How to Crochet a Leaf

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Making small motifs like flowers and leaves is a quick way to practice crochet. It also uses up all those odds and ends of wool and the motifs can be added to other projects as decorations. The directions below are for a small and easy leaf shape. Once learned, it can be adjusted in shape and size by adding additional stitches to the starting chain and to both sides. To complete the leaf you'll need to know single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, chain and slip stitches.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Make 9 chain stitches, these will make the central spine of the leaf.

  • Crochet a single crochet (sc) into the second chain away from your hook.

  • Crochet a half double crochet (hdc) into the next chain away from your hook.

  • Crochet a double crochet (dc) into the next three chain stitches.

  • Crochet a half double crochet (hdc) into the next chain. Once this is done you should have two chain stitches left.

  • Crochet a single crochet (sc) into the next chain and slip stitch to the last stitch of the chain. This completes one side of the leaf.

  • Turn to work down the other side of the chain.

  • Make one chain stitch and slip stitch this into the base chain.

  • Repeat Steps 3 to 5 on the other side of the base chain.

  • Crochet a single crochet (sc) into the next chain and slip stitch to the last stitch of the chain. This completes the leaf.

  • Finish by tying off and cutting the yarn. Either weave in ends to hide them or use to attach to another project.

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