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Published on October 17th, 2015 | by Merion

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Crochet with Kate: a garland for autumn…

We’re well and truly into the autumn months here in the UK – kicking tumbling leaves, drinking hot chocolate by open fires and of course, festooning our homes autumnal shades.  Kate Eastwood from the Just Pootling blog has designed a stunning garland for your home to bring the glorious autumnal colourscape inside!

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At this time of year it’s very hard not to become swept up in the warm feelings of autumn approaching, and whilst its lovely to be out in the late summer sun what could be better than having your own little piece of autumnal beauty to hang in your home.

 

Crochet with Kate: autumn garland - LoveCrochet blog

My autumn garland is made of clusters of oak leaves and acorns hanging from a rustic string rope, and it couldn’t be simpler to make as there is just one pattern for the leaves and one for the acorns.

For my garland I chose a selection of autumn colours and worked with a cotton yarn, to give good stitch definition and form.

Crochet with Kate: autumnal garland on the LoveCrochet blog

You will need:

  • Schoeller and Stahl Limone 100% cotton: 1 x ball in each 0079/Kokos, 0049/Sisal, 154/Curry, 0010/Sand and 129/Mokka.
  • A 3.5mm hook
  • Garden string to make a rope to hang your garland.

The finished length of Kate’s garland is 1m 45cm.

Oak Leaf

Make a starting chain of 21.

Crochet with Kate: autumnal garland on the LoveCrochet blog

Beginning in the 4th chain from the hook,work 10 TR along the starting chain. Then work 5HTR, followed by 3DC. You will now be at the end of the chain.

Crocheted oak leaf - LoveCrochet blog

Work 1 CH to travel across the bottom of the leaf to the other side of the starting chain.

Crochet with Kate: autumnal garland on the LoveCrochet blog

Now, working up the other side of the CH, work 3DC, 5HTR and 9TR.  You should now be back at the top of your leaf: work 6 TR in to the top ST.

Crocheted oak leaves - LoveCrochet blog

Then continue working back down again with 8TR, 5 HTR and 4DC. Once back at the bottom again, work 2DC in to the end ST.

Crocheted oak leaf - LoveCrochet blog

You are now going to work around the leaf again, but this time you will be adding the oak leaf shape as follows:

DC2

1st shape: Work 1DC, 1HTR and 1TR all in to the same ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

DC2

2nd shape: Work 1DC, 1HTR, 1TR all in to the same ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

DC1

3rd shape: Work 1DC , CH2 and work 2 DTR all in to the same ST. In the next ST work 1TR and 1 SL ST.

DC1

4th shape: DC1, CH3 and work 2DTR all in to the same ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

DC

5th shape: DC1, CH2 and work 2TR all in to the same ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

Your leaf should now be looking something like this …..

Crocheted oak leaves on the LoveCrochet blog

Now SL ST 7 around the top of the leaf. Work back down the other side of the leaf as follows:

1st shape: DC1, CH2 and 2TR all in to the next ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

DC2

2nd shape: DC1, CH2, 1TR, 1DTR and 1HTR all in to the next ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

DC2

3rd shape: DC1, CH3, 2DTR all in to the same ST. Then 1TR and 1DC in the next ST.

DC1

4th shape: DC1, CH3 and 1TR in to the same ST. SL ST in to the next ST.

Then work 4 SL ST to the bottom of the leaf. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Oak leaves - on the LoveCrochet blog

I made a total of 8 x Kokos , 5 x Curry and 4 x Sisal leaves.

Acorn

Crocheted acorn - LoveCrochet blog

To make the acorn cap:

Using the Mokka CH2

Round 1: DC5 in the 2nd CH from the hook.

Crocheted acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: DC2 in each ST all the way around. 10sts.

Round 3: *DC1, 2DC in next ST, repeat from * 4 more times. 15 sts.

Crocheted acorn on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 4: *DC2, 2DC in next ST, repeat from * 4 more times. 20sts.

Crocheted acorns on the Lovecrochet blog

Round 5: *DC2, DC 2 together, repeat from * 4 more times. 15sts.

Crocheted acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

Finish off and sew in ends, using the yarn tale from the start to make a small loop as the acorn stalk.

Crocheted acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

To make the acorn bottom:

Using the Sand CH2.

Round 1: DC5 in the 2nd CH from the hook.

Round 2: DC2 in each st all the way around. 10sts.

Round 3: *DC1, 2DC in next ST, repeat from * 4 more times. 15 sts.

Rounds 4 to 6: DC all the way around. 15sts.

Round 7: *DC3, DC 2 together, repeat from * 2 more times. 12 sts.

 

Acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

Use a small amount of soft toy stuffing to stuff the bottom part of the acorn, pop it in to the acorn cap and using the yarn tale from the acorn bottom carefully sew the two together.

Acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

I made a total of 12 acorns.

Crocheted acorns on the LoveCrochet blog

The final step is to put your garland together. I used two strands of string crocheted together in a chain to make the garland rope, with the length of the finished chain being 1m45cm. I used a 6mm hook for this.

Makng the garland rope on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you are happy with the length of your garland rope lay it out on a flat surface and roughly space your leaves and acorns out as you want them to be. I find this helpful to do so that you can be sure to get your grouping and spacing as you want it.

Autumn garland on the LoveCrochet blog

Once you have your leaves and acorns in their groups use one strand of the string to join each little cluster together. You may find that it helps to hold the cluster in place with a couple of additional sewing stitches.

Autumn garland on the LoveCrochet blog

Then carefully thread each cluster onto the main garland rope and secure in place with a knot.

Autumn garland on the LoveCrochet blog

You are now ready to go and find the perfect place to hang your garland!

Autumn garland on the LoveCrochet blog

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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.




5 Responses to Crochet with Kate: a garland for autumn…

  1. susie says:

    Thanks for you crochet idea and talent. Love colorful fall leaves and acorns! A fab looking garland.

  2. Sheila Wood says:

    Love your crochet ideas especially Christmas decor.

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Kate I Love your garland but am quite new to crochet and struggle to follow the pattern at the part where you put the clusters on the side of the leaf, what are the capitals above each shape (DC2, DC1 etc) I am really struggling and am sure it is something really simple!!

    Thank you!!!

    Lisa

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Kate I Love your garland but am quite new to crochet and struggle to follow the pattern at the part where you put the clusters on the side of the leaf, what are the capitals above each shape (DC2, DC1 etc) I am really struggling and am sure it is something really simple!!

    Thank you!!!

    Lisa

  5. Monica says:

    Hi Kate,

    could you please tell me, and the others new to crochet:
    what DC1 respectively 2DC means?

    which one is double crochet and which one is decrease?

    thanks,

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