I open bag 5 and spend quite some time gazing upon that colour. I wonder about the name, aventurine. Google tells me aventurine is a type of quartz with a soothing, calming energy that can combat anxiety and replace it with confidence in ourselves. I waft the ball about a bit and decide that I CAN make 14 ivy leaves that look even better than Kate’s after all. Hey, this aventurine stuff really works…

If you’re thinking that a magic ring is that clandestine organisation for magicians, you might want to check out our tutorial for making a magic ring here:

https://www.littleboxofcrochet.co.uk/2017/08/magic-loop-technique/

As I’m only working 4 dcs into that magic ring, I keep those stitches really loose. I am Tighty McTightface when it comes to crochet, and making those 1st stitches with my usual tension will make it really hard for me to get 2 dcs in each on round 2.

We have been asked why we hadn’t always added a ‘slip stitch at the end of each round’ in these patterns: at the end of round 2, for example. It’s an interesting question and a good time to assure you that there are no tricks we promise: when a slip stich is needed – such as in round 3 – it will be in the pattern.

Round 3 contains our first increase instruction: we’re working 1 dc into the 1st stitch and an increase (2 dc) into the next. Evenly spaced increases help your circle to grow evenly and not curl up.

Once we start making the points of the ivy leaves, I pay particular attention to where I work the slip stiches back into my central circle. At the end of point 3, for example, there are 2 skipped stitches before the slip stitch so that that lovely big point spans those stitches and sits proud at the top of my leaf.

Slip stitch here

Before I know it, I’ve made a stalk and am ready to slip stitch all the way around my leaf. We’ve done lots of this for the fronds and the mistletoe leaves so we’ve definitely got this. We’ll end up with a gorgeous defined edge as well as having the opportunity to add a bit more pointiness to each point with a marvellous picot stitch.

I work my slip stitches in the back loops of the previous round’s stitches. It doesn’t matter if you work in one or both loops of the stitches but being consistent with this, makes for a neater finish.

Ta-da! Ivy leaf number one is finished. Only 13 more to go…