Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif

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Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif

by Ann Reillet

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According to legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in Celtic religion. St. Patrick used the shamrock in the 5th century to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity as he introduced Christianity to Ireland.

“WEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN”

Over time, the shamrock became a symbol of rebellion, and anyone caught wearing it in the 18th century risked death-by-hanging for “the wearin’ o’ the green.” Today, the shamrock is one of the most recognized symbols of the Irish, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, when, all over the world, everyone is Irish for a day!

A shamrock (traditionally spelled seamróg, which means “summer plant”) is white clover (Trifolium repens), a common lawn weed. It’s a vigorous, rhizomatous, stem-rooting perennial with trifoliate leaves. Occasionally, a fourth…

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