How to Knit Everlasting Autumn Leaves: No Raking Required

comments (13) September 21st, 2016     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Which one is the knitted leaf?
The I-cord stem will add a dash of realism.
M1 step 1: With the tip of the left needle, pick up the horizontal bar between the stitches.
Which one is the knitted leaf?

Which one is the knitted leaf?

Photo: Tina Hilton

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
-Albert Camus

There is nothing better than raking up a giant pile of leaves and diving right in. The colors, the scent, and the rustle evokes childhood memories of spiced cider, hayrides, carving pumpkins, and the biggie of fall, Halloween trick-or-treating. Knitters' favorite season is autumn because we finally have the excuse of cooler weather dig out our wonderful hand-knitted treasures. We also step up our knitting activity as the yarn is so warm and comforting to work with on these cool days.

Whip up one or a pile of these fun leaves to dress up your seasonal wardrobe. Dig into your scrap pile for bits and pieces of autumn colors to knit up one in every color. Learn how to felt your leaves to dress up your fall wardrobe.


  • Yarn: Any yarn will do that evokes the spirit of the season. I used Berroco Jasper in color 3843–Carnelian
  • Needles: Use needles that are suitable for the yarn weight. I used a size #9.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends


bo: bind off
k: knit
m1: make one
p: purl
psso: pass slipped stitch over
pw: purlwise
ssk: slip slip knit
ssp: slip slip purl
st: stitch
sts: stitches
tog: together
x: times

Cast on 3 sts.

Make an I-cord 1 inch long.

Blocks and Cutters.   The I-cord stem will add a dash of realism.

Row 1: p1, k1, p1.
Row 2: k1, m1, p1, m1, k1 – 5 sts.

Blocks and Cutters.   M1 step 1: With the tip of the left needle, pick up the horizontal bar between the stitches.


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Comments (13)

bradbates11 writes: nice
Posted: 6:35 am on July 26th
lyunmoss writes: Those ideas are very impressive
Posted: 5:24 am on July 26th
genalorainne writes: Who gives you these ideas? Those are really impressive as design and yet simple. A product of a great creative mind! Great job!
Posted: 3:00 pm on April 23rd
kingcole writes: Great use of colour!
Posted: 9:48 am on March 19th
EchoLin writes: like the real leaves, good!
Posted: 10:49 pm on April 1st
AuntieQuiltie writes: Lovely! RR528 - google for I-cord, there are far too many sites to even start citing them here, even vids on Youtube to teach you. In brief, however it is a cord knitted on DPNs (Double Pointed Needles) that ends up looking like the cord you can make with French knitting/knitting Nancy/cotton reel knitting.
I am going to make some leaves for a tree that didn't survive out last 7 years of drought, it will look very pretty!
Posted: 12:53 am on September 10th
rr528 writes: What does "make an I-cord" mean? Thanks.
Posted: 3:02 pm on September 9th
babyhats writes: Thank you for the leaf pattern. I put several small ones on my baby camo hat.
Posted: 6:50 pm on August 23rd
ewephoric writes: Great looking!
Posted: 7:40 pm on December 4th
MissCreKnits writes: Love this pattern and think they are wonderful. I have made a few of them for my November project that are now decorating my town (check out my webpage to see what I mean). Thanks for coming up with such a geat pattern
Posted: 9:08 am on November 17th
dazismazi writes: I love these! They are a bit over my skill level so I am taking the pattern to class for help. And also, I would love to see a crochet pattern. Think we can twist Linda Perlman's arm? *grins*
Posted: 2:30 pm on September 29th
Carolyninoz writes: I made it and thank you so much for the pattern. I did upload it but don't see it??
Posted: 6:22 am on September 28th
Jen1964 writes: Love the ribs and the colors. Very realistic. Curious about larger concept. Now that you've got that part awesome, what could a person do with it next? maybe set it off in freeform crochet... a border on a wrap? applique on pillows?
Posted: 4:27 pm on September 27th
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