Spruce up your table this fall with this handmade crochet maple leaf. Can be used as a placemat, centerpiece or doily. Each mat measures 14½ inches in width x 11½ inches in length including stem.
5 – 250 yd. balls size 10 Mercerized crochet cotton thread color of your choice
Steel Crochet Hook Size 7
Each mat measures 14½ inches in width x 11½ inches in length including stem
NOTE: 4 dc form a solid mesh and 3 dc c are required for each additional solid mesh. For 1 open mesh, ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc.
1st HALF OF LEAF: Starting at lower edge A, ch 18, dc in 4th st from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 14 sts of ch, ch 8, turn.
2nd ROW: Dc in 4th st from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 4 sts of ch, 1 dc in each of the next 15 sts, trc in 3rd st of ch, then work
9 more trc's always working each trc in lower loop of previous trc (3 solid meshes increased), ch 11, turn.
3rd ROW: Dc in 4th st from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 7 sts of ch, 1 dc in each st across row to within last st, trc in last st, work 3 more trc's always working each trc in lower loop of previous trc (1 solid mesh increased), ch 5, turn.
4th ROW: Dc in 4th st from hook, dc in next st of ch, 1 dc in each remaining st, turn.
5th ROW: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 9 dc, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in each remaining dc, ch 5, turn. Work back and forth following chart until 15 rows are completed, ch 11, drop thread.
OPPOSITE LOWER HALF OF LEAF: With a separate ball of thread and starting at lower half B, ch 18 and work 14 rows according to opposite lower half of chart, cut thread. Pick up 1st section and finish 15th row of 2nd half to correspond. Work back and forth according to chart until leaf is completed, cut thread. Sew leaf together from the 6th through the 10th row at center.
STEM: Attach thread in 5th st of ch 11 of 15th row and working toward lower edge of leaf, work 1 s c in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1, turn. 2nd ROW: 1 sc in each of the 4 sc, ch 1, turn. Repeat 2nd row until stem measures 2½ inches, dc in 3rd row of leaf, work 3 more rows of sc, then dc in 3rd row of opposite side of leaf, continue working in sc until stem measures 6¼ inches, cut thread and sew to lower edge of leaf as illustrated. Work 3 more mats in same manner.