I’m really excited about St. Patrick’s Day this year. New Orleans is one of my favorite places to visit. My Husband and I went 13 years ago for our honeymoon and this year we are taking kids to New Orleans to finally experience it.
If you ever go to New Orleans during this time of year you will have the time of your life. I can close my eyes now and be transcended back. The streets are alive with chatter. The venders beckon you over to see their wares and tell you your fortune, while the sound of jazz music beats through your veins and thumps in your ears. The scents of spicy creole cooking seeps out of the opened up restaurants and it’s not long before you’re trying your fill of authentic Cajun cooking.
On St. Patrick’s Day there is a huge parade with floats and everything that represents this glorious town. As the floats make their way down the streets the parade people interact with the crowds to liven things up. Bright and color beads are tossed from floats or traded for kisses as is tradition. It’s not as wild as Fat Tuesday/mardi gras but it is a ton of fun.
So in preparation for my trip back to this fun wonderland I have created a spunky leprechaun beanie and boot cuff set to keep me warm while participating in all the glorious festivities.
Below is the free crochet pattern for both the leprechaun beanie and boot cuffs.
Leprechaun Crochet beanie and boot cuffs
Note: This is for an average adult size.
– Red heart super saver in paddy green and black, Lion brand Vanna’s choice in mustard. Worsted weight 4ply yarn 1 skein of each.
– Size H Crochet Hook for hat
– Size F Hook for buckle
– Stitch markers
– Tapestry Needle
SC = Single Crochet
SLP ST = Slip stitch
HDC Decrease = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
F/O = Finish Off
Note: all rows are worked in the round without joining at the end. Use stitch marker to mark to end of each row.
Starting with green and H Hook
Rnd 1: Magic ring , make 10 hdc in center of magic ring and pull closed.
Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st (20 st)
Rnd 3: 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. repeat around (30 st)
Rnd 4: 1 hdc in next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st. repeat around (40 st)
Rnd 5: 1 hdc in next 3st, 2 hdc in next st. repeat around (50 st)
Rnd 6: 1 hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next st. repeat around (60 st)
Rnd 7: 1 hdc in next 5 st, 2 hdc in next st. repeat around (70 st)
Rnd 8 – 12: 1 hdc in each st around (70 st) Change color to black
Rnd 13 – 15: 1 hdc in each st around (70 st) Change color back to green
Rnd 16 – 18: 1 hdc in each st around (70 st)
Rnd 19: change color to mustard. 1 sc in each st around, join with slip st in first sc. F/O (70 st.) weave in all ends.
Make a large pom pom in mustard and attach to the top of the hat.
(Make 3 buckles. 1 for hat and 2 for the boot cuffs. )
Starting with mustard and F Hook
ch 12, slp st in first chain to make circle.
Row 1: ch 3, 2 dc in circle, ( ch2, 3dc) 3 times, ch 2, slp st in top of ch 3 sp to join. (4 clusters and 4 ch2 sp total)
Row 2: ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next 2 st (2sc, ch2, 2sc in next ch2-sp, sc in next 3 st) 3 times, 2sc, ch2, 2sc in ch-2 sp, slip st in top of ch1 to join. F/O leave long tale for attaching to garment.
Place the buckle on the black stipe of the hat and boot cuffs. I place one on each opposite side of the boot cuff so it shows on the outside of each leg. I place the buckle on the right side of my hat. See photos for ideas of placement.