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Acorn Cap

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The acorn cap. A ribbed skull cap with bobbled top.

This vintage skull cap can be very easily updated by knitting the body for an extra 3 inches or so to form a turned up band.


3 balls of Patons Double Quick Knitting (DK weight) wool

1 pair Old UK No 5 / US 9 / Metric 5.5mm needles


4 stitches per inch knit over stocking stitch on 5.5mm needles


To fit average size 20″-22″


M.B. = Make bobble by P1, K1, P1, K1, into next st., thus making 4 sts. out of next st., turn,
K4, turn,
P4, slip 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts. over first st.


Wool is used double throughout.

Cast on 81 stitches.

Proceed in broken rib patt. as follows:

1st and every row: * K2, P2, rep. from * to last st., K1.

Continue in patt. until work measures 4½ ins. from beg.

Next row: * K2tog., P2tog., rep. from * to last st., K1. (41 sts.)

Next row: Purl.

Next row: * K1, M.B., rep. from * to last st., K1.

Shape top as follows:

1st row: * P2tog., rep. from * to last st., P1.

2nd row: * K1, M.B., rep. from * to last st., K1.

Rep. these 2 rows once. (11 sts)

Next row: Purl.

Thread wool through remaining sts., draw up and fasten off securely.


Using a fine back-stitch seam, sew up seam.

The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however, sections of the text of this updated version are copyright Sarah Bradberry, May 26th 2013. All rights reserved.

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