Swirling Leaves Rows Tutorial

If you have followed me for any length of time, you probably realize by now that I love and keep going back to the Swirling Leaves stitch. I love that stitch and am always looking for new ways to use it and new items to make with it. I never get tired of it. However, it is a stitch that pictures really do help when making the something from it for the first time. So I decided to make a photo tutorial for working Swirling Leaves rows. If you want to see how to work the stitch in the round, you can go HERE.

There are some new patterns coming soon using this stitch in rows and I already have a few others (blanket, vest, coffee cozy, bonnet, skinny scarf). I will be updating some of the older ones soon as I found “better” ways to work it from when I first started designing with Swirling Leaves. The patterns in the round will probably also be updated soon as well.

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Swirling Leaves Rows Tutorial

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For the purpose of this Swirling Leaves Rows tutorial, I used a 7.00mm Clover Amour hook and Lion Brand Heartland yarn although any weight and appropriate hook will work.

When I use this stitch in patterns, I vary the number of stitches skipped in the cluster depending on what look I want (usually 1 or 2). For the purpose of the tutorial, I skipped 2 stitches, so my foundation row of single crochet was in multiples of 3 plus 1.

Swirling Leaves rows 1

I did 2 rows of single crochet, then chained 2 and double crocheted in the same stitch. Then you chain 3.

Creating the foundation split cluster is next. For this part, you will work around the stem of the double crochet that you just made. Work 3 double crochet around the stem leaving last loop of each on the hook, skip 2 stitches then work a 4th double crochet in the next stitch leaving last loop on the hook as before. Yarn over and pull through  all 5 loops that are on the hook. Chain 3 and repeat the foundation split cluster across.

Swirling Leaves rows 2

At the end of the row, chain 2 and turn. Double crochet in the first chain 3 space. Chain 3. To work the split cluster on all subsequent rows, work 3 double crochet around the stem leaving last loop of each on the hook, then work a 4th double crochet in the next chain 3 space leaving last loop on the hook as before. Yarn over and pull through  all 5 loops that are on the hook. Chain 3 and repeat the split cluster across to the last chain 3 space. You will need to work one more cluster on to complete the row. For the last cluster, work as before but instead of placing the last leg of the cluster in a chain space, you will work it into the top of the chain 2 from the previous row.

Swirling Leaves rows 3

Continue to work rows in the same manner to desired size.

That is the Swirling Leaves rows tutorial. I hope this helps you to understand and work the Swirling Leaves patterns. To find my other Swirling Leaves patterns, you can go to my Ravelry store. Keep up to date on new releases and sales on my Facebook page, Creative Threads by Leah. Join my fun crafting (not just crochet) community and get special deals and sneak peeks in my my Facebook group, CTbL Creators.

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