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« on: October 09, 2008 05:13:29 PM »

I made this for my Mom for Christmas.  It's my first finished crafted Christmas present!




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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008 05:25:41 PM »

yum - it looks delicious!  I love the last pic lol.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008 05:30:05 PM »

This so cute and clever!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008 06:44:24 PM »

Thanks!

I totally winged it, and was pleasantly surprised when it came out life-sized!
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008 06:36:16 PM »

You did a great job for winging it.

Here are my donuts, I made some hot chocolate with marshmallows to go with it.  I got my donut pattern from: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32761. The hot chocolate was my own pattern.




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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2008 07:02:56 PM »

The hot chocolate is neat!

The way I did my donut was quite different from the pattern.  It's interesting how the end result is so similar though, isn't it?

Here's what I did:

I measured the length of the pins, not including the head (1 1/8 inch).  I multiplied that by pi (about 3.5 inches).  I decided that I should add some allowance for the pins, so I did that again with 1 1/4 inch, and came out with about 4 inches.  I decided to go somewhere between those numbers with my starting chain in the chocolate brown. (For those who aren't big math geeks: I had the diameter I wanted - the length of the pins plus a bit - and needed to know the circumference I'd need to get that diameter, so: diameter times pi equals circumference.)

I joined the chain to form a ring, then did sc in each stitch, making a spiral instead of joining rounds.  I eyeballed the length of this tube and went longer than I thought I needed.

Then I stuffed the tube with poly batting and kept putting it in a circle shape until it looked right.  I ripped out the extra stitches (there were quite a few... those who have been following my "giant loom-knitted mitten" experiment are familiar with my ability to eyeball the size of things...), then did a sl st in the next three sc, and fastened off.  I added a bit more batting then sewed the two ends of the tube together.  This took some finagling and much poking with the wrong end of a crochet hook.

For the icing I made a chain and joined it so it made a circle that sat on top of the donut, roughly centered.  Around the outside of this I did a *sc, 2sc in next stitch*, then the next row was something like *3 sc, 2 hdc in one stitch, 3 dc, 2 hd in one stitch* repeat, then a row of sc around.

On the inside of the icing ring I did *sc, sc-dec* around, then tried to get fancy with the inside drips.  I wanted there to be three, but there was only room for two.

Then I sewed the icing on and added the pins.

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