Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Lucky Charm - Penny Clover


For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way.
Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.

My Mother (a spry Irish Lass) was born on St. Patrick’s Day.
She is, well..... let’s just say, into her 80’s. 
But as she tells it, “80 is the new 50.”
She still works full time at a medical clinic in Florida.
  She loves to pass out little freebies.
And to bring a little cheer to the patients and staff.
It makes her happy, and I think it keeps her young.
So, here’s a bit of Irish Luck to pass around!

This Seamair is made with worsted weight yarn so it makes up very quickly.

You can attach it to your keys or a belt loop or a back-pack.
Decorate a present or a package or put it in a card. 
Hang it up as an ornament or on a tree. 
Or just toss it in your purse for good luck.

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.

I hope your day is touched by a bit of IRISH LUCK.  
Med. Worsted Wt. # 4 Yarn:  About 7 yards
Caron Simply Soft OR Sugar n Cream Cotton
            3.75 mm / F Hook
Yarn needle
A Penny or .75” Leprechaun Pic to insert

Gauge is not crucial. 

            Rnd 1 & 2 / Backside = about 1” (2.5 cm)

Size:  2” x 2” (about 5cm) [Not counting the chain cord]

Ch(s) = Chain(s)
FO = Fasten Off
MR = Magic Ring
Rnd(s) = Round(s)
Sc = Single Crochet
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
TR = Treble Crochet
YO = Yarn over

US Terminology

Special Stitch:  Treble / Triple Crochet
YO 2 times and insert your hook in the next st.
YO and pull up a loop. (4 loops on the hook).

YO and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook (3 loops on the hook).
YO and pull through the next 2 loops on your hook (2 loops on the hook).
YO and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook.

A great way to shine up an old penny is to rub it with a pencil eraser.

Note about Gauge:

The Backside (Round 1 & 2) should completely cover the coin with a about a 1/8” (.3cm) cushion.

Kokopelli Design made one with DK weight yarn and a 4mm hook.  
She said the Euro cent (diameter about 0.4” / 1 cm) is a bit smaller than the penny and it fit in perfectly.  
You can visit her site at:  http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/

A very special thank you to Kokopelli Design, Carol Derbis and Linden Bird for graciously testing this pattern.

Regarding copyright:
This is a free pattern for your personal use.
You are welcome to sell any items that you make.
But please, do not sell the pattern or reproduce the text without permission.

4 Leaf Clover:
Side 1 – Backside
Rnd 1: MR, Ch 1, 6 Sc in the ring. 
Join to the first sc with a ss.  (6)
Pull the beginning yarn-tail to close the hole.
Work over the tail, to eliminate weaving in later.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 Sc in each st around. Join.  (12) 
Ch 1 (to secure the end) and FO.

Note:  You can weave in the end now, or work over it later (when joining front and back).

Side 2 – Front
Rnd 1: Ch 6, Join to the first ch with a ss to form a ring.
Ch 1, 12 Sc in the ring. 
Join to the first sc with a ss.  (12 sc)

The space (red arrow) formed by the last ss to join the round will be used in the next round.

Rnd 2: Ch 1.

Now, with wrong sides together, place Side 1 behind.

Note:  Now, you can work over the remaining tail from the Backside.

Insert hook into the same joined st (Front)
And then through the corresponding st of Side 1.
YO.  Pull up a loop.  YO and pull through to complete one sc.

Now, continue joining both Front and Back, as follows:

 ** Ch 2, 2 TR in next st, 2 TR in next st, Ch 2, Sc in next.
[First leaf of the clover done]
Repeat from ** 2 times for the 2nd and 3rd leaf.
Now, place a Lucky Penny or a Leprechaun pic inside.
Ch 2, 2 TR in next st, 2 TR in next st, Ch 2,

Sc over the joined-slip-stitch space (red arrow). 

Hint:   You could print a tiny picture. Glue it to a circular card stock about 3/4” (1.9 cm) in diameter. And insert it inside the clover, instead of a penny.

Cord: Choose a size.
Short Loop (for a key-chain fob):   Ch 15
Medium Loop (to hang as an ornament):   Ch 20
Long Loop (for a back-pack or to pull through a belt loop):   Ch 30

Ss in the first ch to form a loop.
Join with a ss to the first sc. 
FO and weave in.

© GPC 2015 P Perkins