The Autumn Leaves Shawl features a simple stockinette body knit sideways in a shallow triangle shape. The leafy border is knitted on at the same time. Made in a loose gauge, Autumn Leaves is an airy layering piece, just enough for when there’s a chill in the air.
This design works great with that special skein of fingering weight yarn. The Autumn Leaves Shawl can, however, be made in any size, using any weight of yarn. Just knit until you have reached half of your yarn or half the size you want the shawl or shawlette to be. Since the body is in plain stockinette this pattern is also very suited to use with hand dyed yarns. Instructions for the lace border are both written and charted.
360 m (393 yds) / 100 g Knitcola Alpaca Hand-dyed Yarn [100 % alpaca] in light blue.
Substitute any fingering weight yarn in a solid or semi-solid color for a similar result.
Size 4.5 mm (US 7), 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles were used for the sample shawl.
- Yarn needle
- 2 stitch markers
Gauge is not critical in this design. For the sample shawl measured after blocking: 14 sts / 22 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over stockinette.
Size and finished measurements
Finished dimensions of the sample shawl: 140 cm (55 inches) along the upper edge and a depth of 32 cm (12 ½ inches), measured after blocking.
The sample shawl has a total of 16 leaves.
This shawl can easily be made larger by using heavier yarn and/or working more repeats. This will, of course, increase the amount of yarn needed. Instructions are given to make the most of the amount of yarn you have available.
This pattern features lace knitted on both right and wrong side rows. Stitches used include knit, purl, k2tog, p2tog, kfb, m1, skp, yo and sl2-k-p2sso. This pattern is suitable for the intermediate or lace knitter.
BO – bind off
CO – cast on
k – knit
k2tog – knit two together
kfb – knit in the front and in the back of the stitch
m1 – increase by lifting the loop between the stitch just knit and the next one from the front with your left needle, then knit into the back of the loop
p – purl
p2tog – purl two together
PM – place marker
rep – repeat
RM – remove marker
RS/WS – right side/wrong side
skp – slip, knit, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch
sl2-k1-p2sso – slip two together, knit one, pass two stitches over (2 stitches decreased)
sl1 wyif – slip 1 stitch as if to purl, with yarn in front
SM – slip marker
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
- The shawl is worked sideways from tip to tip, with increases and then decreases worked on one side every other row. The lace border is worked simultaneously.
- The pattern has a garter stitch border of 4 stitches on the upper edge, with a decorative slipped stitch edge finishing.
- Always slip markers as you come to them.
- Instead of the skp decrease ssk can be used if desired.
- Slipped stitch edge: Slip the last stitch on each WS row as if to purl, with yarn in front.
- Wrap and Turn (w&t): Bring your yarn to the front between the needles, slip the next stitch purl-wise, bring your yarn between the needles to the back again, slip the stitch back to the left needle, and turn work.
CO 2 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k1. (3 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Knit.
Row 3: K1, kfb, k1. (4 sts)
Row 4: K to last st, sl1 wyif.
Row 5: K2, M1, k2. (5 sts)
Row 6: P1, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 7: K4, M1, k1. (6 sts)
Row 8: P2, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 9: K4, PM, k1, M1, k1. (7 sts)
Row 10: P3, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 11: K4, SM, k1, M1, k to end. (8 sts)
Row 12: P to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Rows 13-22: Rep row 11-12 five more times (13 sts).
Body – increase section
Both the written out and charted instructions for the leafy border can be found at the bottom of this page.
Row 1 (RS): K4, SM, k1, M1, PM, work row 1 of Leafy border.
Row 2 (WS): Work row 2 of Leafy border, SM, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 3: K4, SM, k to 1 st before marker, M1, K1, SM, work row 3 of Leafy border.
Row 4: Work row 4 of Leafy border, SM, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 5: K4, SM, k to 1 st before marker, M1, K1, SM, work row 5 of Leafy border.
Row 6: Work row 6 of Leafy border, SM, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Continue in this manner until all rows of the border pattern have been worked, then repeat last 18 rows until 8 leaves or almost half of yarn has been used.
Next: Rep rows 1-16 once again.
Tip: Weigh your project in between pattern repeats to get an idea of how much yarn is needed for each. This way a better estimate can be made whether another repeat is possible with your available amount of yarn.
Easing the border around the center point
Row 17: K4, SM, k to 1 st before marker, M1, K1, SM, work row 17 of Leafy border.
Row 18: Work row 18 of Leafy border, RM, w&t.
Row 19: PM, work row 1 of Leafy border.
Row 20: Work row 2 of Leafy border, SM, pick up and purl wrap together with corresponding st, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Body – decrease section
Row 1 (RS): K4, SM, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, SM, work row 3 of Leafy border.
Row 2 (WS): Work row 4 of Leafy border, SM, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Row 3: K4, SM, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, SM, work row 5 of Leafy border.
Row 4: Work row 6 of Leafy border, SM, p to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Continue in this manner until the same number of leaves as on the increase section have been completed (14 sts ).
Next row (RS): K4, SM, k1, k2tog, k to end, removing marker.
Next row (WS): P to marker, SM, k3, sl1 wyif.
Rep these last 2 rows 9 more times, removing marker after final rep (4 sts).
Next row: K1, k2tog, k1 (3 sts).
Next row: K2, sl1 wyif.
Next row: K1, k2tog (2 sts).
Next row: K1, sl1 wyif.
Next row: K2tog and fasten off.
Weave in ends and block your Autumn Leaves Shawl to shape.
Leafy border lace
Row 1 (RS): K5, yo, k1, yo, k2.
Row 2 (WS): P6, kfb, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 3: K4, p1, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3.
Row 4: P8, kfb, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 5: K4, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4.
Row 6: P10, kfb, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 7: K4, p3, k4, yo, k1, yo, k5.
Row 8: P12, kfb, k3, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 9: K4, p4, skp, k7, k2tog, k1.
Row 10: P10, kfb, k4, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 11: K4, p5, skp, k5, k2tog, k1.
Row 12: P8, kfb, k2, p1, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 13: K4, p1, k1, p4, skp, k3, k2tog, k1.
Row 14: P6, kfb, k3, p1, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 15: K4, p1, k1, p5, skp, k1, k2tog, k1.
Row 16: P4, kfb, k4, p1, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 17: K4, p1, k1, p6, sl2-k1-p2sso, k1.
Row 18: P2tog, BO 5 sts, p3, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.