From Crochet at About.com: Leprechaun Hat Banner
Designed by Sandi Marshall
|Basic Banner Materials:
Worsted weight yarn -
3 oz. cream color for background
2 oz. dark green for hat
1 oz. light green, 1 oz. white
Small amount bright yellow or gold for buckle
Optional Small amount red for rose
Optional Small amount green size 10 thread for shamrock applique
US Size G crochet hook
Dowel for hanging
Gauge: 7 single crochet = 2 inches, 8 rows = 2 inches
In the example, I crocheted the colors in, following the chart (see chart below). If you preferred, you could use this same chart to do the hat in cross-stitch on an afghan stitch or single crochet background.
If you wish to make a plain crocheted background to cross-stitch the design on, starting chain is 55 chains for single crochet or 54 chains for afghan stitch. Work this background for 54 rows. You could crochet the background piece in the background color only and then cross-stitch the hat portion.
When all rows on chart are crocheted, you may wish to add a border in single crochet around the outside edge of the piece. Be sure to work multiple stitches, such as 3 sc or (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner stitch to keep the corner areas from curling.
If desired, add a small shamrock applique to the center of the buckle. You can see how this looks in the example at the top of this page. I crocheted the shamrock with size 10 thread and a size 8 steel hook. [Shamrock Applique Pattern]
An Irish Crochet Rose can add another pretty touch to your Leprechaun Hat Banner (see example at the top of this page). I crocheted the rose with worsted weight yarn and a size G hook. [Irish Crochet Rose Pattern]
If desired, crochet a second piece (in one solid color) of the same size to use as a backing. When you add the single crochet round on the outside edge, you could work through both the front and back thicknesses at the same time, to join the two pieces.
Each square on the chart = 1 single crochet stitch.
Starting Chain For Chart: 55 chains for single crochet or 54 chains for afghan stitch.
Banner Tabs: (Make 4)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across. (5 sc)
Rows 2 - 10: Sc in each stitch across. (5 sc)
Fold each tab in half. Decide where you will position the tabs across the top of the banner (you may want to pin in place before sewing). Using yarn and a large-eye yarn or tapestry needle, sew bottom edges only of the tabs to the top of the banner. Insert dowel through the tabs for hanging.
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