St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here. You can quickly decorate your home and office with simple shamrocks, four leaf clovers and leprechauns. 100 percent cotton is perfect for kitchen projects, coasters and coffee mug cozies because it is washable and can take the heat. Do not use acrylic yarn for hot pads! It will melt.
Super easy and quick to knit, this pattern offers two sizes of shamrock cloths. The first is a full-size dish cloth. You can whip up a bunch of these to decorate your kitchen. They can double as hand towels or wash cloths in the bath. The smaller cloths are great for hot pads, if you crochet them up in 100 percent cotton or wool. Play around with the pattern size if you want to felt the hot pads. You will need to knit them at least 25 percent larger than the finished size in the pattern.
These booties are so adorable and easy to knit. The pattern calls for Love brand yarn by Vickie Howell. It is a worsted weight yarn (size 4) that is a blend of bamboo and silk. This blend is an exceptionally soft yarn with a slight sheen to it. If you are having trouble understanding yarn weights, see my article “Understanding the standard yarn weight system,” to get a full explanation.
Even the best dressed man can wear some green to work on St. Patrick’s Day. Add these argyle socks in shades of green to his wardrobe and he is on his way. These argyle socks are great for work or play.
Rufus is a challenging project but well worth the effort. He is an adorable knit doll that any little girl would love. Don’t have a wee one in your life? Knit up Rufus and use him as a St. Patrick’s Day decoration in your home, or maybe get a few friends together to whip up a few for a children’s hospital.
Lynda Altman loves needlecrafts and enjoys sharing her craft with others. You can see her work online at her Etsy shop, The Granny Squared. Lynda can be reached at the contact link above or on Twitter @fusgeyer.