Let’s Crochet a Shamrock!

Hello friends! Do you have something to wear this Saint Patrick’s Day? Don’t you know if you don’t wear green you might get pinched? Well, Here is an easy tutorial for crocheting up a cute little shamrock that you can pin to your shirt. It’s so easy you won’t need the luck of the Irish to make it! Watch the video to see how:

Pattern:

Make a slip knot leaving a 6″ tail and place on your hook. Use a hook to match the yarn you are using. It’s not a big deal if you go up or down a size, gauge is not important. Chain 6 and join to make a ring (or use the magic loop method)

*Chain 3, 2 double crochet (DC)  in the center of ring, chain 2, slip stitch to center. Repeat * 2 more times so you have 3 leaves on your shamrock.

Hold the working yarn and tail together and  chain 4-6 stitches to make the stem, snip yarn and secure.

Now use a safety pin to attach this to your shirt! Happy St. Paddy’s day and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Hip To Be Square! {and Awesome Yarn Storage!}

Happy Saturday! Yesterday I was determined to learn how to crochet a granny square (boy, my ambition was just staggering this week, wasn’t it?) And I am happy to report that I succeeded!

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I love these colors and the yarn was a dream to work with. I do not know the brand because I grabbed 3 skein packs at Mardens for $3.99! The content was Wool/Bamboo and it was made in Turkey which is known for its fabulous yarn. I bought a couple of packs and tried it and promptly went out and grabbed more. I bought enough pink to make a sweater but…well you might remember how that project turned out…if not you can find out here. So, anyway I wanted to share my new yarn storage, my librarian was going to throw away a paperback book spinner rack and she asked if I wanted it (crap about to be tossed, oh yeah, I’m in!) so I took it home, dusted it off and oiled the spinner part and it was as good as new!

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I crammed all of the little wire baskets with my yarn, it was chock-a-block, stuffed to the max 2 weeks ago so you can see I have used some, yay! I can see what I have so I will actually use it. Full disclosure: I still have some yarn in a tote, in my bedroom closet and in a basket..OK 2 baskets…but it basically all fits in here. I’ll try not to buy any more yarn until all that I own can fit on this rack but if I come across $1 wool skeins at Mardens I make no promises! I am taking on another knitting group too so I’m sure I will knit through some of my stash with my students! Well that’s it for this Saturday, we have a pretty low-key weekend with basketball, cheering and a birthday party thrown in so there should be plenty of time for some more granny square making… any idea what I should make with my squares? BTW I have put the video that I watched to teach me this technique here, It is not me of course but it’s I great video! I think the “trebble” crochet she uses is what we call a double crochet in the states but don’t worry about the names, watch her and you can follow right along:) Til next time happy crafting!

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