Week 9 Creative Challenge : Crocheted Shamrocks and a Green Trimmed Doily

Hello! Here’s my Weekly Creative Challenge Update (as introduced in this post).

I had my mind on crocheting some things I could use to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.

I wanted to make some small shamrocks to scatter around a vignette scene, so I looked for a pattern online. There are quite a few different ways to make them, but I liked the look of this one at Naztazia.com.

Hers end up being bigger than I wanted, though, so I adapted the pattern to use crochet thread rather than the thicker yarn she has chosen. I also reduced the size of stitches, from treble crochet stitches to doubles, for example. This resulted in shamrocks that are about an inch wide.

Naztazia demonstrates the pattern in a video, but I’m much better at following written instructions, so I wrote out what I did to make these small ones. For any crocheters reading, who would like to make one, here are those written instructions, with the acknowledgment that they are an adaptation of Naztazia’s work. Also, you might want to check out her site for all kinds of other crochet patterns, too.

Not only are these really cute, but they’re also a lot of fun to make, and they’re only 3 rows so don’t take much time at all. I plan on making a whole field of shamrocks!

Crocheted Small Shamrocks

Adapted to make small clovers about 1 inch wide. I used three different threads : For the one above, I used “DMC Pearl Cotton”, which is like embroidery floss but is a single strand. For the dark green matte ones I used cotton craft floss which is usually used to make friendship bracelets. There are also some that are slightly smaller, the lime green ones, for which I used Rico Essentials crochet thread, meant for doily making. All were made with a 2mm hook.

Note: I’m not a professional pattern writer so if anything is confusing, please watch Naztazia’s video, linked above, for clarification of the method, keeping in mind I’m using smaller stitches.

Chain 2.  

Into first chain “hole” make 6 single crochet stitches.  Slip stitch into first stitch (to finish circle).

“Chain 3 and Slip stitch into the next 2 stitches.” Repeat “*” twice.  You end up with a triangular shaped item.

Slip stitch into first loop (in previous row, made by Chain 3).  “Chain 2. For each petal, into loop make “3 double crochet stitches, 1 single crochet stitch, 3 double crochet stitches.  Then chain 2 and slip stitch into loop.” Slip stitch into next loop and repeat “*”.  Slip stitch into 3rd loop and repeat “*”.

Slip stitch to complete ring.  

To make stem, chain 6.  Turn, skip first slip stitch and slip stitch into others (going back up to the clover). Slip stitch to base of clover and finish.

This next item is a repeat of a doily I made last month (shown in this post) except that one had a red border and this one has a green one. While I’ll be using it for St. Patrick’s Day, it will work for springtime and Christmas, too.

It was made following this free pattern from the “Yarn and Hooks” site. The last round was made with the green yarn (which was also the DMC Pearl Cotton used in some of the shamrocks). It turned out nicely but in hindsight, I could have used something a bit heavier for the border.

Thanks for reading. If you’re on a creative journey this year, too, I hope it’s going well.

Wishing you a good week. xo loulou