Irish lace is one of the most interesting techniques in crocheting. The Irish lace cloth consists of plenty of motifs joined together at the end to create a desired masterpiece. Clothes in this technique look amazingly light and stylish. Mostly patterns like flowers, leaves and petals are used in the Irish lace. They all are arranged and connected with each other by a net and bridges (crosspieces). As a result we get a graceful floral composition. Further, we will create 4 floral motifs and patterns for crocheting.
Flower motif and crochet pattern 1
Row 1. Cast on 8 chains (ch) and join them into a ring.
Row 2. 3 lifting ch. Further crochet *3 ch, 1 double crochet (dc)*7 times.
Row 3. 1 lifting ch, then crochet single crochets (sc) into every stitch of the previous row.
Row 4. 3 lifting ch. Next crochet *3 ch, 1 dc* 15 times. Finish the row with 2 ch + a joining stitch with the lifting stitches.
Row 5. 1 lifting ch, 6 sc, * A picot (crochet 5 ch and fix them to the 3rd sc from the beginning of the picot already crocheted in this row. Then crochet sc into the 1st and 5th ch - 1 sc, into the 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2 sc into each. Our picot is ready. 3 sc, 1 ch, 7 sc* 7 times. Then make 1 more picot and 3 sc. Finish the row with a joining stitch.
Row 6. 3 lifting ch. *Cast on 9 ch, double treble crochet in the middle between the central picot stitches of the previous row, 9 ch, 1 sc into the ch of the previous row*8 times. The last petal is finished with a joining stitch.
Row 7. Crochet all the petals over with single crochets.
Butterfly motif and crochet pattern 2
Row 1. Cast on 4 ch. Join the stitches.
Row 2. 3 lifting ch. Crochet 6 ch *3 double crochets into the stitches of the previous row. Cast on 14 ch * 2 times. 3 double crochets into the stitches of the previous row. Cast on 6 ch and crochet 2 double crochets into the stitches of the previous row. Finish the row with a joining stitch.
Row 3. Crochet the butterfly wings. The right lower wing: 1 lifting ch, 1 half double crochet, 2 dc, 6 treble crochets, 2 dc, 1 half double crochet, 2 sc. The 1st wing is ready. Now let’s crochet the upper right wing. 1 sc, 1 half double crochet, 2 dc, 2 treble crochets, 2 double treble crochets, 4 triple treble crochets, 4 quadruple treble crochets, 4 triple treble crochets, 3 double treble crochets, 2 treble crochets, 2 dc, 1 half double crochet, 1 sc. The right upper wing is ready. Let’s crochet the antennae. According to the pattern 1, double crochet is crocheted into the central double crochet out of 3. Then cast on 16 ch, crochet a simple picot out of 3 last ch. Return with slip stitches to the beginning of the chain and crochet the other antenna the same way. The left side of the butterfly is crocheted the same like the right side, making the mirror reflection.
Shamrock motif and crochet pattern 3
To make a shamrock we will need to crochet just 3 rows.
Row 1. Join together 3 ch.
Row 2. 1 lifting ch, *13ch, 2 sc* 3 times. The last leaf: instead of 2 sc make 1 stitch and 1 joining stitch.
Row 3. 1 lifting ch, *1 half double crochet, 11 double crochets, a picot out of 3 ch, 11 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 2 sc* 3 times. The last leaf: instead of 2 sc make 1 stitch and 1 joining stitch. The shamrock is ready.
Leaves motif and crochet pattern 4
Leaves are crocheted very easily. They consist of 2 rows.
Row 1. Cast on 11 ch
Row 2. 1 lifting ch, 1 sc, 2 half double crochets, 2 double crochets, *2 double crochets into 1 stitch of the previous row* 5 times, into 1 ch of the 1st row make 9 dc, 2 dc into 1 stitch of the 1st row,*1 dc into 2 ch of the 1st row* 2 times, 2 dc, 2 half double crochets, 1 sc, 1 joining stitch.
A leaf curved to the other side is crocheted as a mirror reflection.
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