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Autumn Leaves
» photos: Sue Pauler » model: Allie

Autumn Leaves

By Jenny Snedeker

I’d have to say that the colors of the yarn inspired this sweater; the soft, fall colors reminded me of walking through the woods with the leaves swirling down. I wanted it to be a jacket that could be worn during the changing of the seasons so I knit it at a tighter gauge than usual. I am a big advocate of personalizing things that I make, and I wanted to give others a chance to make this design their own. I left the sweater plain for the most part, so that the detail could be added later, with embroidery, as the knitter desires.


Newborn[3, 6-12, 18, 24, 36) months

Shown in 24 months


Chest: 17.25[20.5, 21.75, 22.75, 24, 26] inches
Length: 7[8.5, 9.75, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5] inches


Berroco Ultra Alpaca [50% Peruvian Wool, 50% Super Fine Alpaca; 215 yds/198 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram hank];

#6279 Potting Soil Mix [MC]; 2 skeins
#6281 Redwood Mix [CC1]; 25 yards
#6280 Mahogany Mix [CC2]; 25 yards
#6253 Dijon [CC3]; 25 yards
#6275 Pea Soup Mix [CC4]; 25 yards

Recommended needle sizes

US #4/3.5mm 24 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 4)
US #5/3.75mm 24 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 4)


Stitch markers
4-6 .5inch buttons


23 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in St st on larger size needles before washing and blocking
21 sts and 31 rows = 4 inches in St st on larger size needles after washing and blocking
Note: Ultra Alpaca relaxes after washing and blocking. Pattern calculations are based on the post-washing gauge.


This cardigan is worked from the bottom up, with no seams.  Body is worked to the underarms, then placed on hold while the sleeves are worked and then attached to the Body, then yoke is worked as one piece to the neck.  Neck and Button Bands are picked up and knit later.


CC1: Knit 2 rows
CC2: Knit 2 rows
CC3: Knit 2 rows
CC4: Knit 2 rows



With smaller circular needle and CC1, cast on 89[106, 112, 118, 124, 135] sts.
Rows 1-8: Work 8 rows in Garter st (knit every row) following stripe sequence.


Change to larger circular needle and MC and work in St st until piece measures approximately 4.25[5.25, 6, 6.75, 7.25, 7.75] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Set aside.

Autumn LeavesSLEEVE


With smaller dpns and MC, cast on 30[38, 40, 42, 44, 46] sts. Being careful not to twist sts, join to work in rnd. Place marker.
Rnds 1-8: Following stripe sequence, work 8 rnds in Garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd).


Change to larger dpns and MC and work in St st until Sleeve measures approximately 4.25[5, 6, 7, 8, 9] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Place last 8[8, 8, 8, 10, 10] sts on a piece of waste yarn (underarm) to hold for grafting; slip remaining 22[30, 32, 34, 34, 36] sts onto second strand of waste yarn and set aside.
Repeat for second Sleeve; do not slip last 22[30, 32, 34, 34, 36] sts onto waste yarn.


Row 1 (Joining): Beginning at right front, k18[22, 23, 25, 25, 28] sts, slip next 8[8, 8, 8, 10, 10] sts onto waste yarn, pm; with RS of Sleeve facing, k22[30, 32, 34, 34, 36] from second sleeve, pm, k37[46, 50, 52, 54, 59], slip next 8[8, 8, 8, 10, 10] sts worked onto waste yarn, pm, with RS of first Sleeve facing, slip 22[30, 32, 34, 34, 36] sts from first sleeve waste yarn onto left needle and knit across, k18[22, 23, 25, 25, 28]: 117[150, 160, 170, 172, 187] sts.

Rows 2-8: Work even in St st.

NOTE: Raglan decreases and Neck Shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Please read all instructions before starting this section.

Raglan Decrease Row: * Knit to within 2 sts of first marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from * 3 more times, knit across: 109[142, 152, 162, 164, 179] sts.
Continue decreasing in same manner every RS row 4[4, 5, 5, 5, 6] more times: 77[110, 112, 122, 124, 131] sts.

Neck Shaping

Continue to work raglan decreases every RS row and AT THE SAME TIME, work Neck Shaping as follows.
Next 2 Rows: Bind off 6 sts at neck edge of next 2 rows.
Next Row:  Dec 1 st at each neck edge, every row 4[5, 6, 7, 8, 8] times: 33[56, 56, 56, 56, 63] sts.

Neck Band

Change to smaller size circular needle.
With CC4 and beginning at right front edge, pick up sts evenly along neck edge, knit across sts on needle, pick up sts evenly along left neck edge.
Row 1: Knit across.
Rows 2 and 3: With CC3, knit across.
Rows 4 and 5: With CC2, knit across.
Rows 6 and 7: With CC1, knit across.
Bind off all sts loosely knitwise.

Autumn LeavesButton Band

For Girls, work buttonholes on right front; for boys, work buttonholes on left front.
Tip: Work buttonholes on both sides. You will be able to change buttons for a boy or girl.
Mark front edge for buttonholes, having the first marker a half inch from bottom and the last marker a half inch from top and desired number of remaining buttonholes evenly spaced in between. With RS facing and CC4, pick up 4 sts for every 5 rows along front edge.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: With CC3, * knit to buttonhole marker, k2tog, yo; repeat from * across, knit across.
Rows 3-7: Work same as Neck Band.
Bind off all sts loosely knitwise.
Repeat for second side, working buttonholes if desired.


Using Kitchener st, graft underarm sts together.

Sew buttons to front band opposite buttonholes.

Weave in all ends


Using tapestry needle and contrasting colors and referring to charts, embroider leaves as follows:

Autumn Leaves

Bring needle up at A and down at B (about .125-.25 inch away).  Bring needle up at C and, leaving a small loop, insert down at D.  Bring up at E and back down at B to anchor the stem stitch. Repeat as many times as desired by slightly widening each loop and then bringing stitches closer together to form a leaf shape. Simple designs for embroidering the leaves have been included. Make the leaves as large or as small as you wish, or be creative and make up some of your own!

Autumn Leaves

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Jenny Snedeker

Jenny has been sewing and knitting children’s garments since 1996 as a way to make quality clothing at affordable prices. As a designer, she combines her love for sewing and knitting by incorporating sewing elements into her knitted patterns. You can visit her at her website.


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