Kathryn Ivy

May 12, 2010 - Posted by Grace Schnebly

Holey Doughnuts!


Project Specs
Pattern: Doughnut
Pattern Source: I Dream of Knitting
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool in Camel and Petal Pink; Cascade 220 in #8010 Natural, #8622 Camel, #8021 Wheat, and an unknown brown; a very small scrap of Patons Classic Merino in Bright Red for jelly donut filling embroidery.
Needles: Clover bamboo double pointed needles size US5
Cast On: 4/8/2010
Finished: 4/10/2010
Finished Size: Plain donuts are 4" and filled donuts are 3.5" in diameter.
Modifications: Inspired by the jelly donut at i like lemons, I created my own seamless filled donut mod to be knit in the round. Instructions are given below.
See them on Ravelry!

Holey Doughtnuts!I think my niece's pantry is now stocked to the brim and all of this play found should keep her entertained until Christmas... at least I hope! You might think that I'd be sick of knitting food, but I'm actually going to miss knitting all of these different sweets. They barely take any time to knit so you can have a huge collection in just a few days. They're super fun to customize and it's easy to gather inspiration from all the variations you find in real life. I also think they're a lot of fun to photograph. The only downside is that you end up with a serious craving!

It was fun picking the colors from my stash and each donut really flew off the needles. The pattern is worked in the round on double pointed needles and each donut has a seam at the outer edge that goes around the circumference. I thought it was actually a welcome change of pace and I couldn't believe I actually looked forward to seaming something. :) I just did a normal horizontal seam but I've seen people whip stitch the edges together and it looks really cute. At first I was planning on sewing beads on the pink and white frosted donuts for sprinkles, but I didn't realize how hard it would be to find spacer beads around here! I finally found some then decided against putting them on since there is a new baby in the household. I wanted my niece to be able to share these with her little sister with out her mom having to worry about a bead coming loose.

I have to admit I'm partial to the cream filled ones...I was inspired by the jelly donut at i like lemons and decided to create my own seamless filled donut mod. My husband also insisted I knit a Boston cream since that's his favorite. I love how these filled donuts turned out. They're a bit squishier and slightly smaller than the others. If you want your jelly or cream filled donuts to match the others, you should add an extra increase (and matching decrease) round. Here's what I did...

Jelly or Cream Filled Donuts

CO 5 sts
Round 1: kfb all sts (10 sts)
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8: knit
Round 3: kfb all sts
Round 5: (kfb, k1) to end
Round 7: (kfb, k2) to end (40 sts)
Round 9 : (kfb, k3) to end
Round 10 & 11: knit
Round 12: (kfb, k4)
Rounds 13-15: knit
Rounds 16 & 17: join second color, knit all
Rounds 18-21: switch back to first color and knit all (for frosted donut, switch to frosting color for row 19 and continue in this color for the rest of the pattern)
Round 22: (k4, k2tog) to end
Rounds 23-24: knit
Round 25: (k3, t2tog)to end, start stuffing donut
Rounds 26 & 27: knit
Round 28: (k2, k2tog) to end
Round 29: knit
Round 30: (k1, k2tog) to end
Round 31: k2tog all sts
Thread tail through stitches and pull tight. Using filling color, embroider a circle at the outer edge of the donut.

I ended up with a half dozen donuts and I think the selection is pretty good. The only thing missing is a maple bar!

Now thats what I call a breakfast!