Leaves are such a wonderful thing to knit.
Big, small, lacy or big and fat like the ones shown in this blog post, leaves are so quick to make and have a multitude of beautiful uses.
You can use hand knit leaves to decorate cushions, bags and baskets, to to make beautiful brooches.
They can used for knit potted plants to add fun to your home, and you could also use wooly leaves as appliqués on hats, headbands or sweaters.
This leaf knitting pattern is really easy and because the leaves are knit in garter stitch they sit flat and don’t curl up.
You can use any thickness of yarn to knit these fun leaves. Simply use whatever knitting needle size suits the yarn and off you go.
The rainbow leaves shown in this photo were knit on 9mm needles and Paintbox Wool Mix Super Chunky yarn.
I’m planning to add them to a knitted cushion cover in due course. This leaf knitting patterns also works for flower petals, and these rainbow leaves will be used to form a flower with a pompom centre.
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Yfwd – yarn forward
K – knit
K2tog – knit 2 together
St – stitches (on knitting needle)
Easy Leaf Knitting Pattern
With yarn and needles of choice, cast on 3 stitches.
Now work the following 17 rows.
- K1, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k1 (5 st)
- K2, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k2 (7 st)
- k3, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k3 (9 st)
- k4, yfwd, k1, yfwd, k4 (11 st)
- K2tog, k7, k2tog (9 st)
- K2tog, k5, k2tog (7 st)
- K2tog, k3, k2tog (5 st)
- K2tog, k1, k2tog (3 st)
- K2tog, k1 (2 st)
- K2tog (1 st)
Cut yarn and thread though the 1 stitch that remains on the needle. Sew this end in on the wrong side the leaf.
There will be a gap at the bottom of your leaf. This won’t be so noticeable on smaller leaves. To remove the gap, simply thread the yarn through to the other side as shown, pull to tighten and then sew the yarn end in on the reverse.
By the way, these Knitpro wool needles (colour blue on photo above) are the best thing ever invented for super chunky yarn fans!
We hope you enjoyed this free knitting pattern for easy knit leaves.
Please do let us know in the comments if you make any and if so, what did you use them for?