Solomon’s Knot – also known as the Love Knot or Lover’s Knot – is a deceptively simple crochet stitch. This openwork stitch is worked using just chains and single crochets, to create a lace mesh of intertwined diamonds. Solomon’s Knot definitely looks a lot more complex than it actually is!
With it’s beautiful lace textured, Solomon’s Knot is commonly used for shawls, lightweight scarves and summer bags (such as this reusable crochet market bag!).
This tutorial will take you through how to make a Solomon’s Knot step-by-step. And for those that prefer videos, there is one of those too 🙂
About Solomon’s Knot
There are a few things to note about the Solomon’s Knot crochet stitch before we get started on the tutorial:
- A single Solomon’s Knot is worked in two steps:
- Pull up a long loop and ch 1
- Make 1 sc into the “back bump” of the ch 1 (more on this below)
- The height of the long loop can vary – it is usually anywhere from 0.5”/1.25cm to 2”/5cm – and the pattern will indicate how high to make your loop. This unique feature of the Solomon’s Knot means that the same stitch can produce a completely different “fabric” depending on how high you pull up that first loop!
- Work in pairs: Solomon’s Knots are worked in “pairs” (sometimes called “sets”) – one pair forms one half of the diamond shape.
- Abbreviations: Usually you will see this stitch abbreviated as SK or LK (for Love Knot) in a pattern.
- Starting row: The method for starting and ending a Solomon’s Knot project can vary:
- your edge rows can be comprised of SK stitches,
- you could work into a row of solid single crochets, or
- you could work into a foundation chain
- For my swatch below, I wanted to have straight edges at the top and bottom, so I worked my first SK row into a foundation chain, and then ended with a similar row to create a flat edge at the top. It’s definitely easier to start with this method when learning how to work the Solomon’s Knot crochet stitch, so I absolutely recommended it as a starting point 🙂
How to crochet Solomon’s Knot (video tutorial)
Scroll down to find the written, step-by-step instructions that accompany this video.
- Yarn: any! I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK for my swatch, which is a #3/DK/Lightweight yarn.
- Hook: any suitable hook for your chosen yarn. I used a 4mm (G-6) crochet hook for my swatch.
- 1. Foundation Chain
Ch 18 (any multiple of 4 + 2), sc in second ch from hook.
- 2. Make first Solomon’s Knot (SK)
Make first SK as follows:
a. Pull up a long loop
b. Ch 1
c. Insert hook into “back bump” of chain
d. Make 1 sc
- 3. Make a second SK
Repeat Step 2 to make a second Solomon’s Knot (SK). Solomon’s Knots are worked in pairs to form the diamond shape.
- 4. Join SK to ch
Skip 3 ch, sc in next ch.
- 5. Repeat to end of Row 1
(2 SK, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch) to end of the foundation ch.
- 6. Start Row 2
a. Ch 4
b. 1 SK
c. Skip first sc and first SK, make 1 sc in next sc i.e. the sc at the center of the Solomon’s Knot “pair”.
- 7. Repeat to end of Row 2
(2 SK, sk 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch) until 1 SK and 1 sc remain.
- 8. Finish Row 2
a. 1 SK
b. End with a treble crochet (tr) in the last sc, turn.
- 9. Start Row 3
a. Ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 2 SK.
b. Skip 2 SK, 1 sc in next sc i.e. the sc at the center of the SK pair.
- 10. Repeat to end of Row 3
(2 SK, sk 3 ch, 1 sc in next sc) to end of row.
- 11. Repeat Rows 2 and 3
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 as required. Make sure to end on Row 2 (i.e. a row that starts with Ch 4).
- 12. Last Row
The last row will finish off your swatch with a straight edge:
a. Ch 1, sc in first st
b. Ch 3 (loosely), sk 2 SK, 1 sc in next sc
c. (Ch 3, sk 2 SK, 1 sc in next sc) across.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial – are you inspired to make anything with the unique Solomon’s Knot stitch? Comment below to let me know!
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