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Leaf on the Wind

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Leaf on the Wind
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Leaf on the Wind

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round (starting with a fews sts on DPNs and then moving to circulars), cables, lace, variable st counts for the leaves

Pattern Description:

"Oh my god! What could it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing?! Oh right, that would be me. Back to work"

The "Leaf on the Wind" shawl is the first in my Firefly/Serenity series (which will be sold individually and as part of an eBook). It has a unique seamless construction. It is initially knit in the round to make the center medallion, then partially bound off and worked flat, before the edging is knit on sideways.

If you are a fan of the show, the first design is based on Wash because he is awesome. It combines a leaf motif (from his quote "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar") and a modified version of cables from his super sweet cable knit sweater. If you are not a fan of the show (watch it - you'll love it!!), it's just a really pretty cable knit shawl with flowers and leaves and cabled braids/knots.

The pattern includes written instructions (13 pages), complete charts for PRINTING (4 pages), and complete charts for DIGITAL users (2 pages).


* For lace weight you will need less than 800 yds (under 100g) and for fingering less than 1000 yds (under 300g) - Yarns shown in the photo - green = Knit Picks Shadow Tonal Lace in Canopy, blue = Knit Pick Stroll Tonal Fingering in Blue Yonder
* Yarn choice: The construction of this shawl may not be suitable to highly variegated or gradient yarns. The center medallion is circular, then the body is knitted flat, and the edging is knitted on sideways - this will cause three different pooling patterns for your yarn.
* For fingering weight use US 7 (4.5mm) needles
* Gauge listed is for lace weight but is not very important, for fingering the gauge is 28 sts x 40 rows in 4 inches reverse stockinette blocked
* Skills to know or learn for this project: knitting in the round (starting with a fews sts on DPNs and then moving to circulars), cables, lace, variable st counts for the leaves
* The written instructions and charts have been test knitted by several people


LACE: 21 sts x 30 rows or FINGERING: 28 sts x 40 rows in 4 inches in reverse stockinette, blocked. The gauge is not very important for this project.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • LACE: about 52 inches (132 cm) across top, 27 inches (68.5 cm) down, FINGERING: about 68 inches (173 cm) across top, 36 inches (91 cm) down


  • LACE: US 5 (3.75mm) or FINGERING: US 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (DPNs) and 16 inch (40cm) and 24 inch (60 cm) or longer circular needles, cable needle (or you can use a DPN)

You Will Also Need:

  • rust-proof pins for blocking, place markers - 5 colors, 4 of each color (optional, but I found them helpful to find my place again if I got lost. The sts between the same color are one of the pattern repeats and identical to the sts inside the same color on the other side of the shawl. The sts between 2 different colors are just worked flat. It's totally doable to use the same color markers especially if you are working the chart - you can just look at the work and match it to the chart to determine where to pick up again).

Suggested yarn:

800 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Shadow Tonal



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I am now designing under the name 80skeins (formerly TheYarrrnPirate). Look for new designs and amazing adventures, coming soon!

I taught myself to knit in 2005 and began designing in 2010. I love ...

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