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Autumn Leaves Scarf

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Scarf Knitting Pattern

The scarf features a lace leaf panel on the garter stitch background. The edges of the scarf are finished with the lace edging.

Finished measurements: 8" x 68" (20 cm x 170 cm)

Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Increasing (yarn over), decreasing (k2tog, ssk, cdd)
-Picking up stitches

Materials: Seasons by Ella Rae (affiliate link) bulky weight yarn (76% Acrylic, 14% Wool, 10% Nylon), 262 yards (240 meters) / 100 gr, color #15 - 2 balls

Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) straight.

Gauge in garter st: 16 sts x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers (optional).

K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
Pu&k - pick up and knit
k2tog – knit 2 together, results in a right-slanting decrease.
cdd - center double decrease: 1) slip 2 sts on the right needle knitwise, 2) knit the next st, 3) insert the left needle in the slipped 2 sts and pass them over the just knitted st. = 2 sts decrease
ssk – slip , slip, knit, results in a left-slanting decrease.
Yo – yarn over
RS – right side
WS – wrong side

Pattern Note:

In the edge pattern yarn over 3 times in WS rows, worked in the RS rows as follows: knit the first yo st, purl the second yo st, knit the last yo st.


Cast on 29 sts: 4 sts right edge - 21 sts leaf pattern - 4 sts left edge. You might wish to place markers between the leaf panel and the edges, but this is not necessary. If you do, slip markers while working.

Row 1 (RS): K10, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k9, p1. (=29 sts)

Row 2 (WS): K2, yo 3 times, k10, p5, k10, yo 3 times, k1, p1. (=35 sts)

Row 3 (RS): K3, p1, k8, k2tog, yo, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k8, p1, k2, p1.

Row 4 (WS): K14, p7, k13, p1.

Row 5 (RS): K11, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, yo, ssk, k10, p1.

Row 6 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, k10, p9, k12, p1. (=32 sts)

Row 7 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k7, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, yo, ssk, k6, p1. (= 29 sts)

Row 8 (WS): K2, yo 3 times, k7, p11, k7, yo 3 times, k1, p1. (= 35 sts)

Row 9 (RS): K3, p1, k5, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk, yo, ssk, k5, p1, k2, p1.

Row 10 (WS): K11, p13, k10, p11.

Row 11 (RS): K8, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, ssk, yo, ssk, k7, p1.

Row 12 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p4, k3, p15, k9, p1. (= 32 sts)

Row 13 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k4, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, ssk, yo, ssk, k3, p1. (= 29 sts)

Row 14 (WS): K2, yo 3 times, k4, p17, k4, yo 3 times, k1, p1. (= 35 sts)

Row 15 (RS): K3, p1, k5, yo, ssk, k13, k2tog, yo, k5, p1, k2, p1.

Row 16 (WS): K10, p15, k9, p1.

Row 17 (RS): K10, yo, ssk, k11, k2tog, yo, k9, p1.

Row 18 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p4, k4, p13, k10, p1. ( = 32 sts)

Row 19 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k8, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k7, p1. (= 29 sts)

Row 20 (WS): Repeat row 8. (= 35 sts)

Row 21 (RS): K3, p1, k8, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k8, p1, k2, p1.

Row 22 (WS): K13, p9, k12, p1.

Row 23 (RS): K13, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k12, p1.

Row 24 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p4, k7, p7, k13, p1. (= 32 sts)

Row 25 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k11, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k10, p1. (=29 sts)

Row 26 (WS): Repeat row 2. (= 35 sts)

Row 27 (RS): K3, p1, k11, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k11, p1, k2, p1.

Row 28 (WS): K16, p3, k15, p1.

Row 29 (RS): K16, yo, cdd, yo, k15, p1.

Row 30 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p4, k10, p1, k16, p1. (= 32 sts)

Row 31 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k10, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k9, p1.

Repeat rows 2-31 thirteen times or to desired length.

In the last repeat work row 31 as follows: Bind off 3 sts, k to the last st, p1. Bind off.

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Edge lace on short sides:

The short sides of the scarf are finished with knitted-on edging. The last st of each odd/RS row of the edging is worked ssk with one picked-up stitch on the scarf. Hold the scarf with RS facing.

Cast on 5 sts

Row 1 (RS): knit 4, slip the last st to the right needle, with the tip of the left needle pick up a stitch on a short side of the scarf, knit it, pass the slipped st over it.

Row 2 (WS): k3, yo 3 times, k2. (= 8 sts)

Row 3 (RS): k3, p1, k3, pu&k, ssk.

Row 4, 5 and 6 knit, in row 5 ssk the last st and the picked st on the scarf.

Row 7: bind off 3 sts, k3, pu&k, ssk

Repeat rows 2-7 to the end of the scarf edge. Bind off on any row as soon as the short edge of the scarf ends.

Repeat for the other short side of the scarf.


Weave in all yarn ends.


Pattern was updated on September 18, 2018.

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There are 9 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Susan Flagg-Stewart
October 13, 2014

For some reason the right and left edges of this pattern are not the same, Right side beginning with a knit row, left side beginning with the pattern and no knit row. Not sure what to make of this. I'm trying it now, and doing the same thing for both edges by adding a knit row to the left side as Row 1, then working it as written. Was this meant to be this way for a reason I am unaware of at the end? I also assume, the left and right edges are knitted into the scarf, where the short end edges are knitted and sewn on separately.
Poster: John Howard
October 27, 2013

If I read the pattern correctly, then yes you would knit row 1 right, row 1 leaf, row 1 left. I have only been knitting a few years as well. I'm going to try it and see how it comes out. I'm still a little scared of the ends, lol. Happy knitting!
Poster: Gayle Putt
February 5, 2015

This helps me when I knit a piece where the pattern changes across the width..I write down in (in this case) 3 columns, 1-1-1 indicating row one of each pattern. The next would be 2-2-2. Since the main pattern has 30 rows, and the left edge has 6 rows, and the right edge has 7 repeating rows, it will continue 3-3-3; 4-4-4, 5-5-5; 6-6-6; 1-7-7; 2-8-1; 3-9-2. etc. I scratch off each set as I go so I never lose track of where I am. It might be better to envision it vertically... first column would be 1,2,3,4,5,6,1,2,3,4,5,6,1,2,3,4,5,6..Vertically, next to this column would be the main pattern 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 etc up to 30: 27,28,29,30,1,2,3,4 etc. The the 3rd column would be 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 etc. HOpe this helps, it's not as confusing as it seems.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
October 20, 2014

The right and left edges are the same, they just start on the different rows. Note, that you should repeat rows 1-6 for left edge and rows 2-7 for the right edge.
The short end is finished with knitted-on edge, but you can knit it separately and sew on.
Poster: Norita WIlladsen
April 26, 2014

I have just completed the body of this scarf and I am wondering if the edge is knit separate and then sewed on, or if stitches are picked up and then knit. If the stitches are to be picked up, how many sts are to be picked up along the long edge and how many along the ends. thanks.
Poster: Connie Lavelle
September 19, 2013

I've only been knitting a few years and am confused by this pattern.
Should I knit row 1 of the left lace pattern and then row 1 of the leaf pattern and then row 1 of the right lace pattern?
and so on and so on. I love this pattern and would really love to complete it correctly. If you could get back to me it would be appreciated. Thank you.
Poster: Delia
September 19, 2015

Brilliant! This will really simplify this project. I'm creating my chart right now. Can't wait to start this!
Poster: Michelle Ayers
May 5, 2017

Wow this clarifies things. Thank you!! I'm new to patterns. I'm surprised this is classed as easy
Poster: Rachel Casto
September 26, 2017

Did you get an answer on your question? If yes, would you share with me? thank you in advance with any information you can give me.

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