Irish Crochet Shamrock Motif
by Ann Reillet
“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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