I have been playing with leaves…knitted, that is. I came up with this after adapting some other patterns, and I kinda like it. Here is a picture of the work in progress:-)
And here is the pattern!
Wandering Leaf Scarf Pattern
Worsted yarn, 180 yards (I used Valley Yarns Goshen – a cotton/modal/silk blend – 3 balls)
Size 6 or 7 needles (I used size 6, 8 inch double points)
CO 15 stitches
R1: P1, K6, YO, K1, YO, K6, P1 (17 STITCHES)
R2: AND ALL EVEN ROWS – PURL ACROSS
R3: P1, K7, YO, K1, YO, K7, P1 (19 STITCHES)
R5: P1,K8, YO, K1, YO, K8, P1 (21 STITCHES)
R7: P1, K9, YO, K1, YO, K9, P1 (23 STITCHES)
R9: P1, K10, YO, K1, YO, K10, P1 (25 STITCHES)
R11: P1, K2TOG, KNIT TO LAST 3 ST, SSK, P1
R12: PURL ACROSS (and all even rows in the decrease)
Repeat Rows 11 and 12 to decrease until 5 stitches remain.
R23: P1, K1, SSK, P1
R25: P1, SSK, P1
R27: SSK, P1
R29: P2TOG, BREAK YARN, TIE OFF, WEAVE IN ENDS
To continue on with the leaves, pick up 15 stitches along the left edge of the first leaf. Use the photo to show how the leaves will be connecting with each other. Once you have picked up 15 stitches, simply follow the same pattern as before beginning with Row 1. Alternate the sides of the leaves as you go, picking up the stitches on the left side of one leaf, then the right of the next, then the left of the next and so on until you reach the desired length of your scarf. If you want your leaves bigger, you can simply change your needle size and yarn weight.
When the scarf is done, be sure to block it so your leaves open up beautifully!
Play around with this pattern – I know I will. I almost cannot wait for winter to roll around again, as I might just try it with a bulky yarn and big needles! Or stitch it in a circle to make a “leafy” cowl!