Leaf Wreath – Blattkranz Shawl by Hayley Tsang Sather

Leaf Wreath – Blattkranz Shawl

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A formatted for Knit Companion version of Blattkranz Shawl – Leaf Wreath is also available on Create2Thrive.

If you are a loose knitter, you may use more than two skeins of 437y/400m fingering-weight yarn. Have extra on hand or go down a needle size to ensure not running out. I recommend checking with the chart-by-chart usage on these sock weight test knit project pages:


If you have always wanted to knit a Niebling but are intimated by the complexity of his designs, then Blattkranz is for you. It is one of the simplest Niebling and a perfect pattern for someone new to lace yet interesting enough for seasoned knitters.

Blattkranz Shawl – Leaf Wreath is a deep crescent-shape shawl based on the Herbert Niebling pattern of the same name, Leaf Wreath in English. Blattkranz is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern, in half, is a half circle. I incorporated patterns to the two edges for a softer deep crescent shape. I hope to continue modifying these amazing designs – Blattkranz is the third one after Quadratische Decke (QD) and Pfingstrose (Peony) – into a more wearable shawl shape with well illustrated charts and clear instructions so more knitters will discover and enjoy the magic of Niebling.

Blattkranz uses approximately two skeins (874y / 800m) of fingering-weight yarns. It may also be knitted in lace-weight yarn for a more open look, or sport-weight yarn for a denser fabric and larger shawl. Test knit usage ranged from 692y to 962y / 632m to 880m. See this post for more information on test knit details. Blattkranz may be knitted with or without beads. The number of beads used, up to about 900, for applicable sections is listed below.


Skill Level – Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. It’s a fairly simple pattern as far as a Niebling goes. There is no pattern on the WS rows except for the ptbl on the RS ktbl and two k/p on the RS double YOs. Attention is still needed to follow simple sequences within each chart.

Pattern – Charts only. No step-by-step written instruction.

Shape – A large, deep crescent

Yarn – Lace, heavy lace, as well as fingering weight are recommended. You may even knit it in sport or dk weight if you wish for a larger, cozier shawl.

Yardage – Sample shawl (second picture) used 822 y / 752 m using DDD PFlaxenSilk{fingering} on US3 / 3.25mm needles. Have more yarn on hand if you are a loose knitter and/or using larger needles.

Size – Size is only adjustable by weight and needle size. Sample shawl (second picture) is 23” x 53” (59cm x 135cm) with a stretched out top edge of 61” (155cm). If you prefer a larger and more open-lace shawl, go up a needle size or two.

Gauge – Gauge isn’t important but will affect the final size of the shawl.

Needles – Sample shawl (second picture) is knitted on US3/ 3.25mm needles. Go up or down needle size depending on the weight of your yarn and the tension of your knitting. Please note that this will affect yardage required.

Beads – About 900 size 6 or 8 round seed beads.
Chart B 31
Chart C 30
Chart D 245
Chart E 144
Chart F 390
Chart G 42

Construction – Worked from the top down and out with increases both at the edges as well as throughout the bodice, and crochet chain bind off. Three bind off options are included in pattern.

A sincere thank you goes to our wonderful test knitters without whose help and invaluable input, this pattern would never have been realized.

Links to project page, in the order of the pictures on the left:
Trang – lace weight
Hayley – fingering weight
Alyssa – heavy lace weight
Diana – fingering weight
Glenys – lace weight
Jutta – lace weight
Kathy – heavy lace weight
Ma – fingering weight
Marcy – heavy lace weight
Monika – heavy lace weight
Tish – heavy lace weight