Falling Leaves Afghan


Falling Leaves Afghan

A myriad of autumn colors adorn this classic knit afghan pattern. Perfect for adding warmth to any room in the house, the Falling Leaves Afghan is the quintessential blanket for Thanksgiving festivities. Warm enough to dash away the chills post football game and cozy enough to fall asleep post turkey feast, the Falling Leaves Afghan is sure to become a blanket you'll love displaying for many Thanksgivings to come.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® “Soft Yarn™”, Art. E728, 5 oz / 256 yard balls: 2 balls each No. 1882 Toast CA, 4608 Wine CB, 4422 Tangerine CC, 9114 Honey CD, 9522 Leaf CE, 9344 Chocolate CF
  • Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5 mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker



GAUGE: 16 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4”.
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.



Afghan measures approx. 54” x 60”.


A, B, C, etc = Colors A, B, C, etc.
MC = main color
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
lp = loop
mm = millimeters
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl = slip; sp = space
st(s) = stitch (es)
tr = treble crochet
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified


Whole Leaf (Make 170) – 28 each of 4 colors and 29 each of 2 colors OR mix colors as desired.

Cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 (Right Side): K 13, SKP, place marker on needle, K to end - 29 sts.
Row 2: K 1, P to 2 sts before marker, P2tog, sl marker, P to last st, K – 28 sts
Row 3: K to 2 sts before marker, SKP, sl marker, K to end – 27sts
Rep Rows 2 and 3, dec 1 st each row, until 4 sts remain; drop marker
Next Row: K 1, SKP, K 1. Next Row: P3tog. Fasten off leaving 12" tail for sewing

Half Leaf for Left Side (Make 10 in colors of choice)

Cast on 15 sts
Row 1 (Right Side): K across. Row 2: K 1, P to last 3 sts, P2tog, K1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts rem
Next Row: P3tog. Fasten off.


Position leaves in 10 strips of 17, with a leaf pointing up and the next leaf pointing down, alternating across with various colors. Sew strips together. Sew half leaves into spaces at sides. Weave in ends.

Edging (Optional): With I hook and color of choice, sc across each end.





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Hi Knitters, The list of crochet abbreviations is listed because there is an optional crochet border along the afghan. Unfortunately Red Heart does not provide a diagram of this blanket. Hope this helps, -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

skp is indeed slip, knit pass and the list of terms is also incorrect, they are all crochet-not sure why they are there. The pattern itself at first glance does appear easy enough, but upon closer inspection actually doesn't make any sense to me at all, there really should be a construction diagram or something else visually to help people understand how all this is going together-i shall look around on the internet and see if there is better info there because as this is written and looking at the picture, I just can't visualize it.

SKP (Slip,Knit Pass?) does not appear on the list of terms which is for crocheting not knitting.


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