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Cupcake Pincushion – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

The first free Spud & Chloë pattern is here! This is a sweet little treat you can whip up on a hot summer day, or any day for that matter, in no time at all. The Cupcake Pincushion is knit up in one piece starting at the bottom all the way to the cherry on top!

Here is some information you’ll need before making your own Cupcake Pincushion:


Finished measurements:3-inches tall by 3-inches wide


Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein each of Ice Cream #7500 and Watermelon #7512 and a small amount of Popsicle #7501 for the cherry

Tools and Materials:

US size 6 double-pointed needles, set of 4, or size to obtain gauge

Ruler or tape measure


Yarn needle

Stitch marker

Polyester fiberfill (small amount)

Tomato pincushion (I got mine from JoAnn’s, 2 ½ -inches wide, 1 ½ -inches tall)


5 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


This fun project is the perfect gift for any crafty soul. Click below to get your free Spud & Chloë pattern.


Click here to download the free pattern for the Cupcake Pincushion!

50 Responses to “Cupcake Pincushion – Free Pattern!”

  1. June 11, 2009 at 10:14 am jill says:

    Too adorable and clever with the starwberry pincushion inside!! Cannot wait to get some Spud and Chloe to start!!!

  2. June 11, 2009 at 10:32 am Kathy Bridges says:

    So now I know what I am going to make in mass for all my sewing friends for Christmas this year! If I get started now, I might make it!

  3. June 11, 2009 at 11:38 am alison says:

    My daughter would love one of these (sans pins, of course)! So cute!

  4. June 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm ali says:

    Cute! I’ll have to make one of these right away… (adding to ‘to-knit list’)

  5. June 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm theblondeknitter says:

    ohfer cuteness! what a sweet little quick knit! i can hardly wait to get the yarn for it! :D

  6. June 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm MaryLou says:

    So cute! The perfect gift for my very artistic sewing sisters-in-law!

  7. June 12, 2009 at 7:42 am Deborah says:

    Love the pattern! The site is adorable, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of the cute patterns and lovely yarn!

  8. June 12, 2009 at 8:10 am Judy says:


    I am blown away by your patterns on this site. They are very impressive. I have always loved your baby things, but the Hoot Hat
    and Baby Bartlett set are over the top, the Camp Hoodie is perfect for my 22-year old daughter, and the free pincushion pattern finally gives me a reason to knit a cupcake. Congratulations!

  9. June 17, 2009 at 9:03 am Katie B says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern! It’s so clever, Susan!

  10. June 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm Terrie says:

    This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing :) The other patterns look great, too. Can’t wait to get started!

  11. June 19, 2009 at 9:06 pm Rachel says:

    Aww, this is so cute! I’d love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  12. July 4, 2009 at 3:15 pm Lisette says:

    Susan…you are such a talented designer!

    You are very clever how you concealed a “real” pin cushion inside the cupcake pincushion!

    I can’t wait to buy some S & C yarns and whip one up…with a cherry on top!

  13. July 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm craftycarole says:

    so very cute… thanks for sharing

  14. July 22, 2009 at 6:23 am Rilla says:

    Thank you!

  15. March 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm Kate says:

    This is divine! I hope it is ok that I have linked to this post on my blog today. X

  16. June 17, 2010 at 8:08 pm Holly says:

    I love this pattern! I am going to knit a 1/2 dozen cupcakes for my son’s play kitchen. I can’t wait to try Spud & Chloe yarn. Thank you so much!!!!

  17. August 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm April says:

    This was a cute and super easy project. Thank you! I made it for my mother in law because she loves pink cupcakes and sewing

  18. August 13, 2010 at 8:02 am Candi says:

    I can barely stand how cute this is! I’m making mine RIGHT now! Thanks for sharing! =)

  19. August 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm Sara says:

    Hi Susan
    I was wondering if it would be possible to do this using just 2 regular needles (as I am a beginner and haven’t learnt to knit using circular needles just yet!

    • August 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm sanderson says:

      You could knit it flat with 2 needles if you wanted to:)

      • December 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm Sara says:

        Sanderson, I learnt how to knit using the double pointed needles! Having so much fun so far!

        reached the row with the (mb), is there a tutorial somewhere which you have for it? Because I’m reading “turn,
” and I don’t understand “turn”

        • December 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm sanderson says:

          just turn back and go the other way…

          • February 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm nancy says:

            I too am having trouble with the cup cake. I am new and have never made a bobble. Can you give simple directions please. I really want to learn to do this.

  20. January 6, 2011 at 6:39 am Kelly says:

    Hi Susan!!
    LOVE your patterns!! but i find them kind of hard to follow since im still a beginner do you have a tutorial page?
    AND I was also wondering with this particular pattern can i still do it on normal needles? and how would i go about doing that!

    • January 6, 2011 at 7:51 am sanderson says:

      I don’t have a tutorial up for the cupcake, sorry about that. You need to work on double-pointed needles for this pattern. You can always go to your local yarn shop for help if you purchase the yarn there. Have fun and I am glad you are knitting:)

  21. February 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm Jackie says:

    I am knitting this pattern up right now and enjoying myself so much I can’t help but laugh out loud. I’ll be giving these away for Christmas presents to my sewing family and friends. Thank you so much for your amazing creativity Susan. I also enjoy your videos, keep them up, they help all of us beginner/intermediates through our projects. Thanks again!

  22. February 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm Kathleen says:

    This is adorable! My daughter just learned to knit and I gave her a sewing machine for christmas – this is a perfect gift for her!! Thank you!

  23. February 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm nancy says:

    I’m so inspired to do this project after reading everyone’s comments, Just need help with the “frosting” rnd 3.
    Anxious to hear some helpful hints…
    PS Bonnie/ML can you help?

    • February 14, 2011 at 8:56 am sanderson says:

      mb make bobble by kfb and in the front again (3 sts), turn, purl 3, turn, k3, pass the second and third sts over and off of the right needle.

      In the stitch that you are making the bobble, knit in the front, back and front again (leave the stitch on the left needle as you are doing this), you will have 3 stitches in one stitch and now take it off of the left needle. Turn your work around and purl the 3 stitches. Turn your work again and the 3 stitches. Now don’t turn and pass the second and third stitches over the first stitch and off the right needle.

      Some people have left off the “make bobble” round, too, and it looks just fine if you decide you don’t want to do it.
      Good luck with your cupcake!

  24. February 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm Sherry Ward says:

    Wonderful!! Love the idea that it is “built” around a tomato pincushion. I think only one more sweet little thing is needed…a few seed beads or bugle beads stitched to the icing for “sprinkles?” These would make awesome favors for a ladies’ party in various colors, wouldn’t they? Thank you so much for the pattern.

  25. June 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm Karen Boerner says:

    I would love to make this adorable little cupcake! I can not seem to download the PDF for this pattern, is anyone else having a problem with the link?


    • June 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm sanderson says:

      Hi Karen,
      I’ve tried both of the pattern links and they are working fine. Not sure what is going on …..

  26. June 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm Jennifer says:

    What a great pattern! I can’t wait to get started! Thank you so much for sharing!

  27. October 14, 2011 at 10:31 am Birgit Skeele says:

    Magnificent website. Lots of helpful information here. I’m sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks in your effort!

  28. November 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm toy kitchens says:

    I do believe all the concepts you have offered on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very brief for newbies. Could you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

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  32. June 11, 2009 at 10:47 am sanderson says:

    Yay! Yes, the inserted store-bought pincushion gives the cupcake stability to hold the pins. Is that a strawberry or a tomato? I never know: )

    Thanks for writing.

  33. June 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm susan b anderson says:

    It’s the perfect project to use up leftovers! It takes so little yarn to complete.

  34. June 12, 2009 at 8:55 am susan b anderson says:

    Thank you, Judy!

    S & C is all about fun and I plan to have lots of it with simply my yarn and needles. I can’t wait to start sharing more of the fun I have stashed up my sleeve.


  35. June 20, 2009 at 5:51 am sanderson says:

    Please go ahead and link the pattern and blog! That would be great.