Clover

Handmade Knitted Four Leaf Clover and Shamrock Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Shamrock and Four Leaf Clover

What you will need...

Total time 2 Hours 20 minutes (for Shamrock as shown)

Total time 1 Hour 40 minutes (Four Leaf Clover as shown)

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6)

Double knitting yarn - spring green

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

Inc = Increase - by working into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Dec = Decrease - Knit (or Purl if on the wrong side of stocking stitch) two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit.

St-st = Stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise unless otherwise stated. US - bind off.

 

TOP TIP

You may choose garter stitch or stocking stitch for either clover.

Stocking stitch will result in a thicker, more sturdy leaf, but will also make the finished pieces slightly larger.

How to Make it...

Knitted Shamrock

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Make 6 (2 for each Leaf)

Time - 15 minutes each piece

Size 5cm

Needles 4mm (UK 8, US 6)

Yarn Spring Green

Handmade Knitted Shamrock Four Leaf Clover Leaf Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Cast on 8 sts

St-st four rows Inc 1 st at the start of every row (12 sts)

St-st two further 2 rows

St-st 9 further rows, Dec 1 st at the start of every row until 3 sts remain

Cast off

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With wrong sides of St-st together, oversew cast on and cast off edges and row ends.

Shamrock Stem

Make 1

Time 10 minutes

Size 6cm

Yarn Spring Green

Work two lengths of yarn together.

Finger knit a length of approximately 6cm

Handmade Knitted Four Leaf Clover Stem Finger Knitting Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Knitted Four Leaf Clover

Handmade Knitted Four Leaf Clover Completed Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Make 4 (1 for each Leaf)

Time - 15 minutes each leaf

Size 4cm

Needles 4mm (UK 8, US 6)

Yarn Spring Green

Handmade Knitted Four Leaf Clover Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Cast on 8 sts

G-st four rows Inc 1 st at the start of every row (12 sts)

G-st two further 2 rows

G-st 9 further rows, Dec 1 st at the start of every row until 3 sts remain

Cast off

Four Leaf Clover Stem

Make 1

Time 10 minutes

Size 11cm

Yarn Spring Green

Use a single length of yarn

Finger knit a length of approximately 11cm

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Shaping

Sew the top length of yarn (at cast-on edge) through the cast on stitches up to the centre of this row. Sew a couple of loops through the middle stitches of the top two rows. This will pull in the top to make a more heart-shaped clover leaf.

Fasten off or check out 'Make it Different' below to work a centre line down the middle of the leaf.

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Piece it Altogether

Sew the three or four leaves together at the cast off edges to make the centre, and fasten off all loose ends.

Sew the finger knitted stem to the back of your leaves to allow it to dangle freely.

Put your completed piece on a greetings card, or sew onto the front of a hat or t-shirt to get into the St Patrick's day spirit!

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Make it Different!

Consider oversewing down the centre of each leaf from the cast on edge down towards the cast off edge (two rows at a time looks nice). This forms a faint line down the centre of the leaf for further detailing. Back stitch would make it a more distinct line, or you could even try doing this line in a different colour yarn for added contrast.

When finger-knitting your stem, use more lengths of yarn together for a thicker stem, and adjust the overall length of your stem depending on your preference.

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and inspiration.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by emailing me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for you next challenge, have a look at what to try next!

Handmade Knitted Four Leaf Clover and Shamrock Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas