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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.

Reader Comments (124)

Thanks! I get it now.
November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
The pattern is beautiful and very easy to read. Thank you so much. I love my scarf!
February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicci
Thank you for sharing this gorgeous pattern. Your step by step explanation was what made me take up this project. I seem to have just a little problem, though. The little holes of your scarf look very liitle and delicate and mine look so big. In fact the leaves look quite bigger than yours. Do I need to use a smaller size of neddles? I am using a worsted weight yarn and US 7 (4.5mm) needles.
Thanks for your help.
April 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartha
Hello, thank you for this pattern - my scarf is developing beautifully. I am using a grape coloured Australian wool and it looks fabulous! Thank you!!!
May 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpatti
Thank you for the most beautiful scarf(ves) I've ever made! The instructions are so clear and easy to follow. It knits up so darn quickly, too! By the time I made the second side I rarely had to unpick a row :) Lace knitting can be a quite easy to mess up but this was a really good pattern. Love, love, love this scarf (and so does everybody else)!
October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine
Good Evening!

I saw this scarf and fell in love with the pattern and yarn. When I went to the website for yarn it quotes the price per skein being $46. If you require 6 to complete a scarf it's a bit pricey isn't it?!
October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
Hi Kathleen,
Thanks for your comment. For a less expensive alternative that is still really beautiful, soft and super warm, check out Blue Sky's Worsted. You'll need 600 yards to make the scarf. You can find the yarn right here:
October 10, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for your response! Again, it's a beautiful scarf!
October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen
This is a beautiful scarf and a wonderful blog! I can not believe how HELPFULl and understanding you are! Wonderful. I can't wait to try this pattern with these awesome directions!
November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
I just used this pattern to "spruce up" a Christmas stocking I was making and was so thrilled by your tutorial (I'm a beginning knitter). Thank you so much for such a great site.
November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllisonK
hello please explain the stitch you say,examble:10+1,i don,t understand the last stitch i make the pattern to see and the last stitch is alone..
December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
Hi Georgia,
I'm not entirely sure what the problem is that you're having. Can you let me know what row you're on? Also, in the meantime, you should look at the videos on at the links below to check that you are understanding how to work all of the different abbreviations. Please let me know if you need more help!

for a YO, see the bottom left of this page:

for ssk and k2tog, see this page:
December 1, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
i know all the stictces i don,t unterstand what we are doing with the last one sticth,i mean:60+1,20+1 10+1 the last the +1 i made to see one row and all was ok what about the last one?i knitted k1 alone?sorry for my english i am from Greece,i hope now understand.
December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia
Hi, would the scarf be still alright if instead of having a stockinette stitch in the middle, it will be a 1x1 rib stitch instead? I've used a size 7 needle and the scarf's width is approx. 23cm/9 inches long. I'm afraid that it's not wide enough that it will curl into a skinny scarf. I don't want to have to knit a garter stitch along the edges, so will it still have the same effect if I do a rib stitch instead?
December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee
Hi Georgia,
If you are doing all of the stitches correctly you shouldn't be left with a stitch at the end. Please take a look at the videos I linked to above to check on your stitches. A lot of time it is the YO that is causing the problem. I hope this helps! Good luck. Joelle
December 2, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Dee,
You can definitely do a rib stitch in the middle but do keep in mind that rib pulls in so it will be more narrow than the rest of the scarf (but maybe a bit less than it would be if it curled up). Let us know how it goes!
December 2, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
thank you very much i saw the videos the ssk i made it wrong
December 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeorgia

I started to work on this pattern, however right from raw 2 the number of total stitches left after the row is being knitted increase. I guess this is because we are doing all these YO and then purl them. Is that supposed to be like this?
December 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraliner
Hi Aliner,
You should be ending each row with the same amount of stitches you started with. It sounds like maybe you aren't doing the decreases, or something weird is happening with your yarn overs... it's hard to say without being there to look at it.

Please check out the the videos on at the links below to make sure that you are understanding how to work all of the different abbreviations, and let us know if you need more help!

for a YO, see the bottom left of this page:

for decreases, ssk and k2tog, see this page:
December 5, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have a naive question. In the sl1 of sl1, k2tog, psso, you say to slip one stitch as if to purl. When I purl, I move the working yarn in front, but your photo doesn't seem to indicate this. When I slip one as if to purl, do I leave the working yarn behind or move it to the front. Thanks!
December 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne
Hi Suzanne,
For slipping, leave the yarn in back (or if you were working on a different pattern and it was in front, you'd leave it in front). The main point of slipping as if to purl is to avoid twisting the stitch as you slip it (which you would do if you inserted your right needle into the stitch as if to knit and slipped it off). Hope this clarifies the technique for you, please let us know if you have any further questions!
December 5, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks! That makes sense. I love this pattern.
December 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuzanne
Hi, awesome scarf I am half way thru it! I am using a plum color worsted weight peruvian wool and it looks great. I've never knitted a pattern other than stripes and ribbing and your instructions were extremely clear and easy to follow. I had no problems understanding, I suspect any trouble people are having may be due to not paying attention to their stitches. Thanks so much for such a wonderful scarf project!
December 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina
I think I'm doing something wrong here. My work looks kind of flat. It does curl like the instruction says, but the parts that cross over each other are flat and don't stand out like the picture. you can see the holes and the whole pattern, but it's not that great. what am I doing wrong here? It is my first time with a pattern. Should I use smaller size needles? I'm working with what looks like a size 3.
December 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSanam
Thank you so much for such clear directions for this wonderful scarf! I was wondering if you have any hat/beret patterns that would match this or incorporate this pattern?
January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen M
as a very new knitter, I am finding this gorgeous scarf a blinking nightmare! I am wondering if there are any tips to not dropping stitches and keeping your place in a pattern any advice would be greatfully received.with thanks in advance
April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterballu
Hi Ballu-

For not dropping stitches, you might want to use addi lace needles because they're not slippery. They also make lots of lace techniques easier because of the pointy tips. You can find them here:

For keeping your place in the pattern you might want to use a post it note to "underline" the row you're on, or you could maybe use a row counter. As you get familiar with the pattern and as it grows, it will become more and more obvious where you are and when you have made a mistake (the first couple inches of lace knitting are the hardest!)

There are no magic formulas but hopefully some of this will help. Please let us know if you have any more questions!
April 25, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this scarf! I'm a relatively new knitter but really wanted to try this as it is just gorgeous. Thanks for your super clear instructions - it's made my first real effort lace been surprisingly easy!

Can I just ask one question and sorry if you've answered it already and sorry if it's just something I should know! What's the best way to change to my next ball of yarn given that I'm still in the lacy section? Because I've knitted it slightly loose (not intentionally!) I'm worried that if I weave my ends into the lace, that ends will pop up or just not look right. Have you joined your yarn together (felted or russian join) or overlapped stitches or woven the ends in?

Thanks so much in advance! I LOVE your site btw, and wish very much that I could visit you guys in NY! If I ever get over there (sigh! I hope one day I do) I will certainly be paying you a visit!
August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBec in AUS
HI Bec-

This is from Joelle, "I always join in a spot where there aren't tons of openings if possible and then go through the backs of the stitches diagonally. A few stitches in from the edge or even right on the edge for this project is fine since the edge curls, you won't notice the ends being sewn in there."

Hope that helps. Thanks for the question!- Molly
August 15, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am looking at the instruction on this scarf. I don't see any instruction for the odd rows 3,5,7,9 etc. Please advise, Thanks
November 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJConstantine
Hi Juliet,
For the odd rows throughout the entire pattern you purl all stitches. You can find this in the first line of the pattern: "Row 1 and all odd number rows (wrong side): Purl". (It IS a bit subtle up there!) Good luck!
November 7, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! I'm almost finished this and I still love love love it!

Just a quick question though: the length is quite a bit shorter than scarves I would normally knit and others I've seen floating around - is there any particular reason - does this scarf suit being shorter, do you think if I made it more like 70 inches it would be too long? (I'm making it for a very tall friend!)

November 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBec in AUS
Hi Bec-

The original scarf was made on the shorter side because the yarn is so special and costly but if you'd like to make it longer we think it would be lovely. The 60- 72 inch range (depending on the height of the person) is fairly standard for scarves so making it 70-inches for a tall friend sounds perfect.

Thank you so much for your question!
November 16, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I can't find my 9s!! Can I use this same pattern in tens? I didn't know if it would yeild the same result as 9s.


July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabbyknitster
Hi Gabbyknitster,
You can use your 10s but using larger needles might change the fabric a bit. It depends on how you knit. If you are a tight knitter than you might hit the recommended gauge with the larger needle. If you are a loose knitter however, going up in needle size will make the scarf a bit more open, wider and will use more yarn. -Laura
July 9, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am having trouble on row 4. I keep ending up with a K3 at the end of the row instead of K2. Please tell me what I am doing wrong.
September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHylah
Dear Hylah,
I'm happy to help but I'll need a little more information from you. Did row 2 work for you? It's very similar to row 4, the stitches are just in a different order and it starts with k2 rather than k3.

The two other things I would want to know in order to help troubleshoot would be:
1. Did you start with k3 in the 4th row?
2. Did you repeat the stitches only between the *'s?

Any other info you could provide would help me sort out the problem. Also, if you have time, it might help to read through the comments to this pattern as there is lots of detailed help there.

Best wishes,
September 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I've only just started knitting - my mum did teach me to knit and purl when I was about 14, but it ended there - and after a few test projects two weeks ago I decided to simply go for it and make this scarf. It is turning out absolutely wonderfully! I'm making it in a woolly yarn in warm red and bordeaux red ... Next I will try to make a hat to go with it. Thank you for your clear instructions on this! I'm a purlbee addict now and think I will take up sewing next :-)
October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita
this site is fantastic! you are very talented and i just wanted to thank you for posting all these great patterns =)
November 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjesica
If I cast on 81 then should i always end up with 81 stitches after every row? If so Ive gotten to row 16 and I only count 80 stitches now. Is there a way to fix this? can I just add another stitch?
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAysia
Hi Aysia-

Yes you should have 81 stitches after every row. You can just add another stitch but since you are only at row 16 we'd recommend that you pull out your stitches until you reach the mistake row and start again from there. Sorry! Good luck with the project and let us know if you have any more questions!

December 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm a pretty new knitter, but you made this pattern so easy to understand! Thanks! I love the leaf pattern so much I was thinking of making a whole scarf out of just that. Any advice on how the amount of yardage I might need to get 65-70ish inches of leaves?
January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Hi Jen-

Joelle estimates that you will need the same yardage or perhaps a hair less.

It sounds beautiful! Thank you for writing in.

January 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am quite new in knitting and mastered the first lace part. It's a great idea to knit a simple scarf with two lace parts - Thank you for your clear descriptions and the details written in the comments!
January 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternicolezh
I'm having the same problem as Jess and Sanam, my scarf so far (did 16 rows) looks flat. There is no texture to it. I was wondering if maybe I should restart it with a tighter tension?

I'm a fairly new knitter so I haven't really mastered getting the right tension >.>;;
April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMindy
Hi Mindy-

We're not sure exactly what is happening here. It would be best if you could email us a photo of your work to molly AT purlsoho DOT com


April 12, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I have a problem, Idont understand;
In ROW 2:
Row 2: K3, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.

3 + ( 2 + 1 + 2) x 9 + (2+1+2+5) +3= 61

The last 5k , ONLY repeat in the last repeat?
In row 4:

Row 4: K2, *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3; repeat from *, end last repeat k2.

2 + ( 2 +1+1+1+2+3)x 6 + 2 = 64 fail


2 + (2+1+1+1+2) x6 + (2+1+1+1+2+3) +2 =56 fail
I dont have 61
I dont row 4

Sorry for my english
Thank you
April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterberta
Hi Berta-

We're not sure we quite understand your question but it seems like you are reading the repeats incorrectly. For instance, Row 4 should read as: 2 + [(2 + 1 +1 + 1 + 2 + 3) x 5]; + (2 + 1 +1 + 1 + 2 + 2) = 61

We hope this helps!

April 15, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarinder

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!!

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMuumi

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