by Terese @crochetspecs
Written in US terms.
40g green 8ply or DK yarn
35g orange or pink 8ply or DK yarn
3.5mm crochet hook
Abbreviations (US terms):
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
sc dec- single crochet decrease
sc inc- single crochet increase
dc inc- double crochet increase
sl st- slip stitch
BLO- back loop only
FLO- front loop only
The leaves are worked in strands of different length. Strands should vary in length from between two leaves to six. Make two or three of each length before attaching the flowers and knotting the strands together.
This is a very forgiving pattern. If your leaves and flowers aren’t perfect, don’t worry- nature isn’t always perfect!
First leaf – Using green yarn chain 11.
Row 1- Miss first chain from hook. Sc2, hdc1, dc1, dc inc, dc1, hdc1, sc2. Chain 1, turn.
You are now going to crochet down the single loops of the foundation chain. (I also crochet over the loose end of yarn from the beginning of the leaf- this saves sewing in the ends later).
Row 2- sc 2, hdc1, dc1, dc inc, dc1, hdc1, sc2.
Second and consecutive leaves – **chain 11, turn.
Row 1 – Miss first chain from hook. Sc2, hdc1, dc1, dc inc, dc1, hdc1, sc2. Chain 1, turn.
Again you are going to crochet down the single loops of the foundation chain but you will need to cross over the top of your work as shown.
Row 2- Sc 2, hdc1, dc1, dc inc, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc.**
Repeat from ** to ** until you have the number of leave you want.
Finish off leaving 20cm of yarn.
Flowers ( Make at least 8):
Using orange or pink yarn
Round 1- Chain 2, 6sc into first chain. Slip stitch to back loop of first sc.
Round 2- BLO (Ch 10, turn. Miss first chain, sc9, sl st to back of next st) 6 times.
Round 3 – FLO Slip stitch to first stitch then (ch 8, turn. Miss first ch, sc 7. Sl st to front of next stitch) 6 times.
Finish off, leaving a length of yarn to sew the flower to the tip of the leaves. Pull this length of yarn through the centre of the flower to the back.
Sew the flowers to the ends of random strands of leaves and knot together as shown. (This is only half a bunch).
You can hang these from anything you like, although I prefer to stuff them into a pot with a ball of yarn or sock to hold them in place.
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