How to Make a Knitted Doughnut

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How to Make a Knitted Doughnut
Knit doughnuts in your favourite colours. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Doughnuts make a quick and easy knitting project that is suitable for all levels, from the novice to the more experienced knitter. Knitted doughnuts make ideal pin cushions, gifts and toys for children; you can also use them to decorate your kitchen table. Alternatively, knit up a batch of these faux sugary treats to celebrate National Doughnut Day, an annual holiday celebrated on the first Friday in June.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 6/4mm double-pointed knitting needles
  • 15g worsted-weight yarn in two contrasting colours
  • Craft stuffing
  • Tapestry needle
  • Beads (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cast on five stitches in your first colour and join. For the first round, knit into the front and back of each stitch to give you a total of 10 stitches. For the second round, knit every stitch as normal. Repeat these two rows one more time.

  2. 2

    Start increasing. For the fifth round knit into the front and back until you have one stitch left; knit this as normal. Knit every stitch on the sixth round. On row seven, knit into the front and back of each stitch until you have two stitches remaining; knit these as normal. You should now have 40 stitches on your needles.

  3. 3

    Continue to increase. Knit every stitch on row eight. On row nine, knit into the front and back of each stitch until there are three stitches left. Knit these as normal. Knit every stitch on the next two rows. For the 12th round, knit into the front and back of each stitch until you have four left; knit these as normal. Knit every stitch on rounds 13, 14 and 15.

  4. 4

    Change to the second colour. Knit every stitch on rounds 16 and 17. Using the first colour, knit every stitch on rounds 18, 19 and 20.

  5. 5

    Begin to decrease. For round 22, knit four stitches, and then knit two together to end. Knit every stitch on rounds 23 and 24. For the next round, knit the first three stitches, and then knit two stitches together until you reach the end of the row. Knit all stitches on rounds 26 and 27. Insert craft stuffing into the doughnut.

  6. 6

    Complete the decrease. On round 28, knit the first two stitches as normal, then knit two together until the end of the row. Knit all stitches on round 29. For the next round, knit the first stitch, and then knit two together until the end of the row. On the next round, knit two stitches together for all stitches. Insert more stuffing to the doughnut.

  7. 7

    Stuff the final section of the doughnut. Instead of binding off your stitches, thread the tail through the tapestry needle, then through the remaining stitches and pull tight. To add sprinkles, use a thread and needle to sew beads across the top of the doughnut.

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