Acorn Cap Beret

I wrote a little about how my children inspired this design here.


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Acorn caps are everywhere in natural play and crafting lately, and rightly so.  They are cute and tiny, perfectly rustic, and, when you look closely at them, delicately detailed.  On Etsy you can find them gilded with gold and glitter and topping off holiday ornaments and tiny dolls and felted fairies.  In my house, there’s a felt ball acorn garland decorating the nursery wall, a handful of acorn caps transforming glass marbles into treasures of infinite wonder, and a few loose acorn caps at the children’s art table and in my studio waiting to find the perfect use.

Here’s a subtly acorn-cap-inspired, lacy and detailed beret for chilly autumn days ahead, those who carry the fall colors in their hearts through all the seasons,  or simply crowning those who will someday grow into mighty oaks.

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Knit from the bottom up, bell ribbing to I-cord “stem,” with dead simple pi-shawl-inspired shaping.

Sizing

This cap was designed to fit my children’s rather large heads (about 21″ circumference) perfectly, so it’s an older child/youth/small adult size.  There’s some flexibility in the ribbing, which stretches to about 22-23″ in my examples.

Materials

  • about 200 yards of a worsted-weight yarn (I used Quince and Co. Owl in Cement)
  • 16″ circular needles, US 7 (4.5mm)
  • four DPNs, US 7 (4.5mm)
  • yarn needle

Pattern

CO 84 sts, join in the round

Ribbing:

R1: *k2p2*, repeat to end of round

R2-5: same as R1

R6: k1, *C1F C1B* around to last 3 sts, C1F, cable the last stitch of the work back behind the first stitch of the work

R7: p1 *k2p2* to last 2 sts, k2

R8-11: *p2k2* around

R12: *k1 yo* around (168 sts)

Body (filigree pattern):

R1: *p2, ssk, k3b, yo, k1b, yo, k3b, k2tog, p1* 12 times

R2: *p2, k4b, k1, k1b, k1, k4b, p1* 12 times

R3: *p2, ssk, k2b, yo, k3b, yo, k2b, k2tog, p1* 12 times

R4: *p2, (k3b, k1) twice, k3b, p1* 12 times

R5: *p2, ssk, k1b, yo, k5b, yo, k1b, k2tog, p1* 12 times

R6: *p2, k2b, k1, k5b, k1, k2b, p1* 12 times

R7:  *k1b, yo, k3b, k2tog, p3, ssk, k3b, yo* 12 times

R8:  *k1b, k1, k4b, p3, k4b, k1* 12 times

R9:  *k2b, yo, k2b, k2tog, p3, ssk, k2b, yo, k1b* 12 times

R10: *k2b, k1, k3b, p3, k3b, k1, k1b* 12 times

R11: *k3b, yo, k1b, k2tog, p3, ssk, k1b, yo, k2b* 12 times

R12: *k3b, k1, k2b, p3, k2b, k1, k2b* 12 times

repeat these 12 rows 3 times for a total of 36 rows in pattern

R37: k2tog around (84sts)

Crown shaping:

R1: *k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, p1* 7 times

even rows 2-8: *k11, p1* 7 times

R3: *k2tog, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, ssk, p1* 7 times

R5: *k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, ssk, p1* 7 times

R7: *k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, p1* 7 times

R9: *yo, k3, ssk, p1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1* 7 times

R10: *k3, ssk, p1, k2tog, k4* 7 times (70 sts)

R11: *k1, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2* 7 times

R12: *k2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k3* 7 times (56 sts)

R13: *k2, yo, cdd, yo, k3* 7 times

R14: k2tog around (28 sts)

R15: k2tog around (14 sts)

R16: k2tog around (7 sts)

work an i-cord of these 7 sts for 1.5″

break yarn and draw through all remaining sts, cinch and secure end (I pulled my bind-off end through to the inside of the beret and stuffed it into the I-cord “stem” to help give it more body).

Finishing:

Block firmly to open lace.  I like to block berets on a macrame ring or stretched over a plastic plate like this, except that I lace my scrap yarn through the top of the ribbing section so the ribbing stays nice and elastic like a cuff.

5 thoughts on “Acorn Cap Beret

  1. I love the hat and just sat down to knit it only to find when I looked k2b up on line, it could be a decrease of 3 stitches or knitting 3 below. Which is it? and do you have any idea what gauge the hat is knot in? Thanks

  2. having read the pattern further I assume it is knit below. Thanks for the great pattern

  3. Hi Karen,

    k2b means knit two stitches through the back loop, the result will be two twisted stitches. You can also knit those stitches plain, which will still look nice but will lose some of the texture.

    And I totally forgot to measure my gauge before blocking! So hopefully the information I have provided is enough.

    Glad you like it so far! Let me know how it turns out.

  4. Do you knit the two stitches together through the back loop or two separate stitches, each through the back loop…

    1. Two separate stitches, each through the back loop. It’s exactly like k2 (knit 2) but you’re twisting each stitch as you work it.

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