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Free for Two Days Only! Crocheted Oak Leaf Pattern

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Fiber artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn ( on Instagram) called for community donations of crocheted or knitted oak leaves for “Reveries,” an exhibit they are putting on this summer.

Well, I felt quite a connection there, since I’m also putting on an exhibit this summer (more here).

AND I had a few crocheted oak leaves in my stash of crocheted flowers and leaves. So I’m sending these. Most are “Gambel Oak” leaves from Crochet Garden.

crocheted oak leaves

Alyssa and Liz’s project motivated me to dust off a different oak leaf pattern and publish it. The red and green leaves below are now available in my shop on

Click here to download my Oak Leaf pattern FREE only on May 9 and 10, 2017. After that, the price will be $1.00. (You can still click here to go to my pattern page on Ravelry).

crocheted oak leaf pattern

Alyssa and Liz are offering a free crocheted oak leaf pattern as well. Find the link at their Instagram account (

I look forward to seeing their finished project!

Hints for Crocheting the Horse Chestnut Leaf

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

Horse chestnuts! They’re such cool trees, and I would never have known about them if we hadn’t moved to England. Their flowers are fancy and frilly, and they produce very hard nuts. Their leaves inspired the “Horse Chestnut Leaf” design in Cute Crochet World (pages 74-75).

The pretty “Chestnut Wrap” in the Fall 2016 issue of Love of Crochet features a trim made with joined Horse Chestnut Leaves. The magazine will be available on the newsstand in August. You can purchase the digital edition now at

Here are some step-by-step photos to help you visualize the instructions in the book. I’ve made two small improvements that will make the leaf easier to make.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

Row 1 of the Horse Chestnut Leaf sets up the central veins for the five leaflets or lobes. Very easy. When you’re done, ch 1 and turn. In the original pattern, I didn’t include the ch-1, because you don’t really need it. However, the ch-1 makes it slightly easier to turn.
Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

On Row 2, you’ll run into two unusual stitches. Find instructions for the htr (U.S. half double treble) here. The other is the stitch-top picot. I believe it leaves less of a gap between the stitches on either side of it. To make the st-top picot, ch 3,

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

…insert hook into the Front Loop of the previous stitch and under the loop that lies just next to it as in the photo above, yo and draw through all lps on hook.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

St-top picot complete.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

In Cute Crochet World, at the end of the first four lobes, the instructions say “rotate piece so you are looking at the base of the lobe, sl st around the sl st at ase of lobe,…” Instead of doing that, simply sl st in the space between the lobe you just finished and the next lobe. The photo above shows where to place the hook.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

Row 3 is worked along the base of the lobes. The instructions take you through how to do each stitch. If it helps, think of it this way, sc-3dc-sc-together.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

After the final yo and pull through all loops on hook, the base of the leaf pulls together and looks like this.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

The very best way to finish the leaf is to needle-join the stem to the base of Lobe 5. After the last stitch of the stem, cut the yarn and pull the hook straight up from the last stitch. The end of the yarn will pull out of the top of the last stitch.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

Thread the yarn end into a needle. Take the needle under the first sl st of Lobe 5, Row 2.

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

Then take the needle back into the top of the final stem stitch (the yarn is coming out of this stitch).

Crocheted Horse Chestnut Leaf Tutorial

On the needle’s way down, catch the loop at the back of the leaf—see the photo above. Pull the thread through, adjust the new loop to a good tension, and weave in the end.

Gambel Oak Leaves—A Photo-Tutorial

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Patricia, a crocheter who contacted me through Ravelry, asked for clarification of the instructions for the Gambel Oak Leaves on pages 21-23 of Crochet Garden. Thank you for asking, Patricia!

We’ll start with the Small Leaf (page 23). You will need the book for complete stitching instructions:

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Both Gambel Oak leaves are made with long rows that comprise the lobes (always odd-numbered rows) and short rows which are the spacers between the lobes.

Here are the first two rows of the Small Leaf. Row 2 has a long turning chain, because Row 3 is a long row. Some of the sts of Row 3 are on the chain, and some are made into the sts of Row 2, as you can see from the marks on the photo.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Row 3 is finished, and includes a turning ch for Row 4.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

These are the rows through Row 5.

Design Note:

Think about a ripple afghan. To make the bottom of the “V” in a ripple afghan, we decrease stitches to pull up the stitches on each side of the bottom point, to make the V. By decreasing at the center of the leaf, we’re pulling the lobes up from the bottom point of the leaf. We’re making half of a V.

Also, in Rows 1-4, the stitches toward the center of the leaf are long. Rows 5-9 have sc or sl st as the last st toward the center of the leaf. The short stitches curve the lobes around the top of the leaf to start down the other side.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

After the last st of Row 9, we join to the first half of the leaf with a sl st in the base of Row 5. The base of Row 5 is the stitch in which the last st of Row 5 was made.

Then ch 1, sl st into the base of Row 4. The base of Row 4 is as close as you can get to the first ch of the turning chain at the end of Row 3 (which leads up to Row 4). The marks show the base of each row you need to stitch into.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

This is what the leaf should look like at the end of Row 9, just before you turn.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

For Row 10, skip the sl sts that join to the center of the leaf, and work sts as shown.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Row 11 is done, and this shows where to join in the base of Rows 3 and 2.

Design Note:

Back to the idea of a ripple afghan. To form the peak of a chevron in a ripple afghan, we increase stitches at the top. This pushes down the stitches on either side of the peak to make an upside-down V or arrow point ?.

Hold the leaf, with the top lobe pointing down. The lobes join at the top of the peak. That is why, on this side of the leaf, working from tip to base, we increase sts close to the center of the leaf. We do it to push the lobes down toward the tip of the leaf.

Think about it this way: an increase is an upside down decrease; a decrease is an upside down increase. This is a good thing to know when you’re designing your own patterns.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Row 13 is finished and joined to the base of Row 1. Now we’re ready to make the stem.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

After crocheting the stem, take the yarn to the wrong side of the leaf. Read the full instructions for making the central vein, page 22.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Working up the middle of the leaf, insert the hook from front to back, yo at the back, make ch sts where the space is long, if you’re close to a joining stitch, sl st in that st. Work these ch and sl sts until you are at the base of the top lobe. Cut yarn and pull to front.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Insert the hook from wrong side to right side at the point where the yarn comes out of the leaf, but do not insert the hook in the last ch st. Yo with the cut end and pull it to the back. The last ch st will prevent the stitches from unraveling. Weave in ends.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial
Here’s the Large Leaf (instructions begin on page 21), worked through Row 11. The marks show the bases of the rows where the lobes are joined with sl sts.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

Row 11 is joined with a sl st in the base of Row 7.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

This shows where to place the sts of Row 8.

Crocheted Gambel Oak Leaf Tutorial

When you finish crocheting the leaves, the lobes curl into themselves, so as you block, be sure to stretch the end of each lobe to pull them out to their proper shape.

To block small pieces like this, I hold them under the water tap for a few seconds, squeeze out excess water, stretch each lobe, and finally hold a hot iron over them, barely touching the crochet. Sometimes I use a damp press cloth to protect the stitching as well as add more steam.

Free Patterns and Instructions

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Crocheted Leaves and Berry Spray by Suzann

Sometimes there just aren’t enough pages in a book! But luckily for us, the internet is the perfect place to share some of the patterns that we couldn’t squeeze into Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights.

Amanda and Shannon, the Needlework Team at Lark Crafts, featured free instructions for the Leaves and Berries Spray on their blog last Friday. The samples show the spray with crocheted berries, like the one above, and with button berries.

Zwiebelmuster inspires Crochet Design

I’ve always loved my mom’s blue and white Zwiebelmuster (onion pattern) china. It seemed natural to study and sketch the flowers of this popular design when researching ideas for Crochet Garden.

Zwiebelmuster inspires Crochet Design

A small border element (the pink arrow is pointing to it) on this Zwiebelmuster tray led to the Leaves and Berries Spray. You never know what small detail can inspire! Here’s a close-up so you can see it better.

The ideas for the Curlicue Sprays and Leafy Spray in Crochet Garden came from this china, too.

Crocheted Trillium and Violet Leaf Scarf

A Scarf Project

The Trillium Scarf, worked in Dale of Norway Yarns, is a colorful example of flower cloth. You’ll need Crochet Garden for the Trillium and Violet Leaf patterns. Instructions and step-by-step photos for putting together the Trillium Scarf at the Lark Crafts blog.

See You at TNNA!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Flower Cloth Scarf with Trilliums and Violet Leaves from Crochet Garden

Yarn shop owners, yarn manufacturers, and needlework professionals are getting pretty excited about The National Needlework Association Summer Trade Show, this coming weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Dale of Norway Yarns is hosting a book-signing for Crochet Garden, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. We’ll have a limited number of books to give away. And you can see this pretty Trillium Flower Cloth Scarf up close and personal.

Hope to see you there!

Organize Earrings with Crocheted Flowers and Plastic Canvas

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

crocheted pansy embellishment on earring organizer

Here’s a pretty way to organize your pierced-earrings! Embellish a sheet of plastic canvas with crochet trim and crocheted flowers. Sew on a crocheted cord for hanging. Reinforce the top edge of the plastic canvas, so it won’t buckle when you hang it up. Finally, add earrings.

You’ll need:

  1. A sheet of plastic canvas, available in the needlework section of craft stores
  2. No. 10 crochet cotton in matching and contrasting colors (I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic No. 10 Crochet Cotton in lavender, violet, and shaded yellows for the trim, wasabi for the leaf, lavender, violet, yellow, shaded violets for the pansies)
  3. Crochet hook, 2.00mm (size 4 steel U.S.) or size needed to achieve a firm gauge
  4. Sewing thread and sewing needle
  5. Tapestry needle
  6. A crocheted flower or flowers and leaves from Crochet Bouquet, using No. 10 crochet cotton (I made two Plain Pansies and one Spiky Leaf, pages 63-64, 121-122)

Crocheted border detail

Crochet around the edge of the plastic canvas:

Rnd 1: Begin anywhere along the edge of the plastic canvas. Place 1 sc in each mesh square along the sides. In each corner square, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc). Needle join last sc to first sc (find step-by-step photos of needle joining here in photos E, F, and G.)

Rnd 2: Begin a new color in the ch-3 sp at any corner of rnd 1 with ** (sc, ch 3, sc), * sk 1 sc, ch 2, sc in next st; rep from * to within one st of next corner, sk 1 st, rep from ** around, ch 1, needle join to first sc of rnd.

Rnd 3: Begin a new color in the ch-3 sp at any corner of rnd 2 with * (2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) twice; working along the side, (2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook) in each ch sp to next corner; rep from * around, needle join to first hdc of rnd.

Flowers and Leaves
Crochet desired flowers and leaves for embellishment.

Hanging Cord
Leaving a long tail for sewing, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, * insert hook into side of sc you just completed, draw up a lp, yo and draw through both lps on hook; rep from * until cord is about 1” (2.5cm) longer than the top edge of the plastic canvas. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Weave in ends. Arrange flowers and leaves on plastic canvas. Sew in place with sewing thread, making stitches around the inner rounds of the flower, leaving the outer edges of the flowers free for a more natural look. Make sure you catch the meshes of the plastic canvas as you sew. This sounds silly, but I found this part to be challenging!

first of many pairs of earrings on the crocheted pansy and plastic canvas earring organizer

Use No. 10 cotton to sew the dowel rod to the top back of the plastic canvas. This keeps it from bowing out when you hang it up.

Sew the Hanging Cord to the top corners of the plastic canvas.

Hang fish-hook style earring from the meshes in the canvas. You can also store stud earrings on the plastic canvas, as long as the earrings don’t fall through the mesh.

Denim Jacket with Crocheted Flowers and Leaves

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Jeans Jacket with Crocheted Flowers and Leaves

Here’s a project that uses the free Frilly Target Flower pattern from the last post plus the Scallop-Edge Leaf from Crochet Bouquet.

To make the flowers and leaves, I used Louet’s Euroflax Sport, a 100% linen yarn. Linen has a beautiful texture for knitting and crochet. You can use any yarn you want to decorate a jacket, though a smooth yarn will show the details of the crochet better.

You Will Need

  • 3 colors of fine weight (2) yarn. Coordinate leaf and petal colors as in photo or as desired.
  • Hook: 3.5mm/E-4, or size to give a firm gauge
  • Purchased jeans jacket
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Pins


  1. Crochet the large and medium versions of the Frilly Target Flowers (see the blog post just before this one), changing colors after each picot round as shown in photograph.
  2. Crochet two Scallop-Edge Leaves (pages 116-117 of Crochet Bouquet), needle-join Rnd 2, and then change color for the scallop round. Make a stem about eight chain stitches long.
  3. Make one long and one short stem for the flowers as follows: chain desired length, then sl st in each ch. Weave in all ends.
  4. Arrange the flowers, leaves, and stems on the jacket, using photograph as a guide. Pin and sew them in place.

The project shown here was created with Louet’s Euroflax Sport, 100% Wet Spun Linen, 3.5oz/100g = 270yd/247m per skein.

Palm Leaf CAL and Tutorial

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Crocheted Palm Leaf from Crochet Bouquet

School is nearly over for the two daughters in my house, and they’ve already asked if we can spend some time at the beach this summer. This reminded me of palm trees, and that reminded me of the crocheted Palm Leaf on pages 112-113 of Crochet Bouquet.

Please join me in crocheting the Palm Leaf for our June 2010 Crochet Along. To help you figure it out, here is a tutorial.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Row 1 is easy enough, and you can see Row 1 completed in Photo 1.

Originally, I wrote this pattern with three rows, but my technical editor, kjhay, felt it would be easier to understand if we combined my rows 2 and 3 into a single instruction, which is Row 2 in Crochet Bouquet.

Row 2 of the Palm Leaf pattern begins at the center of the leaf, goes out to the tip of a spike, and back to the center.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Photo 2 shows the Palm Leaf after “ch 11…” on the very last line of page 112. The ch 11 is a long, long turning chain.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Now turn and work back along the chain. Photo 3 shows what the piece should look like after the “3 times;” on the second line of page 113.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

The next few stitches are actually worked into the first few stitches of Row 2, bringing us back to the center of the leaf (Photo 4).

The instructions tell you to make the stitches into the back loop only. Most of the time, we catch the top two loops of any crochet stitch as we work. The front loop is the one that is closest to you as you work. The back loop is the one that is away from you as you work.

Working into the back loop each row, as we’re doing in the Palm Leaf gives a corrugated look, and it helps us gather the leaf when we’re finished crocheting the points of the palm.

Repeat Row 2 seven more times, and end with a piece that looks like the one in Photo 5.

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

To gather the leaf, pull up a loop in the base of each spike, except the one you just finished. It doesn’t matter where you put your hook, as long as there’s one loop for each spike. (Photo 6)

Crocheted Palm Leaf, step-by-step

Yarn over hook and draw through all the loops on the hook. Pull the loop tight to close the gathered edge as much as possible. (Photo 7). Ch 1 to anchor the gather. Then make the stem.

Now that you can make the Palm Leaf, check out Topsy Turvy #1 (pages 40-41 of Crochet Bouquet). It works exactly the same way.

Corrugated Leaf Tutorial

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Corrugated Leaves from Crochet Bouquet

The Corrugated Leaf in Crochet Bouquet is a variation on a leaf that was used in Irish Crochet lace. It’s a little tricky at first, so here are some diagrams to help you figure it out. Once you understand how it works, you’ll be able to crank out these leaves without a second thought.

Stitch numbers and details are on pages 109-110 of Crochet Bouquet.

Start with a chain, which I’m going to call the ‘foundation chain.’

For the first row, begin by working across the foundation chain as you normally would. At the end of the foundation chain, chain 2, but DO NOT TURN.

Corrugated Leaf, step 1

Instead, rotate your work, so that your next stitches will be worked into the remaining loops of the foundation chain. You’ll stop short of the end, which creates the tip of the leaf. The diagram above shows all these words in a picture. The dot is the beginning of the foundation chain.

For the second row, chain 2, and this time turn your work so that you will be working back across the stitches you just finished. This part of the row is shown on top, Steps 1 and 2 of the diagram below.

Corrugated Leaf, step 2

Once you’re back at the base of the leaf, chain 2 and rotate (Step 3 of diagram). Work the rest of the row on the other side of the leaf (Step 4 of diagram). The instructions have you stopping before you reach the end of the row, and this forms the points on each side of the leaf.

Repeat the second row until the leaf is just the size you want it. Each row goes on both sides of the leaf.

Leaves come in many colors, so don’t limit yourself to green. I love this red and green leaf, which didn’t make it into the book. It is made with Judi & Co.’s Hand-Dyed Moonlight (100% Rayon, 100yd/91m per spool).

Corrugated Leaf from Crochet Bouquet

Leaf Crochet-Along for October

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
crocheted fern from Crochet Bouquet Ruffle Edge leaf from Crochet Bouquet Scallop Edge leaf from Crochet Bouquet

As a child, I thought autumn was a pleasant myth. Leaves changing color? We didn’t see so much of that in Central Texas. The trees would be green, then one night the temperatures would dip below freezing, and the next day their leaves would be brown and crinkly.

Toothy Compound Leaf from Crochet Bouquet

To make matters even more confusing, the live oaks stayed green all winter and dropped their leaves in the spring!

Crochet Bouquet offers sixteen different leaf patterns for you to choose from. So whether the leaves in your neighborhood turn brilliant or brown, whether they fall or hang on, let’s celebrate autumn by crocheting leaves!

Leaf Crochet Along