As soon as autumn/fall arrives my children start collecting leaves, there are leaves of every imaginable shape and colour adorning most surfaces throughout my house and wow do they make a mess! Here is my very quick and easy knitting pattern to make your own (mess free) leaves.
You will need small amounts of worsted weight yarn, approx 20yds per leaf, I used cascade 220 but most yarns will work, the leaves do need blocking which needs to be taken into account when choosing yarn. You will also need 4mm / US 6 straight needles and a darning needle to weave in ends. Each leaf measures 6.5″ long x 4″ wide once blocked.
PM Place marker
SM Slip marker
RM Remove marker
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together
Kfb Knit into the front then the back of the stitch
Sl1 Slip 1 stitch
PSSO Pass the slipped stitch over
Sl1p Slip 1 stitch purlwise
Wyf With yarn in front
Cast on 5sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K1
Row 2 (WS): K3, Sl1p wyf, K3
Row 3: K2, Kfb, PM, K1, PM, Kfb, K2
Row 4 (and all WS rows): K to M, SM, Sl1p wyf, SM, K to end
Row 5: K to 1 stitch before M, Kfb, SM, K1, SM, Kfb, K to end
Rep the above two rows until you have 25sts ending on a RS row
Work 15 rows straight as follows:
All WS rows: as row 4
All RS rows: K all sts
Next row (RS): K to 2sts before M, K2tog, SM, K1, SM, K2tog, K to end
Next row (WS): as row 4
Repeat the above two rows until 5 stitches remain ending on a WS row.
Next row (RS): K2tog, RM, K1, RM, K2tog
Next row (WS): K1, Sl1p wyf, K1
Next row: Sl1, k2tog, PSSO
Break yarn, thread through the remaining stitch and secure.
If you prefer a pdf pattern then you can download this pattern from Ravelry too
The leaves will need to be wet blocked to combat the curl, weave in all ends once completely dry.
These leaves are very easy to customise; for larger leaves continue increasing beyond 25 stitches, for smaller just stop increasing when desired, to make the leaves longer just work more rows in the straight section.
Add little loops of yarn to the base of the leaves, tie them onto a long piece of yarn and you have autumnal bunting.
Knit these leaves in cotton yarn and they make great novelty cloths.