Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shamrock Tutorial

St. Patrick's Day is just a few days away, so I though this little shamrock tutorial might be fun!

Here's what you'll need....
Green worsted weight yarn
12" pipe cleaner (shade of green preferably)
I hook

 Tie a slip knot, insert hook in loop and slip stitch around one end of pipe cleaner, leaving about 1/2"-1" of the end uncovered.  Ch2, and begin working hdc's around the pipe cleaner(going over your yarn tail at the same time).  Work about 75 hdc.
 Every now and then, as you work, scunch(that's right scunch, or push your stitches closer together in a bunch), so that you can fit all 75.  Once done, form a loop by twisting the exposed ends together, making sure to leave one end just a little longer.(You will need that little end piece to hold down your yarn later)
 From that loop, form 3 smaller loops and make little indents in the center of each.  You may need to move around your stitches and bunch them a little differently to shape your shamrock just right.
 Take your hook and slip stitch the inner shamrock corners together one at a time.  Bringing your hook up at the bottom center, just above the stem at the end.
 Begin working sc stitches down the stem until you reach the point where the twisted points end.  Fold the little pipe cleaner tab over the backside of the stem.
 Insert hook through stitch above tab, slip stitch.  Pull loop around front of stem, insert hook in stitch and slip stitch.  Cut and tie off.  Weave the tail of yarn in and out of the stem to hide.
 There you have it!  A fun little shamrock, and each one a little different.  These are lots of fun, work up quick, and there are so many things you can do with them!
 Attach them to hair clips, hats or headbands.  Make napkin rings or a pin to wear. Perhaps a garland.....

The possibilities are many, so have fun creating these quick and easy shamrocks!

No comments:

Post a Comment