Today is about how to crochet one stitch. One Love Knot at a time. Topics of the two posts are:
- Three Ways to Crochet Into Love Knots.
- Crocheting Into Love Knots: Special Tweaks.
The Foundation Love KnotA beautiful, beautiful thing about Love Knots is that you don't need to start with foundation chains. Love Knots can easily serve as their own foundation row.
|A foundation row of Love Knots of equal size. This is the front.|
As students exclaim in Love Knot classes, "You mean I just make them in the air?" YES. Like magic (or like the chain stitch), you just crochet Love Knots out of thin air.
Step 1, The Loose Chain StitchUse a smooth, light-colored yarn and a crochet hook size that goes with the yarn. Make a slip knot and place a loose loop on your hook. Loose = about an inch long. Now yarn over and pull the yarn through to make a loose chain.
If you know how to crochet a chain, this is nothing new. Feel free to crochet a few chains first, even tight ones if you like.
Notice loop "A." That's the important
one for Love Knots.
Know Your ABCs!Compare the three loops of your loose chain to the A, B, and C loops in the drawing at right.
Love Knots have a reputation for being tricky. Feeling unsure about which loop of the chain stitch to use is a common hurdle.
Now you're ready for Step 2.
Step 2, Tie the Knot in That Love with a Single Crochet
|The single crochet stitch in progress. |
(Ignore the label "D" which is for
That's it, you're done, you created a Love Knot out of thin air!
Step 3, One Love Knot, Now What?
|Lovebud Vine Charms: |
|Sparkle Love Knot Lariat|
Since we're crocheting, there are of course lots of fun Love Knot variations. For example, instead of a single crochet in loop A ("the bump loop") of the chain, try a different stitch, or group of stitches. Instead of loop A, try crocheting into a different loop or loops of the chain. Once you're clear on how to make a classic Love Knot, invent your own variations. Try a wide range of yarns, too - the same Love Knot can look very different in other yarns.
Next posts in this series:
Part 2 of 3: Three Ways to Crochet Into Love Knots.
Part 3 of 3: Crocheting Into Love Knots: Special Tweaks.
You might also like:
- Love Knots Old and New inspiration board in Pinterest
- Vashti's Crochet Inspirations Newsletter issue #39: Love Knot Research and #40: Pull Up a Long Loop.
- Several more interesting links are collected at my Love Knots Class Resources Page.
|This is what the backs of the Love Knots look like when I |
turn to begin a new row. More on that in the next post.