Classical Irish crochet involves assembling separate motifs of flowers, leaves and other designs and incorporating them into a mesh or netted background pattern using thin thread and a crochet hook or needle. What is created can either be lined or left sheer. Irish crochet is a really good way to expand your crochet horizons and try out new techniques and patterns.
Crochet your motifs
Start an Irish shamrock motif by chaining 5 stitches and joining to make a loop.
Chain 2 and then make 17 single crochet stitches around the loop, then join with the first chain 2 stitch.
Chain 2 and make 1 single crochet into the next stitch. Chain 12 and make a single crochet into the next stitch. Single crochet into the next 4 stitches. Repeat twice, starting from the first single crochet. Join with a slip stitch to the first chain two stitch. You have created three leaves.
Crochet 22 single crochet stitches into the first leaf space. Skip one stitch and crochet 4 single crochets into the next single crochets around. Skip the next stitch and repeat twice, starting with making 22 stitches into the next leaf. Join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet of the first leaf.
Chain 4, skip 2 stitches, then make 1 single crochet. Repeat six times to make seven small loops around the leaf. Single crochet two stitches between the leaves and repeat for the next leaf, then repeat again.
Crochet 6 single crochet stitches into the first small loop from the first leaf. Single crochet in the stitch between the small loops and repeat for the next 6 loops around the leaf, ending with a single crochet. Repeat for the next two leaves. Join with a slip stitch to bottom of the first leaf and finish off.
Joining the motifs together
Crochet as many shamrock or other motifs as you need.
Lay out your motifs in a pattern that you wish for them to appear.
Chain 29 or as many stitches as you need in multiples of four, plus one.
Chain one, skip one stitch, single crochet in next stitch. Then chain six, skip three stitches, and make one single crochet again. Continue this way, starting with chaining six (then skip three then make one stitch) until the end of the row.
Chain eight, and then single crochet into the first loop of the previous row. Chain six, single crochet into the next loop. Repeat from chaining six until the end of the row, then chain three and work a double treble crochet stitch into the last single crochet (yo 3 times, yo and draw through one stitch, yo and draw through next two stitches four times).
Chain one, single crochet into the double treble stitch you made.Chain six and single crochet into the next loop. Repeat from chaining six until the end of the row. Make the last single crochet into the fifth chain of the beginning eight chains you made. Repeat previous row and this row as many times as needed, incorporating motifs as you go.
Things you need
- Thin cotton, linen or wool yarn
- Crochet hook
- Cotton, linen or wool thread