As a kid, my Grandfather had this little leprechaun friend who only came down from his shelf on St. Patrick’s Day. This little leprechaun told him secrets, and only he could hear him talk. I very fondly remember seeing that little guy sit next to him on the kitchen table and I loved Grandpa teasing because he couldn’t tell me any of his secrets. When Grandpa passed, he made it known he wanted me to have that little guy, but, at 22 years old, I knew where he really belonged, and I brought him to his funeral, and buried him with Grandpa.
I love St. Patrick’s Day. Green is my favourite colour, I am part Irish and the memories of Grandpa and his leprechaun always bring a grin to my freckled face.
I wanted to do a quick little something in honour of that day, so I whipped up a very quick and easy applique pattern that you can use on anything you want to make Irish. I have included instruction to make a three or four leaf clover, so if you need a little extra luck, I’ve got you covered.
- Worsted Weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green)
- Any hook size (I used my Bates H 5.00 mm)
- Tapestry Needle (for weaving ends)
Gauge is not important. You can adjust your hook size to change up the size of your clovers. I crochet tightly and my clovers using my H 5.00 mm measured about 3″ tall.
Stitches and Terms
- sc – single crochet
- ss – slip stitch
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- ch – chain
- fo – fasten off
Basic Three Leaf Clover
Three Leaf Clover:
In the centre of a MC, sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2, sc, join to first sc.
Ch 7, ss in 2nd chain from hook and next 5 ch (stem completed), *ss into next sc, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, ss, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in chain 2 space.* Repeat * * two more times, ss in last sc, fo. Weave in ends.
Need a little extra luck?
Four Leaf Clover:
In the centre of a MC, hdc, ch 2, hdc, ch 2, hdc, ch 2, hdc, ch 2, hdc, join to first hdc.
Ch 7, ss in 2nd chain from hook and next 5 ch (stem completed), *ss into next hdc, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, ss, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) in chain 2 space.* Repeat * * three more times, ss in last hdc, fo. Weave in ends.
I would love to see pictures of your completed clovers! Post them on my Facebook page, or link them to the pattern in my Ravelry shop!