17 March 2014

Celtic Knot motif

Celtic Knot Trivet

This is a little diversion from my normal amigurumi projects. I have been inspired by flat appliques and square motifs lately.

Since today is St. Patty's Day, I wrote a pattern to make a Celtic Knot trivet or granny square. If you plan to use it as a trivet, I recommend making it out of cotton yarn (something that won't melt!). I made this with 4-ply cotton yarn and a size E (3.5mm) hook. It measures 7 inches unblocked.

    Corner Motif: (shown in copper and orange)
    Make 4.
    Row 1:  Chain 68.
    Row 2:  Starting in the third chain from the hook, dc 10, 3 dc in next st, dc 10, [2 dc in next st] repeat 7 times, dc 10, 3 dc in next st, dc 3, [2 dc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next st, dc 3, 3 dc in next st, dc 2, [2dc in next st] repeat 7 times, dc 10.
       Chain 2, slip stitch into the first chain.
       Tie off. Leave a 3 inch long string for sewing.

       You have finished your first Corner Motif (Fig. 1)

       When you have made 4 Corner Motifs, weave them together (Fig. 2). Figure 3 will help you weave the motifs together.

    Outer Ring Motif (shown in blue)
    Row 1:  Chain 182.
    Row 2:  [Dc 5, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2, 3 dc in next st, dc 3, [2 dc, ch 1, tc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next st, dc 3, 3 dc in next st, dc 2, [2dc in next st] x7, dc 10] repeat 4 times.
       Tie off. Leave a 3 inch long string for sewing. (Fig. 4)

       Starting with a loop in the center of the Ring Motif, weave the ring motif through and around the Corner Motifs (Fig. 5).

       Sew Ring Motif closed with a yarn or embroidery needle, edge to edge. Sew Corner Motifs closed by sewing the edge of the long straight end to the first three chains of the loop end of the Corner Motif (Fig. 6).

    Border: (shown in slate blue)
    Row 1:  [3 sc in dc edge, 8 sc along first corner motif, 8 sc along first loop of ring motif, 6 sc along second loop of ring motif, 10 sc along second corner motif, 1 sc in corner] repeat on each edge.
       Slip stitch on the first sc of the border. Tie off and weave ends in.

       You could continue with a second row of sc or dc for a thicker border. I think it looks elegant with a thin border edge.
       The square really improves with blocking!

    Fig. 1:  Finished Corner Motif.

    Fig. 2:  4 Corner Motifs woven together.

    Fig. 3:   Knot pattern to help you weave motifs together.

    Fig. 4:  Finished Outer Ring Motif.

    Fig. 5:  Ring Motif woven into Corner Motifs.

    Fig. 6:  Ends sewn together and woven in. Looks much better!

    Finished square Celtic Knot trivet!

    I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern!


    1. Awesome thanks for sharing this pattern!

    2. This amazing. I may make a bunch of these squares to do a blanket.

    3. Dara, I was thinking about making a blanket as well. Perfect for my grandson, he's not really into granny squares and this is more masculine.

    4. The knot itself stays together, but it is designed to be a little free. If you want to make it into a blanket, I would recommend adding a knot (between the two loops at each corner with an extra piece of yarn, the ends of which get sewn in) so it cannot pull and maintains it's structural integrity with use as a blanket.

    5. Woman! How did I not know about this?
      Very cool celtic knot. I should send you one of my great grandmother's doily, you would love the intricacies. <3

    6. Wow! This is amazing; I have never done a crochet square like this. Gonna have to try to make this one. Thank you very much! :)
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    8. Amazing! How in the world do you work all that twisting and turning out? I have been crocheting since I was about 8 years old, but have never really tried to design much myself other than the odd tote bag or something equally simple. I would love to be able to design something like the incredible designs you have done. Wow. How do you figure out these designs and translate them into crochet? You have a wonderful talent.

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      1. Hi Spirit,
        I am guessing that since you deleted your comment, you figured out your question. But, just in case this was an accident, you want to repeat the part in the [brackets] seven times, not the whole row.

    10. Very beautiful. Is there anyway you can do a video on this?

    11. In the pattern at the outer ring motif i see dc2tog. What does TOG mean?

      1. dc2tog means "double crochet 2 together". It's a standard dc-decrease.

        I use this terminology because in other patterns I may say to dc3tog (dc 3 stitches together, or dc-decrease over 3 sts instead of 2).