Crochet Pattern: Shamrock Shawlette

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 36 Comments
Want to get lucky (and keep warm, too)? This eye-catching shawl is deceptively simple to make. Made with worsted yarn and size L (8.00 mm) hook, the main body is really just a granny triangle. The key to the unique look lies in the shamrock edging: 3-leaf clovers all around, with a lucky 4-leaf clover in the center.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 38.5″ wide x 20.5″ tall (excluding clover edging)

Approximately 280 yards Medium Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook L (8.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Not important.

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Crochet Pattern: Shamrock Shawlette

Main Body

Ch 3, sl st in first ch to make a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), (3 dc, ch 3, 4 dc) in loop, turn: 8 dc
Row 2: Ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, (3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in second to the last dc, dc in last dc, turn: 14 dc
Row 3: Ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in second to the last dc, dc in last dc, turn: 20 dc

Rows 4-17: Ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 space, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in second to the last dc, dc in last dc, turn

Row 18: Ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 space, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space, ch 1, 3 dc in second to the last dc, dc in last dc, do not turn, continue to edging


Ch 1, 2 sc in side of each dc along top edge, and 1 sc into beginning ring made, sl st in 2nd dc from row 18, [ch 8, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (making a ring),  into ring make (ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st in ring) 3 times (3-leaf clover made), ch 5, sl st in next ch-1 space]. Repeat instructions in [bracket] 17 times until center bottom point of shawlette. In ch-3 space, sl st, ch 8, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (making a ring), into ring make (ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st in ring) 4 times (4-leaf clover made), ch 5, sl st in same ch-3 space. Repeat instructions in bracket 18 times, sl st second to the last dc for row 18, sl st on top of first sc of edging. Finish off and weave in ends.

Need extra help with the edging? See the video: Shamrock Fringe Crochet Video Tutorial

Enjoy your shamrock shawlette! If you need any help, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you when I can.

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  1. Paige says:

    This is beautiful, Claire. I can’t believe you’re offering it to us free. Wow! What a nice treat. Thanks 🙂

  2. Renee says:

    Oh that is Beautiful…

  3. cowgrlw says:

    It’s so beautiful — and with a lucky four-leaf clover right at the tip! So sweet!!

    Thanks so much for making it a free pattern, Claire! Very kind of you! : )

  4. SoSaje says:

    That is quite cute!! Very luck o’the Irish, indeed! 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    Great pattern.
    I would like to try to convert the pattern into a table runner for St. Patrick’s Day.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Claire says:

      Hi Sue, I think the shamrock edging could be used as a great edging for most kinds of crochet projects. Do whatever you like to make the main body of the runner, and then use the edging to complete the look 🙂

  6. Maile says:

    I’ve just started to crochet after a mere 40 year absence! I’m having trouble with making a triangle style shawl…when you start with making a circle, what part of the shawl are you starting at? The long side that goes over your shoulders, or the pointy part that hangs down? I feel really lost! Thanks for any help, and thanks for a great website!

    • Claire says:

      Hello Maile, First of all, congratulations on your return to crochet! 🙂 The circle is the middle point of the top of the shawl (the side that goes over your shoulders); the shawl is made from the top down, in rows. So you can stop crocheting at any point you like, whenever you feel that the triangle is big enough to cover your shoulders, or extend it to however big you want it to be. If you need more help just let me know. Hope your project turns out great!

  7. Maile says:

    Wow, what a quick response! So if you’re starting in the middle (where your neck is) are you making two triangles? I’m still confused…sorry.


    • Claire says:

      We’re making just the one triangle, with the increases in the middle. It’s sort of like half of a granny square… Try your hand with following the pattern first and see how it goes. 🙂 Some things are just easier to do rather than explain.

  8. Maile says:

    that looked weird, I had made a triangle…. lol

  9. Maile says:

    maybe you know of a video tutorial? Never made a granny square, and have tried 3 patterns, with no success…still trying though.

  10. Brianna says:

    This is awesome! I was thinking of making it into a full shawl – or more like a poncho, with being able to put it over my head so I can wear it out when I’m active. Do you suggest making 2 pieces and stitching together – or trying to work in a steady circle?

    • Claire says:

      Hello Brianna, It’s easy to make this a full shawl–just make more pattern repeats in the main body before proceeding to the edging. As for a poncho.. Hmm.. You can try using any other poncho patterns, and then use the shamrock edging. Rachel has made some rockin’ poncho patterns: Striped Poncho and Striped Asymmetrical Poncho. Hope that was helpful 🙂

  11. Sockmad says:

    I am following the pattern and it is ruffling like crazy,will it straighten or do I need to frog and move up a hook size or two? I am using the L hook and Caron Simply Soft.

    • Claire says:

      Hello Sockmad, Are you getting the right stitch count? Check the last part of every row (example, for row 2 you should have 14 dc total for that row). If that doesn’t work I recommend using another size hook. Someone from Ravelry completed this shawlette using 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft, with an L hook and it looks okay.

  12. Sockmad says:

    Ok so I had a TOTAL DUH moment and figured out what I was doing wrong,fixed and almost complete now. I want to wear it to a dinner at The American Legion on Thursday. 🙂

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  14. Sandy says:

    Claire, I am working on the shamrock shawlette, I am crocheting tight, how many rows do I add, looks so small. Thanks, Sandy

  15. Sandy says:

    Hi Claire, help, I am making the shamrock shawlette, and for some reason I have been crocheting it tight, looks small. Should I add more rows before edging, and if so, how many? Thank you. Sandy

    • Claire says:

      Hello Sandy, make more pattern repeats until it’s the size you want it to be. Repeat instructions for rows 4-17 for as many rows as needed, and proceed to instructions for row 18, and edging to complete the project. Hope that helps!

  16. Sandy says:

    Claire, thank you so much for answering, I’m so excited to finish this beautiful shawlette. Sandy

  17. Sarah Dee says:

    To make it a poncho, don’t increase on the two sides, and make a front and the back, sew the sides together.

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  19. denise smith says:

    Hi Rachel.

    My shawl is coming out more of a square with in a split on a angle. not a triangle.
    what did I do wrong.

    I have a picture, if I could send it to you.


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Denise, it sounds like you probably have more stitches that you’re suppose to on each row, probably twice as many. Starting from row 1, count the number of stitches on the row after you do it. The total number of stitches should match the stitch count, which is the number at the end of the row after the colon.

  20. Debi says:

    I’m having a terrible time getting this started and I have been chrocheting for 40 years…..the first row is confusing. When you say 3dc ch3 4dc in loop what loop do you mean? then where do 8 dc go after turning. I think this needs a better explanation. Can you help?

  21. Debi says:

    Nevermind the post above…..I figured it out. I think if you had put the 8 dc in parentheses, I would have realized this was the stitch count…..I should not chrochet when I am tired!

  22. Beverly says:

    ran into your pattern while looking for something to do this weekend! I enjoyed looking around, & really like this pattern!

  23. Sheila says:

    I am thinking of making this bigger. Would the pattern adjust ok to do this.

  24. Lorraine says:

    Is there a way to make this bigger?

  25. Lorraine says:

    Woops, just saw your previous reply. Scrstch my question.

  26. Deb Veneau says:

    What an awesome shawl! I will be getting my Irish on in style this year!

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