S is for St. Patrick’s Day: Crochet Shamrock Garland
Although I have been a knitter for many years, crochet has been a mystery to me. My grandmother crocheted beautiful afghans and baby blankets. I have always regretted that I didn’t have her teach me before she passed away. I do have her jar of crochet hooks in many different sizes. I am as sentimental as they come so I treasure having these hooks knowing that she used them often with great care and skill. A few years ago, while I was laid up with a broken ankle, my mother-in-law taught me a few crochet basics. I caught on fairly quickly, but have only dabbled with crochet since then. I saw a tutorial for a crochet shamrock that was super cute and seemed relatively simple. It was time to dust off that jar of crochet hooks!
First I made the bigger shamrocks using this YouTube tutorial by BAG-O-DAY CROCHET & MORE.
Find the tutorial here: Four Leaf Clover Crochet Tutorial
After watching the video and then trying one, I found it easier to write down the directions so I could replicate them without using the video link. I used a 5.50mm/Size I crochet hook for this pattern.
I decided to look for a simpler crochet shamrock pattern and found this free pattern/tutorial on the Everything Etsy website (http://www.everythingetsy.com/). I used this for the smaller sized shamrocks and again found it easiest to write out the pattern. For this size shamrock I used a 5.00mm/Size H crochet hook. I noticed that the size of the finished shamrock varied greatly depending on the weight of the yarn I used.
Find the tutorial here: Three Leaf Clover Crochet Pattern
After I had several dark green shamrocks made in each size, I thought it might be fun to add some different shades of green to the garland so I made several of each size in the lighter green yarn as well.
For the garland itself I made a simple chain using my size 5.50mm/Size I crochet hook until it was long enough to accommodate all of my shamrocks. I laid them out on the table alternating colors and sizes and attached each shamrock by running a piece of matching yarn on a tapestry needle through the top of the shamrock and then through the chain itself. I tied the yarn off tightly and trimmed the tails.
This crochet shamrock garland project was fun and simple. I could quickly work up a shamrock here and there whenever I had a few minutes of down time. I used scraps of green yarn that I already had on hand and putting the actual garland together was a snap. I am so happy with how it turned out. I can’t decide where to display it. Perhaps I will have to make a second one?!? What do you think? Do you like the bigger shamrocks or the smaller ones better? What about the different shades of green? How else could these cute little shamrocks be used? I thought they would be cute to tie on a package for a fun gift wrapping touch. I would love to hear your feedback and ideas in the comment section below. Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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