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Are you looking for an easy and free crochet shamrock pattern? Look no further! With this simple and quick tutorial, you will learn how to crochet a shamrock and a 4-leaf clover. If you’re wondering, a four-leaf clover is associated with good luck and the shamrock is used in a more religious meaning, to explain the Holy Trinity.

I don’t know about you, but I love the meaning of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Maybe because of the association with “good luck”, along with the fact that green represents new beginnings and growth. When St. Patrick’s Day comes, we know spring will be here soon, which is another reason for so much excitement.

This tutorial is so easy to follow. You can use these little crochet shamrocks to adorn anything you want, such as cards, hats, gifts boxes, and more. Or to give them away as small gifts to friends, family, and classmates. And it’s a great beginner project too. 

Crochet shamrock
Crochet shamrock pattern

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Crochet shamrock

Supplies

All you’ll basically need is yarn and a crochet hook. This is such a small project, so it’s perfect to use any of your green yarn leftovers. These are the materials I used to crochet the pictured shamrocks:

  • 3.5 mm (US E) Tulip crochet hook or size that’s best for your yarn choice.
  • Worsted weight (#4) 24 / 7 100% mercerized cotton yarn by Lion Brand, in color grass, or any other green yarn you like. You’ll need about 4 to 5 yds (4 to 4.5 m) only.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
  • Stitch markers (optional).
  • Yarn scissors.
Crochet shamrock supplies
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Crochet Shamrock Pattern

This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Difficulty level: Easy.

Finished size: 2 ¼” wide x 2.5” tall (including the stem), when you use the recommended yarn and hook size.

The recommended material in this pattern is for the purpose of this tutorial only. Feel free to use any yarn and hook size you like.

Stitches & Abbreviations

Here is what you’ll need to know to make this crochet shamrock.

  • Magic circle (mc) 
  • Chain (ch) – to create a chain, yarn over and pull up a loop.
  • Fasten Off (FO) – pull the tail through and make a knot to secure the end.
  • Treble crochet (tr) – yarn over twice, insert the hook in the mc, yarn over again, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through two loops) three times. 
  • St (s): Stitch (es)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st) – yarn over, insert the hook in the magic circle, yarn over, pull through.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Gather your supplies and tools. Create a magic circle and chain 3. As an alternative to the magic circle, you can start the shamrock with 4 chains and work the leaves (following steps) in 4th chain from the hook.
step 1
  • Step 2Crochet a leaf: 4 treble sts, chain 3, sl st in the mc. 
step 2
  • Step 3Crochet two more leaves to complete the shamrock. Chain 3 and repeat step 2, two more times. Stop here and skip to step 5 (stem) if you’re making the shamrock.
step 3
  • Step 4: Chain 3 and repeat step 2 one more time to crochet one more leaf if you’re making the 4-leaf clover
step 4
  • Step 5Make the stem – chain 6 (or more chs if you want the stem longer), sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and in the remaining 4 chs.
step 5
  • Step 6Pull the mc tail to cinch. Finish off by cutting the yarn. FO. Weave in the ends. Use your fingers to straighten the leaves.
step 6

Tip: When you’re pulling the yarn to cinch the mc, some yarns tend to break off, so make sure you pull it carefully to not break.

And just like that, your crochet shamrock is done. Quick and easy, right? I hope you loved this tutorial.

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FAQ

Are crochet shamrocks easy?

They certainly are. These shamrocks are small and easy enough to make them a perfect beginner crochet project. If you know how to create a magic circle and a double stitch, you can make them.

What yarn is best for a crochet shamrock?

Any yarn, in any weight, is perfect for shamrocks. But generally, depending on what you’re making them for, they will be too small with thin yarn. So, if you’re making them as ornaments, they will look better with bulky yarns.

What can I use these shamrocks for?

Use them as appliqués for cards, hats, gift wraps, and blankets. Or use thick yarn, in different shades of green, to make them larger and hang them onto a string to create a St. Patrick’s Day bunting.

What does a shamrock symbolize?

In the Irish tradition, Christians believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Each leaf represented the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Some believed a shamrock meant faith, hope and love as well.

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Crochet Shamrock Step-by-Step

Yield: 1 shamrock or clover
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 3.00

Here is a printing version of this pattern. The instructions are the same as the ones above, but a bit more concised.

Materials

  • Worsted weight (#4) yarn

Tools

  • 3.5 mm (US E) hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker (optional)

Instructions

    1. Gather your supplies and tools. Create a mc and ch 3. As an alternative to the mc, you can start the shamrock with 4 chs and work the leaves (following steps) in 4th ch from the hook.step 1
    2. Crochet a leaf: 4 tr sts, ch 3, sl st in the mc.step 2
    3. Crochet 2 more leaves to complete the shamrock. Ch 3 and repeat step 2, two more times. Stop here and skip to step 5 (stem) if you’re making the shamrock.step 3
    4. Ch 3 and repeat step 2 one more time to crochet one more leaf if you’re making the 4-leaf clover.step 4
    5. Make the stem – ch 6 (or more chs if you want the stem longer), sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and in the remaining 4 chs.step 5
    6. Pull the mc tail to cinch. Finish off by cutting the yarn. FO. Weave in the ends. Use your fingers to straighten the leaves.step 6

Notes

    • Amount of yarn needed: approximately 4 to 5 yds (4 to 4.5 m) only.
    • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
    • Difficulty level: Easy.
    • Finished size: 2 ¼” wide x 2.5” tall (including the stem), when you use the recommended yarn and hook size.
    • The recommended material in this pattern is for the purpose of this tutorial only. Feel free to use any yarn you like.
    • When you’re pulling the yarn to cinch the mc, some yarns tend to break off, so make sure you pull it carefully to not break.

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