I crocheted another leaf. You can see from the photo that I was more relaxed when I made this one – my tension is not so tight so the leaf is bigger. The pattern is below.
Leaf Pattern (UK terminology)
- 15 ch
- 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc into each ch except last, (1dc, 3ch, 1dc) into last ch [this forms the tip of the leaf], 1 dc into ch along opposite side of foundation ch, 2 dc into same place as last dc [this forms the base of the leaf]. For the remainder of the pattern, dc into the back loop (when viewed from the right side) of each dc. 1 dc into each of next 10 dc, 1 ch, turn work over.
- 1 dc into each dc until the first of the dcs at the base of the leaf. Don’t forget to work into the back loop only – on this reverse side this means working into the front loop. 3 dc into centre of 3 dc at base. 1 dc into each dc except last 4 dc, 1 ch, turn work over.
- Repeat step 3, remembering to work into the back loop of the dcs, until you have the number of points on your leaf that you require.
- Work down to the base of the leaf as before but work the last two sts as ss and finish off in the centre dc of the base.
Here are some more pieces for my garland. The leaf is a pretty standard Irish crochet motif, and the bird is my own design. They didn’t turn out quite how I wanted but I’ve put the bird pattern below anyway. I’ll make one more leaf to check the pattern before I publish it.
Bird Pattern (UK terminology)
I used a 3.5mm hook, and cotton yarn (which looks like DK thickness)
- 5 ch, ss to make ring
- 1 ch, 8 dc into ring, ss into first st
- 3 ch, 2 tr in same dc, *3 tr in next dc* seven times, ss into 3rd chain
- 3 ch, 1 tr in top of same tr, *3 tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr* repeat to beg., ss
- Change colour. 3 ch, 1 tr in top of each tr, ss into 3rd chain
- 3 ch, 1 tr in top of each tr, ss into 3rd chain, fold motif in half so that the current stitch is at one end of the fold. To form the tail, 7 ch, ss into top of fold near the base of the chains, 7 ch, ss a little further along the fold, 7 ch, ss, 5 ch, ss (see photo for guidance). Finish off leaving enough yarn to sew the edges together. Use the first colour to sew a beak and eyes (see photo).