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Autumn Leaves Small Triangular Shawl (Baktus)

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Shawl Knitting Pattern

In the Northeast where I live, early Fall is a gorgeous season. The weather is usually sunny, clear and pleasantly, and the colors of the trees are incredibly vivid. When I first picked up the Knit Picks Chroma Yarn that I used for this project, I knew immediately that I would be using it to make some sort of tribute to the Fall. I went with a leaf motif.

This is a baktus-style shawl (this just means that it's long and narrow, meant to be wrapped around the neck and shoulders like a scarf).

Because I wanted to include some leaves in the body of the shawl, not just the border, but at the same time didn't want to do lace all-over, the shawl features a slightly unusual construction. The central part is knitted first and features lace.  Then the stitches along the two edges are picked up, and the left and right parts are knitted in turn.

The side panels are knitted with seed stitch. I used this stitch because it holds its shape better and doesn't tend to roll up like stockinette stitch.  The lace border is knitted at the same time. A lace leaf caps each end of the baktus.

While it's possible to use any fingering-weight yarn for this shawl, I do think something Fall- or at least forest-colored is best.

Size: 78" (200 cm) long and 13" (32 cm) wide at the widest part

Materials: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering weight yarn, 396 yds (362 m) /100 grams, color New England - 1 ball

Needles: 2 (2.75 mm)

Gauge for seed stitch (blocked): 18 st x 22 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm). However, exact gauge is not important.



Central Panel:
Cast on 17 sts
Row 1: (RS) sl1, k3, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k4
Row 2: sl1, k5, p5, k6
Row 3: sl1, k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, (yo, k1) twice, ssk, yo, ssk, k3
Row 4: sl1, k4, p7, k5
Row 5: sl1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, yo, ssk, k2
Row 6: sl1, k3, p9, k4
Row 7: sl1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo, ssk, k1
Row 8: sl1, k2, p11, k3
Row 9: sl1, k2, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k3
Row 10: sl1, k3, p9, k4
Row 11: sl1, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k4
Row 12: sl1, k4, p7, k5
Row 13: sl1, k4, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5
Row 14: sl1, k5, p5, k6
Row 15: sl1, k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k6
Row 16: sl1, k6, p3, k7
Row 17: sl1, k6, yo, sk2p, yo, k7
Row 18: sl1, k7, p1, k8
Repeat rows 1-18.

Right Leaf Edging:
On 5 sts
Row 1 (RS): k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 = 7 sts
Row 2: k1b&f (knit into the front and the back of the stitch), p6 = 8 sts
Row 3: k3, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2 = 10 sts
Row 4: k1, k1b&f, p8 = 11sts
Row 5: k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, p3 = 13 sts
Row 6: k2, k1b&f, p10 = 14 sts
Row 7: k5, yo, k1, yo, k4, p4 = 16 sts
Row 8: k3, k1b&f, p12 = 17 sts
Row 9: k1, ssk, k7, k2tog, p5 = 15 sts
Row 10: k4, k1b&f, p10 = 16 sts
Row 11: k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, p6 = 14 sts
Row 12: k2, p1, k2, k1b&f, p8 = 15 sts
Row 13: k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, p4, k1, p2 = 13 sts
Row 14: k2, p1, k3, k1b&f, p6 = 14 sts
Row 15: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, p5, k1, p2 = 12 sts
Row 16: k2, p1, k4, k1b&f,p4 = 13 sts
Row 17: k1, sk2p, p6, k1, p2 = 11 sts
Row 18: k2, p1, k6, p2 = 11 sts
Row 19: k2tog, bind off 5 sts, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2 = 7 sts
Repeat from row 2.

Left Leaf Edging:
On 5 sts
Row 1 (RS): k2, yo, k1, yo, k2 = 7 sts
Row 2: p6, k1b&f = 8 sts
Row 3: p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k3 = 10
Row 4: p8, k1b&f, k1 = 11 sts
Row 5: p3, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4 = 13 sts
Row 6: p10, k1b&f, k2 = 14 sts
Row 7: p4, k4, yo, k1, yo, k5 = 16 sts
Row 8: p12, k1b&f, k3 = 17 sts
Row 9: p5, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1 = 15 sts
Row 10: p10, k1b&f, k4 = 16 sts
Row 11: p6, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1 = 14 sts
Row 12: p8, k1b&f, k2, p1, k2 = 15 sts
Row 13: p2, k1, p4, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1 = 13 sts
Row 14: p6, k1b&f, k3, p1, k2 = 14 sts
Row 15: p2, k1, p5, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 = 12 sts
Row 16: p4, k1b&f, k4, p1, k2 = 13 sts
Row 17: p2, k1, p6, sk2p, k1 = 11 sts
Row 18: p2tog, bind off 5 sts, k1, p1, k2 = 5 sts
Repeat from row 1.

Single Leaf Edging
On 9 sts
Row 1: k4, yo, k1, yo, k4
Row 2: p11
Row 3: k5, yo, k1, yo, k5
Row 4: p13
Row 5: k6, yo, k1, yo, k6
Row 6: p15
Row 7: k1, ssk, k9, k2tog, k1
Row 8: p13
Row 9: k1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1
Row 10: p11
Row 11: k1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1
Row 12: p9
Row 13: k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1
Row 14: p7
Row 15: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1
Row 16: p5
Row 17: k1, sk2p, k1
Row 18: p3tog
Bind off.


Seed Stitch:
Row 1: *k1, p1* repeat to the end
Row 2: *p1, k2* repeat to the end



Cast on 17 sts and work the central panel. Repeat the pattern 5 times.
The 6th repeat: Work rows 1-7.
Row 8: bind off 3 sts, p11, k3
Row 9: bind off 4 sts, k7, k2tog
Row 10: sl1, p8 = 9 sts
Row 11: ssk, k5, k2tog = 7 sts
Row 12: sl1, p6
Row 13: ssk, k3, k2tog = 5 sts
Row 14: sl1, p4
Row 15: ssk, k1, k2tog = 3 sts
Row 16: sl1, p2
Row 17: k3tog = 1 st
Bind off 1 st.

The left side:

Along the left side of the central panel (if the end of the panel is closest to you), pick up 50 sts starting from the left upper corner of the panel.

Row 1 (WS):  purl 5, place a marker, purl 45 sts

Row 2 (RS): k3, *k2tog, yo* repeat to the marker, work left leaf pattern after the marker

Row 3: work the left leaf pattern before the marker, purl 45 after the marker

Row 4: k45 before the marker; after the marker continue to work the left leaf pattern

Row 5: repeat row 3

Row 6: k3, *k2tog, yo* repeat to the last 2 sts before the marker, k2tog; after the marker work the left leaf pattern

Row 7: work left leaf pattern before the marker, purl 44 sts after the marker

Row 8: work seed stitch pattern before the marker, work left leaf pattern after the marker

Go on working seed stitch pattern before the marker and leaf after the marker in even rows; leaf pattern before the marker and seed stitch pattern after the marker in odd rows

In every fourth row decrease by 1 st, working k2tog before the marker. Make decreases in rows 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90, 94, 98, 102, 106, 110, 114, 118, 122, 126, 130, 134, 138, 142, 146, 150, 154, 158, 162, 166, 170, 174, 178, 182

Row 183: p9

Rows 184-202: work single leaf edging pattern


The right side:

Work as a mirror of the left side, working Right Leaf Edging pattern instead of Left Leaf Edging.


Block the shawl.





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There are 8 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Tove
October 11, 2017

I've just printed this wonderful pattern and am looking forward to starting it up.
However, since I'm a chart knitter, I have the problem that there is no legend for the chart symbols
Poster: Joyce Cantalini
September 24, 2017

I'm so excited about this shawl but I'm stumped with the middle stitch, row 17, central panel. What is it?
Poster: madi Barrena
June 24, 2016

hi, I saw the picture of your beautiful shawl. I have one skein of the same yarn call "New england" and its a discontinued color, I will love to find just one more skein of it. Its by any chance you have one I will bye from you. let me knot, thanks, Madi
Poster: Jan Thomas UK
January 13, 2014

wow lovely pattern. Had a few problems with getting the yarn and needles right as I live in the UK. I was told that Fingering was UK's 4ply which tied in with the needle size and the look in the picture but when finished it was very small. I tried again with UK double knit and UK 8 needles and still looked small so I pulled it out and started again. After knitting several 4" squares with various needles I am hoping that double knit and UK 6 needles will do the trick.
Poster: Janine Bourdo
November 27, 2013

Wow this is gorgeous! Thanks for making it free!
Poster: odette
November 20, 2013

hola, felicitaciones me parece hermoso este proyecto, no tengo mucho experiencia, no entiendo las abreviaciones. podrias ayudarme. gracias
Poster: debbie
May 12, 2012

just beautiful.....i can't wait to make this shawl!!!!! great job
Poster: LadyMacDuff
April 23, 2012

Love this pattern! It knits up so nicely and once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. I'll post a link to my final product when I'm done.

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