Designed by Sandi Marshall
|Basic Banner Materials:
Worsted weight yarn -
3 oz. dark green for background
3 oz. light green or light rose
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. I chose to make the background in the darker color this time. If you preferred, you could use this same chart to do the shamrock 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 47 chains for single crochet or 46 chains for afghan stitch. Work this background for 46 rows. You could crochet the background piece in the background color only and then cross-stitch the shamrock portion.
If desired, crochet a second piece (in a 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.
When all rows on chart are crocheted, you may opt to add a border in single crochet around the outside edge of the piece. Be sure to work (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner stitch to keep the corner areas from curling.
Each square on the chart = 1 single crochet stitch.
Starting Chain For Chart: 47 chains for single crochet or 46 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.
|If desired, decorate the banner with small shamrock appliques. This example shows a thread crochet shamrock added to one of the shamrock leaves. [Shamrock Pattern]|
|Here's a closer look at the thread crochet shamrock. I crocheted it with size 10 thread and a size 8 steel hook. [Shamrock Applique Pattern]|
|An Irish Crochet Rose can add another pretty touch to your Shamrock Banner (shown here with a thread crochet shamrock applique added to the center of the rose). I crocheted the rose with sport weight yarn. [Irish Crochet Rose Pattern]|
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