Knitted Hot Cross Bun – Knitting Pattern

Knitted Hot Cross Bun for Easter

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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.

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knitted hot cross bun supplies

You will need:

  • 8 ply yarn (DK) in the following colours (caramel, beige, cream, dark brown)
  • 3.5mm knitting needles (US 4)
  • Stitch holder
  • Yarn needle
  • Toy stuffing (not pictured)
  • Scissors

How to make a Knitted Hot Cross Bun:

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

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

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)

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

Stuff medium firmly giving the bun a rounded shape but being careful not to over stretch the knitting.

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

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

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

Stitch on i-cord on top of bun to mimic icing cross.

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

With dark brown yarn stitch on raisins (or choc chips it that’s your preference). Leave plain if you aren’t a fan of fruit in your hot cross buns.

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

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.

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

Knitted hot cross bun pattern

Knitted hot cross bun pattern


  • Maxabella says:

    I see this level of cuteness and I curse my two left hands… x

  • Nancy says:

    I love it, it’s absolutely adorable and I think my kiddoes would get a kick out of it. Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial. Happy Easter!

  • Lisa says:

    Ah this is adorable! I’m a sucker for woollen versions of food.

  • Ginny says:

    What a super knit. I love the picture of it with the real hot cross buns. All ready to eat.

  • Thanks – will do!

  • europasicewolf says:

    Aww! I totally love that adorable little knitted hot cross bun! It’s a lovely cute knitted bun! I would like to take it home with me and cuddle it all day πŸ™‚ What a fantastic idea too…a knitted hot cross bun lol… πŸ˜‰ No danger of me sticking that little guy in the toaster and setting off the smoke alarms when it burns and fills the kitchen with smoke!! Wolfie hugs to the extrordinarily cute Knitted Hot Cross Bun πŸ™‚

  • Cheryl Mason says:


    I have knitted your lovely hot cross bun project, but am having a problem with the sewing up instructions. I think it would have been good if you had included showing how this was done etc.
    In your tutorial.Hopefully I will be able to complete this and more to give to my granddaughter.


  • Di H says:

    I have just knitted all the pieces for six hot cross buns. Tomorrow l am going to sew them up and finish them off ready to be delivered!!
    They are perfect for my son who loves hot cross buns but can’t have them due to his current illness. He will definitely love these. I am going to put them in a bag the same as the other real ones and see if he notices!!
    Thank you for this awesome pattern. Very much appreciated.
    Have the best Easter!

  • Sandra says:

    This pattern really made me smile. I wish I had come across it before Easter (it is now Easter Monday) so I could knit several. I often make post box toppers, so I have saved the pattern and it is on my list for next year. Thank you and Happy Easter.

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