Shamrock / Clover Knitting Pattern for St Patrick’s Day

Hello friends,
We celebrate St Patrick’s day here because of our Irish ancestry and I thought a knitted Shamrock would be a fun and enjoyable knit for today, I am so happy to share it with you here.You could make it into a hanging ornament, sew it onto a scarf or on the side of a hat or even a sweater. It looks pretty sweet as a brooch too.
I hope you enjoy this little pattern:)

Oddments of green double knitting (DK) yarn
4mm straight needles
Needle for sewing up your Shamrock and ends.
2 Double pointed needles for knitting the i-cord for the stem.

Shamrock Pattern:
Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Knit 2 stitches
Row 2: Purl 2 stitches
Row 3: Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning of the row, knit 2 stitches, kfb
into the next stitch. (4 stitches)
Row 4: Knit 1 stitch, purl 2 stitches, knit 1 stitch.
Row 5: Cast on 1 stitch, knit 4 stitches, kfb. (6 stitches)
Row 6: Knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches.
Row 7: Cast on 1 stitch, knit 6 stitches, kfb. (8 stitches)
Row 8: Knit 3 stitches, purl 2 stitches, knit 3 stitches.
Row 9: Knit row.
Row 10: Knit 3 stitches, purl 2 stitches, knit 3 stitches.
Row 11: Knit row.
Row 12: Knit 3 stitches, purl 2 stitches, knit 3 stitches.
Row 13: Knit 4 stitches, turn work.
Row 14: Knit 4 stitches, turn work.
Row 15: Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together. Pass the back
stitch over the front stitch on the working needle, there is one stitch on
the working needle now.

One stitch left on the right needle.
 Picking up the 3 stitches.

Pick up 3 stitches up the left side of the top of the Shamrock with the left needle and cast them off
with the single stitch on the right needle.
Knit 1 stitch from the left needle onto the right needle and pass the back stitch on the right
needle over the stitch before it.
One stitch remains on the right needle.
Knit 3 stitches from the left needle to the right needle, turn work.
Knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches together. (2 stitches) and pass
the back stitch over the front stitch.
Bind off.

Sew in the top ends of the Shamrock pieces, leaving the ends at the base for sewing your Shamrock together.

Sew the pieces together.
Pick up 3 stitches at the base of the Shamrock with a double pointed needle.
Knit an i-cord for 3 inches and then cast off.

Happy knitting!

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62 Responses to Shamrock / Clover Knitting Pattern for St Patrick’s Day

  1. Yonca March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    supeeeer :)))

  2. Donna March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Very cute, Linda! I finished my suffolk sheep if you want to see….

    I had to make felt ears…hope that was OK.

  3. Dana Craft March 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    yay! this is fantastic! thank you so much for sharing, you are fabulous! (i don’t have irish ancestors like you, but i lived in dublin for 3 years, fantastic time) but i guess, my knitting abilities possibly won’t last for the shamrock pattern – as i might need some time, luckily there will be more st.paddy’s days in the future ☺
    take care, dana

  4. Tracey March 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    I am 1/4 Irish and since my blog’s name is Clover I can’t wait to cast this on! You have out done yourself this time dear Linda, thank you!

  5. KC Pagano March 7, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I love the variegated color in the yarn! You are just the “cloverest” knitter. 🙂

  6. Sarah-Our Island Home March 7, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! In perfect timing because I was wanting to knit some shamrocks this year but the pattern I had was much more complicated and the result not nearly as nice as yours! Now I am very excited to give your pattern a try!

  7. Kim Corrigan-Oliver March 7, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Love this and can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  8. Alessandra March 7, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    simply cute!
    xxx Alessandra

  9. Natalie March 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    How sweet, what a great idea!


  10. Linda March 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Thanks everyone!

  11. Karen March 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Your shamrock is adorable! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  12. Amy Clark March 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Your Shamrock is awesome. I have been thinking I needed to practice my knitting and this would be a perfect little project for one of my favorite holidays.

  13. Baby Is Boss March 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pattern! I can’t wait to try one!

  14. Cheryl March 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    You’ve chosen just the right colour yarn for the shamrock. It looks very effective.

  15. grandmastatus March 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    And I totally have green dk weight yarn! Thank you for a cooool pattern ^_^

  16. Sabrina's Creations March 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Such a lovely pattern, thank you for sharing!

  17. Marie/Underground Crafter March 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Really cute! Thanks for sharing.

  18. K March 8, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Oh,oh,oh – I want to do this. I’d learn from it. Now I just have to settle down and actually try. Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE you? The green color of this bitty thing has so refreshed my eyes today. I’ll try to find something to do it with, then show you. Right now, I’m exhausted making camel legs.

  19. Apseed March 8, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Very cute! Thank you for the pattern!

  20. Lori ann March 9, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    oh so cute! you are so sweet to share the pattern, thank you linda.

  21. WonderWhyGal March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    oooh, I have some scrap green yarn this would be perfect for. thank you for sharing the pattern.

  22. Kelly March 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Hello my friend!
    A gorgeous pattern as always from you. You are incredible! I must knit at least one of these little clovers for St Patrick’s Day. Thank you for sharing with us all. And thank you for linking up at Spinspiration. Hope you are all well and wishing you a very happy weekend!
    Best wishes

  23. squidmom March 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    This is really fantastic! I love it.

  24. April's Homemaking March 11, 2012 at 5:42 am #

    What a cute pattern, I have printed it out for my daughter to knit for St. Patrick’s Day, we have Irish ancestry as well, and really enjoy celebrating this holiday. Thanks for sharing this fun pattern! 🙂

  25. Mimmy Ma March 12, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for this pattern but more to the point for the very many wonderful patterns you so generously offer free here on your blog. I have had a lovely weekend creating Shamrock’s for St Patrick’s Day. With a two year old called Patrick it seemed a good time to reembrace this day in our home. Sadly, I no longer have the green sequinned shoes I wore out every St Patrick’s Day in my university years – not sure they’d work on a kinder run anyway. To see my poor recreation of your work:

  26. Merry March 14, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    WOW! I feel like you made this pattern just for me! 🙂 How clever and talented and so very generous you are to share this with all of us. You have made me love knitting even MORE (and I am only a novice, but with your help, you are “improving” me! 🙂 Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Blessings and Love…

  27. Anonymous June 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Lovely! My mom could spend hours looking for 4-leaf clovers — perhaps I can add a clove to your creative design.

    One of my ‘associations’ with Ireland:
    “… In 1956, Briscoe became the first Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin,[16] although he was not the first Jewish Mayor in Ireland. That title belongs to William Annyas, who was elected Mayor of Youghal, County Cork in 1555.[17] Briscoe served a one year term and was re-elected in 1961. After learning of a Jewish Lord Mayor from Dublin, Yogi Berra allegedly said, “Only in America!” …”

    Although, the daughter of a bowling friend met and married and moved to Ireland.

    Oh, I also have a few pieces of Irish Belleek china!

    Corned beef and cabbage with potato – a fav of mine.


  28. Angela February 13, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Hey I need help with picking up the 3 stitches. Which needle do you use – left or right? Do you pick them up from the right hand side like next to the one stitch on the right hand needle or underneath the 4 stitches on the left hand needle?

    • Linda February 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Angela,

      You pick them up with the left needle to the left side of the one stitch:)

      • Chris March 9, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        Love the pattern Linda, with the I cord are you using additional yarn to make or yarn still from leaves after sewing together? Yours looks so clean and neat 🙂

        • Linda March 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

          Thanks Chris! Either is fine, I think I used yarn from the leaves:)

  29. t March 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    am i the only person that does not understand these directions??? after knit 4 stitches turn knit 4 stitches i am completely lost i have tried five of these and cannot get it right.

    • Linda March 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Once you knit the 4 stitches, turn your work around and knit back along the 4 stitches you have just knit, then turn again and continue knitting:)
      Let me know if this helps.
      Kind regards

      • Vonna March 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

        I am having the same problem. I am trying to use youtube to help. I figured out how to turn the work but can’t seem to find how to “pick up 3 stitches up the left side of the top of the shamrock with the left needle and cast them off” and pretty much the rest of the pattern has me stuck. I am a very visual learner – do you have a youtube channel or video to share? Thank you!

  30. Erika Towle March 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Hello from NH,USA! Thanks for this cute pattern I can’t wait to try it, I am new to knitting so I get excited over new designs.

    • Linda March 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Welcome Erika!! Hello from South Africa:) You are most welcome about the pattern.
      Happy knitting.

      • Erika Towle March 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

        Oh Linda I am so lost 🙁 I have tried to get help from 2 other knitters & they are stumped as well.. “Pick up 3 stitiches up the left side of the top of the shamrock with the left needle & cast them off w/stitich on the R needle” How do you pick up the stitches when they are already on the left needle?
        Also I am confused about knit 4 stitches and turn work, then knit 4. When you turn the work to knit another 4 stitches the working thread is on the left needle-do you just bring the thread to the back of the work to continue kn itting?

        I am so sorry about all the questions as I mentioned before I am new to knitting 🙂 I was really hopiong to make this as a pin to wear today but oh well I will just be happy if I can ever figure out the pattern ! LOL . I love your website& am happy I found it 🙂 WArm Greetings from NH,USA

        • Vonna March 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm #

          I am having the same problem. I found how to turn work on youtube (it’s so simple) but the rest of the pattern, I can’t finish because the pick up stitches with the needle they are on…I am stumped and can’t seem to find a youtube video to help. I can’t figure out what she did from the picture either. I love the result and really want to complete this but need some help with the rest of the pattern. thank you!

          • Vonna March 3, 2018 at 11:29 pm #

            ok, so I figured out that cast off is the same as bind off 🙂 So that helps, except I am still wondering about the picking up of stitches. I watched some videos of that, but still struggling to understand how to do it for this particular pattern.

  31. TheWholeNineYarns March 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for posting this cute pattern and (fantastic) tutorial! We just shared it on our Facebook page.

  32. Iryna March 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Thank you for the lovely pattern! I had to knit one at once 🙂

  33. Erika Towle April 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I think you should post a video of how to stitch this pattern for th4 dummies like me who don’t get it 🙁 I bought 2 yarns to make this pattern & no one can help me with this pattern, I’m so bummed!

  34. christine holland February 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Thank you for this lovely shamrock pattern, I have just made my first one tonight and hope to make several more, for friends, before St Patricks Day.

    • Linda February 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      You are welcome Christine:)

  35. mary corbett February 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    I have knit the shamrock done the three leaves but am stuck with the i cord not sure how to do this ,imagine its simple but am confused how to go about it

  36. DaniHoo January 3, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    I just knit for of these and appliquéd them to the top of a white baby hat for a friend who is due on St. Patrick’s Day- it came out so cute! Thank you for posting this!

  37. Bernadette January 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Hello Linda, my family are Irish and I love knitting so when I came across your pattern I had to have a go! I actually added the shamrock to my knitted bunting I made for my daughter, now I’m going to make some pins as well. You are clearly a talented and creative woman. I wanted to say ‘thank you’ for your generosity in sharing your expertise. Very best wishes, from Salisbury UK

  38. Maryellen in Kansas February 13, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    It seems as if lately every time I look for a seasonal pattern I wind up picking one by you. Thanks for all your gorgeous, detailed patterns.

  39. Jo-Ann C. January 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I want to try this, but do not know how to knit a cord with the three strands of yarn

  40. Jo-Ann C. January 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    I want to make one (several?) but do not know how to knit a cord using three strands of yarn. Help!

    (Had typo in previous email)

    Thank you

    • Linda January 19, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      Hi Jo-Ann, if you Google i-cord you will find quite a few tutorials online.
      Happy knitting:)

  41. Chloe August 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for the pattern Linda. I have been planning on knitting a green doggy sweater for my daughter’s puppy and had been looking for a shamrock pattern to adorn it. I will print your pattern for the day I actually get around to it. Hopefully this year!

  42. Sherrie Malone January 28, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    Can’t wait to make these in the am when I am more awake….shamrock bunting ! Thank you


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