Electra Wrap

$7.00

  • A less common love knot mesh (a.k.a. lover’s knot, Solomon’s knot).
  • Crochet hook: US H/8 (5 mm).
  • Yarn: Crochet two strands of a CYC #0 Lace Weight or #1 Super Fine yarn held together, or one strand of a #3 Light  (DK or light worsted weight) yarn. Approx. 450 yards each.

More details below.

Description

Elegant, weightless Electra Wrap is crocheted in a less common love knot mesh pattern. It’s edged with picot love knots as you go. Pictured wrap combines a fine sequined strand with one of mohair. Stitch diagram included.

I crocheted together two strands of fine celestial yarns to create this starry cloud of lover’s knot (Solomon’s knot) lace, all in one piece–no reattaching of yarn required for the picot edging. The original inspiration was a sequined Italian yarn called Crystal. Fun fact: crocheting it with a strand of fine mohair makes both yarns easier to use! 

This love knot crochet pattern is updated with a stitch diagram and more. The original edition appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine. A stitch diagram essential because optical illusions are built into this design. Without a diagram, the stitch pattern is counterintuitive for some crocheters at first. Also, love knots serve as their own foundation chains and turning chains in this pattern. The yarns used contribute yet another (heavenly) illusion. 

Love knots are traditionally used to make a lacy square-holed net instead of this triangle-holed version. Please see issue #62 of my Crochet Inspirations Newsletter about this flower-like hexagonal lace structure. It’s reversible and warm because the bubble-like stitches create a lightweight web of air pockets.

Skill Level

Advanced Intermediate. The pattern may start off challenging for you until you get used to the optical illusions of this design! Instructions and links for how to crochet the love knot stitch are provided on page 3. I have written this pattern with few abbreviations. UK and Australian equivalents for American pattern terms are in brackets { }. 

View all love knot patterns here.

After using this pattern, you will know (if you didn’t already): 

  • How to crochet love knots (a.k.a. lover’s knot, Solomon’s knot, knot stitch)
  • How to understand the visual illusion of this starry type of love knot mesh.
  • How to reinforce their joining knots for this type of lace pattern.
  • How to finish the edges with picot love knots.
  • How to enjoy crocheting with fine mohair, and those tempting specialty yarns that have sequins and other notoriously tricky textures!

Finished Dimensions: 18″ {16.46 m} wide and 61″ {55.78 m} long.

Materials

  • Crochet hook: US H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary, see Gauge information below.
  • A stitch marker or two might come in handy.
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  • Yarns used for the project shown: 
  1. S. Charles Collezione Crystal (85% polyester, 15% cotton; 144 yd {131 m} per .88 oz {25 g}; CYC “#0 Lace Weight”): color #11, 3 skeins.
  2. S. Charles Collezione Luna (71% super kid mohair, 20% silk, 9% lurex; 232 yd {212.5 m} per .88 oz {25 g}; CYC “#0 Lace Weight”): color #25, 2 skeins.

Substituting yarns:  Choose a “#0 Lace Weight” or “#1 Super Fine Weight” yarn if you wish to crochet Electra with two strands held together. (The #0 weight category encompasses a range of yarn sizes, and mohair can make a #0 yarn appear to be a thicker #1 or #2.) Try pairing yarns that have recommended hook size ranges of 1.5 mm to 3.25 mm. 

  • If a yarn has mohair, sequins, or other fancy bumps like beads, crocheting two strands of it held together will neutralize its uneven textures. This makes it much more enjoyable to crochet with. Isn’t that a fun solution? I also find that love knots are much easier to rip out than other stitches, even when I use a mohair yarn.
  • To crochet this pattern with only one strand of a yarn, look for a “#3 Light Weight” (DK or light worsted weight) yarn. 

Additional information

format

PDF Download, Stitch Diagram, Pattern Schematic

writer

Lover's Knot Crochet, For a Range of Yarns

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