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How to Knit Acorns Softie Pattern

Learn how to easily knit acorns! These cute softies are a great yarn buster and perfect for your autumn harvest Thanksgiving décor.

They are knitted up in two parts: a nut and a cap. This is a great quick knit idea to give as favors to guests.

Two knitted acorn softies in brown, yellow, and beige yarn colors on a white background.


In my examples, I’m using size 7 US knitting needles and aran weighted yarns.

  • Aran Weighted Yarn in any 2 colors
  • Straight Knitting Needles Size 7 US
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing – Polyfil or any stuffing of your choice


Slip Knot 
• CO = Cast On Long Tail Method
• K = Knit Stitch 
• P = Purl Stitch
• KFB = Knit Front + Back to Increase
• K2TOG = Knit 2 Sts Together to Decrease
Bind Off
Weave in Yarn Tails



  • Cast On 12 Stitches
  • Knit the Stockinette Stitch Pattern for 10 Rows
  • Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9: Knit All Stitches
  • Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10: Purl All Stitches
  • Row 11: Knit 2 Together All Stitches (6 stitches remaining)
  • Row 12: Knit 2 Together All Stitches (3 stitches remaining)
  • Remove stitches off knitting needle, draw yarn through stitches with your tapestry needle and cinch up your nut body
  • Seam up the sides and Stuff lightly

Let’s get started with the nut. We begin making our beloved slip knot and from there we are going to cast on, using the long-tail cast on method, we are going to cast on 12 stitches. For our first row, since we’re doing a Stockinette Stitch, it’s going to be the knit stitch all the way down the row. And then, row two, is going to be purling all the way down the row.

Now, once you have knit ten rows total, then it’s time to decrease. And we are simply doing the knit two together. So, instead of picking up one stitch to knit, we knit two stitches together to decrease it down. And we’ll do that all the way down the row. So, we’re taking it from twelve stitches down to six. And then on the back here we’re going to decrease some more. Now, this is the purl side, so we’re going to purl two together. This might be new to some of you, just like purling just make sure to pick up those two stitches and purl the last two and we will have three stitches remaining on our needle.

Now from here, for those of you who do not like to bind off, you’re going to love this. We cut our yarn and then using our tapestry needle we are simply going to take our knitting needle off those stitches and go ahead and cinch them up nice and tight and this is going to form the bottom of our little nut right there. Using our tapestry needle just seam up the edges. And now we can just turn our little nut right side out so we have that pretty, smooth stockinette stitch on the outside and you might want to shape it a little bit with your fingers. And this is great, we can just go ahead and put those yarn tails just tuck them on the inside. No need to weave in our ends at all, which I love. And then taking our stuffing, just use a little bit of stuffing to go ahead and give it some shape. Make sure not to overstuff it too much or else it will get very fat.


  • Cast On 13 Stitches
  • Knit the Seed Stitch Pattern for 8 Rows
  • All Rows: * K1, P1 * K1
  • Remove all 13 stitches off knitting needle, draw yarn through stitches with your tapestry needle and cinch up
  • Seam up the sides of your acorn cap
  • Tack Cap onto the body of the Nut
  • Bring yarn ends up and knot them into a Stem

Okay, it is cap time! Now, I’m using a red yarn for the little topper, the cap of our acorn nut. And we are going to cast on thirteen stitches this time. And once you’ve done that, we’re going to do the Seed Stitch. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a great introduction. You simply knit the first stitch and then you bring your yarn to the front and you’re going to purl the next stitch. And you just repeat that pattern all the way down the row. So you’ll knit one, and you’ll purl one, all the way down until you get to the very last stitch, which since we cast on an odd number of stitches, it’s going to be a knit stitch at the very end.

And now for row two, we’re going to do the exact same thing, we start with knit one, and then we purl one and we continue this seed stitch pattern until we have knit eight rows. And both sides are identical when you’re doing the seed stitch. Already, it’s time to cut our yarn, take our little tapestry needle and we are going to actually slide all the stitches off our knitting needle. We are not going to have to bind off at all. So, I like to do it slowly and then go ahead and on the opposite side, go ahead and bring that yarn through those stitches and cinch it up! And that’s going to be very top of our little acorn top. Then tack the sides of our edges together.


How to Knit Acorns | Knitted Softies for Beginning Knitters

And now with our little nut and cap, it is time to bring them together and simply place the cap over your nut. We just want to make sure that it stays secure so I like using the cap yarn which is red here to just kind of tack it into the nut and then we’re going to bring it all the way up to the top, slide it up, and then taking those two yarn ends, we are just going to knot them together a few times until you have a cute little stem. And then you can just cut it off.


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