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Crochet Japanese Maple Leaf

Crochet Japanese Maple Leaf

December 23, 2017 /

maple leaf pattern

Time flies and it is already Winter season for the North Hemisphere. We just came back from a vacation in Japan and have had a wonderful time there. We were there during the late fall, the color of the fall made up by the maple trees and ginkgo trees in Japan is remarkably beautiful (you may view my photo in Facebook Page and Instagram, just in case you are not following me in my social network yet). Along the way, we picked up many fall leaves (especially the maple leaves and ginkgo leaves), they are jewels to us who live in a tropical climate with no fall season. Perhaps you will see my craft on this collected fall leaf.

fall leaf crochet

Days before our departure to Japan, I designed and crocheted this Japanese Maple Leaf. Knowing that I will be late and out of season in sharing this crochet pattern. However, I still hope that you will pin this beautiful Japanese Maple Leaf crochet pattern into your to-do list and make it in the future. Earlier on,  I have another fall leaf crochet pattern that you might be interested in crochet them to make up a set.

japanese leaf crochet

Besides crochet this Japanese Maple Leaf as Fall Decorations, I find that the size of 3.5″ x 4.25″ is perfect to use as drink coasters too. Along with that, I am thinking to embellish the Japanese Maple leaf on a straw bag or maybe the tote bag I have just made. I will show it to you when I have it done. Likewise, you can also chain them up like those I did to the Fall Leaf and turn them into a charm for your keys, purses, or for anything you can think of.

Japanese Maple Leaf – Free Crochet Pattern

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japanese maple leaf

This Japanese Maple Leaf crochet pattern is made from raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion. This eco-friendly raffia yarn is made from natural plant fiber, it is able to stand warm heating from iron. The crochet pieces made from this raffia yarn is smooth to touch and will not scrape your hands.  Another favorable factor about this yarn is that it is odorless, no funny smell at all from your finished craft. Utmost, what makes me really happy with this yarn is that it creates beautiful crochet stitches that will not pill and rub into little balls after a while. Click here to get more free crochet projects with Raffia With Passion.

maple leaf crochet

 

Japanese Maple Leaf

Crochet Pattern

Size: 3.5″ x 4.25″

Skill level: Intermediate / Avid Beginner

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
ssc = split single crochet or crochet knit stitch
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch
INC = Increment stitch or 2sc or 2ssc
DEC = Decrement stitch or 2sctog or 2ssctog

Materials & Tools:
1. Crochet raffia yarn, Raffia With Passion
2. Crochet hook 2.5mm
3. Tapestry needle

Crochet Pattern

in American crochet terms

This pattern begins from the stem, followed by the middle part of the leaf, subsequently end at the 4 tips of the leaf. Refer to the pictures below for better understanding on how to go about for this leaf.
Note: # – when ch is deemed as first sc of the row, work the next ssc in the second st, unless stated otherwise.

Row 1: sl knot, ch 11
Row 2: sc into 2nd ch from hook, slst in next 8 st, 4sc in next st (last ch st), ch5, turn.
Row 3: slst into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 3 st, ssc, INC in next 3 st, ch5, turn.
Row 4: slst into 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 st, DEC, ssc in next 7 st, turn.
Row 5: ch#(deemed as first sc, same for the rest of the instruction, unless stated otherwise), ssc in the same first st (these 2 stitches deemed as an INC stitch), ssc in next 2 st, INC in next 2 st, ssc in next 2 st, INC, turn.
Row 6 & 7: ch, ssc into next 11 st, turn.
Row 8: ch, ssc in the same first st (these 2 stitches deemed as an INC stitch), ssc in next 10 st, INC, turn.
Row 9: ch, ssc in next 4 st, INC, ssc in next 2 st, INC, ssc in next 5 st, turn.

Tip A
Row 10: ch, ssc in next 2 st, INC, turn.
Row 11: ch, ssc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 12: ch, ssc, DEC, ssc, turn.
Row 13: ch, DEC, ssc, turn.
Row 14: ch, DEC, turn.
Row 15: ch, ssc, turn.
Row 16: ch 2, slst into 2nd ch from hook, slst into the ch st of row 15.
Fasten off and cut yarn.

Tip B
With new yarn, sl knot and insert to hook, insert the hook into the next stitch of Tip A at row 9.
Row 10 & 11: ch, ssc in next 7 st, turn.
Row 12: ch, ssc in next 2 st, INC, turn.
Row 13: ch, ssc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 14: ch, ssc, DEC, ssc, turn.
Row 15: ch, DEC, ssc, turn.
Row 16: ch, DEC, turn.
Row 17: ch, ssc, turn.
Row 18: ch 2, slst into 2nd ch from hook, slst into the ch st of row 17.
Fasten off and cut yarn.

Tip C
With new yarn, sl knot and insert to hook, insert the hook into the next stitch of Tip B at row 11.
Row 12: ch, ssc in the same first st, ssc in next 3 st, turn.
Row 13: ch, ssc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 14: ch, ssc, DEC, ssc, turn.
Row 15: ch, ssc, DEC, turn.
Row 16: ch, DEC, turn.
Row 17: ch, ssc, turn.
Row 18: ch 2, slst into 2nd ch from hook, slst into the ch st of row 17.
Fasten off and cut yarn.

Tip D
With new yarn, sl knot and insert to hook, insert the hook into the next stitch of Tip C at row 9.
Row 10: ch, ssc in the same first st, ssc in next 3 st, turn.
Row 11: ch, ssc in next 4 st, turn.
Row 12: ch, ssc in next st, DEC in next
Row 13: ch, ssc, DEC, turn.
Row 14: ch, DEC, turn.
Row 15: ch, ssc, turn.
Row 16: ch 2, slst into 2nd ch from hook, slst into the ch st of row 15.
Fasten off and cut yarn.

Weave in all ends.

Crochet Chart

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maple leaf crochet chart

More Details on how to crochet the Japanese Maple Leaf

stem of the Japanese Maple Leaf

1. Row 1 & 2, the stem of the Japanese Maple Leaf

jm leaf 2

2. Row 2, the base curve for the mid part of the leaf

jm leaf 3

3. Complete the mid part of the leaf at row 9.

jm leaf 4

4. A – First tip of the leaf

jm leaf 5

5. Start with new yarn to make Tip B, C & D respectively.

jm leaf 6

6. Row 10 & 11 at the center of the leaf is the base for Tip B & C.

jm leaf 7

7. B – Second tip for the leaf

jm leaf 8

8. C- Third leaf of the leaf

jm leaf 9

9. D – Forth and last tip of the leaf.

jm leaf 10

10. Weave in all ends and trims all excess to complete the Japanese Maple Leaf

 

Great as drink coaster for a smaller cup.

japanese leaf crochet

Appealing as decorations and embellishment too.

japanese fall leaf

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