With October upon us, we’re well into the fall season. 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 family room decor, so I set out to collect some samples from the great outdoors, aka the park nearby. I grabbed a few leaves and picked up my crochet hook to recreate them only to make something that somewhat resembled a poop emoji. I then decided I should probably learn to crawl before I walk and needed to learn how to crochet leaves. I went in a different direction and found some patterns on Pinterest. 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.

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 this yarn claims to be a CYC 4 yarn, but I would say its 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.

About my Process

So in this crochet leaves roundup post, I’ll give you the link for the free patterns that I found. I’ll also give you an idea of about how long they take and some tips on working through potential 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.

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 mind when considering your time. I’ll start the crochet leaves roundup with the easier ones first and then move on to the more intricate designs.

Simple Leaf Pattern

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 pattern here!

Crochet Leaves

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 leaves that will make great fillers.

Estimated work-up time: 10 minutes.

Free pattern here!

Autumn Leaves

By LindaMade for Threads Magazine

Here we have this 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 pattern here!

Crocheted Fall Leaves

By Art Threads

This one is from Art Threads. This is a written pattern as well. There is no 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 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 pattern here!

Crochet Oak Leaves

By In the Yarn Garden

Here is another one 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. But for variety’s sake, I made it anyway and I’m glad I did! It was probably one of my favorites to do. I didn’t have any issues, although, I did find it easier to work off the diagram rather than the written pattern.

Estimated work-up time: 20 minutes.

Free pattern here!

Fall Maple Leaves

By The Painted Hinge

Ok, now onto the more intricate designs. This lovely lady 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 pattern here!

Crochet Sugar Maple Leaves

By The Unknown Orchard

This one 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. It definitely took a little more time, but its one of the larger leaves of my little collection.

Estimated work-up time: 40-45 minutes.

Free pattern here!

Crochet Maple Leaf

By Handmade by Raine

And the last one is from Handmade by Raine. This one is a very detailed written pattern with 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 and kinda stubborn and was trying to work through it just to prove that I could. Finally, I watched about a 2 minute snippet of the video where I got stuck and 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 one turned out. It’s probably my favorite of the whole bunch.

Estimated work-up time: 45-55 minutes.

Free pattern here!

Final Thoughts

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. 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 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!


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I'm a stay-at-home mom of 3 little ones that loves to create with yarn. I design crochet patterns, and create tutorials for fun crafts.