Irish crochet is a style of crochet that mimics needle lace techniques. Motifs are separately made and then sewn together. Common motifs include: irish rose, maple leaf, 3 leaf clover, and sprigs.
Oftentimes, motifs are crocheted together using 'grounds', or backgrounds made as you go of crocheted mesh.
This style originated in Ireland in the early 1800s, and is credited with helping families to make money during the potato famines.
This type of crochet is oftentimes made with a very fine crochet hook and thread. Only recently with its revival as a handmade lace technique, is this craft done with larger yarns such as sport, dk or worsted weight.