Since I”m not Irish, I’ve never really made St. Patrick’s Day crafts before. But because I needed some for the site, I made a few last weekend. Now I wish I was Irish – playing with the color green is so much fun! I must have looked a little silly at Hobby Lobby – every single thing in my cart was green.
My kids were was more excited than I thought they would be about this shamrock garland. The little ones hadn’t done any crochet before, and were fascinated by it. My 7 year old was certainly frustrated at first when she tried it. But when she saw her big brother master it, she gave it another shot and was beside herself in glee that she did it. Since this garland only requires one strand of single crochet, it is the perfect project to introduce kids to crochet because it is so easy. The hardest part was showing them how to hold the yarn and hook. Once they got that figured out, they were well on their way!
Green pipe cleaners
Really – that’s it!
First create a crochet chain stitch in the length of the garland you want to make. Here’s a really excellent chain stitch tutorial if you don’t know how to do this part already:
Then make your pipe cleaner shamrocks – 2 or three per ‘loop’ length. These are easy-peasy. I showed my 7 year old how to do them just once and within 15 minutes we had 10 of them sitting around.
Simply wrap the pipe cleaner around all four fingers, slip them off, then bend the long end around the middle to make the stem.
Then thread them onto your crochet strand, hang and enjoy!