With St. Patrick’s day on the 17th March, we thought we’d share our lucky little crochet shamrock pattern from issue 41. This free crochet shamrock pattern designed by Simply Crochet editor Sara Huntington shows the shamrock used as a brooch, but we think it would fair equally well as a hat pin or appliqué patch.


You can find the crochet shamrock pattern below, or if you would like to print the pattern you can download our handy PDF here!

This straightforward leafy motif can be hooked up in three different sizes using the same pattern. How can this be? Is it some kind of sorcery? Nope, all you need to do is adjust your crochet hook size as suggested and double up the yarn where necessary. Each cheerful little decoration is quick to make, so grab a bright green DK yarn from your stash and start stitching. You’ll find a light blocking of your finished motifs will help to define that instantly recognisable shamrock shape.

If you fancy hooking up some more fun motifs once you've finished this crochet shamrock pattern, try checking out our how to crochet a heart tutorial or our how to crochet a star tutorial.

You will need

Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic, 100g/295m), 1 ball of Kelly Green (1826)

A 2.5mm (US B/1 or C/2) hook for small size

A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook for medium size

A 4.5mm (US 7) hook for large size


Small 7cm (2¾in) long

Medium 8cm (3in) long

Large 10cm (4in) long


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This free crochet shamrock pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.


To make Shamrocks of different sizes, use a 2.5mm hook for the small size, a 3.5mm hook for the medium size, and for the large size, use the yarn held doubled with a 4.5mm hook.

Free crochet shamrock pattern

free crochet shamrock pattern

Shamrock stalk


Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook and in next 7 ch, (ss, ch2) 3 times into the last ch, ss into same ch. Ss into the back of the st at the top of the stalk, turn. [8dc, 3 ch-2 sps]


Row 2 Ch1, (ss, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc, ss) into each ch-2 sp, ss into dc at top of stalk, turn. [7 sts in each leaf]

Row 3 *Ss into next ss, dc into next dc, 5tr into next htr, ss into next tr, 5tr into next htr, dc into next dc, ss into ss; repeat from * twice more, ss into the back of the same dc from Row 2 at the top of the stalk.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To make up

Block and press or lightly steam each Shamrock. Sew a pin or brooch back securely to the reverse of each motif.

Once St. Patricks day is over, it's time to get started on your Easter makes with our Free Easter Bunny Bunting Crochet Pattern or our Free Crochet Easter Egg Decorations Pattern, or hook up this fun Free Easter Bunny Ears Pattern.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this free baby dress crochet pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Sara HuntingtonEditor, Simply Crochet magazine

Crochet designer, teacher and Editor of Simply Crochet magazine, Sara Huntington is a legend in the crochet community. Sara started as a crochet designer for Simply Crochet before becoming the editor in 2015. She still regularly designs for the magazine as well as teaching crochet in her spare time. You can keep up to date with Sara on Instagram at @crochetdeli

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