Today you will learn how to crochet the falling leaves crochet stitch. This unique crochet stitch features staggered double crochet clusters worked two rows below. They end up looking like falling leaves.

I have also seen this stitch called the Plump Posts Stitch.

This stitch is not reversible, the texture will show on the front only and the back will be smooth. It has a 4-row repeat that is easy to memorize, which makes for easy crocheting. You could use this stitch to a crochet a blanket, scarf, hat, bag and more.

How to Crochet the Leaf Stitch

Before we get started you’ll need to know how to crochet the leaf stitch. This is the double crochet cluster stitch that creates the raised texture.

If you wanted to write out the long name for this stitch it is a Front Post Double Crochet 2 Together. Phew, that’s a mouth full.

Step 1. Yo, insert your hook from front to back to front around post of stitch indicated 2 rows below.

Step 2. Pull up loop to height of approx 1 in.

Step 3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 around the same stitch. 5 loops on your hook.

Step 4. Yo, pull through 4 loops

Step 5: Yo, pull through last 2 loops.

How to Crochet the Falling Leaves Stitch

Abbreviations

  • US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Leaf St: see instructions above

Notes

  • Ch 1 and 2 do not count as a stitch
  • Odd rows are front side
  • When working the leaf stitch your loops must be long so that your work doesn’t buckle. The 1” listed in the directions is just a starting point, the actual height will depend on your tension. The height of the leaf st should be the same as other stitches in the row. 
  • Leaf stitches are all worked 2 rows below current row.
    • Ex: 1st leaf in row 3 is worked in 4th dc of row 1

Row 1: Ch multiple 4 + 5, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and each st across. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, and next 2 sts. *Leaf St around next st 2 rows below, dc in next 3. Repeat from * across. Turn.

Row 4: as row 2

Row 5: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, *Leaf st around next st 2 rows below, dc in next 3. Repeat from * across until 2 sts remain. Leaf St around next st 2 rows below, dc in last. Turn. (35 sts)

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern

2024 Crochet Along: Square 7

This is the 7th stitch of the Terrific Textures Crochet Along! This is a year-long CAL running here on The Unraveled Mitten, we are learning a new textured crochet stitch every week other week. Around the end of October, we will join our stitch sampler squares into a cozy blanket.

You can find more info about this CAL here.

Pre-Order the Entire Pattern Here

You can purchase a pre-order of the Terrific Textures CAL in my shops. Each time a square is released you will automatically receive the PDF copy of that pattern.

You can find written instructions for this stitch above. You’ll notice that the instructions are written so you can use this stitch in other places besides this CAL. You can find my notes on how I made my 12-inch square listed below.

  •  130 yds worsted weight yarn, Red Heart Super Saver used in sample
  •  5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Gauge: 7 sts x 6 rows = 2 in
  • Finished Size: 11×11 before blocking.
    • After blocking: 12 x 12 in

This is what I did:

  • Ch 37 to start
  • Follow stitch instructions above until your square is the desired size, being sure to end on an odd row. For me this was 33 rows.
  • After final row do not finish off, move on to border.

Border Instructions: Do not finish off. Working on front side of square, ch 1, sc evenly around placing (sc, ch 2 sc) in each corner space. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off weave in ends. Block to 12 inches. (Each side should have 35 stitches)

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