As soon as fall season hits, I’m on the hunt for a few key things: cozy sweaters, pumpkin everything, and colorful leaves. I love this time of year because of all the vibrant colors of the leaves changing. I recently decided that I wanted to add some crochet leaves to my fall family room decor! I went on a Pinterest search looking for interesting crochet leaf patterns and decided to just make all of my favorites!
So, today I have for you both a crochet leaves roundup and review of some of the free crochet leaf patterns you can find online. I made all of these leaves myself so I could give you an idea of the time required to crochet each leaf as well as my perceived difficulty of each pattern. I hope you find this little collection helpful!
About the Yarn
For the crochet leaves roundup, I decided to use this skein of Red Heart Unforgettable in the color way Polo. Since I thought the colors were very reminiscent of autumn and I was pretty excited to see how it would work up into leaves. Plus I wanted to use the same yarn on all the patterns for consistency sake.
Now, just a heads up, this yarn claims to be a CYC 4 yarn, but I would say it’s closer to a 2 or 3. It recommended a J-hook (6 mm), but I started with an H (5mm) hook and ended up working with an E (3.75mm) hook. So if you want your crochet leaves to look like mine, I definitely recommended sizing your hook down.
About my Process
Ok, to make it easy for you to find everything, I’ll give you the link for the free patterns that I found with each photo. I’ll also give you an idea of about how long they take to crochet and some tips on working through potential beginner roadblocks in the patterns. Everyone reads and writes patterns a little bit differently, so I’ll let you know where I got hung up and what you need to do to avoid my mistakes.
If you’re trying to make your finished leaf pile look like mine, it may help to know I crocheted each leaf twice. The first time was just figuring out the pattern, and the second was getting an idea of about how long they took to make. Bear in mind, I did have to block all of these, so keep that in your head when considering your total time to make.
And just because I’m finicky about organization, I’ll start the crochet leaves roundup with the easier ones first and then move on to the more intricate designs. So if you’re an absolute beginning crocheter, start at the top! If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, keep on scrolling.
By Susan’s Hippie Crochet
So first up is this little guy from Susan’s Hippie Crochet. Now, if you are not comfortable with reading a stitch diagram, then this pattern is probably not for you. There are no written directions, but the diagram was simple and I didn’t have any issues with it. The leaves are small and cute will be nice fillers with some of the larger leaves that I made.
Estimated work-up time: 10 minutes.
Free Simple Leaf Pattern!
By In the Yarn Garden
Next was this little leaf pattern from In the Yarn Garden. Adorable, right?! The directions were simple and concise. Plus, there was an easy to read diagram. Again, small, cute crochet leaves that will make great fillers.
Estimated work-up time: 10 minutes.
Free Crochet Leaves pattern!
By LindaMade for Threads Magazine
Here we have this crochet leaf from Threads Magazine. This was a written pattern with no diagram. It was easy to follow and has some pictures for reference. It was only two rounds, so it was the quickest of the leaves with points (or picot stitches). It was designed by Linda Permann of Lindamade.
Estimated work-up time: 10-15 minutes.
Free Autumn Leaves pattern!
By Art Threads
This cute little leaf is from Art Threads. This is a written pattern as well. There is no stitch diagram, but there are some photos to help you along the way. This pattern was simple enough, but a bit more time consuming than the previous three simply because you’re working back and forth in rows rather than in rounds.
I opted to skip the running stitch up the center because I felt like my variegated yarn added enough pizzaz on its own. My only complaint here was that the edges on these ones tend to roll on me, even after blocking. This is likely because it was designed for embroidery thread. I think with a little stiffening spray, these leaves will hold their shape just fine.
Estimated work-up time: 20-25 minutes.
Free Crocheted Fall Leaves pattern!
By In the Yarn Garden
Here is another great crochet pattern from In the Yarn Garden. This one is a written pattern with a very helpful diagram. Now, originally I wasn’t going to do an oak leaf. I think oak leaves are kinda blah. I’m a probably a smidge biased because we clean up so many of them from our yarn every fall. But for variety’s sake, I made it anyway and I’m glad I did! This leaf was probably one of my favorites to crochet. I didn’t have any issues, although, just a head’s up, I did find it easier to work off the diagram rather than the written pattern.
Estimated work-up time: 20 minutes.
Free Crochet Oak Leaves pattern!
By The Painted Hinge
Ok, now onto the more intricate designs. This lovely leaf pattern is from The Painted Hinge. This one took me a couple of tries the first time around. I could have probably avoided the headache if I had followed the directions more closely.
Anyway, my tips on this are: 1) You are only making 5 shells in Round 3 even though there is room for 6. The extra stitches are for the stem. And 2) When the pattern says work all the stitches in parentheses in the same stitch, work them all in the same stitch. It may say next stitch, but still work them in the same stitch. Anyway, once I got those two self-inflicted hiccups out of the way, it worked up nicely.
Estimated work-up time: 25-30 minutes.
Free Fall Maple Leaves pattern!
By The Unknown Orchard
This leaf pattern is from The Unknown Orchard. It’s a stitch diagram with some written directions. I found it was easier to follow the diagram than the written directions though. I also found that I had to add a double crochet in Round 3 between the first point and second, and another in the same round between the second point and third. After I did that, it worked out fine. This leaf pattern definitely took a little more time, but its one of the larger crochet leaves of my little collection.
Estimated work-up time: 40-45 minutes.
Free Crochet Sugar Maple Leaves pattern!
By Handmade by Raine
And the crochet leaf pattern is from Handmade by Raine. This one is a very detailed written pattern with an added bonus of a step-by-step video tutorial.
Not gonna lie, I spent two days trying to get this one. At first I just tried reading the pattern, and then I got stuck. I was trying to prove my crochet merits on a more advance crochet pattern, but finally, I gave in. I watched about a 2 minute snippet of the video. Once I got that little bit down, it was smooth sailing from there.
So, I guess my recommendation would be to use your resources on this one. If you’re not up for watching the entire video, I suggest watching her do a couple rows of the Side Leaf portion. Pay attention to her wording because she will sometimes say “skip next stitch” in the video where she has written “skip next single crochet” in the pattern. My second time around much quicker.
I love how this little leaf turned out. With the yarn and the ribbing combo, it’s probably my favorite of the whole bunch!
Estimated work-up time: 45-55 minutes.
Free Crochet Maple Leaves pattern!
What to Do with your Leaves!
So that wraps up my crochet leaves roundup and review of some free fall leaf patterns out there. If you need an idea on what to do with all these crochet leaves, check out this bunting I made. I took some bulky thread and strung mine all together, then I hung it over my fireplace with some cute little pumpkins. Adorable right?
I love how it turned out, but I think a great substitute would be crochet pumpkins! If you want to make your own crochet pumpkins, check out my Great Star Pumpkin pattern!
Hope you enjoy! I’ve always got a few fun patterns in the works, so keep an eye out. Be sure to subscribe if you want a heads up about new content. Until next time, Happy Crafting!