St. Patrick’s Day is like a spring herald, don’t you think? This year I’m sharing this bright green placemat crochet project to perfectly celebrate the day.
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St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that sadly kind of slips past me most years. I’m either gearing up for Hannah’s birthday, wallowing in the joys of my very favorite season of the year, or just generally “doing life”.
But it hasn’t always been that way. When the oldest boys were small and we lived near a larger city, every year on St. Patrick’s Day I took them downtown for the parade. Like most little boys, they enjoyed the parade, but mostly just wanted the candy that was thrown to them from the street.
One of the most memorable years was when I made them all little shamrock hats to match their green t-shirts. I wonder how successful I’d be getting them to wear those again now… 🙂
Those few years were special commemorations of this humble spring holiday that I had avoided for most of my life.
The Harder Side of St. Patrick’s Day
March 17 was a hard day for most of my growing-up years because it was the day my best friend – my grandmother – passed away.
She made a deep impact on my life, and losing her seemed like the end of my 10-year old world. For many of the following years, St. Patrick’s Day was more about remembering her than about celebrating a holiday.
But this year, as I thought about how beautifully she poured into my life, I decided it was time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again and to do it with a fitting and unique project that would celebrate her life as well.
Crochet for St. Patrick’s Day
Although I’ve learned much since those first awkward stitches by her side, her investment in me started a lifelong love that remains a rewarding creative outlet, plus I now get to experience the same joy of teaching young learners to crochet too.
So for St. Patrick’s Day this year, I designed a crochet project to show off that Irish green – and to celebrate my grandmother’s investment in me so many years ago: a set of crocheted green placemats.
Crocheted Green Placemats for St. Patrick’s Day
Nothing shouts spring to me as much as fresh clean greens paired with sparkling whites, so for this project, I chose a classic Kelly green, a softer dusty green, and pure white.
I tried out a new-to-me stitch too – the piggyback stitch. I love the simple, yet interesting pattern this stitch makes and best of all – it works up quickly! And it’s really only a combination of two basic crochet stitches any crocheter already knows.
I also tried a different brand of yarn – Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice. It’s a nice, medium-weight acrylic washable yarn – which is a plus for table use.
For two placemats you’ll need:
Beginning with Kelly Green, chain 74.
Row 1: Turn; skip the first chain and single crochet in the next chain. * Chain 2; skip the next two chains; single crochet in the following chain. Repeat from * across.
Row 2: Turn; chain 3 (counts as first double crochet). Double crochet in the first stitch. Skip the chain 2 space, *work 3 double crochet stitches in the next stitch. Skip the chain 2 space. Repeat from the * across until reaching the last stitch. Work 2 double crochet stitches in the last stitch.
Rows 3: Turn; chain 1 and single crochet in the first stitch. *Chain 2; skip the next two chains; single crochet in the following chain. Repeat from * across.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Repeat row 3. Change color to White.
Rows 6-7: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 7, change color to Dusty Green.
Rows 8-9: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 9, change color to White.
Rows 10-11: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 11, change color to Kelly Green.
Rows 12-19: Repeat rows 2-3 four times. At the end of row 19, change color to White.
Rows 20-21: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 21, change color to Dusty Green.
Rows 22-23: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 23, change color to White.
Rows 24-25: Repeat rows 2-3. At the end of row 25, change color to Kelly Green.
Rows 26-29: Repeat rows 2-3 two times. At the end of row 29, chain 1. Turn.
Row 30: Single crochet in each stitch across. Finish off.
And super green for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂
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