I was inspired by this tutorial: http://sarahndipities.indiemade.com/blog/things-make-crochet-shamrock-garland-pattern but I changed up the pattern a bit. Here's my take on it!
I used a super chunky yarn (Lion Brand Homespun USA) and a size N crochet hook so this worked up very quickly.
Start with a magic circle
Treble crochet x 2
Slip stitch into magic circle
Repeat from * two more times for a shamrock or three more times for a lucky four-leaf clover
After last leaf, chain 5
Half double crochet into 2nd chain from hook
Slip stitch into remaining chain
Fasten off and weave in ends
*Single crochet into top of shamrock
Repeat from * until all shamrocks are attached to garland
I started this on Sunday evening, during a family movie night, and finished up before lunch on Tuesday. I really only worked on it in bits and pieces and, after the first three shamrocks, I didn't have to even think about the pattern anymore. My final garland ended up with 15 light green shamrocks, 15 dark green shamrocks and one lucky four-leaf clover but you could make this as long or as short as you like. I'm also thinking of whipping up a headband for Gracie with a shamrock or two on top for her wearin' o' the green on St. Patrick's Day.
This is the first crochet pattern I've ever worked up and wrote out, let me know what you think! Was it easy to understand? Did it come out well? If you don't recognize a stitch, I've found YouTube to be a fabulous resource!