Wednesday

~Acorn Doll Blanket~

Here is the perfect one skein project for your favorite doll.  The simple lace stitch looks like an acorn and is fairly easy to memorize after a few repeats.  Make sure to block it properly to show the stitches at their best.
Enjoy!
Yarn
Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, 1 skein. Colors shown: Sunburst Gold and Rosado Rose

Needles
US 8 needles, straight or circular

Gauge
18 stitches over 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Finished Size
Approximately 12” x 17” 
(*see notes to modify pattern for a baby size)
Directions
Cast on 44 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. 46 sts.
Repeat these 2 rows twice more. 50 sts.
Begin acorn pattern as follows:
Rows 1 and 2: k4, * k3, p3 * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
Row 3: k4, * yo, k3tog, yo, k3 * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
Row 4: k4, * p3, k1, p1, k1 * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
Rows 5 and 6: k4, * p3, k3 * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
Row 7: k4, * k3, yo, k3tog, yo * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
Row 8: k4, * k1, p1, k1, p3 * repeat to last 4 sts, k4
These 8 rows create the acorn pattern.
Repeat 8-row pattern until blanket measures 16 inches from the cast on edge, ending on row 4 or row 8 of the pattern.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 48 sts.
Repeat these 2 rows twice more. 44 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Cast off all sts.
Weave in ends.
Block to finished measurements given.
Give the acorn doll blanket to your favorite doll!
*Notes~
To make in a baby size, follow directions above, casting on 92 sts instead of 44.  After the increase rows you will have 98 sts.  Work the 8-row pattern as described until the blanket measures 35 inches, ending on row 4 or 8, then work the final 7 rows as written.  You will probably use 3 or 4 skeins of yarn, and it should measure about 24" X 36".  Happy Knitting!

To make a larger throw, follow directions above, casting on 188 sts instead of 44. After the increase rows you will have 194 sts. Work the 8-row pattern as described above until the blanket measures 70 inches, ending on row 4 or 8, then work the final 7 rows as written. You will use 7 or 8 skeins of yarn, and it should measure about 48" X 72". Happy Knitting!

Abbreviations
k           knit
p           purl
kfb        knit into the front and back of the stitch
yo         yarn over (bring yarn between needles)
k3tog    knit 3 together
ssk        slip slip knit
k2tog    knit 2 together

39 comments:

  1. I love the "pram in the poppy-field" shots (and don't think it's creepy at all!) This is an adorable blanket. I think baby Pearl might need one :)

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  2. Such a lovely scene. It makes me almost want to knit one. Almost, but I have to stop myself. I have unfinished projects littering every room,and gardening ones outside. I keep thinking I will "get around" to them, but never seem to do it.

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  3. beautiful photos, thanks for the tuto and beautiful photos

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  4. How would you convert this to a real baby size? I would love to make one!

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  5. Making it a baby size- great idea. I will work out the numbers and test it out, then I can add the larger size to the pattern notes!
    ~Joanna

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  6. Hello knitters,
    I have added some notes at the end of the pattern to describe how to make this in a larger size for a baby, about 24" x 36". Let me know how it goes for you!
    Happy Knitting,
    ~Joanna

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  7. I'm so excited to try this blanket for my neice's new doll!

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  8. This is a beautiful stitch and would love it for a full size afghan. Would I double the number of stitches to 184 (2x the baby size) I don't see where you say how many stitches the pattern is a multiple of so I can't figure it out for myself. Thanks so much!

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  9. This pattern repeats over 6 stitches. If you would like to increase the size, you can do so by adding any multiple of six to the original instructions and working from there. I hope this helps!

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  10. thanks for sharing :)
    I just start to learn. and it really amazing :)

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  11. I like this stitch so much! Thank you for sharing!
    Greetings from Italy,
    Rosa

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  12. I just started making this doll blanket and love it! Thanks so much!

    Julie B.

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  13. Thank you so much! I made one for my niece's bitty baby, and it's the perfect size. The pattern was easy enough for a clunky beginner like me, and it turned out so beautiful! I can't wait to make another one.

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  14. Hi Laura,
    I am so glad to know your niece is the lucky recipient of your handknit love! It is great to hear that you tried something out of your comfort zone and found it enjoyable!
    ~Joanna

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  15. kfb will they be away that i can see how is done because i dont understand thank you

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  16. Here is a great video on how to kfb, which is an abbreviation for knit into the front and back of the stitch. Happy Knitting!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcTB5hc0XM

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  17. TO MAKE THIS A 60" X 72", WOULD I INCREASE THE CAST ON TO 220 ST?. 5 TIMES THE ORIGINAL CAST ON OF 44 STS.

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  18. Hi! To knit this in an 60" X 72", cast on 224 sts. This should work out nicely if you follow the directions as written. Happy Knitting!

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  19. I keep coming out uneven at row 3 of the pattern. I don't see how row 3's pattern could fit into the 50-stitch width I have at that time, since 50 isn't divisible by 8. I keep on finishing the pattern (yo k3tog yo k3) and having 6 stitches left to knit at the end of the row (or start a new pattern and come up short). What am I doing wrong? Thanks! Melissa

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  20. Hello, you are actually working on a repeat of 6 stitches, so if you remember to work the four stitch border on each side of the central pattern, that leaves 42 stitches in the middle for the stitch pattern. It should work out just right if you follow the pattern as written. I hope this helps!

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  21. When you are doing the yarn over, are you just putting the yarn over and then going on with the k3tog and k3? (I am a very new knitter, and I thought that part of the "yarn over" was do do a stitch after you move the yarn. I'm guessing now that's not the case!)

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  22. Yarn over is just bringing the yarn between the needles, if you knit one afterwards, that would be "yo, knit 1"

    Here is a great video tutorial on yarn over- I hope it helps!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qq__ttEMUo

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  23. Hi ssk that mean slip 1 slip 1 then knit 1 do u have to pass the 2 slips over the knit st thanks

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  24. It means you slip 1, slip another one, then, using the lh needle, go into the front of the two stitches together, and knit them together. It is a left leaning decrease, or, similar to k2tog, just leaning the other way.

    Here is a great video tutorial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwcYW3GG3M

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  25. This is a beautiful pattern. I would like to make an adult throw. Can you tell me how to knit that size?

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  26. Thanks for asking, I added some notes to work this blanket in an adult size. I hope it helps!

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  27. This looks great. I think I'll make a few doll blankets and one for a new baby coming soon! Thank you!

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  28. You are most welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

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  29. I am having the same problem as others - on rows 3 and 7 I am ending with 6 stitches instead of 4. With YO, K3TOG, YO and K3, doesn't that come out to be 8 stitches, not 6? I am making this in the baby size for a friend of mine and have had to pull it out 2 times now! Help!
    Thank you :)

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  31. Hi Ashley,

    The stitch pattern is a repeat over 6:
    yo = 1
    k3tog = 1
    yo = 1
    k3 = 3

    Perhaps if you try the stitch on a smaller swatch you will see how it works? Or placing stitch markers between repeats is another helpful tip.

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  32. I'm trying out the baby size, but at the end of row 3 I'm at 94 stitches rather than the 98. (I'm rather new to knitting, so I'm a wee bit confused)

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    1. Did you follow the instructions for the increase rows? Perhaps you missed that part? Better yet, perhaps you know a knitter who can sit with you for a few minutes to be sure you are working the increases and decreases properly? It can be so difficult to figure it out over the computer sometimes :)

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    2. Yeah, I just figured it out... Complete DITZ moment, there.

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    3. Glad you got it worked out-- happy knitting!

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  33. Lovely acorn pattern I am using English chunky wool and size 8mm needles

    This is for a 1960's Tri-ang dolls pram should fit just right

    Thank you

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    1. Sounds lovely! I hope you enjoy the pattern- sounds like you have the perfect pram for it!

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  34. Would you please tell me how many skeins you would use for a baby size and is this a sports weight or worsted weight yarn?

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    1. Hello, you will need about 800 yards of worsted weight yarn to make this in a baby size. See the pattern notes above. I hope this helps!

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