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Happy Canada Day! Free Maple Leaf Applique Pattern!

Canada Day is just about here, and I have a pattern that is perfect if you are looking for something to make for then! I just finished my Maple Leaf Applique Pattern. I have been wanting to try a leaf pattern for a while, and finally had time to work on it.

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This Maple Leaf Applique can be used in so many different ways. You can use it on a bag, a hat, a blanket, a shirt, a skirt…. Or anywhere else! I would really like to try a garland – I think it would make an adorable backdrop in pictures or to use as decorations. I did make this one up using a finer yarn, and smaller hook, but it can be made with any size of hook or yarn to make it as large or as small as you would like.

Maple Leaf Applique on a crocheted top

The pattern is rather long… and was a bit more complicated to write up than I expected, but hopefully it is easy to follow!

So… here it is…

 

Maple Leaf Applique Pattern

(#2 yarn, 3.5 mm hook – but any yarn or hook can be used)

~ there are 5 parts to this leaf. The first row makes the veins of each of them. I will try to explain it by separating the entire leaf into 5 leaf parts.

Row 1: ch 6 (this will form the stem, place stitch marker in 6th chain – the “top” of the stem), continue on from here and ch 9 (this will form the first leaf vein). Then sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (where stitch marker is). Continue on from there and ch 11. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (2nd leaf vein). Continue on and ch 13, sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 11 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (3rd leaf vein, centre leaf). Continue and ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (4th leaf vein). Continue and ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (5th leaf vein). Then sl st down the stem.

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 The “veins” of the leaf

Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sl st up stem in each of 5 stitches. Then, working on the first leaf vein, sc in each of first 3 stitches, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in next stitch. In last stitch, work sc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made to form point), sc. Then working down the other side of the leaf, sc in each of next 4 stitches. This part is a bit tricky – we will work the stitches, but not finish them. When it says hdc, work like usual, but do not do the last half of the stitch – do not yarn over and pull through 3 loops, leave loops on hook. When it says dc, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, but leave the last 2 loops on the hook. So… hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish), dc in next stitch (do not finish), working up the side of the next leaf, continue doing the same thing. Work dc in first stitch (do not finish), hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish)… then, yarn over and pull through all loops (11 loops) on hook.

Then continuing up the side of the 2nd leaf vein, sc in next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch. Work (tc, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in next stitch. Now you will be working down the other side of the leaf. Sc in next stitch, work (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. Now we do the tricky part again – work the stitches at the end of leaf 2 and beginning of leaf 3 but not finish them. So… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (but don’t finish). Working up the side of leaf 3, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (but don’t finish) …then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Then, continuing up the side of leaf 3, sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, work (tr, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 3, work sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, sc in next stitch. And the tricky part again… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 4, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (without finishing) … then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 4, sc next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, (tc, picot, dc) next stitch, sc, (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 4, sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. And the tricky part again… hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc next stitch (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 5, dc in first stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing)…. then, yarn over and pull through all loops  (11 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 5, sc in each of next 4 stitches, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of the leaf, work sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in each of last 3 stitches. Join with sl st to base of leaf. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew together hole in centre of maple leaf. Tuck in all ends, and use how you wish!

~ to get a more perfect look to the point of the leaves, it would probably be best to block it

 

 The leaf before sewing the hole, and then the finished Maple Leaf!

I hope you enjoy making up this maple leaf! This pattern is free, but if you do use it, please share where you found it! I would also love to see pictures of items that you have used the applique on. You can share them on my Five Snowflakes Designs Facebook page if you would like to!

 

 

 

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Apple Cozy Pattern Giveaway – makes a great Teacher’s gift!

The end of the school year is coming up, and time is running out for getting teacher’s gifts! If you love to crochet, and have a few minutes, my Apple Cozy Pattern makes the perfect gift! It is a treat for the eye, and keeps an apple clean and helps prevent bruising.

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When your littlest has a fantastic teacher and excellent TA’s, and wants an apple in different colours, you can end up with some pretty cute combinations! I love the bright colours she chose with each teacher in mind.

 

The older 2 decided on traditional red/green colours and I really do think they are my favourite.

 

This apple cozy doesn’t have to be used just for teachers either! I first made it up because I had watched many times as my daughter took an apple to school for lunch. Now, an apple is a bit of an awkward size and shape and does not fit in a container well – and she didn’t want it cut up. I don’t know how many times I watched her apple fall out of her bag and roll across the hallway! I tried not to cringe at the thought of the dirt that must be on it after rolling across all manner of dirty footprints (which she didn’t think needed to be washed off), or the bruises that inevitably happen when fruit is dropped! So I made up an apple cozy to keep it clean and offer some protection should it bounce off the table or floor! And it’s super cute, so my daughter loves it and uses it all the time.

The pattern to make up this apple cozy is pretty simple. It uses front post and back post double crochet, so it does have some stretch to it, which helps it fit over apples from little ones to a bit bigger ones. The leaves are just for decoration, but they really make it look like an apple. I like to use cotton yarn because it washes up well, but acrylic can also be used. A simple loop for a button keeps it closed, and you have a great way to take an apple to school, the office, or where ever you need a quick, healthy snack!

You may notice the adorable wooden buttons that I have used on these apples…. My youngest chose hearts, the older 2 choose an owl, moose, deer, and chevron. I get these wooden buttons from an amazing lady at Brickbubble. The buttons come in so many different shapes and sizes, that it is hard to choose which I like best! A beautiful button, wooden or other, really finishes off this apple cozy nicely.

The pattern for the Apple Cozy can be bought on ravelry, or etsy, and I will also be giving away a couple copies of the pattern! If you would like to enter the giveaway, please fill out the form below.

Welcome to Five Snowflakes Designs

Welcome to my Five Snowflakes Designs blog!! I hope you will enjoy following along as I create patterns, learn new stitches, and try to keep up with life in general!

 

Some of you have followed my Facebook page from the beginning and have seen the changes over the years, but some have not, so I will introduce myself and explain a bit about Five Snowflakes Designs.

 

My name is Ramona, and I have a wonderful husband named Joel, and 3 children who are growing up way too fast! We felt it was important for me to stay home with our children when they were small, so crafting and crochet has been a way for me to contribute a bit to our family finances, and a great sanity saver!

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When I first opened my little shop on Etsy, it was called Cute Capes… because that is what I first started selling. When we moved our oldest daughter from her infant seat to a child car seat, I wanted something quick to put on that would be warm and cozy and cute! I sewed a little fleece cape with a warm collar that everyone seemed to like.

 

Then I also added some cute crocheted hats and headbands to my store – and changed the name to Cute Capes ‘n’ Caps.

 

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 Hat pattern by Pretty Darn Adorable

Since then I have discovered that I love designing patterns, and all of my items are now my own design. My patterns cover a wide range of items – animal hats, basic hats, cuddle cocoons, fingerless gloves, boot cuffs, and more, and I needed a name that would work for everything I make.

                          Most pictures are from A Day in the Life Photography, the elf hat picture is from Evie Rose Photography, and Patterns can be purchased here

 

Thus, the name Five Snowflakes Designs… five for the number of our little family, snowflakes because they are beautiful and unique (and I hope my patterns are too), and designs because that’s what I love doing!

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I hope you enjoy following along and find many patterns you love! Please come visit me on Facebook, check out my Etsy shop and keep up with the latest pattern sneak peeks on Instagram.

 

To add some extra fun to this intro post I’m also going to have a pattern giveaway! One winner can choose FIVE of their favourite patterns! To enter, please use the entry form below. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends June 13th at 10:00 pm.

 

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