This week, I chose to learn Solomon’s knot — or lover’s knot, as it’s also called. It’s a lacy bit of openwork that seems neither wise nor romantic, so I can’t account for its two monikers, but I do think it’s full of loopy fun.
Sometimes I just learn my weekly stitch, and that’s enough for me. Sometimes, when I learn a stitch, a pattern comes to me, and that’s what happened this week, which is good since I skipped posting on Wednesday. Solomon’s knot seemed like the perfect stitch for a beach bag. You know, one of those mesh bags that lets the sand in and out. Or a market bag that you take when you stop by the vegetable stand to pick up something fresh.
Plus, it’s a great way for me to use part of a huge stash of variegated yarn that I was given.
Now, I didn’t have all day to put this together, so this is more like a beach “clutch” rather than a bag. It’s meant to just hold the essentials: sunscreen, sunglasses, keys, phone, chap stick, and — of course — book. But this pattern is easily modified if you want to create a bigger bag. Just make sure that the base circle is a multiple of four.
And without further ado…
Solomon’s Knot Beach Bag
- 1 skein Lily’s Sugar n Cream cotton yarn
- H hook
- Yarn needle
Special Stitch: Solomon’s Knot – insert hook into stitch and draw up a 1/2-inch loop. YO and pull through, insert hook underneath left-most strand that you previously pulled up, draw up a loop, YO and pull through to complete the sc. Here’s a video that shows how to make two knots in a row, which is what you’ll need to do for the pattern:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: (sc in nxt, inc in nxt) around (18)
Rnd 4: (sc in nxt 2 sts, inc in nxt) around (24)
Rnd 5: (sc in nxt 3 sts, inc in nxt) around (30)
Rnd 6: (sc in nxt 4 sts, inc in nxt) around (36)
Rnd 7: (sc in nxt 5 sts, inc in nxt) around (42)
Rnd 8: (sc in nxt 6 sts, inc in nxt) around (48)
Rnd 9: (sc in nxt 7 sts, inc in nxt) around (54)
Rnd 10: (sc in nxt 8 sts, inc in nxt) around (60)
Rnd 11: sc in ea sc around (60)
Rnd 12: (Make two knots, sk nxt 3 sc, sc in nxt sc) Repeat 15 times around. (15 knot-2 spaces)
Here are some pictures to help you out with this step. Here are the two knots:
Then sk 3 and sc in the nxt sc
Keep going! Make two more knots:
Sk 3 sc and sc in the next:
Keep going all the way around Till it looks like this:
Rnd 13: Loosely sl st in side of first knot. Do this by inserting your needle into the side of the knot:
Draw up a loop
And pull through the 1 loop on your hook
Sc in the “sc” between the two knots. Doing this “moves” you to the midpoint of the first knot-2 space.
To finish Rnd 13: (Make 2 knots, sc in the “sc” between the two knots) Repeat 15 times around. Your last sc of the rnd will be in the first knot-2 space of the round.
Rnd 14-18: (Make 2 knots, sc in the “sc” between the two knots) Repeat 15 times around. Your last sc of the rnd will be in the first knot-2 space of the round.
Rnd 19: sc in side of next knot, sc in nxt sc, (sc in side of knot, sc in “sc” between the two knots, sc in side of knot, sc in sc) repeat 12 additional times around, sc in side of knot, sc in “sc” between the two knots, sc in side of knot (58 sc)
Rnd 20-22: sc in ea sc around (58)
Rnd 23: (ch 14, sk nxt 14 sc, sc in nxt 15 sc) Repeat once (58)
Rnd 24: (14 sc in ch-14 sp, sc in nxt 15 sc) Repeat once (58)
Rnd 25-28: sc in ea sc around (58) Sl st in nxt sc and FO. Weave in ends.
Congrats! You’re done! I’d love to see your FOs on Ravelry!