I am inspired by creation when I design many of my crochet projects. The Master Designer created such a variety of shapes, colors and textures that no matter where we look, we can find plenty of inspiration.
Enter the little acorn – a uniquely shaped seed for a giant oak. With their textured caps and nutty bodies they’ve become a symbol for fall.
I love of acorns. Aren’t they so cute and unique? Since I love their design I thought it would be fun to create a fall/Thanksgiving decoration that looks like them and is practical, too.
These hot pads work up fast and use a small amount of cotton yarn. I designed them to have an opening underneath the cap so that you can slip your hand into it and use it as a pot holder. But since they are crocheted with a double-strand they can be used as a hot pad while also being a great table decoration.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Measurements: 7 ¾” long x 7 ½” wide
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Dishcloth cotton – 3 balls (2 of base color, 1 of cap color)
Colors used for projects in photos: 1322 Lilac, 82 Jute, 1130 Warm Brown
H/8/5mm crochet hook (Click on this link to purchase)
FPtr (Front Post treble) = YO 2x, insert hook around post of indicated st from front to back and then back to front again, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) 3x
Sc2tog (Single Crochet 2 Together): Insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; Insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook
Ext. tr (Extended treble): YO twice, insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through just one loop on hook; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times
Rev sc (Reverse Single crochet) : Insert hook into next st to the right and complete sc as usual
Acorn base is crocheted with a double-strand of yarn.
Acorn cap is crocheted with a single-strand.
Each FPtr stitch is worked around single crochet stitches located in 3 rows below the working row.
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(These instructions are for one acorn – you can use whichever colors you like – Color details for the ones I made in the photos here are in the supply list)
Row 1: Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (19 sc)
Rows 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
Rows 3 – 15: Repeat Row 2
Row 16 (Right Side): (Section A) Ch 1, sk 1st st, sc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts; dc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, ext. tr (see Special Stitches) in next st, ch 1, tr in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in last st. Do not fasten off.
Now working down sides of Rows 1-16 (Section B); ch 1, sc in end of each row up to Row 1; Now working across the bottom of Row 1 (Section C) ch 2, hdc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 15 sts, hdc in last 2 sts, ch 2, sl st on side of Row 1; continue working up the other sides of Rows 1- 16 (Section D), sc in end of each Row; end with sl st in end of last row. Fasten off.
Top Edging: With Right Side still facing turn base so that point of acorn pointing down. Now Section C is at the top. Join with sl st in 4th st from RIGHT along the top edge; ch 2, hdc in each of the next 12 sts, ch 2, sl st in next st. Fasten off.
Cap – This section is worked from bottom of cap to top
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. (25 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2
Row 4 (Right Side): Ch 1, sc in 1st st; now working in 3 rows below (Row 1), FPtr (See Special Stitches) around turning ch, sk 3 scs, FPtr around next sc; [now working back on current row (Row 4), sk next 2 scs, sc in next 3 sts; FPtr around sc in Row 1 next to prev. FPtr, sk 3 scs on Row 1, FPtr around next sc] across ending with a sc in last 2 sts, FPtr in side post of last st on Row 1; Turn.
Row 5: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Turn. (27 sc)
Rows 6 & 7: Repeat Row 2
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, FPtr around 3rd sc in Row 5, sk next sc, sc in next 3 sts, now working in Row 5, FPtr around sc next to 1st FPtr; sk next 3 scs in Row 5, FPtr around next sc; [now back on Row 8, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; now working in Row 5, FPtr around sc next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc] 4x across ending with sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts (on Row 8), FPtr around sc next to sc worked in for prev. FPtr, sk next st (on Row 8), sc in last st. Turn.
Row 9: Sc2tog (see Special Stitches) over 1st 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts; sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn. (25 sc)
Rows 10 & 11: Repeat Row 9 (21 sc)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, FPtr in sc above 1st FPtr of Row 8, sk next 3 scs, FPtr in next sc; now back on Row 12, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts; [now working on Row 9, FPtr in sc next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr in next sc, now back on Row 12, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts] across ending with sc in next 2 sts, FPtr in sc next to prev. FPtr; sk next 2 scs, FPtr in next sc; now back on Row 12, sc in last sc. Turn. (23 sc)
Rows 13 – 15: Repeat Row 9 (17 sc)
Row 16: Ch 1, sc in the 1st 2 sts, FPtr in sc above 2nd FPtr from Row 12, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc; [Now back on Row 16, sk next 2 sts, sc in next 3 st, FPtr around sc in Row 12 next to prev. FPtr, sk next 3 scs, FPtr around next sc] across ending with – sk next 2 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. Fasten off. (16 sc)
Hang Loop – Make in color that matches cap:
Working in the back bar of the ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Fasten off. (12 sc)
Using photo as a guide pin cap to base
Using either a single or double strand of yarn, join with sl st to bottom left of cap; rev sc around edge of cap making sure to pass through edge of cap and edge of base stopping at other end of cap. Fasten off.
Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, sew hang loop to top center of cap.
Now your Autumn Acorn Hot Pad is ready to use in the kitchen or as a useful decoration on your Thanksgiving table! (There’s an image below for you to pin on your Pinterest board)
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Happy fall and happy crocheting!
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