We know how much you creacrafters love adding your own personal touches to projects – you’re such a creative lot! So that’s why we’ve given you some new ideas in issue 36 of Knit & Stitch Creative with a feature on making knitted leaves – the perfect decorative detail to add to a whole array of makes.

A little cluster of knitted leaves make an ideal trim for a beanie – you can make the leaves in the same yarn as the hat or ring the changes with different colours. You could also trim a storage basket with leaves – sew them in a row around the top edge. The basket could be knitted or crocheted (see issue 20 for a great knitted example) but you could also attach knitted leaves to a wicker or woven rattan basket – as long as you can pass a needle through the weave. Why not have a go at the planter covers in issue 36 and then personalise them with knitted leaves? You can make the leaves in shades of green or try autumnal hues and use oranges, reds and yellows instead.

The leaves are made in garter stitch and the shaping is achieved by increasing at the edges of each leaf and by making pairs of decreases at the centres. The increases are made by picking up the yarn between stitches and knitting into it; the decreases are made by slipping two stitches and then passing these over the next knitted stitch – so these leaves are simplicity itself to make.

Whatever you choose to embellish with knitted leaves don’t forget to share the finished project with us!