Welcome to day 18 of the 31 Days of Candy! Our candy today is a delicious toffee. Mmmm toffee, it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it. Chocolate on top, buttery sugar on the bottom, and bits of nuts sprinkled throughout it. It used to be one of my favorite candies before I developed my nut allergies.
In my Finnish Fishie post, I talked a little bit about my love of toffee. I used to keep a bag of it inside my closet of Hershey Chocolate Toffee Nuggets that I’d sneak one of each day. It was my one sweet of the day that I’d have, but quite often that limit would be exceeded. They’re just so good that it was too hard to not take another one!
When I was making this candy, I asked my fiancé, Stephen, a few times about if it looked like toffee or not. He’d just look at me and say he had no idea what toffee looks like. I’ll let you in on a secret about him, he hates chocolate. Like my peanut allergy sixth sense, he has one for chocolate. He can tell if chocolate has touched something or if it is inside of a food he is about to eat. Everyone is always completely shocked about it when we tell them, and they always try to find something that he might like with chocolate in it. It’s no use. He just doesn’t like it. At first when I started dating him, I was shocked and had a brief moment where I didn’t know if it’d work out because he didn’t like it. Then he explained to me that him not liking chocolate meant that he’d give all of the chocolate given to him to me. Therefore, it was a win win: he wouldn’t have to eat chocolate and I’d get more! All that to say, that he had no idea if my design looked like toffee because he’s never eaten or seen it before. I think that it turned out more like an almond brittle toffee instead of the classic English toffee that you might think of right away.
This pattern combines two different yarn weights: DK and Worsted. My mother in law to be found an old worsted weight Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn that had been discontinued at a thrift store, and when she showed it to me I knew that I wanted to use it for my toffee. The color she found is called Driftwood, but since it isn’t sold anymore, you can replace it with Lion Brand Vannas Choice in Toffee or my go to nut yarn Lion Brand Jeans in Topstitch. Then I used Paintbox Yarns Simply DK for the chocolate top of the toffee. You could also substitute a Worsted Weight brown yarn for the DK weight, and just do one less row.
Overall, the pattern is fairly simple. You crochet in rows most of the time. It does utilize some new techniques though of doing bobble stitches, and crocheting in the round by crocheting around the edge of a crocheted rectangle. I’ve made Youtube videos for both techniques that are listed below, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to make this candy if you’ve never done those techniques before. Like all of the candy patterns, this pattern will be able to be made in less than an hour. All of the toffee lovers in your life will want it. Let’s get started!
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- Main color: 1 skein Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Toffee or Lion Brand Jeans in Topstitch (Yarn Weight 4, Worsted)
- Secondary color: 1 skein Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Coffee Bean (Yarn Weight 3, DK) or other DK weight yarn such as Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in Cafe Au Lait
- 4.00 mm crochet hook
- Black, red, and pink felt
- Black and pink embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- yarn needle
- stitch marker
- st = stitch
- sc = single crochet (UK Double Crochet)
- dec = decrease
- sk = skip
- * * = do everything between two *
- sl = slip stitch
- bobble = bobble stitch (*yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops,* repeat till you have six loops on your hook, then yarn over and pull yarn through all six) If you’ve never done this stitch before, check out my Youtube video below that shows how to do it:
- The toffee is first crocheted in rows, and then changes to crocheting around the edge of the rectangle you crochet. Then it is worked in rounds that are joined. The chocolate top is crocheted in rows.
- Pattern uses US crochet terminology, but the UK terminology conversion is listed in the stitches used list above
- Face is made of felt pieces that are cut out and sewn on to the crocheted piece. Download my Felt Pieces for Plushies PDF Printout for the face pieces you’ll cut out of felt. Cut out two eyes from black felt, the mouth from pink, and the tongue from red. If you don’t know how to sew on felt pieces, check out my Youtube Video Below that shows how to do it.
Using Main Color
R 1: ch 9, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 8
R 2: ch 1, turn, sc 8 across
R 3: you’ll now crochet around the 2 rows you just did, ch 1, start crocheting along short edge next to the ch and sc 2, sc 8 along long edge, sc 2 on other short edge, sc 8 on 2nd long edge, join with sl st to ch 1 at beginning of round (20)
R 4: ch 1, bobble in first sc, sc 3, bobble, sc 3, bobble, sc 4, bobble, sc 5, sl st in ch 1 to join
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Using second color
R 1: ch 15, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 13 across
R 2-3: ch 2, turn, dc 13
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to the toffee
I hope you love your little toffee friend! I’m glad that even though I can’t eat the real thing, that I can have this little toffee friend. Now I’m going to go find myself a ton of chocolate to eat.
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