How to Knit a Leaf Pattern

By Susan Brockett
Create a simple leaf shape with knitting.

Simple shapes in nature are often recreated by human hands. This pattern creates a sample swatch of miniature leaf pattern using easy lace-knitting techniques. You can use the pattern to create a border, to insert a panel in a garment or to create an all-over design.

Cast on 19 stitches. This sample has three repeats. The miniature leaf pattern is a multiple of six stitches, plus one.

Purl every stitch. This is the wrong side, and you purl every wrong-side row.

Knit the first stitch -- row two. Repeat this pattern across the row: Knit two stitches together (K2tog), yarn over (YO), knit one (K1), YO, slip slip knit (SSK), K1. Purl the next row.

Knit the first two stitches together. Repeat this pattern for row four to the last six stitches: YO, K3, YO, slip two stitches knit-wise, K1, pass the two slipped stitches over (P2SSO). YO, K3, YO, SSK. Purl the next row.

Knit the first stitch -- row six. Repeat this pattern across the row: YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K1. Purl the next (wrong-side) row.

Knit the first two stitches for row eight. Repeat this pattern until you have seven stitches left: YO, slip two stitches knit-wise, K1, P2SSO, YO, K3. For the last seven stitches: YO, slip two stitches knit-wise, K1, P2SSO, YO, K2.

About the Author

Susan Brockett worked in the computer industry as a technical writer for nearly 20 years at companies including Motorola and Dell Computer Systems. In addition, her articles have appeared in Society of Technical Communications publications. Brockett has a master's degree in English composition and communications from Kansas State University.