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How to Crochet Donuts [Free Pattern]


Hello my crafty friends!  I have a really cute project for you try.  100% fat free donuts. Yum!  These little cuties are so fun and easy to make and they look good enough to eat. They make a great addition to a little one’s play food basket and they will love playing with them.


Choose your flavour!

Pattern below on how to crochet a donut and for the visual learners, scroll below to watch the video tutorials.

***EDITED 06/02/2016*** You may sell finished item made from this pattern.

Happy crocheting!

Printable version here –>> Donut Free Pattern Hello Yellow Yarn

Pattern is written in US Crochet Terms.



  • 3.5mm crochet hook / US E/4 / UK 9
  • 1x 8 ply / US 3 / UK DK Any pastry coloured yarn (light or golden brown) (colour A)
  • 1x 8 ply / US 3 / UK DK Colour of your choice (colour B)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • Toy stuffing


  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • st – stitch
  • sts – stitches
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • f/o – fasten off


This donut was made in two parts – each part starting with chains followed by continuous single crochet rounds and stitched together using a whipstitch method. 

Finished donut measures approximately 7.5cm (3inches) in diameter. Any variations to hook size and yarn weight will result in a different sized donut.



Use colour A.

Start with a long tail and chain 15. Join to the first ch from the hook with a single crochet.

Rnd 1: sc around (15 sts)

Rnd 2: inc every 3rd st (20 sts)

Rnd 3: inc every 4th st (25 sts)

Rnd 4: inc every 5th st (30 sts)

Rnd 5: inc every 6th st (35 sts)

Rnd 6 – 7: sc around (35 sts)

Sl st, f/o and leave a long tail for sewing.


Use colour B.

Do the same as Part 1 although you don’t need to leave a long tail for both ends.



Flip both donut parts inside out. Insert the tail end from the inner ring of Part 1 into your yarn needle and align to the inner ring of Part 2. Begin to whipstitch both parts together and when you’ve reached the end, secure with a tight knot. Snip off excess yarn.


Turn the donuts back to the correct side and using the long tail end from Part 1, begin to whipstitch the donut together. For this particular whipstitch method, insert the needle under both loops from Part 1 then insert the needle under the front loop from Part 2. Continue to stitch together and fill with toy stuffing as you go. Do not over fill. Finally, when you have finished filling and stitching the donut, make sure to hide all the yarn ends.

Donut is now ready! Make as many and in different colours as you like. Create sprinkles by stitching different coloured yarn in an uneven pattern on top of the donut. Or make a chocolate swirl and use fabric glue to glue on top of the donut.


Don’t want to use this as play food? No problem.  You can use this item as a pin cushion or glue a strip of magnet to the back and it instantly becomes a fridge magnet. Voila!

Video Tutorials

How to Crochet Play food – Donuts Part 1

How to Crochet Play food – Donuts Part 2

If you make this donut, I would love to see a picture of it.  Post it on the Facebook page or instagram and tag it with #helloyellowyarndonut .

Until next time, have an awesome day!




Pattern by MJ Carlos, Copyright 2016. Please do not copy, sell or re-distribute this pattern without obtaining my written permission. Finished item is for personal use only and not to be sold.

***EDITED 06/02/2016*** © 2016 MJ Carlos. Strictly do not copy, sell, alter or re-distribute this pattern in any form. Finished item using this pattern can be sold as long as it is handmade by yourself and credit is given to MJ Carlos/Hello Yellow Yarn for the pattern and design. Images from this pattern (digital & print) are not to be used when selling the finished item.


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54 thoughts on “How to Crochet Donuts [Free Pattern]”

  1. I am so glad I saw this & thank you for making it available!!! I am going to make 2 & add a bell inside. My cat had something like this, but not as pretty & it had a bell inside. He would carry it with him everywhere but one day he lost it & he has looked & cried for it ever since.

  2. Thank you for the pattern for the mini Easter baskets, so easy and cute. I did 24 of them in boutf3 hrs. Just love the pattern and item.

  3. I can’t wait to try these cute donuts. I would like to make them bigger for cushions… do you have a pattern for larger ones??

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  5. Hi there. I love this pattern! I made a few simple adjustments to it to make a slightly larger donut (a longer chain to start with, plus an extra round of increases) – would it be ok for me to sell these? Happy to give credit to the original pattern.

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