Succulent Leaves Shawl

This is a sideways shawl that was inspired by a unique leaf stitch pattern that is reminiscent of beautiful leaves seen on succulents. The shawl is crescent shawl with a thick cable atop the lace border even pretty enough to be flower petals.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 45” x 15” (Blocked and unpinned).

Size of your shawl will vary depending on your yarn yardage.

Gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter St.

Gauge is not crucial for this project.

It is more important to work the three sections (increase, even, and decrease) in approximate 33% increments, requiring a yarn scale, and working the shawl according to your own yarn skein’s yardage.

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight (100% Merino; 405 yards [370 meters]/146 grams): Twilight, 1 skein

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm): straight or circular needles.

Notions: M; tapestry needle; yarn scale; cable needle (optional)

Abbreviations

RS = Right side
WS = Wrong side
CO = Cast on
BO = Bind off
Pm = place m
sm = slip m
st(s) = Stitch(es)
k = k
p = purl
kfb = increase one stitch. k in front and back of stitch.
yo = yarn over
ktbl = k through the back loop
k2tog = k two together (k 2 stitches together)
ssk = slip, slip, k (slip 2 stitches as if to k, k2tog through the back loop)

Special Stitches

K One Front and Back (KFB)

Cabling without a cable needle

C6F – Sl 3 sts to cn, hold in front, k3 sts, k3 from cn
C4B – Sl 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k2 sts, k2 from cn
BO4 (bind off 4 stitches) – K1, (k1, pass previous k st over the newly k st) 4 times.
Sk2p – Sl 1 st as if to k, k 2 sts together, pass slipped stitch over the k2tog st.

Pattern Notes

This shawl is worked sideways. It is increased over approximately the first 33% of the skein, worked even over the next approximate 33% of the skein’s total weight, and then decreased the rest of the yarn’s weight.

You will need to weigh your yarn on a yarn scale before and as you k this shawl. If you are not using a scale, you MUST swatch to get gauge and follow the repeats of the sample of 6/3/6. (Increase/Even/Decrease)

Chart

Right Side (RS) Odd numbered rows: The chart is read from right-to-left.
Wrong Side (WS) Even numbered rows: The chart is read from left-to-right.

The stitch marker is placed where the red line is on the chart.

The stitch count of the lace edge section increase and then decrease.

Pattern

Note: The sample was worked with 6/3/6 repeats. Please remember, you need to repeat the sections according to your own yarn skein yardage unless you have gotten gauge. 

CO 24, using long-tail cast on.

Set-up Row 1: K4, pm, k2, pm, k18 – 24 sts.
Set-up Row 2: K24 – 24 sts.

Increasing Section

Work the Increase Section, repeating Rows 1-20, 6 times or to you have used approximately 33% of your yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 20.

Row 1 (RS): K4, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 2 (WS): K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts
Row 3: C4B, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 4: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 5: K4, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 6: K4, p2, k1, p4, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 7: C4B, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, C6F, p2, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 8: K5, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 20 edge sts.
Row 9: K4, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 10: BO4, k2, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 11: C4B, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 12: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 13: K4, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 14: K3, p3, k1, p3, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 15: C4B, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 16: K4, p2, k1, p4, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 17: K4, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 18: K5, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 20 edge sts.
Row 19: C4B, sm, k to 1 st before m, kfb, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 20: BO4, k2, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.

Even Section

Work the Even Section repeating Rows 1-20, 3 times or to you have used approximately 33% of your yarn’s total weight, ending on Row 20.

Row 1: K4, sm, k to m, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 –  18 edge sts.
Row 2: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 3: C4B, sm, k to m, sm, K6, P2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 4: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 5: K4, sm, k to m, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 6: K4, p2, k1, p4, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 7: C4B, sm, k to m, sm, C6F, p2, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 8: K5, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4. (20)
Row 9: K4, k to m, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 10: Bo4, k2, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 11: C4B, sm, k to m, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 12: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 13: K4, sm, k to m, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 14: K3, p3, k1, p3, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 15: C4B, sm, k to m, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 16: K4, p2, k1, p4, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 17: K4, sm, k to m, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 18: K5, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 20 edge sts.
Row 19: C4B, sm, k to m, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 20: BO4, k2, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.

Decreasing Section

Work the Decrease Section repeating Rows 1-20, 6 times or using the remaining approximate 33% of your yarn. Once you have successfully decreased back to the original 24 sts, follow Finishing Instructions below.

Row 1 (RS): K4, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts
Row 2: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 3: C4B, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, K6, P2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 4: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 5: K4, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 6: K4, p2, k1, p4, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 7: C4B, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, C6F, p2, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 8: K5, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 20 edge sts.
Row 9: K4, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 10: Bo4, k2, p7, k2, p6, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 11: C4B, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, k6, p2, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 12: K3, p3, k1, p3, k2, p6, sm, k to m, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 13: K4, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k2tog, p1, ssk, ktbl, yo, k3 – 18 edge sts.
Row 14: K3, p3, k1, p3, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.
Row 15: C4B, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, yo, k2tog, p1, ssk, yo, k4 – 19 edge sts.
Row 16: K4, p2, k1, p4, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 198 edge sts.
Row 17: K4, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k1, ktbl, yo, sk2p, yo, k5 – 20 edge sts.
Row 18: K5, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 20 edge sts.
Row 19: C4B, sm, k to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sm, p2, k2, p4, yo, ktbl, k3, ktbl, yo, k7 – 22 edge sts.
Row 20: BO4, k2, p7, k4, p2, k2, sm, k to m, sm, p4 – 18 edge sts.

Finishing

Row 1: K24 – 24 sts.
Row 2: K24 – 24 sts.

BO all sts.

Weave in ends and block. Enjoy! yarn ball

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