Knitted Leaf Patterns…

Today I have been thinking about leaves… how beautiful they are, how they dress trees, sway in the wind and their many differing shapes… so I started knitting and this is what my thoughts developed into… two little leaves, they are both different even though they seem to share the same characteristics of shape. They would look lovely adorning a summer garland or even a crown, the possibilities are endless…

Materials:
Size 5 straight needles
Green DK yarn
2 double pointed needles
wool needle

Pattern:
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, purl, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 2: Knit row
Row 3: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. ( 7 stitches)
Row 4: Knit row
Row 5: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. ( 9 stitches)
Row 6: Knit row
Row 7: Knit 4 stitches, purl 1, Knit 4 stitches
Row 8: Knit row.

Alternate rows 7 and 8 three times.
Row 15: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (7 stitches)
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, purl 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 18: Knit
Row 19: Knit 2 stitches together, purl 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together. (3 stitches)
Row 20: Knit
Row 21: Knit 3 stitches together.
Bind off.

Sew in the ends neatly and for the leaf stem, pick up two stitches at the base of the leaf and knit an i-cord for about an inch.
The leaf above is the wrong side of the leaf and the leaf below is the right side. I prefer the wrong side of the leaf and will use that side for my projects:)

Leaf number two.

Materials:
Same as above

Pattern:
Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, purl into the back of the middle stitch, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 2: Knit the first stitch, purl the rest of the row and knit the last stitch.
Row 3: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 1 stitch, purl into the back of the middle stitch, knit 1 stitch, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. (7 stitches)
Row 4: Knit the first stitch, purl the rest of the row and knit the last stitch.

Row 5: Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, knit 2 stitches, purl into the back of the middle stitch, knit 2 stitches, knit into the front and back of the last stitch. (9 stitches)
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Knit 4 stitches, purl into the back of the middle stitch, knit 4 stitches.
Row 8: Knit 1 stitch, purl across the row, knit last stitch.
Repeat rows 7 and 8 three times alternating them.
Row 15: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch, purl into the back of the next stitch, knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (7 stitches)
Row 16: Knit 1 stitch, purl across the row, knit last stitch.
Row 17: Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, purl into the back of the next stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 1 stitch. (5 stitches)
Row 18: Knit 1 stitch, purl across the row, knit last stitch.

Row 19: Knit 2 stitches together, purl into the back of the next stitch, knit 2 stitches together. (3 stitches)

Row 20: Knit 1 stitch, purl across the row, knit last stitch.
Row 21: Knit the three stitches together.
Bind off.
This leaf may need some blocking.
Sew in the ends and knit an i-cord for the stem.

My Mamma4earth Ravelry Group. I am designing a Pin Oak leaf at the moment and it should be up tomorrow sometime on my blog:)

Have a restful weekend…

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31 Responses to Knitted Leaf Patterns…

  1. Eliete Gouveia June 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Olá,amiga…
    Passando por aqui só vi coisas maravilhosas.Não sou muito de comentar , pois meu tempo é pouco e,talvez por isso ninguém comente em meu blog.Aos poucos quero mudar isso e vir um pouquinho cada vez para deixar recadinhos nos blogs que sigo.Também convido você a partilhar minhas postagens e deixar sua opinião;é para isso que fiz meu blog:para você!!!Convido você também a postar um trabalho seu como “artista convidada”(veja este marcador)pois é um modo de divulgar seu espaço e do Fios de Luz fazer uma singela homenagem à você.Um beijo e um fios de Luz do sol….Eliete Gouveia

  2. Plain and Joyful Living June 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Thank you for sharing Linda. I am going to try these.Warm wishes, Tonya

  3. Anonymous June 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Lovely leaves – thank you for sharing

  4. Gina P June 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing your knitted leaves pattern with us. I don’t know what it is about knitted leaves, but they speak to me and I love them in all patterns. You are so kind to do these and share. Thank you.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  5. Linda June 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Dear Tonya, Anonymous and Gina, you are all most welcome:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  6. memeep! June 19, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    How co-inkeedinkie, I have been searching for the PERFECT leaf, and low and behold, there it was when I woke up this morning!
    hehe,
    thanx!!

  7. Tania June 19, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    You know what I’m thinking, don’t you? I mean, it’s WINTER. There are no leaves on trees. I feel some mischief of the yarnbombery kind coming on…

  8. Victoria June 19, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    They are a joy. Thank you for the pattern. x

  9. The Knitty Gritty Homestead June 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I love your little patterns…they make so much sense in their simplicity and..approachability!

  10. K June 20, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Charming. Useful. Truthful little leaves. Thank you for the pattern and the idea and the pictures. You have a gift, of course. I wish I were as good at any one thing as you are at this knit-design. Whimsical. Amazing. And I love the pin oak, too. So headed up to look at it again.

  11. pinkundine June 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I was thinking of knitting some leaves recently, hadn’t got round to finding a pattern yet, and then I stumble across these! Fantastic, thank you :)

  12. Marushka C. June 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Those are very cute. I’m sure people will find lots of ways to use them as embellishments.

  13. WonderWhyGal June 25, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Those leaves are beautiful. I can’t help but think they would be great attached to plain knitted hat as an accent. I always love your knits. As soon as I finish these socks (that are taking forever) I want to start your Alpaca.

  14. Spinster Beth June 25, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I envision an entire winter’s hat made entirely from those leaves! That would be awesome!

  15. fiberdance June 25, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    cute little leaves-such patience to knit so small

  16. AllyB June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Your leaves are super cute and you are very generous to share the instructions. Have a wonderful day!

  17. Anonymous June 8, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    Thanks so much for the use of your leaf pattern. You can see it on my newborn apple hat http://www.ravelry.com/projects/JeanSweezie/simple-baby-cap-1-4
    Perfect :-)
    Jean Sweezie

  18. lindadee January 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this, it is just what I am looking for. X

  19. Kelly October 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I am very new to knitting. I have started with dishcloths, but never used a “pattern” per se. So, when you say to “stitch in the front and back of the stitch and do a purl” I am not sure what that means. Is there somewhere you would recommend I could go online to watch a good solid knitting tutorial, to get me started to understand stitches and the terms you use here? There are so many out there, and I want to learn from one that uses a good technique that will help me follow patterns.

    Thanks so much!

  20. melindano2d March 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    It wood be nice to have a print friendly version with out all the printed comments and extra photos just wastes to much paper in printing

    • Linda April 25, 2014 at 8:30 am #

      Hi,
      There’s a print friendly button below the post in the row of gadgets, it has a green leaf on it. You can choose to either print or leave out the photos:)

  21. withmyneedles April 25, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    These little leaves are so sweet and just what I was looking for to embellish a baby hat. Thank you!

    • Linda April 25, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      You are very welcome:)
      Happy knitting

  22. Juliette July 30, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I started making some of these leaves about 2 years ago and after modifying the pattern a bit made some branches for an art exhibition in Auckland NZ where I live, which led to making many more branches for another – in Poland. So I just wanted to say thank you so much for generously sharing your pattern! It is very pleasurable making them.

  23. Kristina and Millie September 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    totally awesome leaf! Pinned :) Have a fab week!!

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