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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

4-leaf clover granny square - free crochet pattern


Do you like the 4-leaf clover bookmark I made long ago? I "put" it on a solid granny square lately. This granny square pattern has a pop up shamrock in the middle but the square bed is crocheted continually from a shamrock.

4-leaf clover granny square, shamrock granny square

Materials: ( I used )
5mm crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn: white, light green, green
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
Sc Single crochet
Ch = Chain
Sl = Slip stitch
   
Inc = Increase  
Dec = Decrease        
Tc = Triple crochet
Dc = Double crochet

Fpdc = Front post double crochet
Bpdc = Back post double crochet
Inc tc = 2 triple crochet in same stitch
Inc dc = 2 double crochet in same stitch
Hdc= half double crochet
Dec hdc= half double crochet 2 stitches together
Inc hdc= 2 half double crochet in same stitch


Note: This pattern used simple crochet stitches but crocheting a square bed from the back-loop of sc stitches formed by a magic ring can be a little tricky. ( tricky is nothing related to impossible :)

crochet 4-leaf clover, crochet shamrock

4-leaf clover: using green yarn
Form a magic ring, crochet 12 sc, total 12 sts ( sl into 1st st to join)
Now work all sts with front-loop only.
*Ch 3, crochet 2 tc into next st, ch 3, sl into next st* ( finished 1 little leaf ), repeat ** 4 times to get a 4-leaf clover.

crochet back-loop
Square bed:
Flip it, you'll see the back-loop at the back. With white yarn, insert hook into the back loop of last st. Ch 3 (or standing dc), dc into same st, crochet 2 dc into every st, sl into 1st st to join, total 24 sts.

crochet back-loop

Ch 4 (or standing tc), dc into same st, 4 dc across, 1dc and 1 tc into next st, ch 2, *1 tc and 1 dc into next st, 4 dc across, 1dc and 1 tc into next st, ch 2* repeat ** 3 times, sl into last st to join.


crochet granny square

crochet granny square

Now every ch 2 at the corners is a loop.
Change to light green yarn, ch 3 (or standing dc), 7 dc across, 2 dc into loop, ch 2, 2 dc into loop, *8 dc across, 2 dc into loop, ch 2, dc into loop* repeat 3 times, sl into 1st st to join.

crochet granny square

Optional: This is my finishing touch. Change to dark green yarn, sc around the square (2 sc into corner's loop)


crochet shamrock granny square
 That's it! Crochet some more and you can make a lucky blanket or pillow case for St Patrick's day xD


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