Knitted Leaves

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In my last post, I told you about my first ever yarn bombing experience.  (Eek!)  In this post, I’ll give you the pattern for the knitted leaves that I made.  If you know how to knit, purl, do stitch increases and decreases, and make an i-cord, you’ll be able to make these little guys. 

Equipment Needed:

  • Worsted weight yarn in a fun fall color
  • US size 7 double pointed needles
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Abbreviations used in this Pattern:

  • m1 = make one (increase stitch)
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together (decrease stitch)
  • k3tog = knit 3 stitches together (decrease stitch)
  • k2tog (tbl) = knit 2 stitches together, inserting the right needle through the back of the loops instead of through the front of them (decrease stitch)
  • k3tog (tbl) = knit 3 stitches together, inserting the right needle through the back of the loops instead of through the front of them (decrease stitch)
  • p2tog = purl 2 stitches together (decrease stitch)

 

Pattern:

  • Cast on 3 stitches
  • Make a 1.5″ i-cord
  • Row 1: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
  • (Increase) Row 2: knit 1, m1, purl 1, m1, knit 1
  • Row 3: purl 2, knit 1, purl 2
  • (Increase) Row 4: knit 1, m1, knit 1, m1, purl 1, m1, knit 1, m1, knit 1
  • Row 5: purl 4, knit 1, purl 4
  • (Increase) Row 6: knit 2, m1, knit 2, m1, purl 1, m1, knit 2, m1, k2
  • Row 7: purl 6, knit 1, purl 6
  • Row 8: knit 6, purl 1, knit 6
  • Row 9: purl 6, knit 1, purl 6
  • (Decrease) Row 10: k2tog, knit 4, purl 1, knit 4, k2tog (tbl)
  • Row 10: purl 5, knit 1, purl 5
  • Row 11: knit 5, purl 1, knit 5
  • Row 12: purl 5, knit 1, purl 5
  • (Decrease) Row 13: k2tog, knit 3, purl 1, knit 3, k2tog (tbl)
  • Row 14: purl 4, knit 1, purl 4
  • (Decrease) Row 15: k2tog, k2, p1, k2, k2tog (tbl)
  • Row 16: purl 3, knit 1, purl 3
  • (Decrease) Row 17: K3tog, purl 1, k3tog (tbl)
  • (Bind off) Row 18: purl 1, p2tog, bind off the two stitches.

You’ll notice in the pictures above that I wove in the loose ends at the pointy side of the leaves but I left the loose ends hanging off of the leaves’ i-cord stems.  That’s because I used those loose ends to tie the leaves onto the tree.  Today I revisited my tree and was delighted to see the yellow leaves dancing in the wind.

Happy knitting!
xoxo
Laura

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About Laura

My name is Laura, and I am a professional figure skater who gets to travel the world for my job. I love knitting, crafting, blogging, and drinking coffee.
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4 Responses to Knitted Leaves

  1. Erica says:

    I love the detail down the center of the leaves.

    I really need to pick up knitting. I’ve always been a crochet girl.

    LOVE the video of the leaves in action. They fit right into the scenery 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Thanks! You know, I feel the same way about crochet that you do about knitting. Crochet looks fun and I’ve been meaning to learn but I keep getting distracted by knitting projects. 😉

      • Erica says:

        Ha ha! I feel ya. One of these days you’ll have to teach me to knit and I’ll teach you crochet 😉

        P.S. I just read that you were a figure skater??!!! That is awesome! I’ve never skated before in my life. I did perform with a modern dance company for a few years.

      • Laura says:

        I’m all for teaching each other our skills! I feel like we’re leading alternate versions of the same life. 😉

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