Burning Leaves Shawl by Melissa Burke

Burning Leaves Shawl

October 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, blocked.
US 6 - 4.0 mm
545 - 853 yards (498 - 780 m)
Small - approximately 55” (140 cm) wide along top edge and 25” (64 cm) long at center. Medium - approximately 62” (157 cm) wide and 28” (71 cm) long. Large - approximately 69” (175 cm) wide and 31” (79 cm) long.
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Inspired by the fiery colors of autumn, the Burning Leaves Shawl features a striking chevron pattern stitch that adorns the nape of the neck, then travels down a central panel to recur as an attractive border along the bottom edge. A versatile knit, Burning Leaves may be worked in three sizes – Small, Medium or Large. The Medium size is pictured.

Gauge is not critical, but please keep in mind that a different gauge will result in different finished dimensions as well as changing your yarn requirements. Please make sure you have sufficient yarn! This shawl is worked from the bottom up so having enough yarn is critical.

The sample pictured was knit in Dream in Color’s beautiful ‘Amber Glass’ colorway.

The pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.


Shawl is worked from the bottom up in three panels: left and right triangular side panels (bordered on the outer-most edge with a garter selvedge) and separated by a center panel. Shawl selvedge is completed at top neck edge via a short row garter tab.


  • Cable cast on
  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Increase and decrease stitches - YO, SSK, K2TOG, SSSK, K3TOG, CDD
  • Short rows (no wrapping) - very short, very easy!
  • Kitchener Stitch - only a 3 st join, no worries!
  • Twisted stitches


The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.


A light worsted weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Slight tonals work well, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the lace pattern.


You will also need:
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Stitch markers (2)