Add a leaf to any project with this crochet elm leaf pattern! Make leaves of all different sizes and textures by switching up your yarn and hook.
Use Almost Any Yarn!
This simple elm 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 is the first in what I hope will soon be a collection of fall leaf crochet patterns. Once I have several leaf patterns created, I plan to put them together into a larger project and turn that into a e-book. It may be next fall before that’s completed, but when it is I will link it here!
About Elm Leaves
Finding a sample leaf to photograph turned out to be quite the education in dendrology! This is an earlier version of the pattern, next to the first “elm” leaf I picked up.
A quick email to our local arboretum taught me that this isn’t an elm at all. It’s a hackberry leaf!
Notice the spiderweb-like veins branching off from each other? It seems elms have straight veins, which all branch from a central ridge. Also, elm leaves are more asymmetrical at the bottom. Finally, elm leaves have double-serrated edges (the teeth have teeth), whereas the edges of a hackberry leaf are just serrated.
With this newfound knowledge, my buddy Diamond helped me find just the perfect (actual) elm leaf on a long walk in a local forest preserve.
Elm Leaf Video Tutorial
Need a little help with the pattern? Follow along with the step-by-step, video tutorial!
Crochet Elm Leaf
- Yarn: Any yarn of your choice. Sample shown used 5 yds of worsted weight, cotton yarn.
- Hook: Hook size that gives a medium to firm gauge with your chosen yarn. Sample shown with size H (5mm) crochet hook.
- Tapestry Needle
Easy: Basic stitches worked in rows around both sides of chain.
Size / Gauge
Exact gauge is not important. Size, gauge, and yardage needed will vary depending on yarn/hook choices. Sample shown is approximately 4″ long x 2″ wide.
This pattern uses US terms.
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sk = skip
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- st(s) = stich(es)
- RS = right side
Scroll down for chart.
Foundation: Ch 15.
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 6 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in each of next 2 chs, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch, working in opposite side of foundation ch, hdc in next ch, dc in each of next 7 chs, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, sk last 2 chs. (6 sc, 4 hdc, 13 dc)
Row 2 (RS): Turn, sl st in first sc, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st in each of next 2 sts, ch 3, sl st in ch-1 sp, sl st in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in each of last 2 sts. (16 sc, 4 hdc)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Elm Leaf Chart
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