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Knitting Project: A Cosy Rug (Blanket) With Leaf Pattern

As a teacher at all levels and mother of five children, Bronwen has been interested in a variety of crafts for both children and adults.

A cosy rug is fun to knit

A cosy rug is fun to knit

A Great Knitting Project

Knitting a cosy rug (or in American English, a blanket) is a good project for either summer or winter. As a rug is quite large, it can take a while to complete, but the squares are not large and a couple can be completed quite easily while watching the news and a show on TV in an evening.

Advantages of Rugs as Projects

  • Making a rug is something that can be picked up and done while relaxing around a fire and chatting together—and then left for months while you are occupied with other projects, and then come back to again.
  • It is a good way of using up all those odd balls of wool left over from other projects.
  • A small rug, using just a couple of colours arranged in a pattern, is a great gift for either a child or an older person.
  • Larger rugs can be made to fit a single bed, a double bed or even a queen-sized bed.

It's a good idea to decide whether to use pure wool or just what type of yarn you will use, especially if you plan to give it away when it is finished. Some of my children will not use anything but natural products for their children, so it's important to remember not to use man-made products on gifts for them, or all that work may be relegated to a charity shop.

A hand-knitted rug can make a great gift for an adult grandchild, too; they know that the rug has been made for them with love.

Making a purl stitch

Making a purl stitch

Slip one stitch, pass two stitches over it

Slip one stitch, pass two stitches over it

To make the row of holes, knit two together, bring the wool forward to make a new stitch

To make the row of holes, knit two together, bring the wool forward to make a new stitch

How to Knit a Square

There are different ways of making the squares that will later be sewn or crocheted together to make the rug. Eight-ply wool is a good material to use and size 4.00 mm (or No. 8) knitting needles work well for this type of project.

  • Straight Square: A square can be knitted just straight by casting on, say, 30 stitches; knit plain (garter stitch) until it makes a square and then cast off.
  • Square Knitted on the Diagonal: A square can be made by beginning with 2 sts and knitting either plain (garter stitch) or 1 row plain, one row purl (stocking stitch) and increasing 1 stitch each end of every second row until the size of the square is what you require (again 30 stitches works well), then decreasing each end of every second row. This has the advantage that the square has better 'pull' in the finished rug.
  • Squares That Have a Pattern: A rug that is made up of squares that have a pattern can be more attractive.
Finished square

Finished square

Leaf Pattern Square

Instructions for the different stitches are shown above and also on my linked article, which is shown at the bottom of the article. This pattern is not original; I copied it several years ago and do not now know the source.

Cast on 2 sts.

1st row: K1, yarn forward, K1.

2nd row: K1, P1, K1.

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3rd row: (K1, yfwd) twice, K1.

4th row: K1, P3, K1. Continue increasing in this way for rows 5 and 6.

7th row: K1, yn round needle, P1K2,yfwd, K1, yfwd, K2, P1, yarn over needle, K1.

8th row: K1, P1, K1, P7, K1, p1, K1.

9th row: K1, yrn, P2, K3, yfwd, K1, yfwd, k3, p2, yon, K1.

10th row: K1, P1, K2, P9, K2, P1, K1. Increase like this for rows 11 - 15.

16th row: K1, P1, K5, P15, K5, P1, K1.

17th row: K1, yrn, P6, yn back, slip 1, K1, pass slip st over, k 11, K2 tog, P.6, yon, K1.

18th row: K1, P1, K6, P13, K6, P1, K1. Decrease leaf size for rows 19-26

27th row: K1, yrn, P11, ybk, sl1, K1, psso, K1, K 2 tog, P11, yon, K1.

28th row: K1, P1, K11, P3, K11, P1, K1.

29th row: K1, yrn, P12, ybk, sl1, K2 tog, psso, P12, yon, K1 (29 sts)

30th row: K1, purl to last st, K1.

31st row: K2 tog. Knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog.

32nd row: As 30th row.

33rd row: K2 tog, yfwd, rep to lst 2 sts, K3 tog.

34th row: Knit.

35th row: As 31st row.

Repeat rows 30 to 35 three times, then rows 30 and 31 once.

Last row: p3 tog. Fasten off.

Sew four squares together to make a block

Sew four squares together to make a block

How to Make a Block

Make four squares, then sew or crochet them together with the leaves facing inwards to make a block. The leaves will then look like the petals of a flower.

How Many Blocks Needed

  • Knee-rug or a child's rug: 3 x 3 (9) blocks is sufficient (that is, 36 small squares)
  • Rug for a single bed: about 4 x 6 (24) blocks.
  • Rug for a double bed: about 6 x 6 (36) blocks.

How to Finish the Rug

  • Set all the blocks out in a large space and move them around until you find the colour combinations pleasing.
  • Sew or crotchet the blocks together.
  • It can then be complete, or you may wish to crochet an edging all around the rug.
  • Finish with a light iron.
Completed rug

Completed rug

Questions & Answers

Question: On row 17, what is yarn back?

Answer: You change the yarn back without knitting a stitch.


Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on August 29, 2021:

I'm sorry, I don't speak Spanish. My son-in-law teaches it in a university, so he translated it for me. He said it would be best for you to look up YouTube.

I hope this helps you.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on April 10, 2020:

Monica de argentina: I'm sorry, I don't speak Spanish. If you are making this project I hope it goes well and that you enjoy it.

Monica de argentina on April 06, 2020:

Hola podrías subir un tutorial porque no sé otro idioma y se me complica muchos desde ya muchísimas gracias

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on November 08, 2019:

Audrey Howitt: Well, yes, it did take a while, but it's my excuse for watching TV - I don't feel guilty for wasting time if I'm knitting! Thank you for your lovely comment.

Audrey Howitt from California on November 06, 2019:

Well, this is beautiful! It must have taken you forever!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on November 06, 2019:

Julie: Yay! Glad you were able to do that and did not have to wait so long.

Julie on October 27, 2019:

Thank you for getting back to me I figured it out xx

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 21, 2019:

Julie: I'm not surprised that you were struggling with it, but it's a wonder someone else had not picked up that omission. Of course, that slipped stitch needed a stitch to pass over. Thank you so much for noticing the error. If you look at row 17 now, you'll find that it has been added. Please accept my apology.

Julie on October 19, 2019:

Could explain row 17 to me please am struggling with it

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on May 20, 2019:

Yvonne C Dunmore: Thank you for your lovely comment. God bless you, too. I hope you have a great time when you try this pattern.

Yvonne C Dunmore on May 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for giving such detailed instructions on this pattern. I am so looking forward to trying this. God bless you for sharing with us.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on March 11, 2018:

Margaret: Well, I never thought I was much good at maths, especially when I had to teach the subject, but I do love to knit. So glad that I was able to help.

Margaret on March 11, 2018:

I’ve been looking for this pattern... THANK YOU for it..

It certainly does test your math skills

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on March 09, 2018:

Leanne: I'm sorry you're having problems with the pattern. Once you've made a few squares you'll probably know it off by heart. Have you tried using a row counter? That might help.

Leeanne on March 02, 2018:

Really struggling with this pattern. I'm always increasing the stitches and I don't know how I'm doing it

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on August 22, 2017: I would love to be able to translate this for you, but unfortunately, while I might manage in a few other languages, yours is not one of them. I hope you find someone who can help you. Good luck! on August 20, 2017:

I need translate this, please, I,m from Brasil

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on February 21, 2017:

Megan: Sorry that was not so clear. Hope this helps.

Row 4 (as above): K1, P3, K1.

Row 5: (k1, yarn forward) 4 times, k1.

Row 6: k1, p7, k1.

I'm making another rug at the moment - it's my excuse to myself for not wasting time while watching TV! I'm using some of those yarns that have lengths of different colours and it's fun seeing patches of colour emerge in different patterns.

megan on February 20, 2017:

How do you do the increase for 4th to 6th row i do not understand as i am only a beginner and have never made anything knitted from a pattern. I really want to make one of these blankets for my daughter who is due in may as i remember how much i adored the one my grandma made me when i was a little girl. please answer thanks.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 03, 2017:

Kim, I'm sorry for my late reply, I've been away on holiday.

Rows 11-15 follow the same pattern, allowing for the increases:

11: K1, yrn, P3, K4, fwd, K1, fwd, K4, P3, yon, K1.

12: K1, P1, K3, P11, K3, P1, K1.

13: K1, yrn, P4, K5, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K5, P4, yon, K1.

14: K1, P1, K4, P13, K4, P1, K1.

15: K1, yrn, P5, K6, yfwd, K1, yfwd, K6, P5, yon, K1.

Hope this helps!

Kim on December 24, 2016:

Hi I'm trying this out but can't figure out how to increase between 11-15. (Obviously not as clever as Barbara Lynn. Could you help me out please.

BlossomSB on November 02, 2016:

PegCole17: Thank you! It also means that it can be made one little square at a time, which doesn't seem such a daunting project, and over time they mount up. Also, yes, all those bits left over from other projects and they combine to make happy memories of past work. I hope you do try it and that it is fun for you!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 29, 2016:

This project is absolutely stunning. I love the close up of the leaf pattern. What a terrific way to use up all those bits of yarn that aren't enough for a solid piece. Your instructions were easy to follow as well. I look forward to trying out this one. Sharing this.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on May 30, 2016:

Frannytwentysecon: Sorry I missed your second comment until now! I tried several times to click on the URL you sent, but each time my computer froze and I had to go back to square one! Serves me right for being so slow! Thank you anyway.

Barbara Lynn: Yes, I guess it wasn't very clear.

Row 19: K1, yrn, P7, yb, slip 1, K1, psso, K9, K2 tog, P7, yon, K1.

Row 20: K1, P1, K7, P11, K7, P1, K1.

Row 21: K1, yrn, P8, yb, slip 1,K1, psso, K7, K2 tog. P8, yon, K1.

Row 22: K1, P1, K8, P9, K8, P1, K1.

Row 23: K1, yrn, P9, yb, slip1, K1, psso, K5, K2 tog, P9, yon, K1.

Row 24: K1, P1, K9, P7, K9, P1, K1.

Row 25: K1, yrn, P10, yb, slip1, K1, psso, K3, K2 tog. P10, yon, K1.

Row 26: K1, P1, K10, P5, K10, P1, K1.

Hope this helps!

Yes, 29 stitches is correct. Hope it all works for you now.

Barbara Lynn on May 30, 2016:

I figured out how to increase (rows 5, 6 and 11 - 16), but I'm at a loss for how to decrease (rows 19 - 26).

Also, after row 18, I have 29 stitches. Please confirm that is correct.

Thanks so much.

Frannytwentysecon on July 13, 2015:

Hello again Bloss!! If you follow this link, click on "virtual tours" & then on the "master bedroom" you can see the Lanyon example of this rug. It is in cream, too & looks just lovely on an old 4-poster bed. If the link doesn't work, just Google "Lanyon Homestead".

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on July 11, 2015:

Frannytwentysecon: Thank you! I didn't know it was an antique pattern, but it certainly has been around for a while. It's an enjoyable one to knit, as it keeps the interest going.