It has been a while since I did a St. Patrick’s Day themed ami. Two years ago, I released this four-leaf clover pattern (which I shamefully called a shamrock because I yearned for alliteration with the Irish name Seamus…don’t worry, the internet has not let me forget the difference between shamrocks and four-leaf clovers since.) In any event, Seamus (the four-leaf clover) is super cute but he is worked in the round (not my usual jam, as you know), and he’s fairly big.
So, I decided it was time for a true shamrock pattern! It’s worked in two flat panels and is quite a bit smaller than Seamus; perfect as a bag charm, a keychain, to create a St. Patrick’s Day garland (see my pics below!), or just to add to a basket to spruce up your St. Patrick’s Day decor.
I made a bunch in rainbow colours because #potofgold, but you can make them all in green, different shades of green, or a combination of green and white. I think they are pretty darn sweet! And super quick to boot (I made all 6 of these in one afternoon/evening). The only thing I regret is not adding some happy eyes to some of these cuties to make them even sweeter (check out my video tutorial on how to crochet happy eyes on amigurumi).
Speaking of video tutorials, I also made a video tutorial on how to crochet the panels for this little shamrock, since there are a couple of fiddly parts, so I hope you find it useful!
Let’s get started! (Or Pin/Shop for later!)
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- 3.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Bernat Premium in Spring Green;
- I also used the following rainbow colours:
- 8mm safety eyes (optional – you can also stitch the eyes on using crochet thread);
- Black crochet thread for mouth;
- Tapestry needle.
Stitches and Special Terms (US Terminology):
Ch – Chain
St – Stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work a regular sc decrease.
Front Panel (make 1 panel) with 3.25mm hook:
The panels are worked from the bottom up. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. First, you will make two separate leaf pieces and then join them in row 3.
Row 1: Chain 5, sc 4 (4 sts)
Row 2: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)
Tie off. Repeat rows 1-2 for the second piece but do not tie off. Position the pieces so that the yarn tails from the beginning chain are facing inward on both (i.e. toward each other).
Now you have two separate pieces, as seen above. In row 3, you will crochet across the first piece on your hook and then join the second piece and continue crocheting across, joining them.
Row 3: Inc, sc 4, inc, inc, sc 4, inc (16 sts)
Row 4: Dec, sc 12, dec (14 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)
Row 6: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)
Row 7: Sc across (18 sts)
Stop here for a second but do not tie off.
When you’ve finished Row 7, the right side of the front panel will be facing you. Before moving on, take your tapestry needle and weave your yarn tails into a stitch on the wrong side of panel (you don’t need to weave them all the way in, just through one stitch on the back so you can quickly and easily see which side is which later on; it also helps to get them out of the way when joining the panels later). From here on out, it’s important for you to know which side is the right side and which side is the wrong side so I like to do this part now to save frustration later.
For the next row, you will be crocheting only part way across the previous row before chaining and turning. This will finish the first leaf. We will then repeat this on the other side.
Row 8: Dec, sc 3 (4 sts)
Row 9: Dec twice (2 sts)
Now we will repeat rows 8 and 9 on the other side of the panel to make it symmetrical. With the right side of the panel facing you, join your yarn in the last st of row 7 and repeat rows 8 and 9.
Now we will start the middle leaf. We will be working in the 8 remaining stitches of row 7 (the sts between the two finished leaves on either side).
With the wrong side of your panel facing you, skip the first st and join your yarn into the next st and move on to Row 10.
Row 10: Sc 6 (6 sts)
Row 11: Sc 6 (6 sts)
Row 12: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)
Row 13: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)
Row 14: Sc across (10 sts)
Row 15: Dec, sc 6, dec (8 sts)
Again, in the last row, you will be crocheting only part way across the previous row.
Row 16: Dec, sc 1 (2 sts)
Turn your work so that the right side of the panel is facing you. Join your yarn into the last st on the right. Repeat row 16 and tie off.
Back Panel (make 1 panel) with 3.25mm hook:
The back body panel is worked exactly the same as the front, except the right/wrong side of the panel will be the opposite as it was for the first panel (this is so that the panels will match up exactly when we are ready to join them with all the yarn tails and carries on the inside). So, remember on the first panel, after Row 7 we stopped and weaved the yarn tails to the back? This time, when you finish Row 7, the side that is facing you will now be the wrong side, so you will instead bring the yarn tails forward and weave them into the side that is facing you.
Check out the video tutorial if you’re still unsure.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Face
The first thing we need to do is stitch the facial features onto the front panel.
First, attach 8mm safety eyes or stitch on happy/sleepy eyes using black crochet thread.
Using your tapestry needle and black crochet thread, stitch on a little mouth between the eyes.
Step 2: Body
Time to join! Here’s what you’re working with:
Place the two panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.**
Starting on the bottom, as shown in the picture above, begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in the main colour.
Crochet 2 sc into each of the 2 sts at the top of each leaf.
Stop when you’re getting toward the bottom of the last leaf on the other side. Now the only part of your Shamrock that will be open is a small hole at the bottom.
Stuff your Shamrock. Use the back of your crochet hook to push stuffing into each of the leaves. Keep stuffing until you are totally satisfied (you might be surprised at how much stuffing you use).
Continue crocheting around but stop after you join the last stitch (i.e. you will be right at the beginning but do not join to the first st yet). Now we will make the stem.
Stem: Chain 8, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 2, hdc 2, sc 2 along chs (6 sts).
Slst to first st and tie off. Poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
That’s it! If you want to add them to a garland, I simply chained 20 in white yarn, inserted my hook into the top of one of the leaves of a shamrock to attach it, then chained 20 more, attached the next one, and so on until I had attached them all.
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