This post includes a free Christmas Holly Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial. I had a request for a quick photo tutorial to help with the Holly Leaves used in my Festive Cup Cozy Pattern.
I decided to add this as a separate post to make it easier to find – and for those who need the embellishment and not the cup cozy itself. I hope this helps clear up any questions on how to work the leaves around the starting chain row.
Christmas Holly Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in green (Worsted Weight Cotton)
Hook: 4.0 mm (G)
is not imperative for this project
US Terminology used
beg – begin
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
MR – magic ring / adjustable ring
R – row/round
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
Picot Stitch: chain 2, work 1 sl st into the second ch from the hook
Special Note: Count the ch 1 (in between the 2 sc sts) in R1 as a stitch and work into it in R2.
Make: 2, or 3 (depending on how you want yours to look!)
R1: Ch 9; sk 1 ch, work 2 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 tr in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 hdc in the next ch, (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc) in the end ch, working back up along the other side of the ch row work 1 hdc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 tr in the next ch, 1 dc in the next ch, 1 hdc in the next ch, 1 sc in the next ch 
(Note: remember you count the ch 1 (located between the 2 sc sts) as a stitch!)
R2: 1 sl st in the first st, 1 sl st in the next st, 1 picot st (see special stitch above). *Work 1 sl st in each of the next 3 sts, work 1 picot st.** Rep from * to ** one more time. Work 1 sl st in each of the next 2 sts, work 1 picot st. Work 1 sl st in each of the next 2 sts, work 1 picot st. Rep from * to ** 2 more times. Sl st to the intial sl st to finish off. Weave in ends.
R1: In a MR ch 1 and work 5 sc. Sl st to ch 1 to join and finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends.