Add lovely leaves to your fall decor with this crochet eastern cottonwood leaf pattern! Make leaves of all different sizes and textures by switching up your yarn and hook.
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Use Almost Any Yarn!
This cottonwood leaf pattern will work with almost any yarn or thread. Yarns that vary in thickness (i.e. thick-and-thin yarns) may affect the final shape and look of the leaf.
Use a hook that gives you a medium to firm gauge with the yarn or thread you choose. The size of your leaf and the yardage needed will vary depending on your yarn and hook choices.
Fall Leaf Collection
This pattern is part of what will soon be a collection of fall leaf crochet patterns. Once I have several leaf patterns published, I plan to put them together into a larger project and turn that into an e-book. It may be next fall before that’s completed, but when it is I will link it here! Meanwhile, you may enjoy these other leaf patterns:
About Eastern Cottonwood Leaves
There are eastern cottonwood trees all over my neighborhood. The spade-shaped leaves turn a lovely, bright yellow in the fall, before fading to brown.
Cottonwood leaves have long, slender stems that are flat instead of rounded. These flat stems allow the broad leaves to flutter and dance in the breeze.
Eastern Cottonwood Leaf Video Tutorial
Need a little help with this pattern? Check out the video tutorial!
Crochet Eastern Cottonwood Leaf
- Yarn: Any yarn of your choice. Samples shown used 10-12 yds of worsted weight, cotton yarn.
- Hook: Hook size that gives a medium to firm gauge with your chosen yarn. Samples shown with size H (5mm) crochet hook.
- Tapestry Needle
Intermediate: Basic stitches in rows and rounds, with some shaping.
Size / Gauge
Exact gauge is not important. Size, gauge, and yardage needed will vary depending on yarn/hook choices. Sample shown is approximately 3.75″ long, not including stem, and 4″ wide at widest point.
This pattern uses US terms.
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- rnd = round
- RS = right side
- sc = single crochet
- sk = skip
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- st(s) = stich(es)
Scroll down for chart.
Ch 1 or ch 2 at the beginning of a row or rnd does not count as a st or sp unless otherwise indicated.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, (sc, ch 1, dc, 2 hdc, dc, ch 1, dc, 2 hdc, dc) in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped chs count as starting ch-1 sp), join with sl st in starting ch-1 sp. (1 sc, 4 hdc, 4 dc, 3 ch-1 sps)
Row 2: Turn, sl st in first dc, ch 2 (does not count as a st or sp), dc in same st, (dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, hdc in each of next 2 sts, (hdc, dc) in next st, dc in next st, leaving last (ch 1 sp, sc, and ch-1 sp) unworked. (6 hdc, 6 dc, 1 ch-1 sp)
The unworked sc at the end is the bottom center st of the leaf and will be referred to for the bottom edging. You may find it helpful to mark it with a stitch marker so you can find it more easily later.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, (sc, hdc) in first st, sc in next st, ch 1, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, ch 1, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in last st. (4 sc, 10 hdc, 4 dc, 3 ch-1 sps)
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sl st in next st, ch 1, sc in same st, sl st in next st, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, (dc, ch 1 dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, sl st in next sc, sc in next hdc, leaving last sc unworked. (6 sc, 10 hdc, 2 dc, 6 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 5 – Edging and Stem:
Top edging: Ch 3, turn, sl st in first st, sk next sl st, sl st in next ch-1 sp, [ch 3, sl st in next st] twice, [ch 2, sl st in next st] twice, [ch 1, sl st in next st] 3 times, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, sl st in next st, ch 1, hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of hdc just made, ch 1, sl st in next st, ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, [sl st in next st, ch 1] 3 times, [sl st in next st, ch 2] twice, [sl st in next st, ch 3] twice, sl st in next ch-1 sp, sk next sl st, (sl st, ch 3, sl st) in last st, ch 1, sl st in first ch-1 sp of rnd 4;
Bottom left edging: Continuing along bottom of leaf, [ch 1, sl st] 4 times evenly across to bottom center st (last sl st should be in the ch-1 sp from rnd 1 just before bottom center st);
Stem: Ch 13, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, sk bottom center st, sl st in next ch-1 sp from rnd 1;
Bottom right edging: [Ch 1, sl st] 3 times evenly across bottom edge, ch 1, sl st in skipped sc from rnd 3, ch 1, join with sl st in same sc as beginning of rnd (last sc from rnd 4)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
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