Knitting patterns for shamrocks, leprechauns, claddaghs, and other Irish motifs. Most patterns are free.
As you celebrate the Irish on March 17, please give a thought to the real Patrick who was a model of forgiving love. Patrick was an English teenager kidnapped by Irish raiders who grew close to God in his exile. After God guided Patrick to a successful escape, Patrick had a dream of the Irish calling him to return and teach them about God. So he left his family again to make Ireland his home. Read more about Patrick.
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Shamrock Baby Cardigan
This festively Irish baby sweater is knit flat from the top down, with raglan sleeves and shamrocks knit with intarsia colorwork. Sizes: 3-6 months, 6-9 months. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Designed by Angelina Panozzo. Sport weight yarn.
Shamrock or Clover Hot/Cold Pack or Toy
3-dimensional stuffed shamrock that can be used as decoration, toy, or fill with beans, gel beads, or rice to use as a hot/cold pack. Designed by Sandra Ronca. Pictured projects by the designer and bekbek.
Leprechaun Kids Hat
Easy hat knit in the round with belt buckle added later in crochet. If you don’t crochet I think you could create with i-cord or duplicate stitch. Sizes: Kid’s S/M, M/L. Designed by Gina Michele
Paddy – the Cork Leprechaun
Little leprechaun knit flat and gets his shape from a champagne cork. About 7cm/2.75” tall. Designed by MagdaLaine
Traditional Irish symbol representing love, loyalty, and friendship in knit and purl stitches can be used for dish or wash cloths, afghan blocks, or other knitting projects. Designed by Claire Hickman Clemmons. Pictured project by amyhansen1222
St. Paddy’s Day Mitts
Fingerless mitts with St. Patrick’s Day symbols in stranded colorwork including shamrocks, leprechaun hats, and pots of gold. Designed by Jaime Kulick
Shamrock Pattern by Linda Dawkins
Use as a brooch, lapel pin or add to headbands or hats.
The St. Patrick’s Day Cloth
This shamrock motif by Kris Knits could also be used on a blanket square, sweater, or other project.
Double knit bookmark with shamrock motifs. Designed by Sandra Jäger. Available in English and German
St. Patrick’s Lucky Hat
Two easy hat patterns inspired by leprechaun hats sized for babies, children, and adults. Designed by CreatiKnit who says they take just a couple hours to knit.
Over the Rainbow Hat
Your little leprechauns will stay warm with this rainbow hat with little cloud earflaps. Web pattern for 6 months is free. More sizes and a printable pdf are available on Etsy. Designed by Little Red Window.
- Get the free knitting pattern for 6 mos
- Get printable pdf with sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, & 2T+ on Etsy
- See more Baby Hat Knitting Patterns
This cable hat with brim was inspired by traditional Irish walking hats. Designed by Roxi Willoughby. Pictured project by kiesel53.
More Free Patterns
Lucky Shamrock Baby Set
Baby hat, mittens, and botties designed by Dianne Jones. Pictured project by tipsyturtle
Claddagh Pot Holder
This design by Sue Gregori could also be adapted for a blanket square or as a motif for other projects.
Ireland Rugby Hat
Beanie featuring shamrock colorwork motifs. Pictured project by IamKateQuinn
Shamrock Shake Newborn Hat
Designed by Lindsey Knipe, this knit hat has a crochet border.
Free knitting pattern designed by Allison Hogg is shaped with an i-cord knit with spool knitter or dpns.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Shop for Spool Knitters and Knitting Mills on Amazon
- See more I-Cord Knitting Patterns
How to Knit I-Cord
Here’s a link to a short video and i-cord tutorial from Annie’s.
Booties Go Bragh
Shamrock booties designed by Vickie Howell
Shamrock Dish Cloth
Illusion knitting creates this shamrock design by Kerrie Minicozzi.
Rufus the Leprechaun Doll
St. Patrick’s Day Washcloth
Designed by Mary C. Gildersleeve, this shamrock motif could also be used as blanket square or on a sweater.
Shamrock Hat and Scarf
- Get the free HAT knitting pattern at Lion Brand site (requires free registration)
- Get the free SCARF knitting pattern
- See more Colorful Scarf Knitting Patterns
Celtic Cross Cowl
Nennir by Lucy Hague incorporates celtic knots in cables. Pictured project by GLaDOS who modified the cowl to a buttoned neckwarmer.
Celtic Cross Shawl
This shawl features a large cable cross and the back and smaller crosses in the corners. Pictured project by Confeye
- Download the free pattern designed by Renate Haeckler at Ravelry
- See more Cable Shawl Knitting Patterns
Pot ‘O Gold Afghan
Shamrock Chart for Stocking by Barbie Smith
Frolicking Shamrocks Wristlets
Beaded shamrocks are knit into these fashionable fingerless gloves designed by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Patterns for Purchase
EASY knitting pattern for St. Patrick's Day for your baby or toddler. This simple hat is knit in the round with an easy to make shamrock applique. Sizes 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months, & 2T+. Designed by Cassie at Little Red Window.
Shamrock Earwarmer or Cowl
The Shamrynn Warmer by the Velvet Acorn can be worn as a headband or cowl. The shamrocks are crocheted but you can easily substitute knit shamrocks from the pattern on this page.
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Etsy
- See more Earwarmer Knitting Patterns
- FREE Crochet Videos and Tutorials
Leprechaun Bitsy Doll
Small leprechaun softie with pot of gold. Size-14cm /5.5”. Designed by ClaireFairallDesigns
Hat with brim and knit shamrock in 7 sizes from baby to adult, though designer says baby sizes work best. Sizes Newborn, 0-3 mos., 3-6 mos., 6-9 mos., 9-12 mos., toddler/child, adult. Finished product also available. Designed by CottonPickings
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Etsy
- Order the finished product
- See more Baby Hats With Brims Knitting Patterns
Shamrock Pillow and Shamrock Button Pillow
The Shamrock pillow cover is very simple to knit in stocking stitch and the shamrock motif is knit in four parts and sewn on afterwards. 16″ square. The Shamrock Button Pillow includes detailed instructions for the pillow cover itself along with an actual size template for the shamrock motif. 14″ square. Designed by Ladyship Designs who also has patterns for an Irish Flag Pillow Cover and Celtic Cable Pillows
Shamrock Dog Sweater
Sweater is made in two simple pieces that are stitched together. Fits dogs with chest sizes 14, 16 or 18″. Includes a shamrock template to cut from felt and applique to the back. Designed by My Savannah Cottage. Pictured project by KnitgrlNYC
Toe-up sock pattern with short-row heel and Fair-Isle shamrocks design. Designed by AlohaBlu
Worked flat on 2 knitting needles then seamed. Includes removable vest, shorts, hat, and beverage. Approximately 32 cm (12,6″) from head to toe (without hat ). Designed by SavushkaDesigns
7 sizes from baby to adult, though designer says baby sizes work best. Cloche with lace brim and sharmrock. Sizes Newborn, 0-3 mos., 3-6 mos., 6-9 mos., 9-12 mos., toddler/child, adult. Finished product also available. Designed by CottonPickings
Blarney the Leprechaun Toy
This Leprechaun by Amanda Berry is approximately 14cm tall (including the hat).
This tam with shamrock motif colorwork comes in two sizes (baby and adult).
Double knit scarf with shamrock motif.