After failing to find a nice pattern for crochet ivy leaves (or a pattern at all) I decided to make my own. And since I woke up with ivy in my hair this morning (don't ask) I thought today would be as good a day as any to start.
This is the first pattern of mine I've actually written out, if anyone gives it a go let me know if you find any problems or have trouble interpreting it.
10 ply wool
approx 6cm X 6cm
Obviously smaller hook/wool smaller leaf, bigger hook/wool bigger leaf. Or adjust the pattern as you see fit.
I'll be making these in a range of sizes, and in 5 point varieties for a shawl I'm working on.
Not all that important for this pattern
It was stitched with the venation with a 3 ply cotton thread. You obviously don't have to add this, but I love little bits of detail like that. A 2-4 ply wool would be much better then the cotton, but this was all I had. When I make the rest of the leaves I'll be buying some wool for the veins.
sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 3 ch, 3 sc in end ch, sc in next 3 ch (opposite side to previous stitches), 2 sc in last ch (where the first sc was made), sl in first sc.
You should now have a sort of elongated oval, you may want to mark the end stitches in each side.
ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sc, 3 sc in end sc, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in end sc, sl in first sc of this round
ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in end sc, sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in end sc, sl in first sc of this round
Turn without turning ch, sc in next sc, dc in next sc, sc in next sc, sl in next sc, fasten off and weave in end.
Starting at the end stitch directly opposite the apex, join with a sl, ch 1, *sc in next 4 sc, ch1 to turn, sc in same st, repeat once from *
ch1 to turn, sc in same st, sc in next 2 st, sl in next st, ch1 to turn, sc in next 2 st, sl in last st, fasten off, weave in end.
Repeat in reverse for other side point.