Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif

Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif

by Ann Reillet


Shamrocks are one of the most recognized symbols of Ireland.  A shamrock (traditionally spelled seamróg, which means “summer plant”) is white clover (Trifolium repens), a common lawn weed. It’s a vigorous, rhizomatous, stem-rooting perennial with trifoliate leaves. Occasionally, a fourth leaf appears, making a “four-leaf clover,” said to bring good luck to the person who discovers it and sings, “Oh, I’m looking over a four leaf clover that I overlooked before.


• US Size 20 Crochet Thread
• US Size 10 Steel Hook (1.30MM)
• US Size N Aluminum Hook (9.00MM)
• Scissors and Needle (for weaving in tail)


Starting Ring:

Wrap thread 20x around the barrel of N Hook. Slide off hook. Insert #10 hook and pull up a loop. SC in ring 28 times (enough to fill ring; a number divisible by 4). Join with sl st to 1st sc. Bearing in mind, the number of sc used, divide this number by 4; this gives you an idea of the space you have to work with to place the 4 items consisting of 3 petals and 1 vine.


*ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook,

popcorn knot (pull up loop on hook, remove hook, insert hook from front to back in top of 1st dc and pick up the dropped loop, pull through to form popcorn knot. The stitch is similar to a standard popcorn stitch, but worked in the chain creating a flexible knot),

ch 3, sl st in same sc of ring at base of popcorn knot,

sl st in next 2 scs,

ch 13, TURN,

sl st in 2nd sc on other side of popcorn knot,

ch 1, TURN,

working over the 13ch: 20 sc in ring (enough to fill ring; a number divisible by 5. Bearing in mind the number of stitches used, divided by 5; this gives you an idea of how much sp you have to work the five items consisting of sc, 3 shells, and sc).

Join with sl st in same st as 13ch began from,

ch 1, TURN,

working over sc and into ring: 4 sc, shell [hdc,3dc,hdc], sc, shell, sc, shell, 4 sc, sl st,

ch 1, TURN,

work sl sts into each sc and shell over previous shells working 2sts into each shell st as follows: hdc-dc, 2 htr (yo2x but work like dc therefore an extra loop is on the hook when you draw through the 2nd or last time), 2htr, 2htr, 1dc-1hdc and sl st in the sc between repeat for each of two remaining shells), sl st in next 4 sc of starting ring, and *repeat petal pattern twice creating 3 total petals.


At end, working in the remaining open sp, sl st to starting point (I did 2 slst) ch 18, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each remaining ch back to ring, sl st in ring’s st that aligns with top of hdc (usually 2 sps), ch 1, TURN, sc-ch1 in each st back to tip of vine. End. Break thread. Weave in tail.

Shamrock and Thistle Layout Idea:


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5 thoughts on “Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif

  1. Your patterns are beautiful and I do Irish crochet motifs and assembled collars,and other Irish crocheted clothing. How can I download your patterns?At the present time I have to bookmark your patterns and follow the pattern there to crochet it. Thank You Dianna

    • Hi Dianna,

      Thank you.

      Only a few of my patterns have a pdf file that can be downloaded. However, I think you can copy and paste them to a document file that you can save and print from your computer. Or copy and print the selected area from the web page.

      If there’s a specific pattern that you’d like to have in pdf format (Adobe Reader) just send me a message on the “Contact Me” page and I’ll email it to you.

      Good luck with all your projects and have a wonderful day.


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