Cupcake Scarf

A few weeks before Christmas, I saw a blog post somewhere with a photo of a cupcake scarf. My sister immediately popped into my head as someone who could rock a scarf like that, so I investigated how to make one for her.

Photo: Cabell Gathman

From a little Google research, it turns out it's a pretty popular scarf concept, so it wasn't hard to find a pattern online. However, after experimenting with some free patterns and even buying one on, I found they just didn't work for me, perhaps because of the weight of the yarn I was using. So I improvised my own pattern and finally got cupcakes instead of just lumpy circles.

My sister Cabell models her scarf (and pig hat) on Christmas. Photo: Don Brandl

Cupcake Scarf

Cream yarn (for cake)
Chocolate/Pink yarn (for icing - I used mohair to make it have a different texture than the cake)
Red pom poms
Fabric glue

CH=Chain Stitch
SC=Single Crochet
DC=Double Crochet
Inc=Crochet 2 SC into 1 SC
Dec=Crochet 1 SC from 2 SC

With icing yarn:
CH 7
Row 1: Starting with second CH from end, SC 6 (6)
Row 2: Inc (in first SC), SC x 6, Inc (in last SC) (8)
Row 3: Repeat row 2 (10)
Row 4: Repeat row 2 (12)
Row 5: Repeat row 2 (14)
At end of row 5, attach cream colored yarn. Do NOT cut the icing color yarn, as you'll need to come back to make the frosting ruffle.

With cream yarn:
Row 6: SC in each stitch (14)
Row 7: SC x 12, Dec (last two stitches) (13)
Row 8: Dec (first two stitches), SC X 11 (12)
Row 9: Repeat row 7 (11)
Row 10: Repeat row 8 (10)
Row 11: Repeat row 7 (9)
Row 12: Repeat row 8 (8)
Row 13: Repeat row 7 (7)
Row 14: Repeat row 8 (6)
At end of row 14, you will attach your next icing yarn. Leave a tail of the cream yarn to sew in the end later.

For frosting ruffle:
Using the icing yarn that hasn't been cut yet, you will work this ruffle into row 5 (the last and widest row of frosting):
DC x 3 in first stitch
SC x 1 in next stitch
Repeat 6 more times (to the end of the row). This will create a ruffle where the frosting and cake meet. Leave a tail to sew in.

And that makes one cupcake! Continue this, making enough consecutive cupcakes for half of your scarf (my scarf had 9 in each half). Fasten off when you've finished half, and sew in all your ends (this will take awhile, as each cupcake has 4 tails that need to be hidden).

Then, repeat! When you have both halves done, sew them together with the tops of two cupcakes. This way, when the scarf is on, both sides will be right side up.

Finally, use fabric glue to attach red pom poms at the top of each cupcake. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before wearing.

Photo: Don Brandl


  1. That last step should say "let it dry for 24 hours, and let the adorable sink in."


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