Leafy Baby Blanket

This is my most popular design so far! It is warming my heart that there are so many leafy blankets out there, hugging all these tiny babies! 

I actually didn’t design much – selected a stitch pattern from a stitch book and added a border. Anyways, I’m glad people like it. It’s a good pattern for a beginner who wants to practice lace – it has both left and right slanting decreases on right and wrong side – great practice. But it’s not very complex, and with yarn held double on large needles goes pretty quickly.

PDF here.

You can now buy a kit from Craftsy – the pattern there has been tested and adapted to reflect different yarn. The pattern is still free – you only pay for the materials and shipping. They made some beautiful pictures, too:

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Thanks to Marjorie from Filophiles website, there is now French version of the pattern available here. – VERSION FRANCAIS

And now, thanks to Marga Frances, we have Spanish version, too – pdf here. – ESPANOL

Marica was kind enough to translate the pattern into Italian – ITALIANO

Czech version here – CESKY

Thank you, Gilma Elias, for PORTUGUESE translation.

You can easily adjust the width and length of the project. One pattern repeat is 15 stitches (that’s one leaf width-wise and two leaves long-wise, the first one leaning to the right,and the second one leaning to the left).

Not knowing your gauge or the size of your couch, it’s hard to estimate the number of the repeats that you’ll need. Try making a swatch with 2 repeats of the pattern to see what size you’ll get and to decide how many repeats you’d need to cast on for. To calculate the total number of stitches to cast on, multiply 15 by the number of the repeats you want to make and add 10 stitches (you need 2 for the lace pattern to line up, and 4 for each side border of seed stitch).

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  1. 5
    Christina

    This is really nice! I’ve got a couple of skeins of laceweight yarn to use up. Do you think with small enough needles the pattern would come through? It could be a small blanket (say, just for the car seat or something) but I don’t want to knit something that just looks “holey”.

    • 6
      silkandwool

      Hi Christina,

      I think it should work fine – it will depend on your yarn and needles selection.

      I suggest you make a swatch – to see if you like the pattern, and to estimate, how many repeats you need to make. Don’t forget to block the swatch before measuring, and make sure to make it at least 15×15 cm (6x6in). I think if you keep the same number of repeats with laceweight on small needles, it’ll b e way too small.

      Contact me if you need more help.

      Leyla

  2. 9
    throughjadecolouredglasses

    Hi, I really liked this pattern, its beautiful and though i messed up along the way and had to unravel and pick up stitches (which was incredibly frustrating and stressful as I started the blanket for a friend that is due tomorrow and I originally thought she was due in December!) but in the end I’m very pleased with it and grateful that you offered this awesome pattern for free. :)

  3. 11
    francoise

    thank you for this pattern that kept me busy all summer long, i’ve been doing two scarves in a light weight silk and mohair ..they had a lot of success !

  4. 22
    Shireen Dial

    I just looked at the pattern and I’m sure I’m just not thinking straight without the needles in my hand! But, the seed stitch for every row, I’m guessing it’s k1, p1, k1, p1 on the even rows and p1, k1, p1, k1 on the odd rows? That’s what I’m guessing.
    If I read the written directions, I think I get it. When I look at the chart, I get confused. The chart look like you purl, purl, then knit across, purl, purl, etc. The written says p1, k1, p1, k1 all the way across.
    I’m sure it would make sense if I just started it with needles in hand! I mean, look at all the beautiful blankets and no one else has asked that question!
    Thanks!

    • 23
      silkandwool

      Hi Shireen. Thanks for your question!

      The chart depicts only the lace pattern, not the seed stitch border. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask again if you need more help.

      Kind regards,
      Leyla

  5. 26
    Nadja

    Leyla,
    If I use size 8 needles while knitting this pattern with two strands of lace yarn will it still show the pattern the way it does in your blanket? I purchased to skeins of hand dyed yarn so I am trying to make it go a long way for a baby blanket and I would like to follow your pattern as closely as possible. I am on a trip and left my needles at home so I’m hoping I can get the right size needle so that I don’t have to buy several :)
    Thanks!

    • 27
      silkandwool

      Hi Nadja! I would definitely swatch – make a smaller sample to see how yarn behaves and what sed 8’s, too, but with DK held double… Depending on your actual yarn, I would used size 3 to 5 needles. This, however, will give you less stitches per inch, so you would need to have more pattern repeats and so cast on more stitches.I would wildly guess that you’ll need twice as many repeats as there are in the pattern, but it’s really hard to say without a swatch… The pattern has quite detailed instructions on how to calculate new number of stitches to cast on.

    • 29
      silkandwool

      Of course you can – that’s the beauty of knitting, you can change things to your liking. But, as in the question by Nadja just above, you need to use appropriate needle size and increase the number of pattern repeats.

  6. 30
    Tara

    Love this pattern and would like to give it a go! Unfortunately, I’m not able to open the above links for the pattern. Is there another way for me to access it? Thanks!

  7. 37
    Jana

    Hi, I love this pattern ad can’t wait to get started! I am pretty new to knitting and wondered what the advantage of using 2 strands at one time is? Is it just to get a thicker blanket? Thanks! Jana

    • 38
      silkandwool

      Hi Jana,

      I wanted a quick knit, and didn’t have suitable yarn, so I used two strands. When you use thicker yarn and larger needles, you get larger stitches so you need less stitches and rows to cover the same area. You can either choose yarn that’s similar to mine (140 meters in 50 gr) held double and same needles. You can also use one strand and smaller needles. In that case you need to cast on more stitches than the pattern says, to get a blanket that’s wide enough. Or else, you can get a thicker yarn (about 70 m/140gr). It’s always a good idea to swatch to be sure that your item come out the right size. I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions if you would like more guidance.

  8. 43
    Tammy

    I love this blanket! I have three questions:
    How much yarn is needed when using worsted weight?
    Is the border k1 p1 k1 p1 on the even rows and p1 k1 p1 k1 on the odd?
    Is blocking necessary? I have an acrylic yarn I’d like to use but don’t want to be disappointed at the end when I can’t block it.
    Thanks for the beautiful pattern!

    • 44
      silkandwool

      Hi Tammy . I’m glad you like the blanket. To answer your questions, I did it using lighter weight,yarn sorry I cannot tell for sure. It would also depend how big you want it to be. If you’re on ravelry you can take a look at other people projects. The border is 4 sts. So on rs it’s k1p1k1p1, and on wrong side it’s p1k1p1k1. For blocking I cannot tell you for sure. I suggest you make a swatch and see if you like how it looks. I hear you can put acrylic through dryer to “block” it, but I never did so myself. So if you swatch you can try that, too. Let me know if you have more questions. Regards, Leyla.

  9. 46
    rosalind

    Hi. I really like this but I am utterly confused. In your instructions it says for the main body 4 sts in seed stitch (k1p1k1p1) then 6 repeats of leaf pattern. Does this mean 6 repeats of row 1 of the leaf pattern or 6 repeats of all 20 rows of the leaf pattern?! Please explain…I really want to start this! Thanks :)

    • 47
      leilalieva

      Hi Rosalind, every row of the blanket you start with 4 stitches of seed stitch, yhen you do 6 repeats of the corresponding row of the pattern and you finish the row with seed stitch border again. So in row 1 you do row 1 of lace pattern , in row 2 – row od the pattern etc. Hope this helps. If not, please let me know.

      • 48
        rosalind

        So row one you have 4 sts of seed stitch, then repeat row one of the leaf pattern 6 times, then 4 sts of seed stitch. And you do this for every row like this for the entire leaf pattern 5 times? I think I have it haha

  10. 49
    Kimberly

    This is a fantastic pattern!!!!! It knitted up beautifully. Wish I didn’t have another project due next. i want to make one for myself. I’d add a picture of my blanket but there is not place to do that.

    Thanks for the pattern. It was PERFECT!

    • 50
      leilalieva

      Hi Kimberly! Thank you for letting me know! Are you on Ravelry? I’d love to see your blanket! Or you could e-mail me your picture and I’ll post it here – would be lovely, too!

  11. 52
    Jean Murri

    I need to do this in the color “natural” but yours is out of stock. Do you have another “natural”or a “white” that I can use? Can’t wait to work this one up!!! Thank you!

    • 53
      leilalieva

      Dear Jean, the kit is managed by Craftsy, please get in touch with them regarding the yarn – I just wrote the pattern. I hope you can the colours that you need. If not, you can find the pattern for free on my website, and buy your own yarn. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions about the pattern.

  12. 54
    Catherine

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern. I have been hunting for a baby blanket pattern, as I have a new niece/nephew arriving in July. I have tried several and have either been dissatisfied or they haven’t worked, which has been very frustrating I was so delighted when I found this.

    I must compliment you on your excellent set of instructions.

    I am also going to knit the pattern with less panels and make ‘leafy scarfs’ I have recently made a beret which has a pretty eyelet pattern which will match beautifully – scarf/beret twin sets. The pattern has rib for the rim, however it can easily be subsituted with seed stitch.

    Thanks so much again!
    Catherine

    • 55
      leilalieva

      Dear Catherine, thank you for your warm words, they have really made my day! I’m glad that you liked the instructions and will use the pattern again. Please feel free to ask any questions. Happy knitting!

  13. 56
    Catherine

    It’s absolutely lovely to knit. So satisfying, becaust you are always doing something different. I must admit it took me a while to get my head around the repeats. I actually found it easier when I cast on the complete number of stitches (100). It’s going beautifully now.

    All female members of my family are getting a scarf or cowl for Christmas. I am completely laden with 5ply in a variety of colours so I won’t even have to buy more yarn!! :-)

    I will post photos of finished projects.

    Many thanks again,
    Catherine

  14. 57
    antoinette romanelli

    hello
    I am knitting your leaf blanket, but I am a bit confused. I’v just done the border and going to start the main body. is the first row rs or ws?
    plus it says to do 4 sts in the seed then the 6 repeats then the 4 seed st. I’m making mine 10 repeats but i know how to do that.
    what confuses me is the next sentence knit 5 of the repeats, then the last repet do the rows from 1-12 once ok
    so where is the pattern for the first row with the 6 repeats?
    if you can write it out for me i would very much appreciate it.for the life of me i can’t seem to figure it out, lol.
    thanks.

  15. 60
    Tabby

    assistance with getting started on this project please? I cast on 100 4 rows in seed stitch, simple. Starting the leaf pattern is a problem, I ended up with an odd number of stitches remaining at the end of the first row. Do I have 4 stitches in seed stitch for the border, p2, k13, p4, k13,p 4 etc followed by 4 stitches in seed stitch?

    • 61
      leilalieva

      Hi Tabby! to make things easier, this is how the first row should looke like:
      k1, p1, k1, p1, (p2, k 13), p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
      Repeat stitches in brackets for 6 times.
      To help you, you may want to use stitch markers to separate the borders on each side, and each 15-stitch pattern repeat. Let me know if you have more questions.

  16. 63
    Jane Bluestein

    I LOVE this pattern and thank you so much for offering it for free on Ravelry. I’ve also been knitting since I was a child, but have only ventured into lace patterns recently. I absolutely love this project and have had few turn out quite as nice as this one. I have been so impressed by the design and clarity of instructions. You did a beautiful job and I’m delighted with how my attempts have turned out. I just finished a slightly larger version for my niece, whose baby just arrived today (on her 30th birthday). It’s on the blocking board right now, and I can’t wait to send it to her. Thank you again!

  17. 65
    Britta

    Hello, first off, thank you so much for composing this wonderful pattern! I’ve been trying to knit it up, but I admit I’m having a bit of trouble with YO’s. This is my second foray into YO’s and after two tries, no matter what I do, it’ll be going great and then I’ll come to a repeat that has two extra stitches, and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong as I’m following the pattern. Would you happen to have any tips on how to do YO’s correctly?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • 66
      leilalieva

      Hi Britta, sorry for a delay in reply, I am not really sure what your difficulty may be – we all knit in different styles. I know from comments on Ravelry that people using English/continental method often have problems with this pattern, as it uses yarn overs on the wrong side too… May be try looking that up? If not, may be you can send me some pictures of what you are doing, and I can try and help you figure it out?

      • 67
        Catherine

        Hi Leila and Britta,

        I was a bit confused about YO as well. However, there are lots of videos online that show you how to do it.

        Hope this helps.

        Cheers,
        Catherine

  18. 68
    Nadene

    Hi. I am still learning about knitting but am totally in love with this blanket. I am having great difficulty reading and understanding this pattern.
    It says cast on 100 stitches and I finish the border but then in the leaf pattern it says to work in multiples of 15????? I am really confused because if I do it in multiples of 15 with the 2 at the end or beginning i am left with 10 stitches at the end of the row that I am not sure what to do with. Am I reading this wrong??

  19. 72
    Betty

    I tried sending an email, but my mail said it was an invalid address.

    I do not understandcwhat it means to cast on with two strands of yarn.

    Also, in readingbthe questions of other knitters, I am a new beginner and want to make this for a friend’s baby.

    Can you add notes to the pattern that include your responses to those who have questions? As I read their questions, I realize that they are asking questions about problems that I would have encountered if Imwere brave enough to start the pattern.

    • 73
      leilalieva

      Hi Betty, to cast on with two strands of yarn means you take two strands of yarn from two balls/skeins and use them as if it were one.

      I am well aware that my instructions are not worded in the way English/Amarican knitters are used to, and may be confusing. I am planning in rewriting the pattern, but at the moment I do not have time or energy – I work 6 days a week full time, study and take care of two small kids. As this is not my source of revenue, but a gesture to share what I came up with everyone for free, I hope you will understand that I cannot make you request my priority at this point in time. I hope you will still make the blanket, and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

  20. 74
    Rosa

    Hello, I’ve read the comments from other knitters and noticed that their instructions says to cast on 100. The instructions I received (from Craftsy) says to cast on 115. Is this a typo? It does not make sense to cast on 115 because it says to do the seed pattern “over the even number of stitches”. 115 is an odd number.

    • 75
      leilalieva

      Hi Rosa, I think Crafts have changed the pattern a bit as they are also selling kits with yarn that’s thinner than mine. As that lace pattern repeat is 15 stitches, it means their pattern is one repeat wider than the original one. You can still make seed stitch even if you have the odd number of stitch, only you would have to start the second row with a knit stitch . I guess this change has been overlooked, I’ll make sure that’s fixed. Happy knitting!

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