Mother’s Day gift

first sign of autumn: I fancy making a chicken curry

sign that I’m not ready: I reach for the fat and high winter soup stock pot but decide to use the grill instead

The leaves outside are not yet falling, but on this little Mother’s Day project, they are. Yes I know it’s two months away, but if you start early you can make something for your Mum and mother-in- law if she’s deserving.

This is a delicate little “falling leaf” pattern that comes to a close with a lovely curve. Habu tsumugi silk and a strand of linen steel make it fine but sturdy, ideal for inside the pages of a favourite book. I’d be delighted to find this on my breakfast tray on Mother’s Day.

The book is Michael Ondaatje’s  Handwriting: Poems,  suitable for a romantically inclined Mum who might like to read a poem every night before sleep. I fell in love with Ondaatje’s writing after  reading The English Patient.

Here’s the pattern:



Habu linen steel; 3 graige

Habu tsumugi silk fine lace; 32 red

2mm needles

The bookmark is knitted using a strand each of the above yarn worked together.


Gauge is not crucial to this pattern


Approximately 24cm x 5cm


Row 1(RS): K4, yo, k1, skpo, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, p1, skpo, p1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k4.

Row 2: K3, p5, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p4, k3.

Row 3: K4, yo, k1,  skpo, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, s1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, yo, k4.

Row 4: K3, p7, k1, p2, k1, p4, k3.

Row 5: K4, yo, k1, yo, skpo,  p1, [k2tog] twice, yo, k5, yo, k4.

Row 6: K3, p8, k1, p1, k1, p5, k3.

Row 7: K4, yo, k3, yo, s1, k2tog, psso, p1, yo, k1, skpo, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k4.

Row 8: K3, p4, k1, p3, k1, p7, k3.

Row 9: K4, yo, k5, yo, skpo, k1, skpo, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k4.

Row 10: K3, p4, k1, p2, k1, p8, k3.


Cast on 22sts using a strand each of the linen steel and tsumugi silk.

Knit 3 rows garter st.

Repeat the 10 pattern rows 12 times or to desired length, finishing on the right side with row 9.

Wrong side facing knit 3 rows garter st.

Cast off.

happy knitting!

3 Responses to “Mother’s Day gift”

  1. Rachel Says:

    What a lovely idea for a gift. I’m going to make a few for my friends, too.

  2. Beth in Seattle Says:

    I just finished knitting my first project with a Habu steel blend – this is a great use for that yarn. Thanks so much for this. Michael Ondanje’s writing is amazing, if you read it aloud it is even better.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    I love this idea! thanks for the pattern.

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