The Wisdom of Solomon's Knot

Jun 18, 2012

While the official first day of summer is a few days away, it seems the season has made a surprise arrival a few weeks early.  My spring evening crochet wardrobe has already becoming too warm to wear, and I need to quickly add few more summer tops to my closet.

 
  Juanita Top by Kathleen Power
Johnson

One of the reasons I love crochet is the multitude of lace stitches and techniques available. With a hook and a few skeins of cotton, silk, or other warm-weather fiber, you can quickly create a top that will create admiration and not additional warmth. And these tops are perfect for hot summer days.

I am torn between two light-weight garments: the Juanita Top by Kathleen Power Johnson and the Dolores top by Beatrice Simon. The thing I like most about these two tops is the use of the Solomon's Knot stitch. Though I have admired this crochet stitch for years, I am a relative newcomer to creating this openwork stitch. It creates a lacy fabric perfect for warm-weather wear.

Let's look at how to crochet the Solomon's Knot: 

 

How to Crochet Solomons Knot   Draw up a long loop on the hook to the length specified in the pattern; yarn over, draw the yarn through the loop.
  Work a long chain as the first part of the Solomon's Knot.
  Insert the hook from the front to the back between the back loop of the chain and the two front loops. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the back loop (two loops on hook).
  Yarn over once more, draw the yarn through both loops on the hook. This creates a "single crochet" to close the Solomon's Knot.
 

Give Solomon's Knot a try with the Juanita Top or Dolores top. Download these ideal warm-weather patterns as well as other great lace crochet tops in the Crochet Me Shop and create the perfect summer wartdrobe.

 

Best wishes,

Dolores by Beatrice Simon   P.S. Have you crocheted with Solomon's Knot. I would love to hear your tips and tricks.


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on Jun 18, 2012 3:01 AM

I used Solomon's knot a while back now to make a scarf.  Unfortunately I used a ribbon yarn which hung a bit too heavily.  Looked beautiful when it was laid out mind!  It works well in a mohair type of yarn as this is very light and holds it's shape.  Also, it can be used for making shopping bags as it scrunches up small so you can stuff it in a handbag until it is needed.

sueantos wrote
on Jun 18, 2012 6:31 AM

This has become one of my favorite stitches to use in beautiful delicate shawls.  Once you get started, it really is quite simple to do.  The only challenge I had was keeping the stitches even.  Practice made that much easier as well.  Give it a try.  You will love it!

abqmurphy wrote
on Jun 19, 2012 4:10 PM

One tip I would like to add is to make the loop on the end of the row a little longer than the rest of the loops. If you don't, your ends will pucker.