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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two Shamrock Patterns!

Look what I created!
A few weeks ago, I scoured the internet for shamrock patterns, but I didn't find exactly what I wanted.  I love the small shamrock that Skip to My Lou has made (seen below).
When I made this pattern, the shamrocks were adorable, but a bit small as garland for my mantle.  I wanted something larger, like I did for my heart garland or candy corn garland.  Well, I couldn't find anything, so I had to come up with something on my own!  I even have a new technique (a magic ring) to share with you too!
Here are my shamrocks!
Above is a four leaf shamrock.  Below is a three leaf shamrock.  Both measure about 5 inches wide and about 6 inches in height.
Now for the patterns!
Large Shamrock (4 leaf) pattern
Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green
I-9/5.5mm Hook
crochet terms
ch- chain
sc- single crochet
st- stitch
sl st- slip stitch
dc- double crochet
hdc- half double crochet
Make a magic ring with 10 Sc.  Directions can be found here.  This makes a tight ring.  (If this doesn’t interest you then, Chain 3.  Sl st in third chain from the hook.  Make 10 Sc in the loop.  Sl st to first sc.)
Row 1: Ch 1. Sc in same st.  sc in next st.  (2 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1 turn. 2 sc in each sc st. (4 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1 turn, 2 sc in first st. Sc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in last st (6 sc)
Row 4: ch 1 turn, sc in each sc across (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1 turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in last st (8 sc)
Row 6: ch 1 turn, sc in each st across (8 sc)
Row 7: ch 1 turn, skip 1 st, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in last st. 
Sl st down the side to the beginning circle.  Sc in next 2 sts.
Follow above directions starting at Row 2.  (repeat until you have 4 leaves).
Sl st into next Sc.  Ch 14.  2 Dc in the third chain from the hook. Hdc in the next 4 sts. Make 3 hdc in fifth st. Hdc in the next 6 sts.  Sl st into remaining st on circle.  Fasten off.
Large Shamrock (3 leaf) pattern
Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green
I-9/5.5mm Hook
Make a magic ring with 8 Sc.  Directions can be found here.  This makes a really nice tight ring.  (If this doesn’t interest you then, Chain 3.  Sl st in third chain from the hook.  Make 8 Sc in the loop.  Sl st to first sc.)
Row 1: Ch 1. Sc in same st.  sc in next st.  (2 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1 turn. 2 sc in each sc st. (4 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1 turn, 2 sc in first st. Sc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in last st (6 sc)
Row 4: ch 1 turn, sc in each sc across (6 sc)
Row 5: ch 1 turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in last st (8 sc)
Row 6: ch 1 turn, sc in each st across (8 sc)
Row 7: ch 1 turn, skip 1 st, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, (dc, hdc, sc) in next st, sl st in last st. 
Sl st down the side to the beginning circle.  Sc in next 2 sts.
Follow above directions starting at Row 2.  (repeat until you have 3 leaves).
Sl st into next Sc.  Ch 14.  2 Dc in the third chain from the hook. Hdc in the next 4 sts. Make 3 hdc in fifth st. Hdc in the next 6 sts.  Sl st into remaining st on circle.  Fasten off.
For garland:
Depending on the size of your mantle, chain 80 to 100.  For a thin chain, sc in every stitch.  For a slightly thicker chain, hdc in the second stitch from the end and in every remaining stitch.  You can also dc in every stitch but this will cause some holes in chain.  Attach your shamrocks from either the top or stitch them through the center, whichever style you prefer.

I hope you enjoy these patterns.  I would love to see your creations if you try out these patterns!
Happy Crocheting!
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