Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shamrock Banner...Modified Pattern

I was really intrigued when I saw this pattern for a shamrock banner.  I knew I had to have one for our mantle. Ever since we lost our fireplace insert and learned that we can't put another one in due to safety concerns, I've been looking for ways to make our fireplace even more beautiful.  I told you several weeks ago about our candle jars.  That was a great start.  But now, for this week ending with St. Patrick's day we have a beautiful banner hanging over our fireplace.
Because I passionately detest finishing a product, in other words, sewing in the ends, I adjusted the shamrock pattern so it would end at the center of the top of the shamrock.  Then, when I did a cream-colored chain stitch to link all the shamrocks together, I just chained right over top of the yarn ends.  Voila!  No sewing in the ends required!

Just in case you're interested, and as lazy as I am.  Here's my adapted pattern.  Keep in mind, it is totally based on this one.

The lazy-girl's shamrock banner:

size I crochet hook
small amount green worsted weight yarn.
for my banner, I used three different Red Heart colors, Spring Green, Paddy Green, and Aran.

  1. Chain 4.  Sl st to first chain to make a circle.
  2. Chain 2 (this counts as the middle DC of the top leaf of the clover) Triple Crochet, chain 3, sling stitch, in the loop made in step one.  Middle of top leaf made
  3. Chain 3, Triple Crochet, Double Crochet, Triple Crochet, Chain 3, sling stitch in the loop.  (lower left leaf just made)
  4. Chain 5.  Single Crochet in the second chain from the hook.  Sling Stitch in the next 3 chains.  Sling Stitch in the loop.  (stem just made)
  5. Repeat step 3 to make the lower right leaf.
  6. Chain 3.  Triple Crochet in the loop.  Sling Stitch in the top of the original chain 2.  Fasten off.
You should how have a cute little shamrock with the yarn tail coming out of the top of the clover.

Repeat steps 1-6 until you have enough shamrock's to make a banner.  My banner has 15 (8 dark green and 7 light green) shamrocks and is about 68 inches in length.  I made one more dark green because I wanted my banner to begin and end with the same color.

Here's how I joined them together based on Sarahndipities' instructions with my adjustments.

  1. With another color (I used cream or Aran), chain 25.
  2. Single Crochet into the center of the top leaf of your first shamrock.  
  3. Pick up your tail from the shamrock and weave it into the chain as you are chaining to the next shamrock.  You can see on the close-up above that my cream-colored yarn has flecks of green in it where I wove in the tail from the shamrock as I chained to the next shamrock.
  4. Each shamrock has 10 chains between it and the next shamrock.  When you have secured the last shamrock with as single crochet, chain 25 (again weaving the last of your shamrock tails) and fasten off to end.

I didn't even weave in the ends of my chain!  It has a finished look all it's own.

I did make another banner where I went back over the chain and single crocheted into each chain across to make the banner a bit sturdier.  I gave that to my BFF for our upcoming St. Patrick's Day Knitty Brunch.  It made a sturdier banner, but I think I like the simple chain banner better.

So, lazy crocheters unite!  Give me your tips for avoiding that pesky finishing!

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