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Little Leaves


 

I get a lot of questions about what to do with the top of a baby bootie. I shy away from suggestions because I’m all about creativity and doing what makes you happy. But there’s a simple rule of thumb I always use when tackling a decoration–and that’s scale.

It’s important to keep in mind that when you’re dealing with tiny baby booties, you need to scale everything that goes on top WAY down so that it will be in proportion with the overall shoe.

Several small flowers clustered together or one large flower in the center is always stunning.

Small appliques and even tiny stuffed animal heads are ADORABLE! Really, your imagination is the only limit when it comes to how a plain pair of booties are decorated.

Today I’m going to give you a pattern for a simple leaf to use under small flowers for the tops of baby booties.

We’ll start with the single leaf.

 

Little Leaves (Single Leaf)

Materials Needed:

  • Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook (Or size needed to create the length of the leaf you desire–this pattern will work with any size hook.)
  • Small amount of 4 ply worsted weight green yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: Leaf will be worked on both sides of the foundation chain (top and bottom). DO NOT turn your work. 

Stitches Used:

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Sl st: Slip stitch

Ch 5

Sc in first ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch. ROTATE your leaf so you can work the underside of your foundation ch.

Dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in the top and finish off. Weave in tails and sew to your project with a length of the same color green yarn.

Finished leaf using a D hook measures approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm). 

 

The second way to tackle leaves is to crochet them both together. Not only does making two leaves combined into one piece save time, it’s easier on your hands when it comes time to sew them on the bootie.

Little Leaves (Double Leaf)

Materials Needed:

  • Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook (Or size needed to create the length of the leaf you desire–this pattern will work with any size hook.)
  • Small amount of 4 ply worsted weight green yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Note: Leaf will be worked on both sides of the foundation chain (top and bottom). DO NOT turn your work. 

Stitches Used:

  • Ch: Chain
  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Sl st: Slip stitch

Ch 11

Sc in first ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next two chs, sc in  next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, [2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc] in last ch. ROTATE your leaf so you can work the underside of your foundation ch.

Dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next two chs, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, [2 sc, ch 1, sc] in last ch, join in top on 1st sc and finish off. Weave in tails and sew to your project with a length of the same color green yarn.

Finished leaf using a D hook measures approximately 2 inches (5 cm). 

Simple Petal Rose


I don’t do a lot of flower crochet, but that’s not because I don’t love them. It’s because they can be pretty tedious and labor intensive!

However, there is no denying that a cute flower sitting on top of a project takes whatever your working on from ho-hum to WOW really fast.

Case in point, Mary Jane’s!

I’ve already covered these booties in my Basic Baby Shoes post so I won’t go into how to make them. Today it’s all about the flower.

 

Simple Petal Rose

Materials Needed:

  • Size G (4.00mm) hook
  • Any color baby weight yarn

Note: Using a thinner yarn and a smaller hook will result in a smaller finished flower. For a larger flower, use thicker yarn and a bigger hook.

Chain 26

Skip first 4 chains, sc in 5th ch from hook, (ch 2, skip 2 chains, 1 sc) across, turn.

(sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch 2 space across, (sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in final ch 4 space. Finish off, leaving a long tail.

Thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Holding the short beginning tail in your hand, begin to turn the piece to form your flower. Sew the petals together using your long tail and tapestry needle.

Finished flower measures approximately 2 inches in diameter.

 

As always, if you make one we’d love to see it over in HodgePodge!

Bursting Blooms


I love playing with new stitches and this project is an example of just that. I’ve called it Bursting Blooms and even though it obviously needs some work, I think the stitch is ADORABLE! (At least it works in a hat!!)

Bursting Blooms Hat

This one would be cute on a scarf or a baby’s playmat–I’m even thinking baby booties and bracelets! Basically, this stitch is nothing more than fancy fpdc worked around two dc posts. Anyone who knows how to work the crocodile stitch can do these without any problem at all.

The multiple is 12. For this project I used an H hook but you can really use any hook you’d like. The larger the hook, the bigger the flowers and the smaller the hook, the smaller the flowers.

To make the flower: [(DC, CH3) 6 times] around post of next dc, turn work 180 degrees, [(DC, CH 3) 5 times, dc] around post of prev dc.

The way I’ve worked these stitches on the hat  is to work a regular beanie, increasing until I got to 60 stitches. Two rows of dc followed. Then I worked my 1st flower row by chaining 2, dc in the next 4 dc, *flower around post of next and prev dc, dc in same dc (behind flower), dc in next 11 dc; repeat from * around.

When I came to the end of the round, I had 6 flowers. Next came two more dc rounds and then another flower round (for this round I eyeballed the centers from the prior flower round and just worked a flower in-between each of the two from the row above.

Another two dc rounds followed that and then I finished it off with a picot border. Ch 3, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, *picot, 1 hdc in next 3 sts; continue from * around and finish off.

This is definitely one to work with again and again!