What’s special about the Endless Shamrock Garland? Most crocheted shamrock garlands are made up of individual shamrock motifs. This means you have to weave in a lot of ends. But the Endless Shamrock Garland is made without having to cut the yarn!
Make it any length you want. When it’s as long as you please, just weave in two ends and you’re finished!
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Use the chart to help you understand stitch placement. The pattern uses American crochet terminology. You’ll find a video tutorial at the bottom of this post.
Worsted Weight yarn of your choice Size H-8 / 5 mm crochet hook OR use any yarn size/hook combination you choose
The long garland pictured on the wall was made with a green cable-spun yarn from my stash. The short garland was made with Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in color Polo.
Crossover slip st: Insert hook into stitch indicated, pass chain over working yarn, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook to complete slip stitch.
Each shamrock measures about 2″ / 5 cm wide x 2″ / 5 mm tall. Gauge isn’t crucial in this pattern.
Ch 8. Row 1: *Ch 8, crossover slip st in 4th ch from hook to form a ring, ch 4, (tr, dc, tr, ch 4, slip st) in ring, ch 5; rep from * for desired number of shamrocks, ch 8, turn.
Row 2: Slip st in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and in back bump of next 7 ch, *(tr, dc, tr, ch 4, slip st) in next ring, ch 5, slip st in back bump of 2nd ch from hook and in back bump of next 3 ch, slip st in same ring, ch 4, (tr, dc, tr) in same ring, skip 4 chs from previous row, slip st in back bump of next ch; rep from * across, ending slip st in back bump of last 7 ch. Fasten off.
Thoughts on Crocheters & Knitters Guest Post by Tory Light
I live in the country of Yarn Nation, in the province of Knitting. My primary language is Knit.
Recently I left Knitting Town (my village) and flew across Yarn Nation to Crochet Land for a conference. Not a knitting conference with crochet on the side. No. Knitting. None. Everywhere I looked, crocheters were wielding blunt hooks, not pointy sticks.
And every crocheter was amazingly friendly to me, which was weird, because
many knitters I’ve encountered are only superficially sociable to strangers, if
they acknowledge them at all. By contrast, I made several genuine friends
during that weekend of crochet, thanks in part to the event’s tradition of
providing both a mentor and a buddy to newbies like me.
It got me wondering: Here I was, still inside the borders of Yarn Nation, but clearly this other tribe was not like mine back home. We all live in Yarn Nation, and we all make pretty things.
Are Crocheters all that different from Knitters?
I felt like an Anthropologist leaving a culture of Hunters and entering a culture of Gatherers. Now in the guise of a participant observer doing fieldwork, I perceived at least two distinctly different “ethnic groups” within the overall culture of Yarn Nation. A whole dissertation could grow out of this topic, but I’ll focus just on tool use, a classic way to study civilizations. I’ll also point out some linguistic implications based on the names of our main tools, the knitting needles and the crochet hooks.
Let us leave aside historical differences and differences in the technical characteristics that distinguish crocheted textiles from knitted. Let us also leave aside demographic evidence that participation in crochet (versus knitting) skews more toward crafters with less disposable income, sculptors/artists, African-Americans, males, crafters in rural areas, prison inmates, crafters who can’t or don’t use 100% wool; and so on. (Google Trends search 1/3/19)
Tools That Stab and Tools That Grab
Let’s analyze only one thing—the use of one tool vs. another—to illustrate
possible differences in each tribe’s social values. These differences might be
as obvious as the contrast between tools that stab and tools that grab.
Consider the main tools that we yarn crafters use, and the words and images that we associate with them:
Needles. Or “knitting pins”, as some people still say. They have the same shape as sewing needles and pins, so it takes little imagination to see why they have the same name. If you sew, you know that sewing needles and pins are very sharp.
At least knitting needles won’t draw blood, so in that way they are closer to crochet hooks, but still, they are not allowed in prisons. (Martha Stewart’s famous poncho was crocheted.) Remember when TSA forbade them in your airplane carry-on? On second thought, knitting needles would make great weapons. More than one murder-mystery author has chosen this ploy. And there’s practically a whole arsenal in the hands of someone working with five double-points. Just imagine the potential of a circular needle as a garrote!
Knitting needles are for Hunters.
Hooks. A hook is used to pull something toward you. A shepherd’s crook, the catchy part of a tune, advertising—all are hooks of one kind or another. Hooks—as in hook and eye—connect two parts of a garment. Hooks—as in coat hooks—are a handy support, keeping your belongings clean and off the ground. I’ll bet you yourself use a crochet hook if for no other reason than to catch a dropped stitch and help it back up.
Crochet hooks are for Gatherers.
There’s visual symbolism going on, too: Hooks are curved. A curve is soft.
From our species’ earliest days, humans have associated curves with comfort and
safety. Starting with our mothers’ bodies when we were babies, to environmental
features such as rolling hills and rivers, curves signify security. Conversely,
humans associate pointed objects with danger and fear. Claws, thorns, jagged
mountains—you get the idea.
Make a Friend; There’s Room for All
So, fellow Knitters, I know that when you attend events with your friends
and do not want to socialize with strangers, you do not intend to appear
cliquish. When you snub those who do not work with pure wool, you do not intend
to appear superior. But sometimes you come across in negative ways. Your tool
of choice literally is the more aggressive one. Maybe it plays a role in the
way you interact with other people.
And that’s OK: The world needs both Hunters and Gatherers.
But here’s the thing: we are not servants to our tools. We can rise above the primitive sticks in our hands. The next time you see a Crocheter or even another Knitter, take time to get acquainted. Make a new friend. As some of Yarn Nation’s wise “bistitchual” Elders like Edie Eckman, Rick Mondragon, and Myra Wood have shown us, it is possible to thrive in both cultures.
Heading home to Knitting Town after my inspiring visit to Crochet Land, I realized that there is another Yarn Nation village I must explore sometime. It’s in the “flyover” region between Knitting and Crochet. I’m curious about that tribe of crafters. You know who I mean: Tunisian, anyone?
The opinions expressed above are those of guest blogger Tory Light.
I started knitting as a child; I post on Ravelry; I’ve been published in a few pattern magazines. I also have my Craft Yarn Council certification as a knitting teacher, so if you were once a beginner (and who wasn’t?), maybe you’ve had a class with me. I go to at least one big knitting event per year, soaking up as much education as I can. Basically, I am very familiar with those two pointy sticks—my street creds, if you will.
Tory’s Crochet Land conference is more commonly known as Chain Link, the Crochet Guild of America’s annual conference. Although that conference is crochet-centric, you can find crochet and other Yarn Nation crafts at other conferences around the country.
As this post is published, I’m winging my way to California for Stitches West, a conference where all types of fiber arts are welcome. Check out my Workshop Schedule for upcoming venues where I’ll be teaching both crocheting and knitting.
Storey Publishing provided a copy of Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps and Stoles for my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Melissa Leapman’s Knitting Modular Shawls, Wraps and Stoles is a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating. For one thing, it has stitch patterns (whoo hooo!). For another, it explains how to design stuff. Both of those make it a Big Win in my opinion.
Imagine being able to knit an infinite variety of beautiful shawls with just some basic knowledge. You would start with just a few stitches, then increase on right-side rows to create a triangle. The placement of the increases would change the arrangement of the triangles and thus the shape of the shawl.
You could change up stitch patterns and choose from a variety of borders. You could choose your favorite yarn in any weight, and know that you’d be creating a lovely wrap.
The book serves as a sort of recipe book for shawls. Melissa explains the logic behind the construction of various shapes shapes, and provides a stitch dictionary full of stitch patterns to be used in their creation. Each stitch pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
If you don’t feel like working that hard (although really it’s not that hard at all), you can just knit one of the lovely designs from the patterns Melissa designed.
There are big ones and little ones and lacy ones and solid ones and triangular ones and … You get the idea.
So let’s see: We have shawls that everyone in every size can wear, and you can knit them with whatever yarn you want in whatever size you want, and you can choose the stitch pattern and make it entirely your own. Really, what’s not to love?
The Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Barbara R, the lucky winner!
This year the Eckman family started a new family holiday tradition: crafting together. Over Christmas week, both my 20-something children were home for a visit at the same time.
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Daughter Meg had brought a variety of left-over yarns to crochet flowers for a Spring Wreath. Charles, visiting from far-away California, had in mind that he wanted to crochet a Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) dice bag. He asked if I’d teach him to crochet. How could I possibly refuse?
A Crochet Lesson
I grabbed a ball of Meg’s green yarn (conveniently sitting on the coffee table in front of us), a 5 mm crochet hook (conveniently within reach on my rolling cart), and demonstrated holding the hook and yarn.
A bag is a great first project. We covered the skills of slip knot, chain, slip stitch, chain-1 build-up chains, working into a ring, and single crochet in the first five minutes. Charles was a quick study, understanding the concepts right away. It was just a matter of his becoming comfortable manipulating the yarn and hook.
With the basic skills in place, we went back to our respective projects. I worked on my Crochet Skill-Builder Afghan (Crochet Along coming very soon!), Meg grew an entire garden of blooming flowers, and Charles worked out his own way of holding yarn and hook. And husband Bill? He joined in by helping untangle and re-wind a mess of yarn. It really was a family affair!
After a while, I demonstrated double crochet, so the bag-in-progress got a round of taller stitches here and there. When the bag was the right size, he added a drawstring chain in a contrasting color. By the end of the day, the bag was complete, and it was a rousing success!
Outfitting the Newbie
Of course, our next step was to go shopping in the Yarn Room (AKA “the attic”) for yarn for the next bag. Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters in color Glacier Teal was the winner, with a bit of odd-ball teal of unknown origin for accent. This bag is a bit larger. It’s designated as a project bag, to hold not only a WIP (Work in Progress), but also the small collection of stitch markers, scissors, and other necessities that every crocheter needs.
Over several days, we worked on various projects. Instead of staring at our individual device screens, we worked with nice yarn, created beautiful things and (gasp!) talked to one another.
We now have a Crochet Convert. Between stitching sessions, Charles polled members of his D&D campaign to ask what two colors would best represent their characters. He headed back to California with enough yarn to make custom dice bags for all the players in the campaign, along with hooks in varying sizes, and a copy of The Crochet Answer Book. (I’m assuming that none of them read this blog, so a spoiler alert wasn’t necessary there.)
Planning for Next Year
Crocheting together was a lovely way to spend time together as a family. I think we’ve crafted a new holiday tradition! This year it was crochet. I wonder what we’ll do next year?
Next week, I’ll share the pattern for the Crochet Bag for Beginners (AKA D&D Dice Bag).
If you are a crafter, about now you may be facing the reality that it might not be feasible to get those handmade Christmas gifts finished by Christmas morning.
Don’t barricade yourself behind a closed door, risking carpel tunnel syndrome in attempt to eke out those last few thousand stitches! Wouldn’t you rather be spending your time with friends and family, eating too many sweets, engaging in snowball fights, exclaiming over growing children, chastising grown children, or whatever your family holiday traditions include?
Here’s the solution: Just download and print as many of these free cards as you need. Grab the gift-in-progress, even if it’s still in the ball-of-yarn-and-good-intentions stage. Toss the whole thing into a gift bag, add the card or gift tag and you’re good to go.
Six options to choose from: 5″ x 7″ cards or 8.5 cm x 5 cm gift tags for knitting, crocheting, and crafting. Click on the image to download the pdf.
The traditional knitting patterns of Norway inspired this classic Norwegian Dream hat. The unisex design is timeless. Use any fingering weight yarn you love (suggestions follow).
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Last summer, my husband and I spent ten days in Norway. The first day, we visited the Dale of Norway factory, where they make beautiful machine-knit sweaters which can be found all over Norway. My husband fell in love with the designs and wanted to buy an expensive hat like this one. Although I was willing to pay big bucks for a sweater (and did), I just wasn’t willing to pay that much for a hat.
Instead, I came up with A Plan. There was a yarn shop in every village we visited*. I bought three balls of yarn on sale. I bought the stunningly inspirational Selbuvotter by Anne Bardsgard** to use as a reference. I knit a hat.
*I swear I wasn’t looking for them. I just kept tripping over them!
**Yes, it’s all in Norwegian, and I don’t care. I can read charts.
Actually, I knit two hats. I had enough yarn to switch out the main color with one of the contrasting colors to create matching hats that aren’t all matchy-matchy.
About the Yarn
The Dale of Norway Daletta I bought on sale is discontinued (sad face), which I why I got it cheap. You can’t beat US $8 for two hats!
You’ll be using a chart for the colorwork, but there are only two colors per round. Practice holding one color in each hand for extra-speedy knitting.Watch How to Work Stranded or Fair Isle Knittingfor tips on this technique.