Free pattern! 3-leaf-clover irish crochet
 
In my last blog I mentioned I started learning irish crochet. I had 2 books on the subject and wanted to use them in my learning progress. However I had a problem with both of the books…. I couldn’t understand them quite well! The first book was in old French. My normal French is already terrible and the pictures were not that clear so I decided to give up on this book. My second book was in old English. But at least the pictures were clear so with a little puzzling I was able to understand it.

Since the book was so old and difficult I decided that translating the pattern and making pictures while doing so wouldn’t be a bad idea and here is the result!

Make 8 chainstitches and make a slip stitch in the first stitch to make a loop. Chain 1 and single crochet 24 times in the loop. Close the round with a slip stitch in the first single crochet.

Make 1 single crochet in the first stitch of the round beneath. Chain 5, make one single crochet in the next stitch. *Chain 3, make a single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat ** one more time.

Turn your work. Chain 5, make a single crochet in the first loop. *Chain 3, make a single crochet in the next loop.* Repeat ** one more time. Chain 2, make a double crochet in the single crochet beneath of the last round.

Turn your work. Chain 5, make a single crochet in the first loop. *Chain 3, make a single crochet in the next loop.* Repeat ** another 2 times.

Repeat what was written under the last picture another 2 times. Cut off the thread. Fasten off loose threads if you want to, I’m going to crochet them away during the process but this is a little bit more difficult.

*Skip 2 stitches on the ring. Make another leaf.* Repeat ** one more time.

You now want to make a cord to crochet over. Make a 4-thread cord by getting about 2,5 meters of your yarn. Fold it over in half and fold it over again. You now have 2 endings as shown on the picture. We are going to use the whole loop to start. If you didn’t take enough yarn for the cord you can add more halfway through the process by adding another piece (folded only once) though the loop on the end.

Make a slip stitch through the 4 thread cord.

Skip 3 stitches on the ring. Make a slip stitch in the 4th stitch.

You are now going to crochet around your cord. Chain 1 and make 25 single crochets around the cord. Adjust the tension by dividing the stitches so that you have a straight row.

Now push the upper stitches together on the cord so that they will form a hook.

Chain 1, working around the cord make a single crochet on every single crochet on the stitches around the cord beneath. The row you are working now on is the row which will side upward.

Make a slip stitch in the next stitch on the ring. You are now going to make a single crochet in every single crochet, 2 single crochet in every loop and 4 single crochet in cornered loops. (All around the cord!)

Because I am crochetting away my threads I am taking them with the cord as I go along. Cut off the loose thread after you did a couple of stitches around it. Skip this part if you fastened off the loose threads beforehand.

Go along all the leaves this way. This picture is a midway through picture – I am almost finished with the last leaf.

I am now at the last stitch of my 3 leaf clover.

Make a slip stitch somewhere in the bottom of your first single crochet around the cord.

Fasten off all of your threads. Yes I know that there are a lot of threads… And you’re finished!