National Week Continues: DIY Kaya Butter Toast

When it comes to my favourite Singaporean snacks, kaya and butter toast is definitely right up there for me.

Well, I shouldn’t just say kaya toast – as I will eat kaya with pretty much anything. (For those of you who aren’t familar with it, the most accurate way to describe it is a rich coconutty egg-based jam…although that explanation does it no justice!  I recommend you try it asap).

One of the great things about this pattern is that the end product is quite impactful, but once you break it down to it’s elements, it’s really easy to make!  To be honest, most of it’s cuteness just comes from the blushing toasty face.

In total we are going to make 2 pieces of toast, 1 spread of kaya, and 2 sticks of butter.

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So, let’s go!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • 8ply cotton yarn (this is what I used, but you could use any cotton or acrylic – just make sure you change your hook size accordingly)
  • 2.5mm crochet hook (amigurumi need a tight stitch – so this should be at least a few sizes smaller than what is recommend on the yarn)
  • Fibrefill or other stuffing (but only a tiny bit)
  • Safety eyes, black and pink cotton yarn for the face
  • Scissors and yarn needle
STITCHES YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW:

Chain – CH

Single crochet – SC (double crochet in UK/AU terms)

Increase – INC.  Stitch 2 sc into the same stitch, so that you increase the number of stitches in the row by one.

Invisible decrease – DEC.  Pick up the front half of the next two stitches, and sc them together.

Please note that all of the food parts are creating by working in rows rather than in the round.

MAKING THE TOAST:

Row 1: Chain 19 stitches, then sc into the second chain from the hook all the way to the other side.  This is your first row and will have (18) stitches.

Rows 2-19: Chain 1 and turn.  Sc all the way across.

Finishing row: Sc the whole way around all 4 sides, to neaten up the edges.  These stitches are also what you will use to sew the two halves of the toast together.

Repeat all steps to create an identical piece to be the other side of the toast.

Sew the two halves of the toast together, using the back loops only of each side, as in the photos below.  Stuff very very lightly to give the toast a bit of body, but not too much!  Weave in ends as you go.

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Repeat all of those again to make your second piece of toast – however this time before you sew the two halves together, add the face using safety eyes and scrap cotton yarn.

MAKING THE KAYA:

The best part about making the kaya is that you don’t really need to follow a specific pattern.  After all, kaya is meant to be a spread that is dripping and squidging out the sides, so it’s not meant to be neat!

Also a note – I know this is shade of green is totally wrong for kaya, but I feel a bit guiltly buying more and more slightly different shades of green when I already own so much yarn!  Kaya can range from a light brown to a green shade, depending on how much pandan leave is cooked in it…but it’s not normally this lettucey shade of green.  I wish you the best of luck in locating a more accurate shade of cotton!

Anyway, what I did for the kaya was…

Row 1: Chain 16 stitches, then sc into the second chain from the hook all the way to the other side.  This is your first row and will have (15) stitches.

Rows 2-17: Chain 1 and turn.  Sc all the way across.

Finishing row: We are doing to crochet the whole way around all 4 sides again, but this time we are doing the opposite of neatening up the edges.  As you go, do a mix of different stitches (single, double, treble etc) so that you get the wobbly edge.  Slip stitch once you are back to the start to finish it off.

MAKING THE BUTTER STICKS:

When you order traditional kaya toast, it comes with two giant slabs of cold butter, to contrast the warm toast and kaya.  Super healthy I know, but worth every calorie.

Row 1: Chain 19 stitches, then sc into the second chain from the hook all the way to the other side.  This is your first row and will have (18) stitches.

Rows 2-10: Chain 1 and turn.  Sc all the way across.

Finishing row: Fold the butter rectangle in half lengthways, and single crochet around the open edges.  Weave in ends.

Congratulations, you have now finished all of the elements of your kaya butter toast!

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Simply stack until you’re happy with the positioning, and sew in place.  As I didn’t want mine to look too much like a burger (a danger with this colour scheme…) I didnt sew them down tightly, I just used a few basting stitches.  But up to you how you prefer to attach them.

Enjoy your new kaya friend!

If you do make a kaya butter toast, I’d love to see the end result, just tag me on Instagram @the.artful.pea

Please note this pattern is for personal use only.

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2 Comments

    1. theartfulpea

      Thanks so much, I’m really glad you find the patterns easy to follow! Let me know if you have any thoughts on how they could be even easier to follow, I’m always looking to improve!

      If you do end up making anything from my blog, I’d love to see the pics over at my instagram (it’s @the.artful.pea )

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