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Easy Crochet Clover

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Irish eyes will be smiling when they look upon this St. Patrick's Day crochet pattern from Many Creative Gifts.  Turn this crocheted clover into a hair accessory, pin, necklace or applique piece for an upcoming project you're working on.  This pattern works up quickly and is great for anyone who has some knowledge of basic crochet stiches.  If you find that you can't stop making these cute crocheted clovers (or shamrocks if you make three leaves), you can easily string them together into a banner to hang on your wall for St. Patrick's Day!

Materials:

  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn in Green
  • Size H/8/5.0 mm crochet hook

 

Gauge:  4 sts = 1 inch; 2 rows = 1 inch

 

Instructions:
Finished shamrock measures about 6 inches across and 5 inches tall

  1. Make 3 or 4 leaves. When starting one of the leaves, measure out about 40 or 50 yards (or 37 to 47 meters) of yarn as the “tail”, then make loop to start petal (or just attach yarn when ready to assemble leaves).
     
  2. Round 1:  (RS): Ch 7, 4 dcs into the top loop of the third ch from the hook, 1 hdc into next ch, 1 sc into next 3 chs, ch 1, turn leaf while keeping on RS and 1 sc into bottom of last sc made (see second picture below), 1 sc in next 2 chs, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 dcs into last ch, ch 2, sl st to first ch at beginning, fasten off.  To sl st to finish off, remove hook, turn leaf over to WS, put hook into first ch of round and pull through loop, cut yarn and pull through to finish off on WS of leaf.


     
  3. At the bottom of each leaf should basically be 3 sts to work into. Take the leaf with the long tail and, on the RS, pull through a loop into the first of those 3 sts.
     
  4. Ch 1, 1 sc into next 2 sts, then 1 sc into first st of next leaf, 1 sc in next 2 sts of that next leaf, then 1 sc into first st of third leaf and 1 sc into next 2 sts, repeat one more time for a fourth leaf if applicable. Ch 2, remove hook and put hook through first sc of first leaf and pull through loop.

 

Stem and Trim

  1. Row 1:  (RS) Ch 1, 1 sc in same st and next 2 sts (3 sts), turn
     
  2. Rows 2-5:  Repeat Row 1
     
  3. Row 6:  Ch 1, 1 sc in same st and next st, 2 scs in last st (4 sts), turn
     
  4. Row 7:  (RS) Ch 1, 2 scs in same st, 1 sc in next 3 sts (5 sts).
     
  5. Ch 1, sl st along side of stem, then 1 sc in next 4 sts of first leaf, 2 scs in next 3 or 4 sts (depending on where “dimple” in the top of the leaf is), sl st into dimple, 1 sc in next st, 2 scs in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 4 sts, then 1 sc into first st of next leaf and repeat until all leaves trimmed. Sl st down the other side of stem, sl st to first st, fasten off.

         

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The English clover has only three leaves. A four leaf clover is rare and considered to be very lucky!

Thanks to everyone who told us that this is actually a clover. The directions do say that you can create three or four leaves, so I guess it can be either one! I've changed the title to better suit the project. Thanks again!

This is actually a 4 leaf clover. A shamrock has 3 leaves. Oh, I see it was already posted

I found something much better to learn from. Here is the link if you would like to do a Shamrock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCAQkYhS6iI

this is wonderful. it is however, a clover not a shamrock. A shamrock has only 3 (three) leaves to represent the Trinity. St. Patrick. Anyway wonderful and adaptable. God Bless Mary Ann

Please be aware that the shamrock and clover are very often wrong. A shamrock has 3 leaves and a clover has 4 as in 4 leaf clover. This is according to Irish history, therefore, this pattern is for a clover NOT a shamrock

Again a Shamrock has only 3 leaves. That's how St. Patrick taught the Irish people about the Holy Trinity.

Muchas gracias, lindo y facil Besitos.

According to wikipedia the Irish shamrock has three leaves. httpen.wikipedia.orgwikiShamrock

I like 4 leaf clovers shamrocks. When i younger i searched many hours in our yard to find Four keaf clovers. If i visit your yard and you have clover, I will recommend we sit or better yet lay in the clover on our stomaches and look for 4 leaf clovers.

Oh my goodness, I never realized that the number of leaves makes the difference between a shamrock and a four-leaf clover! Thanks for the correction everybody -) Phyllis of Many Creative Gifts

I was also going to comment that this is a four leaf clover, which is also good luck, shamrocks have three petals which are a little flattened on the ends.

Shamrocks have only three leaves!

This is a mistake often made when creating shamrock patterns because shamrocks have only three leaves. Simply change the pattern to have one less leaf for a true shamrock.

Thanks Phillis, I plan to put this on a baby hat for my granddaughter. Rita

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