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Knit autumn leaves free pattern

I am a big fan of season change and apparently fall is my favorite this year. Just two weeks ago, I posted my crochet autumn leaves pattern and now it is time for a knitting one! Yes, I loved my leaves so much that I decided to create some fall leaves for my fellow knitters, too!

This is also a pretty easy and fulfilling little project. If you know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease, then you can make these autumn leaves in no time! I can picture them as embellishments to headbands but I would love them as a fall garland, too.

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Free knitting pattern for beautiful autumn leaves. Make these leaves to add to your fall decor.

These are so addictive to make! You will actually memorize the pattern after the second or third time, it is that easy! No more waiting, let’s jump on the pattern!

Knit autumn leaves pattern

Free knitting pattern autumn leaves.

You will need:

Small amount of aran weight yarn
US 8/5 mm knitting needles
yarn needle


CO: cast on
st(s): stitch(es)
R: row
k: knit
p: purl
M1R: make one right
M1L: make one left
SSK: slip slip knit
k2tog: knit 2 together
p3tog: purl 3 together


Each leaf is about 3 inches (7,5 cm) at it’s widest part and 4.5 inches (11 cm) tall.

Knit autumn leaves pattern

CO 7 stitches

R1: purl all st(s) (7)
R2: k3, M1R, k1, M1L, k3 (9)
R3: purl all st(s) (9)
R4: k4, M1R, k1, M1L, K4 (11)
R5: purl all st(s) (11)
R6: k5, M1R, k1, M1L, k5 (13)
R7: purl all st(s) (13)
R8: k6, M1R, k1, M1L, k6 (15)
R9: purl all st(s) (15)
R10: knit all st(s) (15)
R11: purl all st(s) (15)
R12: SSK, k11, k2tog (13)
R13: purl all st(s) (13)
R14: SSK, k9, k2tog (11)
R15: purl all st(s) (11)
R16: SSK, k7, k2tog (9)
R17: purl all st(s) (9)
R18: SSK, k5, k2tog (7)
R19: purl all st(s) (7)
R20: SSK, k3, k2tog (5)
R21: purl all st(s) (5)
R22: SSK, k1, k2tog (3)
R23: p3tog (1) Do not cut yarn.

Use the leftover yarn from the first row and sew the bottom of the leaf together to make it rounder.

Knitting pattern for fall leaves.

Optional step:

In this step, I cheated a little and added a round of crochet slip stitches to make a better edging. If you don’t crochet, or you don’t want to try, you can cut your yarn, weave in your ends and your leaf will be just fine. If you ‘d like to try, follow me…

With 5 mm crochet hook

Place your hook in the last stitch (enlarge loop and remove knitting needle), ch 1. Start slip stitching around the leaf from the left side, going down and then back up on the right. You will only grab the back loop for your first 12 slip stitches, then the front loop for 22 stitches (the rounded bottom) and again the back loop for the last 12 slip stitches. Ch 3 and sl st in the first sl st. Cut yarn and weave in your ends. You are done!

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Fall leaves knitting pattern. Use this free knitting pattern to make these beautiful autumn leaves to decorate your house.

How is that for easy? I hope you enjoyed making your knit autumn leaves. Tag me on Instagram @mallooknitwear and use #malloomakers so I can see all your fall leaves, crochet or knit!

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