Generally when I buy grab bags of yarn there are some yarns I keep and some I re-donate. But every so often, a bit I have put in the re-donate pile gets rescued. One very old skein of Fleisher’s Tri-laine that had clearly been munched on in its probably 75 years was such a bit. Amigurumi style crochet is an excellent way to use up single skeins, especially those with damage, because the little pieces use short lengths, and a knot here or there will never be seen. This skein was such a succulent green grey blue, that it practically screamed from the donate bag, “No, I want to be a thing!!” So thing it became.
After everything was crocheted and sewn, I used some eyeshadow in lieu of chalk pastels to give it a little color interest. Here it is displayed on a weird random burl that fell out of our maple tree.
To make these little guys, I worked the leaves as follows:
Fingering weight yarn and size E crochet hook
- Into magic ring work 5 sc. Do not join. You’ll be working in a spiral.
- 2 sc into next stitch, placing marker in the first of these two stitches to mark the beginning of the round, sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch, placing marker in the first of these two stitches, sc in next 2 stitches (7 stitches)
- 2 sc into marked stitch, sc in each stitch to next marker, 2 sc into marked stitch, sc in each stitch to next marker. Move markers to the 1st of the 2 sc on the new row.
- Repeat row 3 until 11, 13, or 15 stitches. After reaching required number of stitches, work 4 rows of sc.
Make as many or as few of any of these sizes as you like. This example uses 3 of each.
Make sure the magic circle is pulled snug, then use the tail to lightly stuff the tip of the leaf.
The odd number of stitches creates a flat leaf that wants to bend on itself a little bit, so make sure you keep track of which is the shorter side, and place that toward the center of the plant. Your first leaf should be folded in half at the base, then stitch the remaining leaves in a spiral, graduating sizes as preferred.