10 October 2022

Autumn Leaf Monday

Leaves so beautiful, towns are named after them! Here are some favorite shots from years gone by:

Individual leaves are stunning, but when they cover a mountainside...

I may not get to see the aspens in all their glory this year, but, oh, how I love autumn!

You may do whatever you'd like with leaves you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 2 inches long
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Aspen Leaf Instructions

Ch 9.

Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 6 ch, ch 2; turn.

Row 2: 1 dc in each dc across for a total of 7 dc; ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 1 dc in each dc across for a total of 7 dc. Do not turn.
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Round 4: This Round will be worked all the way around square just made. Leaf shape is more important than stitch count, so do not stress about stitch count. Just try to maintain leaf shape as you work around. 1 hdc in same st as previous dc, 1 sc in same st, working around side, 2 sc across, ch 2, 1 sc in same sp as previous sc, 2 more sc across, working across bottom, 1 sc in starting ch, 1 hdc in same st, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, working across side, 3 sc across, ch 9, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, [yo and draw up loop through next 2 ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (sc dec made)] 2 times (stem made), 2 more sc across side, working across top, 2 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: This project does not necessarily need to be stiffened. Instructions for stiffening are provided as an option.

Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin leaf to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow leaf to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel leaf from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to stem, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch leaf twirl freely whenever you walk by! Leaf also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

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