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Autumn Leaves Knit Afghan Pattern

Learn how to stitch up this afghan knitting pattern that'll keep you warm!

Autumn Leaves Knit Afghan Pattern
Autumn Leaves Knit Afghan Pattern
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Nothing beats curling up with a comfy knit afghan pattern on a cold day. As autumn approaches, work up this lovely Autumn Leaves Knit Afghan Pattern to keep warm. This unique afghan knitting pattern from Red Heart Yarn features 170 knit leaves in assorted autumn colors. Resembling the leaves outside, this knit afghan is perfect for the fall (or anytime, really!). Once you've stitched all the leaves together, you'll see that this afghan pattern creates a natural scalloped edge that's truly beautiful. Place this knit afghan on your couch as a decoration or snuggle up with it as you're watching TV.  Whether you use this knit pattern as a blanket or a home decoration, you'll absolutely fall in love with this afghan. It's simply unbe-leaf-able!

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge16 sts= 4 in.; 24 rows= 4 in.

Finished Size54 in. x 60 in.

Materials List

  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Toast CA
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Wine CB
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Tangerine CC
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Honey CD
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Leaf CE
  • 2 balls of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Chocolate CF
  • 5.5 mm (US 9) knitting needles
  • 5.5 mm (US I-9) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker


Whole Leaf

(Make 170) - 28 each of 4 colors and 29 each of 2 colors OR mix colors as desired.
Cast on 30 sts.

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): K 13, SKP, place marker on needle, K to end -- 29 sts.

  2. 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.

  3. Rep Rows 2 and 3, dec 1 st each row, until 4 sts remain; drop m. 

  4. Next Row: K 1, SKP, K 1. Next Row: P3tog. Fasten off, leaving 12 in. tail.

Half Leaf for Right Side

(Make 10 in colors of choice). Cast on 15 sts. 

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): K to last 3 sts, SKP, K 1.

  2. Row 2: K 1, P to last st., K

  3. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 2 sts rem.

  4. Next Row: P2

  5. Fasten off.

Half Leaf for Left Side

(Make 10 in colors of choice). 
Cast on 15 sts.

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): K across. Row 2: K 1, P to last 3 sts, P2tog, K1.

  2. Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts rem.

  3. Next Row: P3tog. Fasten off.


  1. 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.

  2. Weave in ends.

Edging (Optional)

  1. With I hook and color of choice, sc across each end.


Sl 1, K1, psso

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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

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.

For the full leaves, there is no clear Row 3. The row after row 2 states "RK to 2 sts before marker..." I have no idea what RK means! Thanks Carolknits

This is beautiful and i am going to make one for my Daughter, she has always wanted a quilt and this resembles a quilt, so wish me luck...


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