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Autumn Leaves Afghan



This unique afghan knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn features 170 knit leaves in assorted autumn colors. This knit afghan looks beautiful when all leaves are assembled, creating a natural scalloped edge. Knit this afghan for fall or anytime.

Knit Autumn Leaves Afghan


  • Yarn: Red Heart "Soft Yarn" Art. E728, 5 oz/256 yard balls: 2 balls each No. 1882 Toast CA, 4608 Wine CB, 4422 Tangerine CC, 9114 Honey CD, 9522 Leaf CE, 9344 Chocolate CF.
  • Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9]
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm [US I-9].
  • Yarn needle
  • stitch marker

Time to Make: 40 Hours

Finished Size: 54" x 60"

Gauge: 16 sts= 4"; 24 rows= 4"

Special Abbreviation: SKP = Sl 1, K1, psso


Whole Leaf (Make 170)- 28 each of 4 colors and 29 each of 2 colors OR mix colors as desired.
Cast on 30 sts. Row 1 (Right Side): K 13, SKP, place marker on needle, K to end -- 29 sts.
Row 2: K 1, P to 2 sts before marker, P2tog, sl marker, P to last st, K – 28 sts. RK to 2 sts before marker, SKP, sl marker, K to end – 27 sts.
Rep Rows 2 and 3, dec 1 st each row, until 4 sts remain;drop m
Next Row: K 1, SKP, K 1. Next Row: P3tog. Fasten off, leaving 12” tail

Half Leaf for Right Side (Make 10 in colors of choice)
Cast on 15 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K to last 3 sts, SKP, K 1.
Row 2: K 1, P to last st., K
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 2 sts rem. Next Row: P2
Fasten off.

Half Leaf for Left Side (Make 10 in colors of choice)
Cast on 15 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K across. Row 2: K 1, P to last 3 sts, P2tog, K1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts rem.
Next Row: P3tog. Fastern off.

FINISHING: Position leaves in 10 strips of 17, with a leaf pointing up and the next leaf pointing down, alternating across with various colors. Sew strips together. Sew half leaves into spaces at sides. Weave in ends.

Edging (Optional): With I hook and color of choice, sc across each end.

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Reviews More Reviews

Feb 16, 2013

Could anyone let me know what the abbreviation RK stands for in the autumn leaves afghan. Marj


Oct 3, 2012

I just finished up this afghan -- It turned out beautifully! I've gotten several compliments on it, actually. I added 2 more rows of "diamonds" to make it longer. Also, it took more like 80 hours to make, not 40! I would make it again, but maybe as a baby blanket. I love that you can choose your colors to really make it work for your decor and customize it.


10 Ratings

Sep 9, 2012

It's nice that you put in a time approximation for this project. Thank You


Nov 12, 2011

I'm just starting on this project... It seems like a good, portable afghan, since you do the leaves individually. I think the RK is a mistake; it should be on the next line, and say "Row 3: K to 2 stitches before marker..." Also, I just did a "leaf" and it is asymmetrical, not even on the two sides. So, I am going to try doing it with Row 1 as K 14 (not 13, as in the pattern), SKP, place marker on needle, K to end. Has anyone else tried this?


Mar 29, 2011

First thing is all of you are correct about this pattern. It is incomplete & some of it is totally wrong. I went to Red Heart site & found the same pattern listed under a different name & some of it was left out & there is no meantion of RS in the one on Red Heart Site. I have been knitting for over 40 yrs & when something doesn't make sense I go to the direct source. Good Luck to thoes who have tired or going to try this pattern. I'm adding it to my Must Make for Me List. Hope this helps.


Jan 28, 2011

@Carolknits I haven't tried the pattern but I believe RK = raised knit stitch


Sep 14, 2010

This is a beautiful afghan. I'm and intermediate knitter and the directions are inaccurate, I have many knitting books and none of them have "RK" in them? Please have your directions accurate and abbreviation on the pattern. Thank you Kylava for finding out what "RK" means


Sep 10, 2010

To Carolknits - I don't knit (but love to look). I know how frustrating it can be when you try to follow instructions or ask about something and don't get a reply. I cannot attest to its accuracy but I went and looked up that "RK" for you and this is what I found: RK = raised knit stitch = Insert needle into the stitch below next stitch on left-hand needle and draw yarn through (2 stitches on right-hand needle), purl the next stitch on left-hand needle (2 stitches on right-hand needle), pass the first of these 2 stitches over the last the last stitch.


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