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Venetian Crochet -
1915 Grapes/Leaves Appliques

A single leaf, grouping of leaves or with grapes added; these appliques straight out of the early 1900's can be a great addition to many projects. How about adding a single leaf to a flower-center granny square, for starters. Bet you can think up lots more uses.


Leaf Applique
from Handbook of Needlecraft, Number 2
Needlecraft Publishing Co., Published 1915

Note: I have rewritten these instructions in today's crochet terms.
--Sandi Marshall

Abbreviations used

sc - single crochet ch - chain
st(s) - stitch (stitches) sl st - slip stitch

No size of thread given in original pattern. I made a sample with size 10 thread, using a size 8 steel crochet hook = a leaf that's 1 1/2 inches long x 1 inch wide. Made with worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, leaf = 6 inches long. You could use any size of thread or yarn, depending on the finished size you need for adding the applique to the project you have in mind.

Note: You will be working in back loops only throughout entire leaf pattern, so that rows will form a ridge. Photo showing back loop only.

Venetian Leaf - Chain 16.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 14 ch, 3 sc in next ch; continuing up the other side of the chain, sc in next 14 ch.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, (working in back loops only) sc in next 15 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 14 sc.
Repeat until you have 4 points or ribs on each side of the center (last row will be a half row ending at the bottom of the leaf). At end of half row, slip stitch in stitch at bottom of leaf to end. End off.

Close-up of a portion of the leaf to show what the ribbed rows look like.

Grouping of leaves

Make 3 individual leaves as per the leaf instructions above. Follow directions below for assembly.

Join thread or yarn in 6th stitch down from top of last point. Place two leaves with right sides together. Slip stitch in back loops only of the two edges, working through both leaves at the same time, to join the two pieces. Open the leaves back up, place third leaf over one of the joined leaves (with right sides together), slip stitch in back loops only of these two leaf edges, working through both leaves at same time, to join, joining to within 5 stitches of the last point. (Do not slip stitch in last 5 stitches.) End off.

Stem: Fasten your thread or yarn into the end of one of the side leaves.
Chain 32, sl st in same place as joined; holding the looped chain so both parts of chain are together, working over both thicknesses of these two chain parts, work 30 sc around the double chain, pushing your stitches very close together. Work one sc through center of the loop, to hold the other stitches on.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Slip stitch in ea sc back to the beginning. (31 sc)
Slip stitch into the ends of the other two leaves. End off. By pushing the fullness to end of stem, it will curve.
Sew (just enough to fasten) the stem to one leaf at point where curve touches leaf and sew stem to stem at point where end of curved stem touches other part of the stem.


Note: Grapes are worked in both loops of each stitch throughout.

Rnd 1 Chain 2, work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 2 Ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc around, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 3 Ch 1, (sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 4 Ch 1, sc in ea sc around, sl st in first sc to join.
Rnd 5 (Sc in next sc, skip next sc) around.
Rnd 6 (Sl st in next sc, skip next sc) around. Sl st in first sl st of this round.
End off. Cut thread, leaving a length about 3 inches long. Pull this length through the last stitch; now draw up both threads (starting length and ending length), pull together firmly and tie securely, stuffing ends into grape.

To form the bunches, sew 6 grapes around a center grape and the 8th between any two of the circle of grapes.

My rewritten instructions for these Venetian Crochet Patterns not to be redistributed ("shared"), with or without charge. For your personal use only. If someone else wants the instructions, please give them the URL to this web page, so that they can come here and explore everything this site has to offer, for themselves. Thank you. -- Sandi Marshall
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Pattern Alterations - See what you can do with it

You may have noticed that the leaves in the 3-leaf grouping photo above are made slightly differently than they would be if I had followed the directions exactly as written. Once you've made one leaf, you may want to experiment with adding more rows to a leaf, having an extra stitch left unworked at the end of each row, beginning with a longer (or shorter) starting chain, etc. to alter the shape and/or size of the leaves you crochet.

-- Sandi Marshall

Leaves/grape grouping photo is from 1915 Handbook of Needlecraft
All other photos by Sandi Marshall, licensed to About.com. Not to be redistributed.

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