Lace Leaf Stitches

Lace leaf stitches are motifs created around leaf shapes. Leaves have been used as a basis for many lace designs. The resulting fabric forms some of the most beautiful knitted lace.

Embossed leaves are also often incorporated into lace knitting stitch designs.

See some of the leaf stitch designs below:


Lace Climbing Leaf Stitch

The climbing leaf lace stitch is a particularly lovely stitch.  It is best displayed when knitted in thin yarns.
Lace Climbing Leaf Stitch    The climbing leaf stitch is suitable for borders, panels or the entire body of a
   garment.

   It would also make an attractive tray cloth, baby blanket, lampshade cover
   or dressingtable runner.

   You can easily change the garter stitch panels between the motifs to any other
   stitch you might prefer.
 
Instructions:
Cast on a multiple of 18 + 3 sts
Row 1: k3, m1, k5, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, sl1, k1, psso, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, m1, k1, m1, k3*
Row 2 and all alternate rows: k3, *p15, k3*
Row 3: k3, *m1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1, sl1, k1, psso, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k3, m1, k3*
Row 5: k3, *m1, k1, m1, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k5, m1, k3*
Row 7: K3, *m1, k3, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k2tog, m1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1, k3*
These eight rows form the stitch pattern for the climbing leaf lace stitch.



Falling Leaves Lace Trellis Stitch


Falling Leaves Lace Trellis Stitch The falling leaves in this trellis stitch is another attractive use of  the
leaf motif.

It is not as "open" (does not have so many holes) as many lace stitches.

It can be used for almost any thickness of yarn and used for the entire
body of garments.

It does make a wavy edge at the bottom if not anchored by a border or rib.

Instructions:
Cast on a multiple of 10 + 6 sts:
Row 1: k1, m1, *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, m1, k1, m1* to last 5 sts - k3, sl1, k1, psso.
Row 2 and all alternate rows: p
Row 3: k2, m1, *k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1, k3, m1* to last 4 sts, k2, sl1, k1 psso
Row 5: k3, m1, *k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, m1, k5, m1* to last3 sts, k1, sl1, k1, psso
Row 7: k4, m1, *sl1, k2tog, psso, m1, k7, m1* to last 2 sts, sl1, k1, psso
Row 9: sl1, k1, psso, k3, m1, *k1, m1, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, m1* k1
Row 11: sl1, k1, psso, k2, m1, *k3, m1, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, m1* end with k2
Row 13: sl1, k1, psso, k1, m1, *k5, m1, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, m1* last sequence, end with k3
Row 15: sl1, k1, psso, m1, *k7, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1* last sequence, end with k4
These 16 rows form the sequence for the falling leaves lace trellis stitch.




Creeping Vine Lace Stitch:

Creeing Vine Lace Stitch   Notes:

   The creeping vine stitch creates an interesting wavy, almost rippled design
   which can be used for borders or for the body of very lacy garments.

   When knitted in very fine yarns, it forms a beautiful light weight soft fabric
  suitable for shawls or stoles.

  The creeping vine lace stitch needs a border to keep it straight on the edges.

  It is knitted in a basic stocking stitch, so the edges will also curl up.

Instructions:

Cast on a multiple of 8 + 2 sts
Row 1: k1, *m1, k1tbl,m1, k2tog.tbl k5* k last st
Row 2: p5 *sl1, p1 psso, p7* last sequence will end with p4
Row 3: k1, *m1, k1tbl, m1, k2, k2tog.tbl, k3* k last st
Row 4: p3, *sl1, p1, psso, p7* last sequence will end with p6
Row 5: k1, *k1tbl, m1, k4, k2tog.tbl, k1, m1* end with k1
Row 6: p2, *sl1, p1, psso, p7*
Row 7: k1, *k5, k2tog, m1 k1tbl, m1* end with k1
Row 8: p4, *p2tog, P7*, last sequence will end with p5
Row 9: k1, * k3, k2tog, k2, m1, k1tbl, m1* end with k1
Row 10: p6, *p2tog, p7* p2tog, P3
Row 11: k1, *m1, k1, k2tog, k4, m1, k1tbl* k last st
Row 12: P7, *p2tog, p7* p2tog, p2
These 12 rows form the stitch sequence for the creeping vine effect.




Leafy Fronds Lace Stitch

The leafy fronds stitch pattern makes an interesting panel.   It can be used in continuous panels for the body of garments,
tray cloths, shawls, blankets or in stockings. 

Though it looks fairly complicated, the leafy fronsd stitch is not difficult to knit and it is easy to follow the sequence.
The stitch sample is shown in a fine slightly fluffy yarn on the right and a 3ply yarn on the left.

Instructions:
Cast on a multiple of 31 + 3 stitches
Row 1: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k9, m1, k1, m1 p2, m1, k1, m1, k9, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Row 2 and all alternate rows: *k3, p13, k2, p13* k3
Row 3: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k8, (m1, k1) x 2, p2, (K1, m1) x 2, k8, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Row 5: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k7, m1, k1, m1 k2, p2, k2, m1, k1, m1, k7, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Row 6: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k6, m1, k1, m1 k3, p2, k3, m1, k1, m1, k6, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Row 7: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5, m1, k1, m1 k4, p2, k4, m1, k1, m1, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Row 9: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k4, m1, k1, m1 k5, p2, k5, m1, k1, m1, k4, sl1, k2tog, psso* k3
Repeat these 10 rows to form the leafy fronds stitch pattern.


Leafy Fronds Lace Stitch
   Features of the Leafy Fronds Knitting Stitch:
  *     The manner in which the stitches are organised and knitted creates a curved
        impression in the weave of the fabric itself.
  *    The sides of the fabric are straight when steamed and pressed
  *    The bottom edge has a concave curve in the middle of each stitch sequence.
  *    You can use any thickness of yarn, but it has the best and most delicate effect when
       knitted in fine yarns.
 *     The garter stitch edging helps the fabric to lie flat.
 *     You can incorporate the curves of the bottom edge into the design of your garment.