Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ulmus – aka Elm Leaf Crochet Motif 3KCBWDAY2

Oh no! Ulmus went out to play in the garden, right when we needed him to tell us how he got so big. Can you help us find him?

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Here’s how Ulmus grew to be so big…

Ulmus started out as a simple chain of 15, which became his center stem.

Step 1:  First he grew down one side of his center stem:
1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 4 tr, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc
…which is 14 stitches when you start by making your first stitch in the 2nd chain from the hook.

Step 2:  Then Ulmus stretched a bit, after going through such a grand and glorious growth spurt. Please chain 3 to show him stretching now.
Step 3:  Ulmus felt a little bit out of balance and repeated Step 1 down the other side of his center stem. The only difference is that he wrapped each and every stitch around that loose end, so he wouldn’t have to worry about it when he was fully grown.

Step 4:  Ulmus stretched again (chain 3) and single crocheted into the 1st stitch on the other side. The he started his picot dance to express his joy to all the world.
Ulmus’s Picot Dance
Chain 3, slip stitch in 3rd chain from the hook (picot complete); single crochet in next 2 stitches and repeat.
When you get to the chain 3 loop at either end, (sc, picot, sc) in the loop.
By the time Ulmus was finished dancing for joy and expressing himself to the world, he was very tired and slip stitched into his first stitch in the dance.

As it turned out, Ulmus wasn’t really playing in the garden at all. He was looking for a shady place to rest. Did you find him yet?

Notice how no two leaves are exactly alike in nature, or even in the picture above with Ulmus and his brother. It's okay to experiment and make slight variations in your leaf patterns, to add interest to your individual projects.

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