Do you remember my plan to knit all kinds of things from small bits of leftover sock yarn? My plans often take a long time to grow into something tangible, but after the Soothing Sachets here is the second project: Gift Leaves.
I’m calling them Gift Leaves for several reasons:
- Because I’ve given myself the gift of time to play around with something not exactly useful.
- Because I’ve written up the pattern as a gift to you.
- Because the leaves themselves can be given away as gifts.
I’ve made them in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large:
With a length of approximately 6.5 cm/2.6” (excluding the stalk) the large leaves are still fairly small, but quite a bit larger than the small ones of only 4 cm/1.6”.
Fastening the beginning of the stalk to the base of the leaf to form a loop, the leaves can be used as gift tags.
Perhaps knit from the same yarn as the gift inside.
They can be fastened onto a zipper.
Or used to decorate jam jars with tealights inside for a quick, simple, inexpensive little gift.
And a medium-sized leaf with a looooong stalk can become a bookmark. Extra special given together with a book, with the leaf colours matching the book cover.
(The book is A Wood of One’s Own by Ruth Pavey, by the way. A gift I received from a friend.)
Solid colours look good. Self-striping yarn works, too, if the stripes are not too wide and the yarn sections used are chosen well. And I think especially some of those ‘busy’ hand-painted yarns are fun for Gift Leaves.
A free download of the pattern with plenty of colourful photos (in English en ook in het Nederlands) can be found
Together with a special skein of yarn, a print-out of the pattern might make a nice gift for a knitting friend, too.
Have fun! Xxx