by M. J. Joachim
You will need 1 piece of pipe cleaner – 3 to 6 inches long, and some leaf colored yarn or doily thread for this project.
Step 1: Make a slip knot and place it over one end of your pipe cleaner. Leave a small stem at the end, for joining with other leaves and flowers later.
Step 2: Insert hook through loop around pipe cleaner. Single crochet around pipe cleaner, to reach the other end.
Step 3: Chain 1, turn; single crochet in front loop only of each stitch down the side of single crochet stitches around pipe cleaner. Turn and single crochet in the unused loop of each stitch, from the original single crochet stitches made around pipe cleaner.
Step 4: Single crochet in 1st single crochet on other side of leaf
Step 5: Count stitches and scale stitches (from small to large, then back to small again) down first side of your leaf. Begin with single crochet, and gradually work your way into triple crochet stitches. Triple crochet stitches will be in the center, with cascading shorter stitches on either side.
Note: In the leaf pictured, the sequence is as follows: 2 single crochet, 1 double crochet, 2 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, 2 single crochet
Step 6: Chain 1, slip stitch into 1st single crochet of round. Finish off.
Step 7: Pull chain 1 up, and tuck end of pipe cleaner into it. Weave in loose ends.