I wrote a little about how my children inspired this design here.
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.
Knit from the bottom up, bell ribbing to I-cord “stem,” with dead simple pi-shawl-inspired shaping.
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.
- 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
CO 84 sts, join in the round
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)
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).
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.