Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Acorn Border--Free Crochet Pattern!


I wanted something special to finish off my Totoro in the Rain Afghan, and I thought of the acorn motif in the movie.  Inspired by Moogly's Polka Dot Border and the Cupcake Celebration Granny Square by Acorn Tree Creations, I created this Acorn Border.  Would you like to try it?  You'll need a crochet hook that matches your project, and yarn in:
  • a background color (I used off-white)
  • dark brown for the acorns
  • tan for the acorn caps
I'll give you instructions with detailed pictures first, then the pattern all together.

Begin with a row or two of sc in your background color.
Row 1: Sc, *ch3, 3 dc in side of sc just made 
 
(point made), 
 
skip 2 st, sc, 
 
ch 1, skip 1 st, sc*.  
 
Repeat instructions between *s. 

If you are crocheting around a corner, adjust so that the ch 1 stitch is directly over the center sc of the corner.

If you are crocheting all the way around a project, at the end of the first row ch 1, sl st to join first sc of the row, fasten off.


 Row 2:  Join dark brown with sl st in 3rd chain (top of a point), *4 tc in ch 1 space, 

sl st in top of next point*. 

Repeat between *s.
At the end of the round, sl st in first point, fasten off.

Row 3:  Join tan with sl st in 4th tc, ch 5.  *Dc 5 together in next 4 tc and sl st, ch 5*.
 (To dc 5 together, *yo, insert hook in next st, pull up loop, yo and pull through two loops*, leave two loops on hook.  Repeat between *s until you have 6 loops on hook. 
 Yo, pull loop through all 6 loops.)
 Repeat between *s, join with sl st at end, fasten off.
At corner, increase ch before and after corner acorn to 7 ch.

 Row 4:  Join background color with sl st in top of acorn cap.    
 *4 dc in top of background point (over tan chain and dark brown sl st),
 sl st in top of acorn cap*.
 Repeat between *s.  At end of round, sl st in first acorn cap, fasten off.
 No adjustment should be necessary at corners.
The acorns should puff up from the background stitches.

End with a row of sc in background color, and another row of sc in a contrast color, if you wish.  I used dark green to finish off the Totoro in the Rain Afghan.


Acorn Border

Row 1: Sc, *ch3, 3 dc in side of sc just made, (point made), skip 2 st, sc, ch 1, skip 1 st, sc*.  Repeat instructions between *s.

Row 2:  Join dark brown with sl st in 3rd chain (top of a point), *4 tc in ch 1 space, sl st in top of next point*.  Repeat between *s.

Row 3:  Join tan with sl st in 4th tc, ch 5.  *Dc 5 together in next 4 tc and sl st, ch 5*. Repeat between *s, join with sl st at end, fasten off.

Row 4:  Join background color with sl st in top of acorn cap.  *4 dc in top of background point (over tan chain and dark brown sl st), sl st in top of acorn cap*.  Repeat between *s.  Join with sl st in first acorn cap, fasten off.


I'd love to see what you make with the Acorn Border!


2 comments:

  1. What a fun addition to a fall themed afghan! I have pinned. I am running a year long Granny-Spiration Challenge. If you have any granny inspired project, would love if you came and linked up with us :) There’s also a yarn giveaway going on right now. It can be found here: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2017/02/chunky-like-preemie-granny-square.html
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

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  2. I love the afghan...it was a wonderful surprise ☺

    Vae

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