The Maple Leaf Forever

As my husband and I travel in Europe this month, my thoughts frequently return to my adopted home, Canada. Next year will be Canada’s 150th birthday and, to celebrate, Stitch Stop locations and The Crochet Crowd have joined up for Project Maple.

How it works is that you use a specified pattern, Red Heart Yarns’ Maple Leaf Banner, to create leaves that will become part of a maple tree on display in Ottawa during the birthday festivities in 2017. Click on the picture below to get the details and to participate.


I first learned about this when two students signed up for a beginner class from me at my local yarn shop. Neither had ever crocheted, but were inspired by Project Maple to learn. (I just love the different ways people end up coming over to The Dark Side.)

If you are a beginner and want to participate in Project Maple, know that the pattern is classified as intermediate, and you will need to have specific skills under your belt to work it successfully. In order to have a happy experience, you should know how to

  • Read a pattern
  • Work a foundation chain
  • Work into the back bar (back bump) of a chain
  • Work a row along both sides of a chain
  • Make single crochet stitch
  • Make slip stitch
  • Make single crochet back loop only (blo) stitch

Don’t stress out too much: The Crochet Crowd has a delightful video tutorial on the Project Maple page that will take you through the whole pattern. Take your time, and have fun!

Are you in the Kitchener-Waterloo area? If you want to brush up on your crochet skills so you can join in the fun, contact my local yarn shop, Shall We Knit?, to arrange a one-on-one class.

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