Although St. Patricks Day may be long gone there is no reason as to why you can’t get started on party ideas for next year. The day was first made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican community, the Eastern Orthodox Church and The Lutheran Church. It commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. So now is the time to start spreading some luck into your home and life with knitting patterns and maybe play some fun leprechaun games. St. Patricks Day is an Irish culture but that doesn’t mean that you have to be Irish in order to be able to celebrate, share and spread some luck to your family and friends with knitting a leprechaun perfect for your Irish themed gathering and here is a handy guide as to how to do so.
To knit anything you will need wool. However to knit a wee little leprechaun you will need a bright emerald green, white, yellow, red, black and a rust colours. You will also need knitting needles and toy stuffing to complete the look of your leprechaun chum.
To start off your knitting challenge you will need to leave a long tail of wool, cast on 10 stiches in black for his boots. You should know about 2 rows for this. Then change to your emerald green wool and then knit 8 rows; however when you are finished do not cast off. Simply cut the wool then repeat the steps for the second leg.
The next thing to do is to move onto to the body. To do this all you need to do is to slide the legs together and knit across to join them, which creates the body. Then knit 5 rows, using black wool knit 2 more rows which will be for his belt. If you consider yourself quite the craft pro then you can get fancy and use some yellow for a buckle too. Then afterwards change back to green wool and knit 8 rows.
As you have finished the body you will then have to switch to white or cream wool and work in stockinette stitch which means knitting a row and purling a row, do this for 10 rows. Do not cast off; instead use a wool needle to draw the wool through the stitches you will pull this tight to make the head later.
Change back to using green and cast on 24 stitches, and then knit for 8 rows. Then knit 2 together at the start and end of the next 3 odd rows. You will have to change back to black wool and knit 2 together at each end. Knit the even row also in black, switch back to green wool and knit 4 rows. Instead of casting off use a wool needle to draw the wool through the stitches so you can pull the hat closed later. Now is the time to add a red beard, use a wool needle to draw the wool through and tie off as you go, then trim to shape.