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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

This felted acorn will never grow into an oak tree, but it sure makes a cute decoration for fall, doesn't it?  All you need to make this acorn is a bit of brown wool (I used Patons Classic Wool in Chestnut Brown), size 5 double pointed needles, an acorn cap from a nearby oak tree and a few minutes of time!

Cast on 6 stitches.
Divide stitches evenly among the needles and join in round, taking care not to twist.
Round 1: kfb all around. (12 stitches)
Round 2: knit.
Round 3: kfb, k1, kfb, k1...repeat to end of round. (18 stitches)
Round 4-9: knit.
Round 10: k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k1...repeat to end of round. (12 stitches)
Round 11: knit.
Round 12: knit 2 tog all around. (6 stitches)

Break yarn and thread through remaining 6 stitches.  Stuff the acorn with a bit of wool yarn before drawing the stitches together and then tie off.

To felt the acorn:  Add a few drops of liquid soap to a small bowl of hot water.  Wet the acorn thoroughly in the water/soap mixture and then roll the acorn around in the palms of your hands until you can no longer see the knit stitches.  Rinse in cold water and squeeze out excess water while forming into an acorn shape.  Allow to dry and glue on an acorn cap.  


Elizabeth Ann said...

Very cute! Will the cap dry and not mold? We have lots of caps but they are very tiny. Have a great day...

Gypsy Quilter said...

That, quite simply, is just toooo cute!

quiltingnana said...

cute...I don't knit but it does look simple

Cheryl said...

I don't knit either but it does give me an idea for next year ,I have tons of Acorn tops right out front!
Love it !

Needled Mom said...

So sweet!!! I have to try this.

Terry said...

Oh this is so cute! But I don't knit!

Janet said...

I love it and I found a few acorn caps on holiday. Unfortunately I couldn't bring them home. I'll have to find an oak tree around these parts.

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