How to Make Fondant Knitting

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    Gather Tools and Color Fondant

    Fondant and wooden spoon in a glass mixing bowl
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    There are many lovely cake projects for the special people in our lives that can benefit from an interested edible fondant design piece that looks like knitting. This might seem like a specialized effect, but several themes can feature knitting. You can make a simple stacked cake look like a basket of yarn topped with a long knitted swatch and wooden knitting needles for a birthday or retirement party. You can make a knitted fondant pattern and then form it into booties to drape over a baby shower cake highlighting the expected baby's gender with the color of the booties! A perfect knitted scarf can adorn the neck of a coconut-dusted snowman on cakes and cupcakes to finish off a cute Christmas cake. The options are endless and created knitted fondant is quite easy.

    You will need:

    • Homemade or pre-made fondant
    • Gel color in the shade you want the finished knitted fondant
    • Luster dust that is slightly darker than the gel color
    • An extruder with an attachment for round lengths
    • Cornstarch
    • Toothpicks
    • Paring knife
    • Edible glue
    • Paintbrush
    • Knitting needles or wooden dowels

    Take a piece of fondant and knead it on a clean flat surface lightly dusted with cornstarch until it is supple. Add gel color to the fondant with a toothpick.

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    Knead Color into Fondant

    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    After adding a little gel color to your fondant ball with a toothpick knead it into the fondant until there are no streaks. You can use gloves if you are concerned about the color staining your hands but take care not to wear latex or the fondant can end up with that unmistakable scent. Add more color if needed in small amounts until you have the shade you want to use for your project. Remember that you can always add more color easier than trying to lighten the fondant after the color is in it.

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    Add Crisco to Fondant if Using an Extruder

    Using an extruder on fondant with crisco
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    You can make the thin ropes needed for this design by rolling pieces of fondant on your dusted surface until you have several that are the same width and needed length or you can use an extruder to make uniform rope. If you are using an extruder, you must knead some Crisco into your finished fondant so that the ropes come out smoothly without striations or breakage. Simply add a small amount of Crisco and knead until it is completely incorporated.

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    Make Ropes in Fondant Extruder

    Making rope with a fondant extruder
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Put the required insert into an extruder and pinch off a small ball of fondant from your colored product. Cover the large ball up with a sheet of plastic wrap when you're not working with it. Press the fondant ball into the indented section and press the handle into place. Slowly apply pressure to the handle or pump to create a smooth uniform rope of fondant. Cut it from the extruder and lay the piece aside.

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    Repeat Process Until You have Required Amount of Ropes

    A collection of fondant ropes
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Continue to pinch off small balls of fondant and create ropes until you have the required number for the width of your knitted design element.

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    Glue Two of the Ropes Together

    Two glued together fondant ropes
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Select two ropes and use a paintbrush to brush a little edible glue onto the edge of one of the ropes. Press the second rope firmly again the glue covered section and let pieces dry slightly to connect them. Take a sharp paring knife and make small diagonal cuts down the entire length of one of the ropes. Then repeat this pattern of cuts on the second fondant rope lining them up in a "V" at the point where they are glued together.

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    Repeat with Remaining Ropes

    A set of glued together fondant ropes
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Glue another rope to the edge of the other two and repeat the diagonal slashed similar to the first rope, so you have a zigzag pattern. Add the other ropes and repeat "V" pattern down the entire length of each pair until you have the required width.

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    Make Loops and Trailing Yarn

    Fondant ropes with loops and trailing yarns
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Use your extruder to make enough ropes to make the loops of "yarn" that go over your knitting needles and a long piece of trailing off the needles.

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    Insert Needles into Loops

    Cut and arranged portions of looped fondant rope
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Take your paring knife and cut fondant ropes into lengths that can be made into loops of "yarn" over the needles or dowels. Simply measure the correct length and then cut at least as many pieces as there are original ropes in the pattern. Lay one of the needles or dowels down and then loop the fondant over it pinching the two ends to secure the loop. Make the other loops and push them down the dowel or needle, so they are side by side.

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    Finish Knitted Fondant

    Fondant rope in the process of being knit
    Used with permission from Michelle Anderson

    Take your knitting needle with the loops and place it lined up with your knitted fondant piece. Use a little edible glue to secure the pinched loop ends to the other fondant section. Then add the other needle to the pattern and drape a length of fondant rope around and under the needle to create the trailing yarn look. You can very lightly dust the patterned part of the piece with luster dust to highlight the knitted pattern on the ropes.