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St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun! FREE Pattern!

Anyone with Irish roots? Or that just loves all things Irish? St. Patrick’s Day is coming right up!!  I have been working on some little items I think you will like. This little crochet set is fun for St. Patrick’s Day! The little pot can be filled with treats, and the coaster adds a rainbow to fit the theme. The shamrock is cute by itself, but can be used in a garland, on a hair clip or on a lapel pin. And the hat is tiny – it can be a little ornament, or added to a headband and worn!

IMG_4256.JPGSt. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun completed set!

The first crochet item is a Rainbow Coaster. It can be used traditionally to go under glasses and protect furniture, or it can be used as a fun mat for the pot of gold because rainbows, pots of gold and leprechauns all go together! I did use rainbow colours for this coaster, but it could be done in different colours as well. You can probably see that my coaster was not blocked – I was being lazy – it does lay nice and flat if blocked. The edging around the coaster is the crab stitch or reverse single crochet. Moogly has a good tutorial on how to do this stitch.

IMG_4248Rainbow Coaster with Shamrock

And of course you need the pot of gold! This is just a nice small size – perfect for some sweet treats! I filled mine with some yummy yellow jelly beans, and my kids were quite thrilled with them. Candy is not a treat they get very often.

IMG_4254Pot of Gold – or any yummy treats!!

The shamrock is probably my favourite! It is a very simple little project, but is really sweet and can be used in so many different ways. The shamrock can be just for decoration, or you can make a garland out of it. It also makes a really cute hair accessory! You can put a bobby pin through the middle and use it like that (that is what I did in the picture), or you can sew a clip onto the back of it. You can also make the shamrock larger or smaller depending on the size of hook you use.

  IMG_4246Shamrock

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Shamrock in the hair, on a bobby pin

And the little leprechaun’s hat is fun! It is very small, so can be a little decoration if you like, or you can add it to a headband or hair clip and wear it on St. Patrick’s Day! My girls like this one best!

 Tiny Leprechaun’s Hat, and added to a headband!

If you are interested in this pattern, it is FREE!! I don’t often have patterns free, but will try to have more like this one. Rather than writing the whole pattern here, here is the the ravelry link to my St. Patrick’s Day Crochet Fun so you can add it to your library or print it out. I find that easier than trying to scroll through a blog post!

If you are interested in other patterns I have written, you can check out ravlery, or my etsy shop Five Snowflakes Designs.

I hope this little set adds a touch of magic to you day, and that you enjoy making it up!

 

Happy Canada Day! Free Maple Leaf Applique Pattern!

Canada Day is just about here, and I have a pattern that is perfect if you are looking for something to make for then! I just finished my Maple Leaf Applique Pattern. I have been wanting to try a leaf pattern for a while, and finally had time to work on it.

IMG_3433Maple Leaf Applique

This Maple Leaf Applique can be used in so many different ways. You can use it on a bag, a hat, a blanket, a shirt, a skirt…. Or anywhere else! I would really like to try a garland – I think it would make an adorable backdrop in pictures or to use as decorations. I did make this one up using a finer yarn, and smaller hook, but it can be made with any size of hook or yarn to make it as large or as small as you would like.

Maple Leaf Applique on a crocheted top

The pattern is rather long… and was a bit more complicated to write up than I expected, but hopefully it is easy to follow!

So… here it is…

 

Maple Leaf Applique Pattern

(#2 yarn, 3.5 mm hook – but any yarn or hook can be used)

~ there are 5 parts to this leaf. The first row makes the veins of each of them. I will try to explain it by separating the entire leaf into 5 leaf parts.

Row 1: ch 6 (this will form the stem, place stitch marker in 6th chain – the “top” of the stem), continue on from here and ch 9 (this will form the first leaf vein). Then sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (where stitch marker is). Continue on from there and ch 11. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (2nd leaf vein). Continue on and ch 13, sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each of next 11 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (3rd leaf vein, centre leaf). Continue and ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (4th leaf vein). Continue and ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, sl st in “top” of stem (5th leaf vein). Then sl st down the stem.

maple leaf 1.JPG

 The “veins” of the leaf

Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sl st up stem in each of 5 stitches. Then, working on the first leaf vein, sc in each of first 3 stitches, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in next stitch. In last stitch, work sc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made to form point), sc. Then working down the other side of the leaf, sc in each of next 4 stitches. This part is a bit tricky – we will work the stitches, but not finish them. When it says hdc, work like usual, but do not do the last half of the stitch – do not yarn over and pull through 3 loops, leave loops on hook. When it says dc, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, but leave the last 2 loops on the hook. So… hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish), dc in next stitch (do not finish), working up the side of the next leaf, continue doing the same thing. Work dc in first stitch (do not finish), hdc in each of next 2 stitches (do not finish)… then, yarn over and pull through all loops (11 loops) on hook.

Then continuing up the side of the 2nd leaf vein, sc in next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, work 2 dc in next stitch. Work (tc, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in next stitch. Now you will be working down the other side of the leaf. Sc in next stitch, work (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. Now we do the tricky part again – work the stitches at the end of leaf 2 and beginning of leaf 3 but not finish them. So… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (but don’t finish). Working up the side of leaf 3, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (but don’t finish) …then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Then, continuing up the side of leaf 3, sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, work (tr, picot, dc) in next stitch, sc in next stitch, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 3, work sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) in next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in each of next 2 stitches, sc in next stitch. And the tricky part again… hdc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 4, dc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next stitch (without finishing) … then, yarn over and pull through all loops (9 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 4, sc next stitch, hdc next stitch, dc next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, (tc, picot, dc) next stitch, sc, (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of leaf 4, sc in next stitch, (dc, picot, tc) next stitch, 2 dc next stitch, dc next stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches. And the tricky part again… hdc in each of next 2 stitches, dc next stitch (without finishing). Working up the beginning of leaf 5, dc in first stitch, hdc in each of next 2 stitches (without finishing)…. then, yarn over and pull through all loops  (11 loops) on hook.

Continuing up the side of leaf 5, sc in each of next 4 stitches, work (sc, picot, sc) in last stitch. Working down the other side of the leaf, work sc in next stitch, hdc in each of next 3 stitches, sc in each of last 3 stitches. Join with sl st to base of leaf. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew together hole in centre of maple leaf. Tuck in all ends, and use how you wish!

~ to get a more perfect look to the point of the leaves, it would probably be best to block it

 

 The leaf before sewing the hole, and then the finished Maple Leaf!

I hope you enjoy making up this maple leaf! This pattern is free, but if you do use it, please share where you found it! I would also love to see pictures of items that you have used the applique on. You can share them on my Five Snowflakes Designs Facebook page if you would like to!

 

 

 

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