Tips on Measuring Solomon's Knots

Nov 29, 2013

In the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet, you'll find the lovely Flurry Wrap by Jill Wright; you can download the pattern in our special Ice Lace eBook. The motifs in this wrap feature exuberant Solomon's Knots.

A Solomon's Knot is actually a very loose single crochet. For this reason, it's contrary to what we usually do in crochet, which is making stable, uniform stitches. It may take a bit of practice let yourself loosen up enough to make the stitches. In the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, Vashti Braha talks about how to work with Solomon's Knots ("Crochet Amore").

Here is the Flurry Wrap by Jill Wright (Interweave Crochet Winter 2014). The Solomon's Knots featured in the motifs are a slight variant from the usual Solomon's Knots, which are actually worked in mid-air. I'll show you the difference below, but first let's get a handle on measuring Solomon's Knots so you can make the stitches somewhat uniform in size.

To practice this, I'm heading back in time a little to show you what I learned while making the Electra Wrap by Vashti Braha (Interweave Crochet Summer 2013)

This is my first whack at the base row of the Electra Wrap. Set against the scale of the pink pen, you can see that this is destined to become a shortish scarf rather than the pillowy, expansive shawl that I intend to make. (Note that the base row of this shawl is actually the Solomon's Knot, worked in air, rather than the usual foundation chain or foundation single crochet. Crazy.)
I measure my beginning Solomon's Knots. Indeed they are just about exactly half what they should be. The loop should be an inch long; they are a scant 1/2 inch each. (Insert swearing here as I rip back the mohair/sequin blend.)

And I start again, with a loop that is one inch long, as measured against the ruler.

So, now I have a choice: I can measure each loop as I make it (I fear this will lead to more swearing). OR I can follow Vashti's advice, as given in her article "Crochet Amore" (Interweave Crochet Summer 2013)

 

I opt for the latter. Here's how it works: Measure the loop and hold your hand up next to the ruler. Find one inch on your fingers. For me, that's two fingers. A loop should be two fingers long.

So, I make my next loop two fingers long. It seems ridiculously long. But that is what creates the lovely loopiness that is the Solomon's Knot.
And when I'm done with my new first row, it looks like it will be a shawl this time!
And I continue the exuberance in the second row.
Then I admire it for a while. And think what a lovely garland it would make.
Eventually, I make myself stop admiring and get back to making. And what a reward! Look at the flowers that appear!
And it matches my breakfast!

An aside: (think of it as a mental palate-cleanser before we move on to the Solomon's Knot variant).

I worked on the Electra Wrap on the porch of a little cabin in the woods at The Blue Ridge Napping Institute (yes, really). This was my view first thing in the morning, just before my oatmeal with almonds & blueberries, with a side of shawl-crocheting.

This was my view for most of the day.
This was my view at night.

And this is what I napped under (because, yes, there was napping).

ahhhh.....

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog, which I'm writing as freezy, mizzly November rain falls outside.
The Solomon's Knot worked in the motifs of the Flurry Wrap is actually worked into a stitch, rather than being worked in midair. You chain five, then ....
Insert the hook into the next stitch and draw up a loop. This loop is 1.5 inches, so it's three fingers long. Now, since you're working down into a stitch, you'll have three loops, rather than two, at this point.
And when you draw up the yarn to yo and finish the Solomon's Knot, you'll have four strands.
To finish the Solomon's Knot, insert your hook between the top two loops and the bottom loop of the longish single crochet, yo and pull through two loops. Then continue around.

And these are chickens—happy because we've just moved them to fresh nibbling ground. The Blue Ridge Napping Institute is an organic farm, and I took occasional breaks to move chickens ...

 

... or bake bread.

 

(I miss it. The chickens, the bread, the cabin in the woods. And the napping. Mostly the napping.)

OK, I'm back ... Happy Flurry-making to you all. Questions on the Solomon's Knot? Drop me a line in the comments below.

Happy crocheting!
Marcy

 

 


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