This is a great Birthday gift idea - a birthday cupcake Tea cosy. There are lots of Free cupcake tea cosy knitting patterns online, so find one that you will enjoy knitting. Then knit 6 birthday candles to add to the top of the tea cosy to make a real birthday treat.
To knit birthday candles for the top of a Cup Cake tea cosy you will need…
Knitting needles sized UK 9, 3.75 mm, or US sized 5
Crochet hook sized 3.50 mm
Oddments of double knitting wool for the candle,
Yellow double knitting wool for the flame
And a drinking straw.
Main Candle Part
With sized 9 knitting needles and main candle colour cast on 14 stitches.
Stocking stitch 8 rows and cast off.
Turn the main candle part, and pick up and knit 6 stitches along the row ends.
Next Row: *P1, Inc 1 purl ways* to end
Stocking stitch 4 rows.
Next Row: *K1, K2 tog* to end.
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: *K2 tog* to end.
Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and Finnish off.
To Make up the Candle
With right sides together, fold the candle in half, length ways and sew the flame par of the candle. Turn the flame right sides out, and lightly stuff with the thread ends.
Place a straw on the inside of the main candle part and wrap the knitting around the straw. Sew the cast on and cast off edges together. Cut the straw to the length of the candle.
With the crocheting hook and a candle contrast colour, chain stitch 25 chain and finish. Tack one end of the chain to the top back of the candle, and then wrap it around the candle to make a twisted stripe. Tack the stripe in place.
With the contrast colour and sized 9 knitting needles, cast on 12 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: *P2 tog* to end
Thread the end of the yarn through the remaining stitches and through the loop of the yarn itself and draw up the knitting tightly and join the row ends so that it forms a circle.
Sew the candleholder to the bottom of the candle.
This is your finished birthday candle ready to sew onto a cake like tea cosy. 6 candles look great on a tea cosy.