Leaf on the Wind by Kimberly Golynskiy

Leaf on the Wind

September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19.5 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette, blocked
US 6 - 4.0 mm
740 - 1000 yards (677 - 914 m)
Shawlette in LACE: about 52”/132 cm across top, 27’/68.5 cm down, Shawlette in FINGERING: 55”/139cm by 28”/71cm
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“Oh my god! What could it be? We’re all doomed! Who’s flying this thing?! Oh right, that would be me. Back to work”

Leaf on the Wind is the first in my Firefly/Serenity series. It has a unique seamless construction. It is initially knit in the round to make the center medallion, then partially bound off and worked flat, before the edging is knit on sideways.

If you are a fan of the show, the first design is based on Wash because he is awesome. It combines a leaf motif (from his quote “I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar”) and a modified version of cables from his super sweet cable knit sweater. If you are not a fan of the show (watch it – you’ll love it!!), it’s just a really pretty cable knit shawlette with flowers and leaves and cabled braids/knots.

The pattern is available as separate downloads for the written instructions (8 pages) and charts for PRINTING and DIGITAL users (7 pages). You can download both if you like to mix it up, or just download your preferred method - everything you need to complete the shawl is contained in each download.


  • For the shawlette in lace weight you will need less than 800 yds (under 100g) and for the shawlette in fingering between 950-1000 yds (under 205-300g)
  • For a full sized fingering weight shawl, increase needle size to US7/4.5mm and expect to use between 1000-1100 yds. The finished size will be around 68”/173cm across and 36”/91cm.
  • Yarn choice: The construction of this shawl may not be suitable to highly variegated or gradient yarns. The center medallion is circular, then the body is knitted flat, and the edging is knitted on sideways - this will cause three different pooling patterns for your yarn.
  • For lace weight use US5/3.75mm needles
  • Gauge listed is for fingering weight but is not very important, for fingering the gauge is 21 sts x 30 rows in 4 inches reverse stockinette, blocked
  • Skills to know or learn for this project: knitting in the round (starting with a few sts on DPNs and then moving to circulars), cables, lace, variable st counts for the leaves
  • The written instructions and charts have been test knitted to completion by six people (thanks to puffycats, RedTina, echeverialaui, dashuta, Cristallynx, and lyonesset).

The second, third, and fourth designs are now available!
Big Damn Heroes based on Zoe, The Ambassador based on Inara, and Wasn’t Born a Shepherd based on Book.

Keep an eye on my group for info on upcoming designs in the series!

This pattern is now available through the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership! Leaf on the Wind can be purchased there along with the listed yarn with their super cool “Kit Builder!”