The shamrock is a beautiful design that symbolizes good luck and is particularly associated with St. Patrick's Day. This free crochet shamrock pattern is a great choice for an appliqué that you can add on to an array of other projects. You can also make a bunch of them and string them together to make St. Patty's Day party bunting.
Note that this is a pattern for a classic 3-leaf clover. You could adapt the instructions accordingly to make a 4-leaf clover if you wish. The 4th leaf would be made the same way that you make leaves 2 and 3.
Crochet abbreviations used in this pattern:
Materials for this free crochet pattern:
Use crochet thread size of your choice or yarn weight of your choice and the crochet hook that best matches that choices. Finished sizes will, of course, vary depending upon your choices. Lighter thread and smaller hooks will make tiny shamrocks while bulky yarn and big crochet hooks will make large, cushy shamrocks. Make a bunch in various sizes for a terrific St. Patrick's day display! This example was worked in a worsted weight yarn using a size G aluminum crochet hook. And although shamrocks are normally green, you can make yours more unique by choosing different yarn colors. Have fun playing with the options!
Free Irish Shamrock Crochet Pattern:
Shamrock Starting Chain: Chain 18, sl st in the 10th ch from hook, to form a circle with part of the chain.
The circle is where you are going to work your shamrock pattern. The rest of the chain is going to form the stem of the shamrock. (You might want to chain 9, place a stitch marker in that 9th ch, chain 9 more and then sl st where the stitch marker is.)
First Leaf: work (3 sc, 3 dc, 6 tr, 3 dc, 3 sc) all in the ch-10 circle just made (first shamrock leaf formed).
Second Leaf: Ch 10, sl st in the 10th ch of the beginning shamrock chain (this is the same spot as the base of first leaf made), for next leaf: work (3 sc, 3 dc, 6 tr, 3 dc, 3 sc) all in the ch-10 circle just made. Note: you may need to rotate the work around so that the first leaf is to the right of where you will be working the second leaf. Do not turn the work over but instead rotate it towards your hook until your hook is in the right position to work into the circle you've created with the ch-10.
Third Leaf: Ch 10, sl st in the 10th ch of the beginning shamrock chain (same spot as base of last leaf made), work (3 sc, 3 dc, 6 tr, 3 dc, 3 sc) all in the ch-10 circle just made. (You may once again need to rotate the work to be able to work easily into the circle.) Sl st in base of leaf. Do not end off - continue with stem.
Note, if you wanted to make this a four-leaf clover then you would add a 4th leaf now before proceeding to make the stem. Do so by repeating the instructions for the 3rd leaf one more time.
Stem: To form shamrock stem: sc in ea of remaining 8 chains of the beginning ch-18.
To finish: End off. Weave in ends.
This free crochet pattern was originally designed by Sandi Marshall for About.com. The design was based on an antique pattern from the year 1917 (the original pattern instructions are now old enough to be in the public domain). Originally published in the book Lady Duff-Gordon Book of Irish and Cluny Crochet, Book No. 18, published in the year 1917 by the Richardson Silk Co.