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Leaves on the Path Scarf

Jul 29, 2009
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Intermediate scarf worked with alternating leaf motifs in a knit/purl stitch pattern. The charts are fun to follow. Free knitting patterns.

Designer Laura Rintala
Finished Size 4¾" wide and 57" long.
Yarn Valley Yarns Williamstown (65% wool, 25% acrylic, 10% viscose; 126 yd [115 m]/50 g): #04 medium brown, 2 skeins. Yarn distributed by WEBS.
Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Tapestry needle.
Gauge 19 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st.

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on Jan 3, 2012 8:13 AM

Hi ..

Thanks a lot for this great pattern.. It is also my second try in reading a pattern.. I'm working closely with my mother on this pattern; for her to revise and catch up her previous skills and for me as an extra practice for beginners.

We are at the end of R2 and we notice that our stitches have gone down to 25 instead of 26 .. I think this happened when we started yarning over (YO) .. We yarn over the needle then knit the next stitch from the left needle.. Is there something missing we forgot to do?


Many thanks in advance :)

karen@3 wrote
on Nov 25, 2009 9:25 AM

I knit this and love the way it came out.  It was my first try at a pattern with a chart and I couldn't be happier with the result.

vhaile wrote
on Nov 21, 2009 10:06 AM

Actually, this flattened out very well with a little blocking and looks great.  VH

PatriciaC@54 wrote
on Nov 11, 2009 9:16 AM

I also greatly prefer written instructions to charts. I just can't make heads or tails out of the things. May I make a suggestion? A friend came up with a great freeware program called KniTML. It allows a designer to input their pattern in such a way that the person downloading it can select either chart or written instructions and even resize the garment on the fly, without the designer having to do anything beyond the initial entry. I won't post the link, just Google it. It would solve all of the problems of people who prefer different formats being left out of a designer's consumer base.

MMc@3 wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 3:00 PM

Another unique variation for my knitted leaves patterns collection! Quite delightful.

jtowner64 wrote
on Oct 9, 2009 12:08 PM

Note to SandraS@2: I concur. I am working on writing out the pattern in "English". If you would have a copy, please provide your email address and I will be more than happy to email it to you when I get it finished. It took my mother about 10 tries to get started on the chart pattern and has made two scarves. Me, however, cannot work with the chart. So I'm writing it out.

SandraS@2 wrote
on Oct 8, 2009 12:56 AM

  It is a very pretty scarf but I can't make it.  My brain disorder makes it impossible to read a chart, so once again I am left out of knitting something I would love to wear.  Why can't patterns be done in charts AND written?   Is that asking so much?

nancyi2 wrote
on Oct 6, 2009 2:21 PM

My advance apologies for what will turn out to be a lengthy post. 

I started knitting this a couple of weeks ago with some Galway 100% wool that has been in my stash forever   Even though I followed my own advice vis-a-vis yarn type, needle size, short rows, etc., I knit about half the scarf before I decided to send it to the frog pond.   I hope my observations and comments will be useful to others. 

Using the pattern/chart

  • Blow it up so you can see the markings easily
  • Color in the more unusual markings using a different color for each.   Leave the st and reverse st plain.
  • Draw vertical lines to separate the 3 garter stitches on each side. 
  • There is an error on line 19.  The yo has to be moved by one stitch to the left in order to align correctly with the preceding yo's.  This is because there is a p3tog before the yo in the earlier odd-numbered rows, but only a k2tog on row 19.  The difference of decreasing one fewer stitch means that the yo will not follow the "stem" in the right way.  Ros 89 will need a similar adjustment.

What the picture tells us

One thing I've learned over the years of looking at pictures of knitted garments is that the more obviously posed the model and garment are, the more likely that there are issues with the fit or hang of the garment.  Notice that in the photo,
  • The beginning of the scarf is not shown.  Don't most of us use the photo when we start a new project just to kind of follow along and make sure that we're on the right track?  The reason -- the beginning is severely distorted because of the p3tog's.
  • The model is  holding down the end.  Why -- because only by holding it down can she make it lie flat.
  • The garter stitch edge is really stretched -- look closely at the part around her neck.   Garter stitch is wider and flatter than stocking stitch and it has to be adjusted to work in long lengths as a border.
Dealing with the distortion
This pattern is going to have a lot of distortion (waviness, pulled up areas, twisting, etc.) because of all of the decreases.  Even though these are offset in the count by the yo's (ie., the stitches per row remain constant), the placement of the decreases, espcially the p3tog's, is going to mean that the scarf is unlikely to block out to a perfect rectangle.  If you like the wavy, bumpy, torqued look, just knit away, but if not, here are some ideas that may help:
  • Choose a yarn that will block well.  100% plied wool is probably going to be a good choice.  Synthetics, cotton, or yarns that can't be forced into shape will make it nearly impossible to get out the distortion.
  • Use larger needles than the yarn calls for as guage is unimportant in this application.  This simply makes it easier to block and since the scarf is unfitted, who cares. 
  • To keep the garter stitch border more even with the rest of the scarf, use short rows about every twentieth row.  These extra rows will be almost invisible and will retain the character of the border.  This is especially important if you decide to increase the number of edge stitches.
IMHO, the entire garment should always be shown laid out flat and photographed with all its "unique qualities"  so we can make better decisions about which of many projects we should spend our precious time knitting.  
On to my next project,




vhaile wrote
on Oct 1, 2009 3:45 AM

I have started this scarf and it is not laying flat.  Have I done something wrong? 

BeverlyB@32 wrote
on Aug 12, 2009 9:40 AM

I row one the RS or the WS? It makes sense that row one would be the RS because then you would have a K3 garter stitch border. However, I have knit 9 rows and the RS looks like the WS (inner side worn next to the skin) to me. Please help!

SusanS wrote
on Aug 10, 2009 9:46 AM

I downloaded this pattern and have kept it next to my computer as a reminder that I really want to knit this scarf for myself to have for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.  A KAL would be just the motivation I need to start this - yet another - project.

LINDAT@48 wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 3:03 PM

I vote for this pattern for the KAL!


Vickie@45 wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 8:19 AM

This scarf would make a great xmas gift, (if I can bear to part with it) I vote for this one for the next KAL.



DebD@26 wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 7:30 AM

I vote for this scarf as a knit-a-long project.



joanmarycp wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 1:58 AM

This gets my vote for the next KAL.  It's something I'll be able to get done in my limited available time.  Joan M.

NStiches wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 12:04 AM

Want to do for KAL!

SharonS wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 10:41 AM

I voted for this pattern because I have already atarted knitting it. So far, I haven't had any problems. I have followed the chart. I did change the color though. I ain't found of medium brown. Mine is lighter more of a tan. It is an ombre. I am a fan of ombres. I wanted to share my thoughts.       A fellow knitter,  Sharon

Veronika r wrote
on Aug 7, 2009 7:10 AM

jtowner64 - if I remember correctly, since you knit right to left across the row, you should read the chart from right to left. I made that mistake on my first charted pattern, I was reading it left to right and the pattern was not turning out, then I somehow realized why it was not turning out and tried reading it right to left and ta-da! The pattern emerged and I was very happy. I still hate reading charts, but knowing how to do it at least makes it easier to tackle. Good luck, this scarf is gorgeous and I may have to add it to my list...

jtowner64 wrote
on Aug 5, 2009 3:58 PM

Does anyone know how to read these charts? Do you do the rows left to right or right to left? The instructions are NOT very clear to those of us who hate chart only patterns.



on Aug 4, 2009 3:59 PM

I can only say that the pattern is Great.!!

Thank you.  I.T

char@2 wrote
on Aug 2, 2009 6:57 AM


I am forever scouting the web for patterns. Your site has the most original ideas and I look forward to the updates I receive from you. I am eager to do "Leaves on the path scarf.    Thanks for the valuable info from your site.

UlrikeR wrote
on Aug 2, 2009 4:34 AM

Danke, Laura Rintala

für diesen Schal, ein wunderbares Muster! Ich liebe es sehr!


2DENISE wrote
on Aug 1, 2009 5:15 AM

these scarves are beautiful. some of the patterns with alittle adjustment would make  wonderful shawls. can't wait to try them out.

NathanneV wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 5:19 PM

Wow!  I love this scarf, and I want to make it.  It caught my eye right away when I got my issue of Knits.  I enjoy doing leaves, and the graceful line of the pattern is so attractive.  It's lovely for Fall. 

Karin Soster wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 4:34 PM

Interesting, different and lovely with rustic appeal.  Will definitely make for ever growing collection of scarves.

Karin Soster wrote
on Jul 31, 2009 4:30 PM