Knit an Autumn Leaf Bag Charm

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autumn leaf bag charm


You will need…

Worsted or Aran weight yarn in four colours: brown, red, ochre and light green.
4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles.
French Knitter/Spool Knitter OR two 4.5 mm (US 7) double-pointed knitting needles, for making cord.
Tapestry needle for sewing together and decorating.


k: knit
kfb: knit into the front and back of the same stitch (increase)
ssk: slip, slip (both knitwise), then knit these two through the back loops (decrease)
k2tog: knit these two stitches together (decrease)
sl: slip the stitch
psso: pass the slipped stitch over
RS: right side of work
WS: wrong side of work


Make the Charm Loop

Using worsted or aran weight yarn in brown, make 20 cm (8 inches) of i-cord using a French Knitter (Spool Knitter). If you don’t have one, you can make a 4 stitch i-cord using two double-pointed needles using the instructions below.

Making i-cord on double-pointed needles

Cast on 4 sts.

Step 1: Knit all sts. Do not turn. Slide the sts to the other end of the needle (yarn will now be coming from the “wrong” edge of your knitting)

Step 2: Knit all sts. Slide the sts to the other end of the needles

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until desired length is reached.

Tips for success: When knitting the sts, bring the yarn around the back of the work, being sure to pull tightly in first stitch. Tug down on the end of the cord from time to time to tighten it up and even it out. 

Once the length is reached, cut yarn leaving a tail, and thread yarn on to a tapestry needle. Thread yarn through the 4 stitches, draw up and fasten off. Stitch the two ends of the cord together to make a loop.

Leaf (knit two, one in red and one in ochre)

Using  4.5 mm (US 7) needles and worsted or aran weight yarn.  Cast on 3 stitches.

Row 1: (RS): k1, kfb, kfb (5 sts)
Row 2: (WS), and every following WS row: purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (7 sts)
Row 5: k2, kfb, k1, kfb, k2 (9 sts)
Row 7: k3, kfb, k1, kfb, k3 (11 sts)
Row 8: k4, kfb, k1, kfb, k4 (13 sts)
Row 9: k5, kfb, k1, kfb, k5 (15 sts)
Row 11: ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
Rows 12-21: Continue to purl on every WS row, and repeat Row 11 on every RS row, until there are 3 sts remaining.
Row 22: purl
Row 23: sl1, k2tog, psso (1 stitch remaining)
Fasten off last stitch

Making Up & Decoration

Place the two leaves together with their wrong sides together and right sides facing outwards. Sandwich the stitched end of the loop in between the two leaves and sew in place, using light green.

Sew both leaves together a little way in from the edge, using green yarn and a large running stitch (this stitching is visible and doesn’t have to be too neat, as the style is rustic and hand-made!).

Use a few stitches in light green to embroider lines in the centre of the leaf to represent veins.

bag charm collage 2