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I am a fiber arts designer based in New York City. My knitting and crochet designs have been published in Knitscene, Knit Simple and PetitePurls.com. Most recently I have a design included in the ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Kouyou

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit & Purl Stitches
  • Increase & Decrease

Pattern Description:

Fall Foliage is called "kouyou" in Japanese and the kanji (Chinese characters) means red leaves. Kouyou is inspired by my favorite season, Fall. The leaves turn brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows and the brisk air makes it perfect weather for a cozy shawl. Knit from the center back to the bottom edge, Kouyou can be quickly knit up in either worsted or sport weight yarn to ward off the impending chilly weather.

This 7 page pattern has both written and charted instructions. The shawl starts off with a simple stockinette section, then the lace portion and it ends with a bind off with picots. It also includes directions and pictures on how to block the shawl.


Gauge is not crucial, but it will affect the finished size and the amount of yarn needed to complete the project.
-Worsted weight: 4 sts and 7 rows = 1" in stockinette (after blocking).
-Sport weight: 4.5 sts and 7 rows = 1" in stockinette (after blocking).

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • There are 3 size options for the shawl: A (small), B (medium) and C (large).
  • A: 35" x 16.5" tall, B: 39" x 18" tall, C: 48" x 30" tall


  • US 7 / 4.5 mm or US 8 / 5.0 mm circular needles
  • 420 - 550 yards (384 - 503 m) of Sport or Worsted weight yarn.
  • Samples are knit with Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted and The Plucky Knitter Merino Cashmere Nylon Sport

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle
  • blocking pins
  • stitch markers