My kids love St Patrick's Day. Maybe it's the 1/8th bit of Irish they have in them. Maybe it's the magic of a wee little man dressed in green with secretive pots of gold.
A few years ago, with the assignment of a school project, they began the tradition of creating and setting leprechaun traps. Every year since, they build their traps with trails of lucky charms or notes promising gold. This year their traps include paths of pennies ("because they're almost gold") and patches of silly putty "to catch his footprints."
They haven't caught a leprechaun yet, and I love that they haven't given up on the magic.
I whipped up a few crochet shamrocks tonight to give them as a consolation prize for not getting the leprechaun. And I'm betting the leprechaun will leave a little treat behind for them.
Here's the shamrock pattern:
sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
work petals in the ring:
ch3, trc, hdc, trc, ch3, sl st to attach
repeat 2 or 3 more times (depending on how lucky you're feeling)
ch 7, dc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each remaining 5 chains, sl st to base of last petal, fo
Happy St. Patrick's Day!