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Crochet Leaf Patterns

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Because it only requires a small amount of yarn, this simple crochet leaf pattern is a great stash buster. This tutorial has 5 leaf patterns that were made by making small changes to the same basic pattern.

It’s a simple pattern that produces lovely leaves that can be used in crochet projects all year. A vibrant green leaf may herald the arrival of spring. Using different yarn colors, make leaves in the fall colors of yellow, orange, and brown. Have fun crocheting!

crochet leaf pattern

CROCHET LEAF PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS

What is crocheting? Is crochet difficult? Are crochet and knitting the same? If you have asked these questions and are interested in the answers, then please allow me to guide you on this journey, as many have guided me when I first started. 

Crocheting may seem like an intimidating task for first-time crocheters as there are various stitches, hooks, yarns, and patterns. However, this variety brings endless possibilities to crochet projects. Crocheting is a great way to make home décor, accessories, clothing, and even soft toys for loved ones or for personal use. 

crochet leaf garland

So, what is the difference between crochet and knitting? Crochet is the technique of interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or other materials with a crochet hook to create fabric. Crochet is done with a single hook to hook loops together, whereas knitting utilizes two long needles and the stitches form a ‘V’ shape. Beginners may refer to my guide to crochet for beginners, which includes easy instructions on basic crochet stitches, techniques, and simple crochet patterns to gain a deeper understanding of this craft. 

Once you have a hold on the basic knowledge of crochet, this easy crochet leaf pattern should be a breeze to construct. These written instructions are suitable for beginner crocheters. You should be familiar with basic stitches such as chain, single crochet, double crochet, triple or treble crochet, stitch, slip stitches (sl st), slip knot, and fasten off. This small crochet leaf pattern takes only 5 minutes to make and utilizes little yarn, making it a popular pattern for one to start their crocheting journey. 

crochet basic leaf pattern

HOW TO CROCHET LEAF

As the saying goes: good preparation is half the battle won! So, let’s walk through the preparation steps together. First, as I have mentioned above, you should have a good grasp of the basic knowledge of crochet. In addition, you will need some yarn, a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, and scissors. 

I used leftover yarn (sport weight) from my previous project for small projects such as this. Thin yarn will result in little leaves, while bulky yarn will produce larger leaves. In this free crochet pattern, I used a crochet hook of 2.25 mm and a tapestry needle #22.

After gathering the necessary tools and materials, choose the yarn of your desired color, and you may begin crocheting. Repeat this easy pattern to construct multiple cute leaves with different colored yarn to have colorful leaves that would make lovely appliques on bags, hats, or garments. To complete this great pattern, use a tapestry needle to weave in the yarn end or sew on to your crochet project. And, there you have it, an easy-peasy basic leaf pattern. To make the crochet pattern more versatile, I also included 4 other pattern variations to produce leaves of different shapes and sizes for you to explore.

FREE CROCHET LEAF PATTERN

scroll ⬇️ for the detailed written pattern in US crochet terms

crochet leaf bookmark

IDEAS FOR CROCHET LEAVES

Now you may be wondering what do I do with all these cute crochet leaves? I am here to assure you that there are many uses for them. These small ornaments are a popular embellishment. You may use it to decorate everyday items such as blankets, coasters, table runners, or even your amigurumi stuffed animal. Besides that, they may also be used as motifs to add a little bit of distinctive flair to hats, scarves, handbags, and other items. I’ve made a leaf garland and tied it to my tote bag in one of the pictures in this post. To make it, I simply added chain stitches in between the leaves and crocheted continuously.

This beautiful design is impressive on its own, but you may also pair them with crochet flowers as I did. Glue them on craft paper to make a card for Mother’s day, as a thank you card, or for any occasion for that matter. Furthermore, you may attach this interesting crochet leaf pattern to a safety pin or butterfly clutch and pin them on t-shirts, tie, or canvas bags. Another fun way to utilize these crochet leaf and flower appliques are to adhere them to clothespins, hair clips, hair bands and wear your original design proudly. Or, simply use them as a leaf bookmark to motivate your reading habits. 

Hair clips are my daughter’s favorite, so I made a pair of flower + butterfly hair clips for her. I think the next things she would want from my crafty hands are earrings and a hairband 🙂

crochet flower hair pin

TYPES OF CROCHET LEAF PATTERNS 

There are plenty of resources online for easy leaf patterns. Here is another leaf pattern I made a while back. This crochet fall leaf pattern makes beautiful leaves with a simple design. The link includes a photo tutorial that is easy to follow. Use a darker colored yarn for the base of the leaf to achieve a gradient color leaf design similar to a real leaf. Besides that, you may try my Japanese maple leaf pattern that I made using raffia yarn.

I also found this four-leaf clover pattern on YouTube. The video tutorial shows step-by-step instructions on how to construct this little leaf pattern. Last but not least, this monstera leaf pattern looks like the real plant, and it can be made into a variegated monstera leaf as well, simply by switching up the yarn colors or using a variegated yarn. 

Happy crochet!

how to crochet leaf variations

Crochet Leaf Patterns

Yield: Leaf Ornaments
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $1 - $5

Crochet leaf ornament is a popular embellishment. They are great to put onto many things apart from those I have made here. Make the crochet flower and butterfly pattern along with this leaf ornament. They can be placed on bags, notebook covers, etc. The next thing to do with the butterfly, flower and leaf ornaments would be a card for mommies for the upcoming mother’s day, or, a greeting card for any occasion.

Enjoy crocheting them!

Materials

Tools

  • Crochet hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Instructions

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble or triple crochet
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch [see notes]
sl knot = slip knot
fo = fasten off

How To Crochet Leaf: The Basic & The Variations

how to crochet leaf variations

In this crochet tutorial, we are sharing 5 leaf crochet patterns that you can make based on the basic leaf pattern.

1 - Basic Leaf
2 - Wider Leaf
3 - Bigger Leaf
4 - Long & Narrow Leaf
5 - Long & Wider Leaf

1. Basic Crochet Leaf Pattern

  1. Row 1: Begin with an sl knot, ch 10
    how to crochet basic leaf
  2. Row 2: slst into 2nd ch from hook, stst in next 8 st.
    how to crochet basic leaf
    In order to keep the slst as the midrib of the leaf, we are going to work row 3 on the loops beneath the slst stitch (which is basically the loop of ch sts of Row 1 and the 3rd loop of the slst.)how to crochet basic leaf
  3. Row 3: sk, slst on the next st. sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row, ch 2.
    how to crochet basic leaf
    slst in the same last st, rotate to the other side of the midrib, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row.
    how to crochet basic leaf
    Fasten. Leave a long tail for sewing or weave in all ends to beaten the crochet leaf.

    2. Wider Crochet Leaf Pattern

    Row 1: Begin with an sl knot, ch 12
    Row 2: slst into 2nd ch from hook, stst in next 10 st.
    Row 3: Rotate the piece to work on the loop beneath the midrib. sk, slst on the next st. sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row, ch 2. slst in the same last st, rotate to the other side of the midrib, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row.
    Fasten. Leave a long tail for sewing or weave in all ends to beaten the crochet leaf.


    3. Bigger Crochet Leaf Pattern


    Row 1: Begin with an sl knot, ch 14
    Row 2: slst into 2nd ch from hook, stst in next 12 st.
    Row 3: Rotate the piece to work on the loop beneath the midrib. sk, slst on the next st. sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row, ch 2. slst in the same last st, rotate to the other side of the midrib, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row.
    Fasten. Leave a long tail for sewing or weave in all ends to beaten the crochet leaf.


    4. Long & Narrow Crochet Leaf Pattern


    Row 1: Begin with an sl knot, ch 16
    Row 2: slst into 2nd ch from hook, stst in next 14 st.
    Row 3: Rotate the piece to work on the loop beneath the midrib. sk, slst on the next st. sc in next st, hdc in next 11 sts, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row, ch 2. slst in the same last st, rotate to the other side of the midrib, sc in next st, hdc in next 11 sts, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row.
    Fasten. Leave a long tail for sewing or weave in all ends to beaten the crochet leaf.


    5. Long & Wider Crochet Leaf Pattern


    Row 1: Begin with an sl knot, ch 16
    Row 2: slst into 2nd ch from hook, stst in next 14 st.
    Row 3: Rotate the piece to work on the loop beneath the midrib. sk, slst on the next st. sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row, ch 2. slst in the same last st, rotate to the other side of the midrib, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, slst in the last st of this row.
    Fasten. Leave a long tail for sewing or weave in all ends to beaten the crochet leaf.

    Notes

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