The other day I shared a collection of simple shamrock knitting patterns that stand on their own as pins or appliques, but I wanted to show you some projects that use shamrocks as a design element as well.
In general these are a good place to start if you’ve never done colorwork knitting because the patterns are usually symmetrical so it’s easy to get the hang of what you’re doing.
And these projects are all pretty small so you still have time to stitch them to be ready for the wearin’ o’ the green!
Add a dapper touch to your holiday outfit with this great Irish bow tie from Samuele Scomparin. It’s worked in super fine yarn in two colors and has a string with a button at the back to keep it secure. You can buy the written pattern on Ravelry. (The pattern page says there’s a way to get it for free so I assumed there might be a video tutorial but I can’t find it. If you do, let me know!)
How about some shamrock socks? These shortie socks from Sidney Rakotoarivelo on Ravelry have colorwork shamrocks around the leg. They’re worked in two colors of sock yarn and the pattern is available in English and French.
Sandy Mills has designed a cute and easy shamrock headband you can knit. This one is worked in worsted weight yarn and uses three colors (though you could use the same shade of green throughout). It’s sized for an adult and you can get the pattern from New Age Knitting CA on Etsy.
If you’d rather knit a hat, Lizzy Knits Shop on Etsy has you covered. This pretty hat also uses two shades of green, and worsted weight yarn, to make a fun shamrock Fair Isle style design. The big pompom on top is lots of fun, too.
Now that we’ve covered our heads, what about our necks? If you need a little more warmth than a bow tie can provide, check out this pretty St. Patrick’s Day cowl from Karina Sweeney on Ravelry. It combines three- and four-leaf clovers, and there’s a version done in green and white as well as one in rainbow colors for extra holiday fun.