Are you excited for St. Patrick’s Day? When I lived in New York City, I worked on 5th Avenue and 44th Street, which was the staging area for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. School bands lined up waiting for their turn. Bagpipe players tuning their instruments. Men straightening their kilts to be sure they were just right. We didn’t get much work done that day, because we were sitting on the window sills to watch the festivities. Quite a few of the staff were first generation Irish-Americans, so this was a significant day for them.
Leggy Leprechaun was made while thinking of all those St. Patrick’s Days that I spent in New York. I hope you enjoy making him.
Worsted weight yarn:
40 yards green
10 yards ivory
30 yards black
10 yards rust
30 yards green ombre
1 yard red
Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
8-mm wiggly eyes
8-mm pink pompom
Finished leprechaun measures approximately 11” tall.
Rnd 1: With black yarn, ch 2 (or MR), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds unless otherwise specified.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc). Join with sl st in same sp as last sc.
Lay top of hat on cardboard and mark. Cut out circle and set aside.
Rnd 5: In BLO, sc in each st. Do not join.
Rnds 6-7: Working in both lps, sc in each st. Do not join.
Rnd 8: Sc in each st. Join with sl st in same sp as last sc. Fasten off black.
Rnd 9: Attach green yarn, sc in each st. Join with sl st in same sp as last sc. Fasten off green.
Rnd 10: Attach black yarn in FLO of Rnd 9. Working in FLO, *sc in 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (32 sc). Do not join. Work another rnd of sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off black.
Insert cardboard into top of hat and stuff hat.
Face and beard:
Rnd 11: Go back to use the unused lps of Rnd 9. Turn work so unused lps are now front lps. With joining st of brim on far side of hat, attach rust yarn on right side.
Ch 1, lp st in first st, lp st in next 11 sts. Change to ivory yarn, sc in next 12 sts. Do not join.
Rnds 12-16: Working in both lps, rust lp st in first 12 sts, ivory sc in next 12 sts. Join at end of Rnd 16.
Fasten off rust and ivory yarn.
Rnd 17: Turn, join green yarn, ch 1, sc in each st (24 sc). Do not join.
Rnd 18: Sc in each st.
Rnd 19: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 20: Sc in each st.
Rnd 21: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).
Rnd 22: Sc in each st.
Rnd 23: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).
Rnds 24-26: Sc in each st.
Rnd 27: Working in BLO, *dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc).
Stuff body with Fiberfill, then add a few marbles to weight him down. Cut another cardboard circle to fit the bottom of the body and insert after marbles.
Rnd 28: Working in both lps, *dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).
Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 31: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).
Rnd 32: Dec around (6 sc). Close with Ultimate Finish.
Ultimate Finish: Fasten off yarn leaving 6” length.
Thread length through yarn needle and pick up outer
lp of each st around. Pull tight to close.
Ultimate Finish tutorial: https://youtu.be/jVpTr8mId3I
Attach rust yarn at edge of ivory sts just below hat. Work lp sts down the side of the face, across the bottom of the face, and up the other side of the face. Sl st in same sp as last lp st. Fasten off rust.
Legs: (Make 2)
Rnd 1: Using green ombre yarn, ch 2 (or MR), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: Sc in each st.
Repeat Rnd 2 until leg measures approximately 5” (or desired length). Close with Ultimate Finish.
Rnd 1: With black yarn, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in each of next 2 ch. Working on opposite side of foundation ch, 2 sc in each of next 2 ch, sc in next 5 ch. Join with sl st. (18 sc).
Rnd 2: Ch 1, using BLO, sc in each st. Join with sl st.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, dec 5 times, sc in next 4 sts (13 sc). Join with sl st.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, dec, sc next 3 sts tog, dec, sc in next 3 sts (9 sc). Join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, sc next 3 sts tog, sc in next 3 sts (7 sc). Join.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each st. Join. Fasten off black.
Stuff boots and sew to ends of legs. Sew legs to bottom of body at Rnd 28.
Arms: (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Using ivory yarn, ch 2 (or MR), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: Sc in each st. Join with sl st in same sp as last sc. Fasten off ivory.
Rnds 3-9: With green yarn, sc in each st. At end of Rnd 9, join with sl st. Close with Ultimate Finish.
Embroider mouth with red yarn.
Glue on eyes and pompom for nose.
Fold pipe cleaner into 3 small squares. Glue one to hat and one to each boot.
To get an ad-free PDF copy of the pattern: Leggy Leprechaun Crochet Pattern
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