Beaded Solomon’s KNOTS!

Learn to Add Bling To This Fancy Stitch!

Crochet! - - Front Page - BY BRENDA B OUR G

The Solomon's knot is one of the most ver­sa­tile stitches in cro­chet. You can make flow­ers with it, work them in rows for a wrap, or make an easy tri­an­gu­lar shawl. You can add spe­cial stitches in the knot to cre­ate a new stitch with the loop of the Solomon's knot as a de­light­ful bonus. I love to use them in­stead of chains. For ex­am­ple, if the pat­tern says to chain 3 it's a nice sur­prise to add the Solomon's knot in its place. It changes the look of the whole de­sign!

This stitch works well with al­most any yarn. But I also love that the Solomon's knot works re­ally well with var­ie­gated yarns. Pool­ing usu­ally isn't an is­sue with this stitch and items work up very quickly!

In this ar­ti­cle, we are go­ing to learn how to make the ba­sic stitch, how to work it in rows and how to add a bead to our stitch. I think once you get the hang of it, it will be­come one of your fa­vorite stitches too!

Ba­sic Solomon’s Knot

For our swatch we will be us­ing a size G hook and fin­ger­ing- weight yarn. We are go­ing to make our swatch wide enough to make a wrap if you'd like to keep stitch­ing. This stitch is a mul­ti­ple of 2 plus 1 for the start­ing chain.

To be­gin, we will make our base chain, known as the edge Solomon's knot (ESK), by chain­ing 2 and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the sec­ond chain from the hook. Now we will make our first knot by draw­ing up a loop to the length our pat­tern calls for. Usu­ally the loop is be­tween 1/2 and 3/4 inch long. For our swatch the EKS length should be about 1/2 inch (see Photo 1).

Next we will draw up the yarn to the same height as our loop, yarn over and pull through the loop on our hook (see Photo 2).

We should now have a sin­gle strand of yarn in the back and two strands in the front. Place your hook be­tween the back strand and the two front strands and pull up a loop (see Photo 3). Yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook (see Photo 4). Our first knot is com­plete!

To make our next knot, we will *pull up a 1/2- inch loop, draw yarn up to the same height as our loop, yarn over and pull through the loop on our hook. Place hook be­tween the back strand and two front strands and pull up a loop. Yarn

over and pull through both loops on the hook. Re­peat this stitch from * un­til there are 27 ESK, then turn.

For Row 1, we will sin­gle cro­chet be­tween the 3rd and 4th loops from the hook (see Photo 5).

Now we will make our main Solomon's knot (MSK). For this swatch, we will draw up a loop about 11/2 inches tall (see Photo 6).

Next, we will draw our yarn up to the same height as our loop, yarn over and pull through the loop on our hook. Place your hook be­tween the back strand and the two front strands and draw up a loop (see Photo 7), yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook (see Photo 8).

To make the 2nd MSK, skip the next 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet in the next sin­gle cro­chet (see Photo 9).

Con­tinue mak­ing 2 MSK, skip­ping 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the next sin­gle cro­chet across to the end of the row, then turn.

To be­gin Row 2, we will be­gin the row by mak­ing 2 edge Solomon's knots (ESK) and 1 main Solomon's knot (MSK), then sin­gle cro­chet into the sin­gle cro­chet be­tween the 4th and 5th loops from the hook (see Photo 10).

Next, make 2 MSK, skip­ping 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the next sin­gle cro­chet (see Photo 11).

We will con­tinue mak­ing 2 MSK, skip­ping 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in next sin­gle cro­chet across, end­ing with the last stitch worked into the top of the last ESK in the row be­low, then turn.

Re­peat Row 2 for the de­sired length of the swatch.

Beaded Solomon’s Knot

Now we are go­ing to learn how to add a bead to our stitch. The stitch and rows are worked as be­fore; we just need to use a smaller hook to add our bead to our loop. We will make this swatch a lit­tle smaller— it will make a nice scarf if you would like to keep go­ing. We will be us­ing fin­ger­ing- weight yarn with a size G hook for the cro­chet­ing and a size 9 steel cro­chet hook for adding the size 5/0

tri­an­gle seed beads. This stitch is also a mul­ti­ple of 2 plus 1 for the start­ing chain.

To be­gin we will make our base chain, the beaded edge Solomon's knot (BESK), with our larger hook by chain­ing 2 and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the sec­ond chain from the hook. Next we will make our first knot by pulling up a 1/2- inch loop. Re­move the loop from the hook, pick up a bead with the smaller hook, place the loop on the smaller hook and draw the loop through the cen­ter of the bead (see Photo 12).

Re­turn the loop to the larger hook, draw yarn up to the same height as the loop, yarn over and pull through loop on the hook (see Photo 13).

We should now have a sin­gle strand of yarn in the back and two strands with the bead in the front. Place hook be­tween strands, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on the hook (see Photo 14). Our first knot is fin­ished!

To make our next knot, we will **draw up 1/2- inch loop with the larger hook; re­move the loop from the hook. Place a bead on the smaller hook, place the loop on the smaller hook and pull the loop through the cen­ter of the bead. Re­turn the loop to the larger hook. Draw yarn up to the same height as loop, yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook. Insert hook be­tween front and back strands, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on the hook. For this swatch, we will re­peat this stitch from ** un­til we have 15 BESK, then turn.

To start Row 1, we will sin­gle cro­chet be­tween the 3rd and 4th loops from the hook (see Photo 15).

Now we will make our beaded main Solomon's knot (BMSK) by ***pulling up a loop to 11/2 inches tall and re­mov­ing the loop from the hook. Place a bead on the smaller hook, place the loop just worked on the smaller hook and pull the loop through the cen­ter of the bead. Re­turn the loop to the larger hook, draw yarn up to the same height as the loop, yarn over and pull through the loop on our hook. Insert hook be­tween front and back strands, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook (see Photo 16).

Make 1 more BMSK by re­peat­ing from ***, then skip 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet in the next sin­gle cro­chet. Con­tinue mak­ing 2 BMSK, skip­ping 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the next sin­gle cro­chet across to the end of the row, then turn.

To be­gin Row 2, we will make 2 BESK and 1 BMSK, sin­gle cro­chet in the sin­gle cro­chet be­tween the 4th and 5th loops on our hook, make 2 BMSK, skip the next 2 loops, sin­gle cro­chet in the next sin­gle cro­chet. Con­tinue mak­ing 2 BMSK, skip­ping 2 loops and sin­gle cro­chet­ing in the next sin­gle cro­chet across to the end of the row. Work the last stitch in the top of the BESK in the row be­low, then turn. Con­tinue re­peat­ing Row 2 un­til you've reached your de­sired length.

Block­ing this stitch is al­ways risky and I try to avoid it as of­ten as pos­si­ble. Some yarns lose the beau­ti­ful fluffi­ness

of the stitch when blocked. Make a swatch first and block it. If you like how the stitch looks, then you can block your project.

Af­ter a bit of prac­tice, I'm sure you will be on your way to mak­ing beau­ti­ful pieces with this fun stitch.

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