7 Irish Crochet Patterns That Give the Vintage Technique Modern Flair

blocking irish crochet motifs Irish crochet is instantly recognizable. The common rose and leaf motifs, joined by delicate lace netting, make up a vintage style that dates back centuries — according to Irish Crochet Lab, Irish women used to sell these crocheted items (doilies were often up for grabs) during the potato famine of the 19th century. But the style has come a long way since the days of doilies. Today, you can find modern spins on the tradition that take the classic motifs and crochet them into innovative patterns. Say hello to 21st century Irish lace!

1. Irish-ish Lace Cowl Pattern

The Irish-ish Lace Cowl was inspired by the rich tradition of Irish crochet lace. Normally the flower and leaf motifs would be created first, and then joined together while the lace background is created. For this project, to keep things simple, the cowl is created first and the leaves and flowers are stitched to the lace fabric.


2. Floral Lace Top

floral irish crochet lace top Talk about flower power: this top is a fresh, modern version of Irish crochet you’ll want to wear every day this spring. Stitch the flower and leaf motifs, then join them with delicate netting to create a colorful garment.


3. Rings and Roses Coin Purse

irish crochet purse Capture the full vintage essence of Irish lace with this circle coin purse. The classic, doily-style design is adorned with roses and leaves and worked in delicate thread, making it the perfect evening bag for a dressed-up occasion.


4. Mayapple Flower Square

mayapple crochet flower square Make a common Irish crochet design — the rose — and place it center stage in this afghan square. Once you crochet it, you can add it to a larger project or seam a bunch together to form an old-school blanket.


5. Golden Autumn Crocheted Hat

mannequin wearing crochet autumn hat While not entirely Irish crochet, the beautiful maple leaves in this hat are made using an Irish crochet technique. And feel free to think outside the hat — these leaves can be added to a ton of different projects to add some autumnal flair.


6. Blanca Sugar Skull Appliqué

crochet lace skull You may not associate the Day of the Dead with Ireland, but this genius design uses the classic rose motif for eyes in a beautiful and intricate piece. It’s a totally innovative way to practice Irish lace making, and you can even try it out with colorful yarn.


7. Lace Socks

knee high lace black socks This contemporary pattern is Irish crochet in design, and gives ample opportunity to practice the Irish Clones Knot stitch. You’ll end up with a totally unique accessory!


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9 Responses to “7 Irish Crochet Patterns That Give the Vintage Technique Modern Flair”

  1. Kristi Vigar

    Have always adored the Irish crochet, will most definitely be making some of these fabulous pieces! Thanks so very much for everything you share to help us achieve our dreams with our hooks! 💜

  2. Pamela Cryer

    Absolutely gorgeous patterns

  3. Jennifer Ritchie

    Beautiful Patterns

  4. Dora Cividino

    Beautiful. We need to see more of these traditional patterns. They bring nostalgia.

  5. sharon overholt


  6. Marilyn Kuper

    Stunning! I want to make those.

  7. Vimla Soobramoney

    Love to learn irish crochet

  8. Ann R. Meyer

    Are their courses on Craftsy that teach Irish Crochet Lace?

  9. Doris L Wright