Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Free pattern - acorns and leaves

Whew, it's been a busy few weeks, but the e-book is starting to take shape finally. I've had a bout of horrible flu that's taken all my energy out of me, even knitting energy, so it's an uphill struggle at the moment.

In the meantime, here;s a free pattern that even I had the energy to make! Little knitted and felted acorns and leaves made from scraps of yarn in autumn colours. You could make a little felted brooch, a decoration for a bag or a thanksgiving ornament, or attach a crochet cord and hang it around the handle of your handbag, like a bag charm. Why not make them in unusual colours, or make really BIG ones and embroider them after felting? They could even make Christmas tree ornaments, in the right colours.

Have fun with them!


Very small bits of feltable yarn  (under 25metres) one in the colour for the shell, one for the acorn, and one for the leaf. Or just, you know, as you wish!
2.25mm needles
Yarn needle
Crochet hook
Small bits of stuffing - acrylic yarn is best, as it will stay firm when felting
Soap and hot water for hand felting


Cast on 4 stitches in shell colour
Row 1 Knit front and back all stitches
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 Knit front and back all stitches
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 Knit
Row 6 Knit
Row 7 *Knit 1, knit front and back into next stitch* to end
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Knit front and back all stitches
Row 10 Knit 2tog to the end.
Rows 7 - 10 form the little 'lip' of the acorn shell
Change to acorn colour

Row 11 Knit
Row 12 Purl
Row 13 Knit
Row 14 Purl
Row 15 K1, K2tog to the end
Row 16 P2tog, p1 to the last stitch, p1
Row 17 K1 K2tog to the last stitch, K1
Row 18 P2tog to end
Break the end of the yarn and thread into a yarn needle. run through all the stitches on your needle and pull together. The shell is in garter, and the acorn in stocking stitch - stitch the together with the right sides facing out, and in the right yarns. Stuff before closing. Make a single french knot or a bunch of little back stitches at the top of the acorn itself in the shell colour, to form the little 'dink' at the top of the nut.

Using 2.25mm needles and leaf yarn, cast on 5 stitches
Row 1 K2, yo, k1, yo, K2
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 K3, yo, k1, yo, K3
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 K4, yo, k1, yo, K4
Row 6 Knit
Row 7 K5, yo, k1, yo, K5
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 K6, yo, k1, yo, K6
Row 10 Knit

Row 11 K2tog, knit to end

Repeat row 11 until you have only 3 stitches on the needle. Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. Break yarn, pull through the last stitch, and sew in carefully.

Make as many leaves and acorns as you like. Hand-felt them lightly in hot water, and use them as you like. To crochet then onto a cord, as I did, use a contrasting yarn and a 3mm crochet hook, or one you like, and crochet a single chain, picking u[ leaves and acorns and attaching them to the cord using double crochet as you go.

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