Maple Leaf Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

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Maple Leaf Amigurumi Free Crochet Pattern

I’m excited to share this week’s pattern because it gives me the chance to express a little pride and love for my home country! As my fellow Canadians will know, this coming Canada Day on July 1st marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation in 1867. Happy Birthday, Canada! And although Canada is 150 years young, we can’t forget that indigenous peoples have lived on this great land for thousands of years!

Here are some fun facts about Canada:

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world.
  • Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Newfoundland and Labrador became the last province to join confederation in 1949 and Nunavut became the most recent territory in 1999.
  • The highest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 243,977 kilometres – 151,600 miles.
  • French and English are the two official languages of Canada.
  • The east coast of Canada was settled by Vikings in approximately 1000 AD. A viking settlement can be visited in L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province at only 225 kilometres long and 56 kilometres wide.
  • There are six time zones in Canada. Notably, the Newfoundland Time Zone consists only of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, putting the island an hour and a half ahead of Central Canada and a half hour ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada.
  • Poutine is delicious!

There are celebrations all across the country this year to celebrate our wonderful country and its history. I didn’t want to pass up the chance to design a little something to mark the event as well, so I present to you this little Maple Leaf Amigurumi!

Let’s get started! As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as our Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This adorable little guy has just 2 separate pieces and measures 19 cm (7.5 inches) from the tip of the middle peak to the bottom of the stem. I also made a smaller version using light weight cotton yarn and a 2.25mm hook. I think these would make a sweet addition to a Canada Day wreath! The smaller one could be used as a key chain or bag charm.

Here’s what I used:

  • 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Red Heart Super Saver in Red;
  • Black embroidery thread for mouth;
  • 8mm safety eyes;
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Flag

Abbreviations and Stitches – The entire piece is worked in single crochet stitches.

*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.*

Body (make 2 panels) in Red:

We will start at the bottom of the stem and work up.

Row 1: Ch 4, sc along (3 sts)

Rows 2-5: Sc along (3 sts)

Row 6: Dec, sc (2 sts)

Rows 7-9: Sc along (2 sts)

Row 10: Ch 13, sc along the chains and in the 2 sc of previous row (14 sts)

Row 11: Ch 13, sc along the chains and in the 14 sts of previous row (26 sts)

Row 12: Dec, sc 22, dec (24 sts)

Row 13: Dec, sc 20, dec (22 sts)

Row 14: Dec, sc 18, dec (20 sts)

Row 15: Dec, sc 16, dec (18 sts)

Row 16: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)

Row 17: Sc along (20 sts)

Row 18: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)

Row 19: Sc along (22 sts)

Row 20: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)

Row 21: Sc along (24 sts)

Row 22: Inc, sc 22, inc (26 sts)

Row 23: Sc along (26 sts)

Row 24: Inc, sc 24, inc (28 sts)

Row 25: Sc along (28 sts)

Row 26: Inc, sc 26, inc (30 sts)

Now we will start the first “leaf”, which will be the one farthest to the left as you look at it.

Row 27: Inc, sc 9 (11 sts)

Row 28: Sc 10, inc (12 sts)

Row 29: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will complete the middle peak of the first leaf. You will count in 4 sts and crochet in the middle 6 stitches of row 29.

Row 1: Sc 6 in middle (6 sts)

Row 2: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 3: Dec twice (2 sts)

Row 4: Dec (1 st)

Tie off.

Now we will start the second/middle leaf. You will crochet in the 10 middle stitches of Row 26 (i.e the 10 stitches immediately next to the first leaf).

Middle Leaf

Row 1: Sc 10 (10 sts)

Row 2: Sc along (10 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)

Rows 4-5: Sc along (12 sts)

Row 6: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)

Rows 7-8: Sc along (14 sts)

Row 9: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)

Tie off.

Now we will complete the middle peak of the second leaf. You will count in 4 stitches and crochet in the middle 8 sts of the previous row.

Row 1: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Row 2: Dec, sc 4, dec (6 sts)

Row 3: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 4: Dec twice (2 sts)

Row 5: Dec (1 st)

Tie off.

Now we will start the third leaf. Insert your hook into the last stitch of Row 26 (i.e. on the outside, furthest away from the middle leaf).

Third Leaf

Row 1: Inc, sc 9 (11 sts)

Row 2: Sc 10, inc (12 sts)

Row 3: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)

Tie off.

Finally, we will complete the middle peak of the third leaf. You will count in 4 sts and crochet in the middle 6 stitches of the previous row.

Row 1: Sc 6 in middle (6 sts)

Row 2: Dec, sc 2, dec (4 sts)

Row 3: Dec twice (2 sts)

Row 4: Dec.

Tie off. Repeat all of the above for the second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Pull up a long loop and put these aside for assembly.

Assembly:

Step 1: Face

If you want to include a face on your Maple Leaf, insert 8mm safety eyes onto your front panel now. Then stitch on the mouth with black embroidery thread or yarn.

Step 2: Maple Leaf

Place the two body panels of your Maple Leaf together and match up all sides.

**Make sure the front of your Maple Leaf is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**

Your yarn should still be attached from the last stitch you completed. Starting there, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels.

Take note of the following items as you crochet around:

  • Sc 3 into the same st at the tip of each peak (11 peaks total, including bottom two)
  • Sc 2 in the same st at the corners between peaks.
  • (Sc, ch, sc) into the corners of Row 1 at the bottom of the stem.

Stuff as you go. Use the back of a crochet hook to push the stuffing into each peak. Slst to your first st and close off. Use the back of your tapestry needle to poke any yarn tails back inside the piece.

That’s it, you’re done! Happy Canada 150! How will you be celebrating?

 

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