St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Free Knitting Pattern

I tend to lean more toward all things Irish for St Patrick’s Day celebrations, as opposed to all things green – but there is no denying the St Patrick’s Day feel of a shamrock!

Knit up these adorable little shamrocks for your table, wall hangings, and of course, for your guests and hostesses!

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free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

St Patrick’s Day Shamrock

Worked in Stockinette Stitch with some increases and decreases, some seaming and an I-cord this may sound a bit complicated, but you could totally finish one in a weekend.

Whip out all the green yarn you have in your stash, some freckle bread and a pint of Guinness if you’re so inclined.  Happy St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Knitting Pattern

Notes

Rated: Beginner

Skills Used

  • Cast On
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • M1R (make one right)
  • M1L (make one left)
  • K2tog ( knit two together)
  • Sl,K,PSSO (slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over)
  • Bind Off

free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

Materials

M1R = Use this as a right side increase that slants to the right: Insert the right needle from the front into the side of the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle, lift it onto the left needle and knit it.  See photo below

M1R tutorial - how to increase by one stitch in knitting with the work slanting to th eright

M1L = Use this as a left side increase that slants to the left: Insert the left needle from the back into the side of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on the right needle, pull it up and knit into the back of the stitch. See photo below:

M1L tutorial - how to increase by one stitch in knitting with the work slanting to the left

K2tog = Knit two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one.  Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, and knit them both together. (K2tog)

Sl,K, PSSO = Slip the next stitch on the left hand needle as if to knit. Knit the next stitch on the left hand needles. Using your left needle, lift the previously slipped stitch over the stitch you just knit, and off the needle.  This creates a one stitch decrease that slants to the right.



free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

Materials

Petals ( make 3)

Cast on 3 sts

1st row: purl

2nd row: k1, M1 R, knit across ( 4 sts)

3rd row: purl

4th row: k1, M1 R, knit to last st, M1 L, k1 (6 sts)

rows 5-24 repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 26 sts.

row 25: Purl 13 sts.  Turn.  ( you will work one half of the top of the heart at a time) Leave 13 sts on the left needle, and come back to them later.

row 26 (Top Left side of Heart): Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO ( pass slipped stitch over), knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: Knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

One top of the petal has been completed, and you’re ready to rejoin the yard to complete the other side of the petal

Join yard to 13 sts on wrong side and purl across

row 26(Top Ride side of Heart): K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across, (12 sts)

row 27: purl

row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts)

row 29: purl

row 30: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit across (9 sts)

row 31: purl

row 32: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)

row 33: purl

row 34: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Shamrock

Seam the petals together along the staight sides of the petals, stopping when the petal begins to curve.  Join the petals so that they look like a shamrock.

free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

Seam the petals together by holding two petals right sides together and stitching them together, stopping when you get to the curve of the petal

Stem

Pick up three stitches at the base of the shamrock, with one double pointed needle.  Use the other double pointed needle to create a 3 to 4 inch I-Cord.

free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

Pick up three stitches at the base to form the beginning of your i-cord, and work your stem.

free knitting pattern for a hand knit St. Patrick's Day Shamrock - perfect table and wall decorations and hostess gifts and party favours

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