How to Crochet Lovers Knot Stitch

Add this unique technique to your crochet repertoire!

This stitch is called Love Knot, Lovers' Knot, True Lovers' Knot, Solomon's Knot or Hail Stone. It's a great  choice for an open, lacy look. In the past, a common use has been as an overall stitch for crochet shawls ... but in contemporary crochet patterns, it's often combined with more solid stitches, for an interesting effect. I've also seen it used as a second layer overlay on a more solid crocheted background.

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    Understanding the Lovers Knot Crochet Stitch

    Crochet Lovers Knot
    Crochet Lovers Knot. Kathryn Vercillo

    We are going to give you the full instructions for this stitch first so that you have a good working sense of what you'll be doing when you work this stitch. Following this you will see step-by-step photos for each part of the stitch. And following that you'll learn how to go from making just one stitch to a row of them and then adding additional rows.

    But first, just read through the instructions in full. Here they are:

    Starting with one loop on the hook, draw this loop out to the desired...MORE length, thread over the hook and draw through (as you would if you were making an ordinary chain stitch), but with the single back thread kept the same length as the first long loop, keeping the single back thread of the long chain separate from the two front threads. Next, insert the hook under this single back thread. Wrap the thread over the hook again and draw a loop through. Wrap again and draw through both loops on the hook. You are essentially creating single crochet stitches separated by elongated openwork Love Knots.

    Okay, now let's take a look at how to do this all step by step:

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    Love Knot Starting Chain

    Chain Two
    Chain Two. Kathryn Vercillo

    As with most crochet projects, you need to begin Love Knots with a starting chain. It isn't going to be a very long starting chain, though. That's because whereas most crochet stitches are worked horizontally across long starting chains, the first row of Love Knots are worked vertically one on top of the other, so you begin with only a short starting chain. To begin, chain two.

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    Single Crochet

    Single Crochet
    Single Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Single crochet in the second chain from the hook. This will give you one single crochet and you will have one loop on your hook. That loop is about to become your first Love Knot in just a moment.

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    Love Knot, Draw Up Loop
    Love Knot, Draw Up Loop. Kathryn Vercillo

    What gives Love Knots their unique openwork shape is that you draw the loop up taller than normal. This begins now, so you already have you hook inserted into the work where you created the single crochet. Steadily draw the hook upwards to lengthen the loop to the height you want. Each Lovers Knot in the pattern should be the same height as all of the others. That height depends on the pattern - or on the effect that you're going for (taller means lacier) - but typically you draw your knots...MORE up to a height around 1", give or take a little.

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  • 05 of 14

    Yarn Over

    Yarn Over
    Yarn Over. Kathryn Vercillo

    This step is easy, and it's something you're very familiar with from other areas of crochet: just yarn over.

  • 06 of 14

    Draw Through

    Lovers Knot: Draw Through
    Lovers Knot: Draw Through. Kathryn Vercillo

    Draw the yarn through the loop that is already on the hook. Work it as you would if you were making an ordinary chain stitch, but with the single back thread kept the same length as the first long loop. It can feel tricky at first but it's all about maintaining your tension and paying attention to each step.

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    Insert Hook Under Back Thread

    Lovers Knot Crochet
    Lovers Knot Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    You will see that your crochet knot stitch has three long threads - two in front and one towards the back. Insert your hook under the stitch in the back.

  • 08 of 14

    Yarn Over

    Lovers Knot: Yarn Over
    Lovers Knot: Yarn Over. Kathryn Vercillo

    If you take a look at your work again, you should see that you have a single crochet at the bottom and then an open Love Knot stitch above that. Now you're going to add another single crochet on top of the Love Knot. So, yarn over.

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  • 09 of 14

    Draw Through

    Solomon's Knot Crochet
    Solomon's Knot Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Continuing with your single crochet, you've already done the yarn over so it's time to "pull through". You will have two loops on your hook at the end of this step.

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    Yarn Over

    Lovers Knot: Yarn Over
    Lovers Knot: Yarn Over. Kathryn Vercillo

    Yarn over one more time.

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    Pull Through Both Loops

    Lovers Knot: Pull Through
    Lovers Knot: Pull Through. Kathryn Vercillo

    Complete the single crochet in traditional fashion by drawing your "yarn over" through both of the loops on the hook. 

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    Draw Up Next Loop

    Solomon's Knot: Draw Up a Loop
    Solomon's Knot: Draw Up a Loop. Kathryn Vercillo

    You have completed a single crochet and now have one loop on your hook. If you look back up there at Step 3, you'll see that this is where you were at that stage. Indeed, from here you're just going to keep repeating steps 4-11 to continue adding love knots on top of one another.

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  • 13 of 14

    Row of Love Knots

    Row of Crochet Love Knots
    Row of Crochet Love Knots. Kathryn Vercillo

    When you work through step 12 above, you'll be adding love knots on top of each other in vertical fashion, but you are actually creating the first horizontal row of your piece. When you have made all of the knots that you need, turn the work horizontally so that you can add rows.

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    Adding Rows of Love Knots

    Solomon's Knot Crochet
    Solomon's Knot Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Adding rows to your love knots will vary from pattern to pattern but here is a common method:

    Row 1

    • Sc into the fourth sc from your hook, which is located between Love Knots 3 and 4 (counting away from your hook).
    • Make two Solomon's Knots, one on top of the other.
    • Sk two loops.
    • Sc into next sc.
    • Repeat the three previous steps all the way to the end of the row, ending with a sc in the final sc of the row.

    Row 2

    • Turn the work. Crochet three Solomon's Knots one on top of the other.
    • Sc into the sc...MORE located between Love Knots 4 and 5 (counting away from your hook and including the three knots made at the beginning of the row).
    • Make two Solomon's Knots, one on top of the other.
    • Sk two loops.
    • Sc into next sc.
    • Repeat the three previous steps all the way to the end of the row, ending with a sc in the final sc of the row.

    Row 3 and Beyond: Repeat Row 2 instructions