Teeny Weeny Shamrock Pattern.

My Granny always pinned a great clump of fresh shamrock to her lapel for mass on St. Patrick’s Day. Our big treat was to get a special badge from the shop, usually a tricolour ribbon with a gold foil harp or shamrock on it. Only a pagan would leave the house without some token of the day about their person.

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This year I’m making my own badge. It’s both a teeny weeny shamrock, seamróg beag bÍdeach, and a teeny weeny pattern. My pattern-writing skills are limited to the teeny weeny.

ch1 chain 1.
sl.st. slip stitch
h.tr. half treble (or half double in the US)

Round One.

(ch.3. sl.st. into first chain) 3 times. sl.st. into the very first chain again to close what is now an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny shamrock.

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Round Two.

Each little loop makes one leaf as follows:
(sl.st. into first chain. ch1, work 6 h.tr. into second chain. ch1, sl.st. into third chain) 3 times.

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Now make a stem:
ch4, sl. into 2nd stitch from hook, then sl.st. into each of the next two stiches.

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Finally, sl.st. into the base of the shamrock to secure the stem.

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Darn in ends at the back of the shamrock but don’t cut them too short as you can use the ends to tie the little shamrock on to a pin or a hairclip or wherever takes your fancy.

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Give each leaf a little rub. I don’t know if it will bring you luck but it will make it look better.

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This one was made with Rico Creative Cotton, Aran, with a 4mm hook.

I made some smaller ones with 4ply and a 3.5mm hook. I think the pale green, which was a teeny weeny leftover scrap of baby acrylic, turned out the nicest.

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My apologies for the poorly-lit photos. I’m blaming the rain.

I’d be dead chuffed if any of you were inspired to join me in the wearin o’ the green.

EDIT: Take a peek at the super-cute shamrock bunting, made from this pattern, over on welovelittlethings.

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14 thoughts on “Teeny Weeny Shamrock Pattern.

  1. I’ve passed this on to my ex-hubs partner who is much cleverer with the wool than me and will certainly have need for the Shamrock on St Patricks day. For me – well even with a teeny weeny pattern I’m such a dunce that it would probably end in tears so I’ll wear my green hat with it’s special ribbon as I ever do and be joyous that there is such a fuss made here that I could think myself back in West Cork 🙂

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