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Free Knitting Pattern – Stuffed Acorn Decorations

These little stuffed acorns are so much fun and work up super quick. They are an adorable addition to your fall and holiday decor.  Knit in the round with double point needles in one piece (no sewing the caps on later!), each acorn takes less than 30 min to make (for most) so you’ll have a whole bunch in no time.

Use them in your fall and Thanksgiving centerpiece, add a few to a wreath or garland, knit up a collection in different colours and place them in a bowl. 

They will also transition nicely into your holiday decor.  Add a little loop and small bow to the stem and hang them on your Christmas tree or garland.  These also make awesome little gift toppers.

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There are so many colours that would work, and you only need a small amount of yarn so go through your stash of worsted weight to see what combinations you can come up with. 

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (affiliate link – see statement above).  I knew that I wanted to knit them up in a few different colours and they have a huge selection, I always have lots in my stash.  I used Green Tea Heather, Brass Heather and Persimmon Heather for the bases and Grizzly Heather for all of the tops.    

You will also need a little bit of poly-fil for each of these    

I wanted my acorns to be just a little but oversized.  These measure 2.5” tall with the stem and about 2” wide.  If you want yours to be more life sized you can switch to a sport weight wool and US3-US4 (3.25mm – 3.5mm) needles.


The Pattern

Size

2.5″ tall (including the stem)

2″ wide

Yarn and Materials

4 yards of base colour/main colour (MC) in worsted weight wool for one acorn
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (affiliate link) in Green Tea Heather, Brass Heather and Persimmon Heather

5.5 yards of top colour/contrast colour (CC) in worsted weight wool for one acorn
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (affiliate link)) in Grizzly Heather

Small amount of Poly-fil

Needles and Tools

Set of US6 (4mm) double point needles

Darning Needle

Gauge

1” = 4.5 stitches worked in stocking stitch

Abbreviations

CC – Contrast colour (top of the acorn)

CO – Cast On

DPNs – Double point needles

K2tog – (Knit 2 together) Decrease one by knitting the next 2 stitches together

KFB – Increase one by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch

M1 – Make one stitch. For this pattern you will picking up and knitting a new stitch in the leg of the next stitch on the left hand needle. This is also called a RLI (Right Lifted Increase)

MC – Main Colour (base of the acorn)

P2tog – (Purl 2 together) Decrease one by purling the next 2 stitches together

Instructions

CO 4 in MC on US6 (4mm) double point needle

KFB x4, split these across 3 DPNs, 4 on the first needle, 2 each on the second and third needle, join the round

Next Round: Knit

Note: for the M1s in the following increase rounds, pick up your new stitch from the leg of the next stitch on the left needle

Increase Round: [K1, M1, K1] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Increase Round: [K2, M1, K1] repeat to end

Next Round: Knit

Increase Round: [K3, M1, K1] repeat to end

Knit 4 Rounds

Switch to CC

Next Round: Knit

Increase Round: [P1, PFB] repeat to end

Next Round: Purl

Next Round: [K1, P1] repeat to end

Next Round: [P1, K1] repeat to end

Repeat the last 2 rounds once

Stop here to stuff the acorn, but first, weave in the loose ends from the colour change and close the hole in the bottom of the acorn.  Run the cast on tail yarn through the CO stitches and pull.  Run the yarn into the inside of the acorn, sew a couple stitches to secure and weave in the loose end.

Stuff the acorn using a small amount of poly-fil

Begin Decrease Rounds

Re-arrange the stitches on the DPNs so you have 12 on the first needle and 9 on the second and third needle

Decrease Round: [K1, P2tog, P1, K2tog] repeat to end

Decrease Round: [P2tog] repeat to end

Check your stuffing here.  Add more if needed

Decrease Round: [P2tog] repeat to end – 5 stitches, split these across 2 DPNs

Purl 3 rounds for the stem

Cut yarn and run it through the remaining stitches with a darning needle and pull, sew a couple stitches to secure, then run the yarn through the center of the stem and into the acorn then out near the bottom.  Trim the yarn then tug on the stem so the tail of the yarn gets lost in the stuffing

© 2021 Heather Pelletier – Handknit Hugs
Do not copy, re-distribute or sell this pattern either in whole or in part.
You may sell products made from this pattern – credit would be appreciated.


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Please comment at the bottom of this post if you have any questions or feedback.

I would love to see your finished acorns, share your project on Ravelry or post a photo on Instagram and tag @handknithugs #hkhknitacorns

Feeling those Fall vibes? Try this cute pumpkin pattern to go with your acorns

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