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Free for Two Days Only! Crocheted Oak Leaf Pattern

Fiber artists Alyssa Arney and Liz Flynn (@thread.winners 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 ravelry.com.

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 (@thread.winners).

I look forward to seeing their finished project!

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Red Vases with Crocheted Flowers

This is Red Vases, my latest crocheted flower wall hanging.

step by step TextileFusion wall hanging, Red Vases

How many flowers and leaves from Crochet Bouquet and Crochet Garden can you spot? Many are the samples that appeared in the books. I’m glad to finally find a place for them.

My friend Peggy suggested adding beads to the Bluebells from Crochet Garden. What a great idea!

step by step TextileFusion wall hanging, Red Vases

Read more about the making of Red Vases at Suzann’s TextileFusion, beginning, middle, and finished.

What are you doing with your crocheted flowers?

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Gambel Oak Leaves—A Photo-Tutorial

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.

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You Can Pre-Order Crochet Garden!

Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson

Just on a whim, I checked at Amazon to see if my new book is for sale yet. It is!

Crochet Garden will be released in May 2012, but you can reserve your copy by pre-ordering it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

This is the first time I’ve seen the cover, though the cover may change between now and next spring. This cover shows several designs from the book:

  • “Sulfur Butterfly”
  • “Samarkand Sunflower” in the O of ‘Crochet’
  • “Grandmother’s Windmill Flower”
  • “Trillium and Fronds” (the fronds are the stems of the flowers)
  • “Russian Picot Daisy” featuring a little-known vintage crochet stitch
  • buds from “Pinks of Any Color”
  • another Trillium
  • “Candy Cornflower”
  • “Pasque Flower”
  • and half of a “Mini-, Midi-, Maxi-mum”

I am looking forward to May!

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Crocheted Flower Fabric Poncho

crocheted flower fabric

I’m almost, almost finished with a crocheted flower poncho that has been in a work-in-progress since the summer of 2006. It is what I call “flower fabric” and this is how you do it:

  1. Crochet a bunch of flowers and leaves—gauge not too important. I used “Oval Center Rose,” “Rose Leaves,” and “Simple Fives” from Crochet Bouquet.
  2. Cut a piece or pieces of fabric into the desired shape—you can use a sewing pattern or draft your own garment.
  3. Pin flowers face-down onto fabric, making sure the edges touch. You can put in lots of flowers to make the fabric dense, or fewer flowers for a lighter fabric.
  4. Use sewing thread to sew flowers together wherever they touch. The sewing thread usually sinks into the yarn, so you can’t see it.
  5. Remove the sewn-together crochet from the fabric. Block or press as necessary.

My poncho has about two square feet of flowers for me to sew together before it’s finished. Give me a couple of weeks, and it will be done!

the roses poncho is almost finished!

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Leaf Crochet-Along for October

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

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Flower Backpack

backpack with crocheted flowers

From watching my daughter sling her backpack around, I know how much wear and tear a school backpack endures. I would hesitate to put flowers on her backpack. If she really wanted flowers, though, we would put them in an area of the backpack that isn’t likely to be abraded all the time—maybe the top or the straps.

The backpack in the photo is more of a handbag sort of backpack. Worn with care, the flower decoration should last a long time.

I crocheted the flowers for this backpack with Louet’s Euroflax Sport (100% Wet Spun Linen, 3.5oz/100g = 270yd/247m per skein).

Flower Backpack

You Will Need

  • Crochet Bouquet
  • 3 colors of yarn in fine weight (2)
  • 2 flower colors
  • 1 leaf color
  • 3.5mm crochet hook (US size E/4)
  • Purchased backpack
  • Button for flower center
  • Glue that will bond the flowers to the backpack (check label)
  • Paintbrush (to apply glue)
  • Sewing needle and matching thread (optional)


  1. Crochet the Medium and Small Primrose Layers (pages 90-91 of Crochet Bouquet). Use the photo as a guide for color choices, or choose colors to match your backpack.
  2. Crochet a rose leaf as follows: ch 4, crochet Small Rose Leaflet (page 114 of Crochet Bouquet), ch 2, crochet Small Rose Leaflet; pivot to work in free loops of foundation ch down other side of the leaf, sl st in next 2 ch, crochet Small Rose Leaflet, sl st in remaining 4 ch.
  3. Sew the button to the center of the Small Primrose.
  4. Glue Small Primrose to the top of the Medium Primrose. Let the glue set. For added durability, sew outer edges of Small Primrose to the flower underneath.
  5. Glue flower and leaves to backpack. Let dry.
  6. Test tips of leaves and petals for adhesion. Carefully add more glue if necessary.

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    Knitting Nest, Austin, Texas

    In other news, Stacy at the Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas, invited me to sign copies of Crochet Bouquet at her shop. I’ll be there on September 7, 2008, 2-4 p.m. with lots of flowers and projects from the book. The address is 108 W. Slaughter Lane. For more information visit the Knitting Nest’s web site:


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Leaves, Leaves, and Ends

Rose Leaves from Crochet Bouquet

Eighty leaves. That’s about how many my Roses Cape will need. Just thinking of crocheting eighty leaves made my shoulders droop. When I broke the job down to four leaves a day for 20 days, it didn’t seem so bad.

And now, I’m over half-way through!

The Roses Cape is going to be made exclusively from stash, which is why these leaves vary so much. All the leaf yarn is from fellow textile lovers.

Several of the greens are from a lady who colored them in a dyeing workshop–“Take it! My husband will thank you!” she said. I don’t remember her name, but Thank You, Lady!

Others are from a friend I met at the Hallamshire Guild in Sheffield. Thank You, Betty!

Yet others are from a friend I met at the Taos Wool Festival. Thank You, Randi!

Fiber people are truly generous.

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Flower Crochet Workshop at the Taos Wool Festival

Millefiori from Crochet Bouquet

Fall is an especially beautiful time to visit Taos, New Mexico. The mountainous backdrop, the golden trees, and the pretty buildings look especially clear and warm in the autumn sunlight. If that isn’t enough, the Taos Wool Festival comes to town around the first weekend of October.

I’ll be teaching a Crochet Bouquet workshop on Monday, October 6, where we’ll make several flowers from my book. Participants will learn applied crochet embellishment, ribbon flower technique, how to use padding threads, and how to join a line of petals into a perfect round. We’ll design one or more flowers in crochet, using critical observation, shaping techniques, and crocheted details that add to the realistic look. I will present many ideas and examples for using crocheted flowers.

Crocheted maple leaves, by Suzann

On Sunday, October 5, you can learn to crochet my beautiful oak and maple leaves. They are stunning, and will amaze your friends and relations.

Go to http://www.taoswoolfestival.org/Workshops.html for more information (including how to register) on the many workshops offered as part of the Festival, October 1-11.

The Wool Festival itself is October 4-5, with fiber and textile vendors, fiber animals, contests, and good food. It’s a treat for the senses.

I hope to see you there!

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In other news, my friend Cari Clement, Director of Fashion and Design for Caron and NaturallyCaron.com yarns, is also running a flower crochet along. The project is a stunning sunflower, designed by her assistant, Liz Walsh. Check it out at Cari’s Naturally Caron blog. http://blog.naturallycaron.com/2008/07/02/stitch-a-summer-sunflower-with-lizzie/, and subsequent posts.

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Ella’s Shoes, Dreaded Leaves, Flower Crochet Alongs

Ella's felt shoes

Ella recently decided to make shoes. She tried paper first, but found that paper shoes don’t hold up well. Then she tried making shoes from felt.

After tape, staples are Ella’s favorite means of holding stuff together. She molded the felt around her feet and stapled the edges together. Voila! Shoes for Ella!

Ella's stickerman

Ella has a five-year-old’s vision and spontaneity, which is so much fun to watch. I was thrilled at her little sticker guy. He looks like he’s going places! Thank you, Aunt Sue, for the stickers!

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leaves for roses cape

On the crochet front, I’m done with all the roses and blue flowers for my Roses Cape. For some reason I dreaded crocheting the leaves. I even resorted to weaving in ends to avoid starting the leaves. It was that bad. Yesterday, I made myself start the leaves, and of course it wasn’t so difficult. The problem was all in my head. So the Roses Cape progresses on schedule.

These leaves are the ancestors to the Rose Leaves in Crochet Bouquet.

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Columbine Crochet Along

Hurray for Flower Crochet Alongs! I’m hosting the first crochet along from Crochet Bouquet. We’re doing the Columbine this month. Participants meet at the “Crochet Bouquet Along” group on Ravelry. For more information, please click on the Columbine Crochet Along badge at left.

My friend Cari Clement, the Director of Fashion and Design for Caron and NaturallyCaron.com yarns, is also running a flower crochet along. The project is a stunning sunflower, designed by her assistant, Liz Walsh. Check it out at Cari’s Naturally Caron blog.

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