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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Leaves in Winter shawl

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Leaves in Winter shawl
Leaves in Winter shawl
Leaves in Winter shawl
Leaves in Winter shawl
Leaves in Winter shawl
Leaves in Winter shawl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • lace knitting ability
  • ability to "read" knitting to keep track of inc/dec 30 leaves at a time

Pattern Description:

Reminiscent of sparkling ice on leaves, this shawl will add sparkle and grace to your winter wardrobe. This full-circle, poncho-style shawl is knit in the round and measures a full 36 inches from tip to tip (with an 8-inch diameter neck opening).

Directions are both charted and round by round; the shawl uses approx. 360 yards of fingering-weight yarn.

Shawl is knit in the round from neck to hem (so, minimal finishing!)

Starting with a smaller needle and rib, the shawl quickly increases on the larger needles, creating every-growing leaves until the final, garter-stitch BO

You will work create 60 leaves - 30 will increase while the alternating 30 decrease. I have given a chart and round-by-round, but it's easiest (and fastest) if you learn to "read" your knitting and see what you need to do next, referring only occasionally to the chart/rnd-by-rnd directions


16sts x 24 rnds = 4" stockinette (blocked and worked on larger needles)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- 8" circ neck opening; 30-36" circ tip to tip; 12" from neck edge to hem


  • approx 360 yards wool-blend (fingering weight) with sequins; sample shown used 75% of a skein of Marks&Kattens Fame Trend Plajetts
  • US #6 (16-inch length)
  • US #8 circs (24- and 40-inch circs)
  • stitch marker for beg of rnd

Suggested yarn:

360 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Marks & Kattens Fame Trend Paljetts