February 2, 2010

Acorn Cap Pattern

acorn cap 2

This little acorn cap is worked in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, so it is soft and warm, and perfect for covering your little one's ears on a blustery day. This hat is knit in a berry stitch adapted to work in the round, and the decreases for the crown shaping are integrated into the pattern.

Size 8 DPNs
1 skein Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (I used a tan color, #300029)
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 4" = 5 pattern repeats and 30 rows
Finished size: 15" unstretched. Just fits my very large six month old.

CO = cast on
DPNs = double pointed needles
PM = place marker
P = purl
K = knit
tbl = through back loop
K2tog = knit 2 together
K3tog = knit 3 together
P2tog = purl 2 together

Pattern Repeat:
Row 1: *P3, (K1, K1 tbl, K1) in next stitch. Repeat from * around.
Row 2: *K3tog, P3. Repeat from * around.
Row 3: *(K1, K1 tbl, K1) in next stitch, P3. Repeat from * around.
Row 4: *P3, K3tog. Repeat from * around.

acorn cap 1

CO 72 stitches across 4 DPNs and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist work.
Work in pattern for 30 rows. You will have 108 stitches after finishing odd rows and 72 stitches after finishing even rows.
Row 31: *P2tog, P2tog, (K1, K1 tbl, K1) in next stitch, P3. Repeat from * around. 72 stitches.
Row 32: *P5, K3tog. Repeat from * around. 54 stitches.
Row 33: *K2tog, P3, (K1, K1 tbl, K1) in next stitch. Repeat from * around. 63 stitches.
Row 34: P1 *K3tog, P4. Repeat from * to last 6 stitches. K3tog, P3. 45 stitches.
Row 35: *K2tog, P3. Repeat from * around. 36 stitches.
Row 36: *P1, K3tog. Repeat from * around. 18 stitches.
Rows 37-46: P all stitches.
Row 47: P2tog around. 9 stitches.
Cut yarn, thread through remaining live stitches. Weave in all ends.

acorn cap 3
photo by Leandra

Acorn Fairy illustration by Cicely Mary Barker
There's a bit of a resemblance there, no?


  1. adorable. if only i could knit . . .

  2. wow, nice. The kid is pretty darn cute too! Thanks for the pattern!

  3. I wish this were a crochet pattern. Maybe it would look similar in a shell pattern.

  4. Your baby is way cuter than the one in the drawing ;) Love the hat too. It is completely adorable!

  5. That has to be the cutest boy that's ever existed in the known universe. Wow.

    totally unbiased, of course

  6. This has got to be one of the cutest hats I've ever seen! This project is going on my "must do" list. Thanks for sharing. I will be linking on Facebook.

  7. AWW! This is so, so cute. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  8. Kimara and Rachel: please link away!

    Everyone: if you make an acorn cap, please consider sharing your photos in my flickr group pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/softbook/

  9. loveld33@att.net said...
    Row 1: *P3, (K1, K1 tbl, K1 in next stich. Repeat*
    Row 2: *K3 tog, P3 Repeat from*
    My proplem is, I keep decreasing the amount of stitches. Please help!
    Thank you,

  10. Hello Gerri:
    In row 1, you should start by purling three stitches. In the next stitch, (k1, k1 tbl, k1) all in the same stitch. So where you had 4 stitches, you now have 6 (3 purls and then 3 knits.) That should solve your problem!

  11. How do you make the little ball on top?

  12. found you on free knitting patterns on the web...this hat is cute!

  13. i knitted this today in debbie bliss pure silk and with slightly smaller needles for a new summer baby. i love the pattern, it was so easy to work, and forgiving... i managed to add a mystery stitch at some point, but made it disappear also! :D

    now i'm thinking of making a bigger one for myself out of something very chunky...

  14. Rachel MarchelloJuly 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Hi ~

    Can you please give the instructions for how to make the stem? Thanks!

  15. Rachel: the stem is made in rows 37-46 when you purl all stitches. Hope that helps!

  16. Sylvi: Thanks for the feedback. I'd love to see photos of your finished work. And please let me know if you knit a chunky adult size. I've been considering knitting one too but keep getting distracted by other projects. I'd love to see yours to get me motivated!

  17. I used the pattern for my little one that I am expecting in December. It looks so darling. Thanks for the pattern!

  18. I am a decent knitter but terrible at adjusting patterns....i need to make this a bit larger...can you help??

  19. How many inches should the hat be when it is the first 30 rows?

  20. Rhainnon: 30 rows should give you about 4 inches, but don't worry if it's a little more. If it's substantially less than 4 inches, maybe consider repeating the 4 pattern rows again.

  21. I plan to knit this for a friend who just had a baby. Actually, I plan to knit it for the baby.

  22. how many stitches do you use if it's for a new born..I just knitted this one with baby softee wool and size 7 needles but it's quite big..Would like to make another one to go with the baby set I'm netting for a new born baby boy.............Than You......Dorothy

  23. Just attempted this at an adult size (use 84 or 90 cast-on stitches instead of 72 - all are divisible by 6) but had the same problem as Gerri, apparently I didn't read the directions carefully! I'll be reattempting this tonight. I am determined. Knitting it with deep berry red yarn, it will probably look more like a raspberry than an acorn but that's ok ;)

  24. Can you use circular needles for this?

  25. Hi, I'm currently knitting this hat and its been going well! until the stem, im currently knitting it purling the rows but it doesnt look like the picture, its not as wide. Also do you have to sew up the top and the bottom of the stem and stuff it with padding? Thanks

  26. how do you do the acorn top

  27. Dorothy: I haven't made this for a newborn, but I'm sure you could use smaller needles for a smaller gauge and end up with a smaller hat. Let me know how it goes!
    beener86: Try it using the magic loop method with a long circular needle. And let me know how it goes!
    Anonymous and Stephanie: the stem is included in the pattern. It's all purled and does not require stuffing or sewing, simply threading the yarn through the live stitches to close the hole.

  28. I made one of these yesterday and I found that I needed to knit quite loosely in order to be able to knit three together. The first two rows were a nightmare and then I started leaving stitches really loose (so much so that I thought it was going to be a mess) and it worked out well! The finished product was a little bigger than I hoped, but I still like it.

  29. Hi- Looking at this pattern (really lovely!) But I'm a bit confused. 30 isn't divisible by 4, therefor the gauge stated doesn't make sense, is it 20 or 30 rows = 4 inches?? 5 repeated "rows of 4" equaling 30 rows is incorrect. That would give you only 20 rows. Repeating the pattern 7 1/2 times gets you 30 rows. Is this what you are supposed to do? The pattern picks up at row 31 when you start decreasing. Could someone explain this?! Thank you in advance- CL

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