02 April 2014

Plumeria Leaf



A plumeria leaf to go along with your plumeria flower. Sewn together, they make a perfect "doily" for a candle.

Using 4-ply cotton yarn and a 2mm hook, the leaf measures 11 inches long (including stem) and 4 inches wide.






    This pattern special stitches:
    Odd Increase (Odd Inc) = When there are three stitches to increase over, then [dc, 2 dc in the middle stitch, dc].
    Even Increase (Even Inc) = When there are four stitches to increase over, then [dc in the first stitch, dc2tog over the 1st and 2nd stitches, dc in the 2nd stitch].
    Here is a diagram of the two stitches.



    Row 1:  Chain 64.
    Row 2:  2 dc in the third chain from the hook. [Dc 3, dc2tog, ch] repeat 11 times, dc, hdc 2, sc2tog, sc, sl st 9 to create the stem, ch, turn. (Fig. 1)

    Row 3:  Sl st 9 along the stem, sc, [ch 4, hdc in the second stitch of the dc2tog] repeat 11 times, ch 4, sc in the same ch st as the dc-2 cluster, ch 2, sl st in the closest dc, turn. (Fig. 2 top)

    Row 4:  Ch, (dc, ch, 2 dc) in the sc, ch.
    Working in the ch-4/hdc row in the front loops only: [dc 3, dc2tog, ch, skip the next hdc] repeat 11 times (Fig. 2 bottom),
    dc, hdc 2, sc2tog, sl st in both loops of the next stitch, ch, turn.

    Row 5:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc, hdc, ch, skip the ch-space,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 11 times, dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, [dc, ch, dc] in the ch-2 space, dc2tog between the two ch-2 spaces (Fig. 3), [dc, ch, dc] in the next ch-2 space,
    2 dc, dc, ch, [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 10 times,
    dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2 (ending in the ch-space), ch, turn.

    Row 6:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc, hdc, ch, skip the ch-space,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 8 times,
    [dc, Even Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, dc, ch, skip the next ch-space,
    [dc, Even Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 7 times,
    dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2 (ending in the ch-space), ch, turn.

    Row 7:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc, hdc, ch, skip the ch-space,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 5 times,
    [dc, Even Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space] twice,
    [dc 5, ch, skip next ch-space] twice,
    [dc, Odd Inc, dc ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc, Even Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc, Odd Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc 5, ch, skip next ch-space] twice,
    [dc, Even Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space] twice,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 4 times,
    dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2 (ending in the ch-space), ch, turn.

    Row 8:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc, hdc, ch, skip the ch-space,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 4 times,
    [dc 5, ch, skip next ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    [dc, Odd Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc 2, Even Inc, dc 2, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc, Odd Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc 2, Even Inc, dc 2, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc, Odd Inc, dc, ch, skip the ch-space],
    [dc 5, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 4 times,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2 (ending in the ch-space), ch, turn.

    Row 9:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc, hdc, ch, skip the ch-space,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space] twice,
    [dc 3, 2 dc in the next stitch, ch, skip next ch-space],
    [dc 4, 2 dc, ch, skip next ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    [dc 5, 2 dc, ch, skip next ch-space],
    dc 7, ch, skip next ch-space,
    2 dc, dc 4, 2 dc, ch, skip next ch-space,
    dc 7, ch, skip next ch-space,
    [dc 5, 2 dc, ch, skip next ch-space],
    [2 dc, dc 4, ch, skip next ch-space] repeat 3 times,
    [dc 4, ch, skip the next ch-space],
    dc, hdc, sc, sl st 2 (ending in the ch-space), ch, turn.

    Row 10:  Skip the first sl st. Sl st 2, sc in each dc and ch-space around, [9 sl st, ch, 9 sl st] around the stem, continue to sc around to the first sc. Sl st in the first sc.
    Tie off. Weave ends in.






    Fig. 1:   Stem finished, continue to other side of foundation chain.





    Fig. 2:   Top: Central leaf vein finished. Bottom: Continue with Row 4 along the same row.



    Fig. 3:   Dc2tog between the two ch-2 spaces.



    Fig. 4:   Completed Plumeria Leaf.



    Fig. 5:   Plumeria leaf with backlighting to show vein pattern.












    Plumeria leaf and flower together.




    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet leaf pattern!

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