How to Knit a LEAF: Free Pattern

Let’s knit a Leaf Shape to add some crafty color to your Thanksgiving and autumn décor! My easy knitting pattern lets you knit cute leaves on two straight knitting needles. You can easily make smaller or larger leaves by choosing how many increase rows to knit. It’s Thanksgiving week and these colorful Autumn Leaves are a really fun, quick knit that can spruce up your holiday décor! You can get really creative with them, using them as drink coasters, or as a trivet for food dishes or candles.

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How to Knit a LEAF with Studio Knit


MATERIALS to Knit a Leaf Shape

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


KNITTING TECHNIQUES to Knit a Leaf Shape

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


KNITTING PATTERN to Knit a Leaf Shape

How to Knit a LEAF: Free Pattern

Cast On 3 Stitches

INCREASE ROWS
Increase each EVEN row by knitting until you reach the middle stitch, Yarn Over, Knit that middle stitch, Yarn Over again, then continue knitting the row.

1 Purl 3 Sts
2 Knit 1, YO, K1, YO, K1 (5 Sts)
3 Purl Row
4 Knit 2, YO, K1, YO, K2 (7 Sts)
5 Purl Row
6 Knit 3, YO, K1, YO, K3 (9 Sts)
7 Purl Row
8 Knit 4, YO, K1, YO, K4 (11 Sts)
9 Purl Row
10 Knit 5, YO, K1, YO, K5 (13 Sts)
11 Purl Row
12 Knit 6, YO, K1, YO, K6 (15 Sts)
13 Purl Row
14 Knit 7, YO, K1, YO, K7 (17 Sts)
Continue Purl Row & Knit Row Increase Pattern for larger leaves.

DECREASE ROWS
1 Purl Row
2 SSK, Knit to Last 2 Sts, K2Tog
REPEAT ROWS 1 & 2 UNTIL 3 Sts REMAIN

LAST 3 STS
• PURL ROW
• Slip Slip Knit, K1, Pass Knit Stitch over to Bind Off

• Weave in your ends, cut your yarn
• Steam to lay flat – optional. Because we used the Stockinette Stitch, our edges are curling under. Simply place your leaf between a damp towel, lightly steam it with my iron, and air it out to dry. They will lie flat and you can really see the pretty shape and the holes from our yarn overs.


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