I'm still playing around with the outside-in concept of crochet motifs, and here's the latest iteration: a quick, fun little maple leaf. Mine measures about 5 1/2" across and was made with a size N hook and some leftover super-chunky yarn. (Leftover from what, you ask? Why, the next pattern, of course. All will be revealed in tomorrow's post.)
This motif would make a cute adornment for a fall gift. And I happen to know it looks great on the ends of an autumn scarf...
Any yarn should work, with the appropriate size hook.
|LOOSELY chain 7. Do not turn.|
|Working in back loops only, single crochet in|
next chain from hook, hdc, double crochet,
double crochet. First lobe made. (You will
have 2 chains hanging off the end of the first lobe.
They'll get used later.)
|Loosely chain 5...|
|And repeat above steps to make next lobe|
(sc, hdc, dc, dc - all in back loops only).
Make 3 more lobes for a total of 5. They will
look like a little strip of bunting.
Chain 2. Do not turn.
|See the holes between each lobe? That's where|
your hook will be going.
|Yarn over, and insert hook into first hole...|
|Pull yarn through, then yarn over and pull through|
2 loops on hook. You will have 2 loops left.
|Repeat with next 3 holes. Now you should have|
6 loops on your hook. Insert hook into 1st chain
(way over there on the left)...
|Yarn over, and gently pull yarn through all loops on hook.|
We have a leaf!
|Chain as many stitches as you like to make a stem.|
I wove the starting yarn up through my chain.
If you start with a long enough tail you can
double it up with your working yarn and chain
with both strands. (Now she tells us!)
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