Ash Leaf Knit Sweater

Spring’s warmth heads its way, and once it finally arrives, you better be ready to meet it with a positive mood, big smile and appropriate outfit. As we all know the Spring has lots of mood swings, in the morning it might be sunny and warm, while in the afternoon rainy and plenty of cold. If only it was just once in a while, but it’s not, and having a knit sweater made of merino wool at hands definitely won’t hurt. I’m so excited to see the buds and first leaves that I couldn’t find a better idea for this pattern. Meet Blooming Leaf Knit Sweater Pattern.

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> Circular needles in size US 9/ UK 5 (5.5 mm) for the main part and US 3 (3.5 mm) for the ribbing part;

<> 100% merino wool (Kartopu Merino Yün). Light pink color: 100 grams -180 m per skein – in total 6 ball.

<> Stitch markers.

Finished measurements of raglan leaf sweater:

To Fit: S, M, L

Chest circumference – 110 сm (43.3 inches);

Raglan depth – 22 cm (8.6 inches) or 25% of the chest circumference;

Length – 45 cm (17.7 inches) from underarm;

Sleeve length from underarm – 44 cm (17.3 inches);

Gauge: 16 stitches = 10 cm (4 inches in stockinette stitch).

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

pm – place marker

M1PW – Make 1 Purl Wise Check my Instagram video of how to knit M1PW

yo – yarn over

k5f1 – Knit 5 from 1: in the same stitch – knit 1, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, knit 1 and then drop the stitch from your left needle.

skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it's done.

k2tog – knit two together

k3tog – knit three together

p2tog – purl two together

pfb – Purl increase: purl into the front stitch, do not take the stitch off the left hand needle, purl into the back stitch and take it off the left hand needle.

Body of the knit leaf sweater

Using 3.5 mm circular needles cast on 160 stitches and join to knit in the round. Rib k2, p2 for 13-14 rounds or about 6 cm (2-2.5 inches).

Round 1-4: pm, p39, k2, p39, pm, p39, k2, p39.

Round 5: [p38, k5f1, k2, k5f1, p38] – twice.

Round 6: [p38, k12, p38] – twice.

Round 7: [p36, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, M1PW, k2, M1PW, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, p36] - twice.

Round 8: [p37, k7, p1, k2, p1, k7, p37] - twice.

Round 9: [p35, p2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, M1PW, p1, k2, p1, M1PW, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2tog, p35] - twice.

Round 10: [p36, k9, p2, k2, p2, k9, p36] - twice.

Round 11: [p34, p2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, M1PW, p2, k2, p2, M1PW, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2tog, p34] - twice.

Round 12: [p35, k11, p3, k2, p3, k11, p35] - twice.

Round 13: [p33, p2tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, M1PW, p3, k2, p3, M1PW, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, p2tog, p33] - twice.

Round 14: [p34, k13, p4, k2, p4, k13, p34] - twice.

Round 15: [p32, p2tog, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, M1PW, p4, k2, p4, M1PW, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, p2tog, p32] - twice.

Round 16: [p33, k15, p5, k2, p5, k15, p33] - twice.

Round 17: [p31, p2tog, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, M1PW, p5, k2, p5, M1PW, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, p2tog, p31] - twice.

Round 18: [p32, k17, p6, k2, p6, k17, p32] - twice.

Round 19: [p30, p2tog, k8, yo, k1, yo, k8, M1PW, p6, k2, p6, M1PW, k8, yo, k1, yo, k8, p2tog, p30] - twice.

Round 20: [p31, k19, p7, k2, p7, k19, p31] - twice.

Round 21: [p29, p2tog, k9, yo, k1, yo, k9, M1PW, p7, k2, p7, M1PW, k9, yo, k1, yo, k9, p2tog, p29] - twice.

Round 22: [p30, k21, p8, k2, p8, k21, p30] - twice.

Round 23: [p28, p2tog, skpo, k17, k2tog, M1PW, p8, k2, p8, M1PW, skpo k17, k2tog, p2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 24: [p29, k19, p9, k2, p9, k19, p29] - twice.

Round 25: [p27, p2tog, skpo, k15, k2tog, M1PW, p9, k2, p9, M1PW, skpo k15, k2tog, p2tog, p27] - twice.

Round 26: [p28, k17, p10, k2, p10, k17, p28] - twice.

Round 27: [p28, skpo, k13, k2tog, p9, k5f1, k2, k5f1, p9, skpo k13, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 28: [p28, k15, p9, k12, p9, k15, p28] - twice.

Round 29: [p28, skpo, k11, k2tog, p7, p2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, M1PW, k2, M1PW, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2tog, p7, skpo, k11, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 30: [p28, k13, p8, k7, p1, k2, p1, k7, p8, k13, p28] - twice.

Round 31: [p28, skpo, k9, k2tog, p6, p2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, M1PW, p1, k2, p1, M1PW, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2tog, p6, skpo, k9, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 32: [p28, k11, p7, k9, p2, k2, p2, k9, p7, k11, p28] - twice.

Round 33: [p28, skpo, k7, k2tog, p5, p2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, M1PW, p2, k2, p2, M1PW, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2tog, p5, skpo, k7, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 34: [p28, k9, p6, k11, p3, k2, p3, k11, p6, k9, p28] - twice.

Round 35: [p28, skpo, k5, k2tog, p4, p2tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, M1PW, p3, k2, p3, M1PW, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, p2tog, p4, skpo, k5, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 36: [p28, k7, p5, k13, p4, k2, p4, k13, p5, k7, p28] - twice.

Round 37: [p28, skpo, k3, k2tog, p3, p2tog, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, M1PW, p4, k2, p4, M1PW, k6, yo, k1, yo, k6, p2tog, p3, skpo, k3, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 38: [p28, k5, p4, k15, p5, k2, p5, k15, p4, k5, p28] - twice.

Round 39: [p28, skpo, k1, k2tog, p2, p2tog, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, M1PW, p5, k2, p5, M1PW, k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, p2tog, p2, skpo, k1, k2tog, p28] - twice.

Round 40: [p28, k3, p3, k17, p6, k2, p6, k17, p3, k3, p28] - twice.

Round 41: [p28, k3tog, p1, p2tog, k8, yo, k1, yo, k8, M1PW, p6, k2, p6, M1PW, k8, yo, k1, yo, k8, p2tog, p1, k3tog, p28] - twice.

Repeat Rounds 20-41 2 times. At very last round do not purl the last 4 stitches. Place these 4 and next 4 stitches to the scrap yarn. This is a place for the underarm.  Do not cut the yarn. Take new ball and move on to knit sleeves.

knit spring sweater with leaves

From this point onwards do not add new leaves and continue finishing the leaves that you have already started.

 

Sleeves of the knit leaf sweater:

Make two. Cast on 42 sts using 3.5 mm knitting needles, join to knit in the round. Rib k2, p2 for about 7-7.5 cm. Change for the large needles size and purl every next round. After 7 cm add 2 more stiches that the total number of stitches are equal 44. Add one stitch in the beginning and one at the end of the round. I like to use purl front and back method that is described above. Knit sleeve until it reaches 44 cm. At the very last round do not purl last 4 stitches.  Place these 4 and next 4 stiches to the waste yarn. Cut the yarn leaving 15-20 cm tail.

magic loop knit sleeves for the leaf sweater

knitting sleeves in the round

Joining the sleeves to the body of the knit leaf sweater:

Round 1: Using working yarn of the body part purl 36 stitches from the waste yarn (first sleeve), p27, k19, p7, k2, p7, k19, p27, place next 8 stitches to the waste yarn, purl 36 stitches (second sleeve), p27, k19, p7, k2, p7, k19, p27.

Joining the sleeves to the body of the knit leaf sweater

Shaping a raglan sweater yoke:

Round 2: [pm, p1, p2tog, p30, p2tog, p1, pm, p1, p2tog, p22, p2tog, k9, yo, k1, yo, k9, M1PW, p7, k2, p7, M1PW, k9, yo, k1, yo, k9, p2tog, p22, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 3: [p34, p25, k21, p8, k2, p8, k21, p25] – twice.

Round 4: [p1, p2tog, p28, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p20, p2tog, skpo, k17, k2tog, M1PW, p8, k2, p8, M1PW, skpo, k17, k2tog, p2tog, p20, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 5: [p32, p23, k19, p9, k2, p9, k19, p23] – twice.

Round 6: [p1, p2tog, p26, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p18, p2tog, skpo, k15, k2tog, M1PW, p9, k2, p9, M1PW, skpo, k15, k2tog, p2tog, p18, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 7: [p30, p21, k17, p10, k2, p10, k17, p21] – twice.

Round 8: [p1, p2tog, p24, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p16, p2tog, skpo, k13, k2tog, M1PW, p10, k2, p10, M1PW, skpo, k13, k2tog, p2tog, p16, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 9: [p28, p19, k15, p11, k2, p11, k15, p19] – twice.

Round 10: [p1, p2tog, p22, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p14, p2tog, skpo, k11, k2tog, M1PW, p11, k2, p11, M1PW, skpo, k11, k2tog, p2tog, p14, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 11: [p26, p17, k13, p12, k2, p12, k13, p17] – twice.

Round 12: [p1, p2tog, p20, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p12, p2tog, skpo, k9, k2tog, M1PW, p12, k2, p12, M1PW, skpo, k9, k2tog, p2tog, p12, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 13: [p24, p15, k11, p13, k2, p13, k11, p15] – twice.

Round 14: [p1, p2tog, p18, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p10, p2tog, skpo, k7, k2tog, M1PW, p13, k2, p13, M1PW, skpo, k7, k2tog, p2tog, p10, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 15: [p22, p13, k9, p14, k2, p14, k9, p13] – twice.

Round 16: [p1, p2tog, p16, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p8, p2tog, skpo, k5, k2tog, M1PW, p14, k2, p14, M1PW, skpo, k5, k2tog, p2tog, p8, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 17: [p20, p11, k7, p15, k2, p15, k7, p11] – twice.

Round 18: [p1, p2tog, p14, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p6, p2tog, skpo, k3, k2tog, M1PW, p15, k2, p15, M1PW, skpo, k3, k2tog, p2tog, p6, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 19: [p18, p9, k5, p16, k2, p16, k5, p9] – twice.

Round 20: [p1, p2tog, p12, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p4, p2tog, skpo, k1, k2tog, M1PW, p16, k2, p16, M1PW, skpo, k1, k2tog, p2tog, p4, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 21: [p16, p7, k3, p17, k2, p17, k3, p7] – twice.

Round 22: [p1, p2tog, p10, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p2, p2tog, k3tog, M1PW, p17, k2, p17, M1PW, k3tog, k2tog, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p1] – twice.

Round 23: [p14, p24, k2, p24] – twice.

Continue shaping raglan sweater yoke with short rows:

On the front side place two markers: 2 stitches right and 2 stitches left from the stalk.

Knitting raglan sweater yoke with short rows

Row 1: p1, p2tog, p8, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p19, turn.

Row 2: yo, k33, k1, k2tog, k21, p2, k21, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k19, turn.

Row 3: yo, p56, k2, p23, p1, p2tog, p6, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p17, turn. (Do not touch stitch and yo from the previous row).

Row 4: yo, k29, k1, k2tog, k20, p2, k20, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k17, turn. (Do not touch stitch and yo from the previous row).

Row 5: yo, p51, k2, p22, p1, p2tog, p4, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p15, turn.

Row 6: yo, k25, k1, k2tog, k19, p2, k19, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k15, turn.

Row 7: yo, p46, k2, p21. Do not turn the work anymore. Continue working in round.

Round 8: p25, [(yo+st) purl together] – 3 times, p1, k2, [(st+yo) purl together] – 3 times, p46, k2, p21. We purl yo and next stitch or stitch and yo together in order to close the gap you made by turning your work.

 

Change needles to the smaller size, in my case 3.5 mm, add couple of stitches to have in total the number divisible by 4 and finish ribbing k2, p2. Sew underarms. Check my Instagram video on how to bind of and weave in all ends.

underarms holes of knit leaf sweater

sewing underarms holes of knit leaf sweater

Wash the sweater, then dry it on the flat surface and a little bit reshape to prevent stretching. Your sweater is ready! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? 😊

model wears ash leaf knit sweater

finished ash leaf knit sweater on model

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