Quick Knits

How to Knit a Leaf

The following instructions will make a basic knitted leaf shape. The drape of the leaf can be changed by using a different needle size and/or yarn weight.

In this instance M1 is created by picking the bar up between the stitch on the left hand needle and that on the right needle and knitting into the back of it.

You will need:

DK yarn in a shade of green

4mm needles

Darning needles (for weaving in ends)

Pair of scissors (for chopping off ends, snip, snip)

How to make:

Cast on 3 stitches

1. K1, KFB, KFB

2 and every even numbered row – Purl across

3. K2, M1, K1, M1, K2

5. K3, M1, K1, M1, K3

7. K4, M1, K1, M1, K4

9. K5, M1, K1, M1, K5

11. K6, M1, K1, M1, K6

13. Sl 1, K1, psso, K11, K2tog

15. Sl 1, K1, psso, K9, K2tog

17. Sl 1, K1, psso, K7, K2tog

19. Sl 1, K1, psso, K5, K2tog

21. Sl 1, K1, psso, K3, K2tog

23. Sl 1, K1, psso, K1, K2tog

25. Sl 1, K2tog, psso

Fasten end, weave in loose bits and block.


If you knit across the even numbered rows instead of purling you have a reversible leaf in garter stitch. This has more texture than the original.

This leaf is knitted as the original but using a yarn over instead of a M1. The yarn over is purled as normal in the next row.

7 thoughts on “How to Knit a Leaf

  1. Just found you! Can’t find a box to sign up for email alerts…is it me, or the site?
    Will keep checking in. Also couldn’t find a Ravelry link. Thanks for leaf pattern!

    1. 👋 hello! It wasn’t you, it was the site! It should be fixed now and there’s a link near the sign up button that will take you to Ravelry too.

  2. Love the variations on the leafy theme. Looking forward to trying them out 🙂

    I couldn’t see a ‘Subscribe’ box for blog notifications, but I’d like to be signed up 🙂 Thanks

    1. Hello! Oh that makes me so happy, thank you 😊

      I’ve just fixed the box so it should be showing on the right now.

      Thank you!

  3. Great to find your blog. I think that leaf pattern can be used in so many fun ways. My mind goes to a garland knit in different autumnal shades.

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