Ah… Fall is in the air. As I sit beside my open window during this cooler September evening, I smell the crispness of the season entering my home. Leaves. It’s the smell of the season. They’ll be dropping soon and while many loathe the idea of cleaning gutters and raking up leaf piles, I simply cannot wait! Our last home never really had enough tall trees to necessitate raking. It’ll be the first fall where our whole family can have fun and fill those silly pumpkin shaped plastic bags and line our yard. I used to love those as a kid and find it so endearing that my own kids now become excited by the idea of using them for our own yard. We moved to an area with an abundance of giant oaks and maples and I look forward to all the Autumn colors that will soon surround us. Oh so many happy memories involve falling leaves. Memories of the crunching sound under my tiny feet as I trick or treated at a much younger age. Memories of the giant maple leaf piles I fell asleep in at my grandpa’s so long ago. Memories of the sun shining through the trees onto my new babies as we visited our beloved pumpkin farms and again, that same golden sunlight shining through onto them as they grew and climbed pumpkins in later years at those same farms. I’m a fall fanatic and oh how I wish the season could last all year! For now though, I’ll leave you with a couple of fall leaf appliques that can last a little bit longer than the actual season.
-4.00mm crochet hook
-Worsted weight yarn in any color you wish to have your leaves
Use 4.00mm crochet hook and orange yarn
12 sc in a magic circle. Sl st at 1st dc to form a round and continue working in rounds from here.
Round 1: 2dc in each st around (24)
Round 2: *Sk 1st st. Place 7 dc in next st. Skip next st. Sl st in next st* repeat four more times for a total of 5 separate parts. These will eventually begin to form the leap tips.
You will continue your work around the leaf to now form the stem:
Stem: sc in next 2 st. Chain 10. In 2nd ch from hook begin to sl st your way back down the ch for a total of 9 sl sts. Sc in next 2 sts.
Now you will finish one more round to complete your leaf tips.
First Leaf Tip : Sc in next 4 sts. In next st place 4 hdc, Ch 3 and place a sl st in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the sharp tip), hdc. Sc in next 2 sts. Finish with a sl st in next st.
Second Leaf Tip: Sc in next 4 sts. In next st place 4 dc, Ch 3 and place a sl st in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the sharp tip), dc. Sc in next 2 sts. Finish with a sl st in next st.
Third Leaf Tip: Sc in next st. Dc in next 2 st. In next st place 2 tr, Ch 3 and place a sl st in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the sharp tip), tr in next 3 sts. Dc in next 2 sts. Hdc in next. Finish with a sl st in next following st.
Forth Leaf Tip: Sc in next 2 sts. In next st place dc, Ch 3 and place a sl st in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the sharp tip), 4 dc in next st. Sc in next 4 sts. Finish with a sl st in next st.
Fifth Leaf Tip: Sc in next 2 sts. In next st place hdc, Ch 3 and place a sl st in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the sharp tip). Place 4 hdc in next st. Sc in next 4 sts. Finish with a sl st in next st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Use 4.00mm crochet hook
Ch 16. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and down for a total of 5 sl sts. This will form your stem.
Next work your way down the remaining chain sts with: sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, tr, dc, dc, hdc, and in the final ch st you will place a hdc.
Do not turn. You will now ch 2 and place a sl st in 2nd ch from hook. This will form a slight tip to your leaf.
Now working your way down the opposite side of the chain you will place: hdc, hdc, dc, dc, tr, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, and sl st to finish your piece.
Fasten off and weave in your ends leaving a long tail for sewing.
These appliques are a great addition to any fall project whether it be a hat, sweater, or blanket. It’s a fun way to share a little everlasting Autumn and to get in the spirit of one of the best times of year! Enjoy and happy Fall!
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