buns.
All done! Yum, it looks good enough to eat.
Emma loves to trick her dad with it every day, he pretends to eat it and then she thinks she has pulled a hilarious prank.
If you are really keen you can knit a half dozen and give them as cute Easter gifts.