How to Crochet Irish Lace


St. Patrick’s day is officially upon us!  My mother’s side of the family is part Irish, and we’ve been preparing for our annual  St. Patty’s Day party all week. The corned beef and cabbage is done, the house is clean, and the playlist is made. While I was helping get things ready, my mind soon wrapped itself around all things Irish, including Irish crochet. What better time of the year than St. Partrick’s Day to learn about this fascinating crochet method that leaves me breathless.

Irish crochet is a type of lace that dates back to the 19th century in Ireland. It is characterized by separately crocheted motifs that are later assembled onto a mesh background, or connected to each other with thing thread and needle. A very fine steel crochet hook is needed to make Irish Crochet Lace, as well as fine crochet cotton or linen thread.

Although it looks and sounds rather advanced and intricate, mastering Irish crochet is surprisingly easy. In fact, our friends at AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns have a free pattern available, compliments of Patons Yarn. Check it out below!

This is a simple afghan pattern that uses Irish crochet. The Irish Crochet Afghan Pattern is so delicate and soft, you won’t be able to put it down. It would make a great family heirloom. Get started on it today!

For more lace crochet afghan patterns, take a look at this great collection of 21 Lace Crochet Designs for Afghans! If you’re looking for a quick way to add an instant touch of elegance and class to your home, a lace crochet afghan is just the thing!


Our friends at AllFreeCrochet also have some fabulous free crochet patterns that use Irish Crochet, too! Take a look at some of my favorites:


Irish Lace Pillow



Aran Nosegay Crochet Throw





Irish Oranges Stole



See some more of my favorite free crochet patterns using Irish crochet from around the web:

Lucky Clover Scarf: This light and delicate scarf was inspired by Irish crochet. It’s made with yellow and green Red Heart Super Saver yarn and J and I crochet hooks.

Irish Crochet Lace Collar: If you’re looking for a more traditional Irish crochet pattern, this delicate lace collar is perfect. Add this to any shirt or dress for instant elegance!

Have you ever made anything with Irish crochet lace? Tell us about it below!

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