A wonderfully versatile stitch, the Solomon’s knot stitch is simple enough even for complete crochet beginners and creates a pretty, lacy fabric that’s perfect for shawls, throws and a host of other accessories and homewares. Usually abbreviated in patterns as ‘SK’, this vintage stitch is also sometimes called lover’s knot, hail stone, knot stitch and crochet love knot.
Each Solomon’s knot stitch has two parts: an elongated loop of yarn, and a ‘knot’ at the end of the loop that’s similar to a double crochet stitch. The loop part can be whatever length you like, although a pattern should always tell you how long to work the loop. The knot section secures the loop at the length you’ve made it and provides a solid stitch that you can work into on your next row.
After an initial base row, you join alternate knots together using double crochet stitches to form the airy Solomon’s knot mesh. This makes it very fast to form the fabric, filled with pretty loops of yarn – perfect for that extra special skein that’s been waiting in your yarn stash. In this tutorial Becky Skuse explains just what to do, and then you can put your newfound Solomon’s knot skills into practice with this Free Solomon’s knot crochet shawl pattern!
How to do Solomons knot crochet stitch
Mastering the basics of Solomon’s knot.
It’s very simple to start working Solomon’s knot, using any yarn and a suitable hook. Try starting by using a DK yarn and a 4mm hook and keep your tension fairly loose.
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
First of all, you need to make a base knot. To do this, make a slipknot, chain 2 and dc in the second chain from the hook.
Now you can work your first Solomon’s knot, starting with the loop part. Use the hook to elongate the working loop that’s on the hook. You can make the loop whatever length you like – if you’re using a DK yarn, try pulling the loop until it’s about 2cm long. When you’re first learning Solomon’s knot, it’s a good idea to keep a tape measure or ruler with you to check the size of your loops, until you can make them consistently the same length by eye. Read on to secure the loop by working the knot part.
How do I work the knot section?
To secure the loop part, you need to work the knot section.
Start by working yrh and pull through elongated loop (1 loop on hook).
Examine the elongated loop –it’s just like a long chain st, with two strands of yarn at the front and one strand at the back.
Insert the hook in between the front loops and the back loop.
Yrh and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).
The long loop will now be secured and you can finish off the knot by working yrh and pull through both loops on hook. This is just like working a dc so sometimes this knot section is called a dc knot. The knot will look similar to a dc, with two loops at the top that you can work into on the next row.
Make another Solomon’s knot by repeating the instructions from Step 2. You can make as many knots as you like for this first row, as long as you have an even number. Try working eight Solomon’s knots.
How do I work the second row?
Next, start working dc stitches to join the knots together.
To start with, orientate your first row of Solomon’s knots so that the two front strands of the elongated loops are running along the top.
Now count four knots back, not counting knot nearest to hook. You’ll need to work a joining dc into this fourth knot.
To do this, insert the hook under the top 2 loops of the dc knot and work a dc stitch as usual: yrh, pull up loop, yrh, pull through both loops on hook.
You will have joined two knots tog and formed a diamond shape in the mesh.
Work another two Solomon’s knots. Skip one knot on the row below and dc into the next knot, following the instructions in Step 2.
You will have formed the next diamond shape.
Repeat Steps 4-5 to the end, working your final joining dc into the base knot. With our example of working eight Solomon’s knots on Row 1, you should now have three diamond shapes at the end of Row 2.
How do I work a pattern row?
Now the first two rows are completed, just keep going.
Once you’ve completed the first two rows, you’ll have all the skills you need to work the pattern row and so create a piece of Solomon’s knot fabric as large as you like. Start by turning your work and again, make sure the two front strands of the elongated loops are running long the top.
Begin the pattern row by working three Solomon’s knots.
Count four knots back from where you are, not counting the knot nearest to the hook, and dc into this knot to form a diamond shape.
Work another two Solomon’s knots, then skip one knot on the row below and dc into the next knot.
Repeat Step 3 to the end, working your final joining dc into the last available knot along the top, as shown – don’t work into the knot at the side of the fabric.
Now you can repeat this pattern row until your piece is any length you desire. You’ll see that each Solomon’s knot row forms a zigzag pattern so that the fabric forms a diamond- shaped mesh. At the end of each row you’ll still have three diamond shapes, but they will be slightly off-set as they tessellate. For a handy visual guide to help you follow how the Solomon’s knots and the dc joins work, see the chart below.
How can I vary the look?
There’s plenty of scope to get creative with the Solomon’s knot technique, such as by adding a decorative edging to the fabric. You can also combine it with standard crochet stitches or other special techniques, such as hairpin or broomstick crochet, to create beautiful pieces of lacework.
Try varying the look by working shorter loops on the Solomon’s knots at the edge of the work so that the sides become straight instead of zigzagged. You can also use different stitches to join the knots, so try swapping double crochet stitches for trebles.
Once you’re more confident with the technique, you could also try a more traditional Solomon’s knot joining method. Instead of working a dc into the knot below, try working 2dc under the front two strands of the elongated loops – work one dc into the loop before the knot on the row below and another dc into the loop after the knot.