Once again, we welcome Crochet Garden author Suzann Thompson to LarkCrafts.com! This week, you?re in for a treat as she shares a free pattern for the Leaves and Berries Spray. Made up in any palette ? spring, summer, fall, or winter ? these leaves are so sweet. Happy stitching!
These Leaves and Berries are inspired by blue and white Zwiebelmuster chinaware. You?ll find instructions for crocheted berries here, but you can use buttons for berries, too.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials and Tools
2 colors of yarn of similar weight: dark and light leaf colors (A and B), berry color (C)
Hook: Appropriate size hook to achieve a firm gauge with selected yarn
For these leaves we used:
Berroco Ultra® Alpaca (50% super fine alpaca, 50% Peruvian wool; 3.5oz/100g = 215yd/198m): (A) color royal blue #6260; (B) color light blue #6239?light weight yarn; <3> and mother-of-pearl buttons as berries
Gauge Circle = 1?/2.5cm worked on 4.00mm (size G-6 U.S.) hook
Finished Measurements: 3 7/8?/9.8cm x 7?/17.8cm
Louet KidLin (49% linen, 35% kid mohair, 16% nylon; 1.75oz/50g = 250yd/228m): (A) color Grasshopper #33; (B) color Colorado Spruce #17; (C) color Mexican Orange #06?fine weight yarn; <2>
Gauge Circle = 3/4?/1.8cm worked on 3.50mm (size E-4 U.S.) hook
Finished Measurements: 3 1/8?/7.9cm x 5 1/2?/14cm
Join-dc: Find the dc on the previous leaf that is opposite of the dc you are about to make. In this pattern the dc that you will join to are shown in brackets [ ] to help you identify them. With the yarn in front of the hook, insert hook in the back loop of the dc. With this new loop on the hook, yo, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 3 loops. Essentially, you started with an extra loop on your hook before you made a dc. The last yo was pulled through 3 loops, instead of the normal 2 loops.
Sl st-picot: Ch 3, sl st in base of chain.
After you have made this pattern, you will understand how it works, and you can repeat more or fewer times between *s to make your leafy spray longer or shorter. Brackets  are used as markers in this pattern. Ignore them until you get to the join-dc.
Rnd 1: With A, (ch 9, sc in 4th ch from hook, 5 sc, ch 4 for stem) 3 times. At the top of the spray, (ch 9, sc in 4th ch from hook, 5 sc) 3 times.
Working down the opposite side of the spray, (sl st in each of the 4 stem ch, ch 9, sc in 4th ch from hook, 5 sc) 3 times.
For lower stem, ch 12, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in each rem ch, cut yarn and needle join to free lp of first ch of rnd (it is at the base of the first leaf). Weave in ends.
Rnd 2: Join B in first ch of rnd 1 (at the base of first leaf) with *sl st, working along free lps of original ch, sc, hdc, 3 dc, (3 dc, sl st-picot, 3 dc) in the ch-3 sp; continuing along the tops of the sc, [3 dc], hdc, sc, sl st. (Sl st in each of the 4 ch of stem, sl st in first st of next leaf, sc, hdc, 3 join-dc, (3 dc, sl st-picot, 3 dc), [3 dc], hdc, sc, sl st) 3 times. **
The top leaf is not attached to the previous leaf: sl st, sc, hdc, 3 dc, (3 dc, sl st-picot, 3 dc), 3 dc, hdc, sc, sl st.
Rep between * and ** once more.
Make one for each leaf pair.
With C, ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, leaving enough yarn to sew the berry onto the spray, cut yarn, and needle join to first st of rnd.
Sew a berry (or button) at each intersection of the stem and a leaf pair. Weave in ends. Block.