Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf

This Lovely Leaf Lace scarf is made with Lobster Pot's 8-ply cashmere in color "Chatham Light". The stitches that create this beautiful and dimensional pattern are a simple combination of strategic yarn-overs and decreases. The lace pattern has a wonderful dimensionality while the stockinette pattern curls around your neck like a big soft hug.

If you're curious about the green scarf on the left you can find the complete instructions for it at this link:



4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Measurements

Approximately 12 inches wide x 52 inches long

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is a lace leaf pattern at each end, and stockinette in the middle. You should know ahead of time that this scarf curls up on the edges, which makes it fit nicely around your neck, but it is wide enough that its not too skinny, even curled up.
  • Stitch pattern is a multiple of 10 + 1

The Pattern

Cast on 61 stitches.

Row 1 and all odd number rows (wrong side): Purl
Row 2: K3, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.
Row 4: K2, *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3; repeat from *, end last repeat k2.
Row 6: K1, *k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 8: K2tog, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso; repeat from * to last 9 stitches, end last repeat k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk.
Row 10: K1, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 12: K1, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 14: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 16: K1, *yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1; repeat from * to end (if you're wondering how to "sl 1, k2tog, psso", please see the detailed instructions below).

Repeat rows 1-16 five times more, work should measure approximately 16 inches from cast on edge, then:

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl
Row 2 (right side): Knit

Repeat these two rows until stockinette portion measures approximately 12 inches or you have used the first 3 skeins of yarn. Place these 61 stitches on a holder or spare needle and work the second half of the scarf the same as the first.

Use kitchener stitch to invisibly graft live stitches from each end together in the center of your scarf.

Weave in ends. Hand wash gently with a mild soap and allow to air dry. I don't recommend blocking this scarf too dramatically because you will flatten the wonderful dimensionality of the lace portion of the scarf. When you lay it out to dry try to encourage the lace portion to retain its depth rather than stretching it out flat.

Sl1, k2tog, psso

If this is the first time you've encountered "sl1, k2tog, psso" it might sound a bit mysterious! Here are step by step instructions for completing this step:

Step 1: Sl 1

Whenever you encounter "sl 1", it means to slip one stitch as if to purl. Insert needle into stitch as if to purl and slip it to the right needle without knitting it.

Step 2: K2tog

Knit the next two stitches together.

Step 3: psso

"Psso" stands for "pass slipped stitch over". For this step insert your left needle into the stitch that you slipped and pass it over the k2tog and off of the right hand needle as you would when binding off.

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76 Responses to Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf

  1. purl bee says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    We do understand what you are saying! It sounds like you are describing a “provisional cast on”. The provisional cast on is a great technique, but it isn’t appropriate for this pattern because on this scarf you are joining the two pieces at the end of the knitting rather than at the cast on. Hope this clarifies it for you, but if not be sure to let us know.

  2. Barinder says:

    Thank you very much for this lovely pattern .I have made 2 scarves for my friends Both of them loved them very much and apprecoiated the design

  3. Muumi says:


    This may be a silly question, but I'm an absolute beginner: doing the scarf in 2 bits is putting me off. Couldn't one just knit it as one piece?

    Lovely pattern!!


  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Muumi-

    The leaf pattern is directional so it needs to be knit in two pieces to keep the pattern symmetrical.

    Thanks for your question!


  5. Dorothy says:

    Hi I'm new to knitting and am trying this, but in every row when I count am ending up with more then 61 what am I doing wrong?

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Dorothy-

    It sounds like you might be doing the decreases incorrectly. Here is a video showing SSK:

    And here is a video on k2tog:

    Hope this helps!


  7. Dorothy says:

    thanks I was doing the ssl incorrect what I was doing was slip 2 stitches and knit the next instead of the 2 stitches

  8. Gayle says:

    I'm needing help! For the beginning you say to purl the odd rows. Do you mean purl the same as the knitt stitches.. Or just straight up purling?

  9. Pam Peltz says:

    I love this scarf. I'm a fairly beginner and was wondering why this can't be knit in one piece without the Kitchener part? Thank you.

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Gayle-

    I'm not sure I understand your quesrion. You purl every stitch of every odd row (row 1, 3, 5, 7, etc)

    Does this make sense. Please let us know!


  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Pam-

    The leaf pattern is directional so it needs to be knit in two pieces to keep the pattern symmetrical.

    Thanks for your question!


  12. Gayle says:

    Yes it does. I'm new to patterns lol. I'm doing this pattern in a multi-colored yarn and it's coming out pretty neat looking! Thanks

  13. Justine says:

    Hi, thanks for the pattern, my mother loves it so I'm rushing to finish it before her winter trip.
    I'm a beginner and so far, I've worked my way to row 15 smoothly but I'm starting to have doubts as I have holes here and there, mostly around the ''going upwards braid area" and the braids are not outstanding/ popping like yours. Am I doing it wrong or was it suppose to be like this?
    I'm using a pair of size US 6 needles, might this be the reason?

    Thank you

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Justine-

    Can you send us a picture so we can try to see what's going on? You can send it to Molly AT purlsoho DOT com.

    Thank you!


  15. Justine says:

    Hi Molly,

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    The first time I knitted it, I used a looser tension and the pattern was quite flat.
    I redid my stitches and knitted with a tighter tension and the pattern came out well.

    I have knitted five sets of the row 1-16, I checked my length, and it's about 6 inches short from cast on edge. Is this cause of the different size of needles?

    Where should I send the picture to as "Molly AT purlsoho DOT com" is not a email address so I am confused.


  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Justine-

    For the email address the AT (@) and the DOT (.) are spelled out to discourage spam. so replace the "AT" with an @ sign and the "DOT" with a .



  17. purl bee says:

    HI Christina-

    I think you need to knit a little more to really see what is going on. If you still think you're having a problem after you knit a few inches please send a photo to:

    Molly AT purlsoho DOT com

    Thank you!


  18. Nursehart says:

    Just starting to use this pattern in row two what is ssk ? slip stitch knit? would like to find out before I keep knitting and have to unravel it.

  19. purl bee says:

    Hi Nursehart-

    Here is a link to a video explaining ssk:
    Thank you!


  20. y2knits says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pattern! I wanted to do a matching hat and saw an earlier post asking if the leaf pattern repeat would then be 10+1, as in the flat directions, or if the repeat would only be 10 since it's joined in the round. I don't think I saw a reply and would appreciate the info.

  21. purl bee says:

    Deary y2knits,

    it's been so long since I made this scarf that I'm not sure. I would try a couple of super small samples using 10+1 and 10 and see how it goes. We would love to hear the results once you test it!


  22. Porshia says:

    Just finished a scarf using this pattern! Thanks a lot for it! Please let me know how you think it turned out :)

  23. Enid says:

    Hi Wondering if the leaf pattern can be worked in the round for a cowl? Has anyone tried? Thanks

  24. Sarah says:

    Thanks Abby and Joelle for your comments and clarifications. I had the same trouble and your comments really helped.

  25. Christina says:

    I'm kinda confused about this pattern at row 8.
    (repeat from * to last 9 stitches, end last repeat k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk)
    It says to last 9 stitches but k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk needs 11 remaining stitches. How does this work?

  26. purl bee says:

    Hi Christina-

    "k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk" takes 9 stitches to complete, since yarn overs do not use a stitch, instead they make a stitch. It might seem confusing to read but once you're at that point it will probably make sense.

    If you need clarification on how to do a Yarn Over you can check out our Yarn Over tutorial video here:

    Let us know if you have any more questions!


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