Solomon's Knot Cuff
I won't lie, most of the time when I think of a quick gift; I think of jewelry. I can't help it, I love picking out all the beads, thread or wire, and clasps. Each part is a joy. And usually the moment I finish one, I start another (which is how I have 4 today!).
The pattern today is written for the silver cuff. I have notes on how I changed the pattern to get the other 3 versions that I also made, in a craze of making these one afternoon.
Croquette by Red Heart, 20 yds
D/3 (3.25mm) hook
105- Size 8 seed beads
Sewing needle to weave in ends
Stiffy by Mod Podge, fabric stiffener
Plastic plate, paper towels, rust-proof pins, and parchment paper
Matching sewing thread
8" long by 1.5" wide
5 stitch repeats (solomon's knot + dc)= 3"
Solomon's Knot- Pull up a long loop around 0.5" long, pinch at bottom to not lose long loop, yarn over and pull through loop on hook, insert hook around back loop (single strand of long chain just made), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
Thread on all 105 seed beads
Foundation Row: [Ch 1, make a solomon's knot] twice, [ch 1, slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot (locking in beads on back loop)] 7 times, [ch 1, make a solomon's knot] twice, turn. (11 solomon's knots)
Row 1 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as a dc), [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] twice, [slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] 7 times, [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next ch] twice, turn.
Rows 2-4: Ch 3, [make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc] twice, [slide 3 beads to hook, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc] 7 times, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in next dc, make a solomon's knot, skip next solomon's knot, dc in top of tch, turn.
Do not fasten off after Row 4
Turn cuff 90 degrees to begin working over ends of Rows
Row 1: Ch 1, 10 sc evenly around row ends, turn.
Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 5: Sl st in each sc across, fasten off.
Join yarn with sl st to opposite end. Repeat directions for side.
Weave in all ends.
On plastic plate, mix 1 tablespoon of fabric stiffener with 1 tablespoon of water. Place cuff in stiffening mixture, be sure to completely soak the fabric.
Gently pat off excess stiffener with paper towels.
Lay parchment paper on blocking board, pin cuff to finished size. Be sure to not over stretch and of the solomon's knots.
Allow to completely dry.
Sew box clasp to cuff with matching sewing thread.
Gold Wire Version
28 gauge gold plated wire
3-eye magnetic slide clasp
6 gold jump rings
bent nosed pliers
Follow pattern as directed with crocheting the side panels. Do not use fabric stiffener. Attach clasp to cuff with jump rings and pliers.
Copper Thread Version
Veil by Willow Yarns, Size 10 crochet thread, 20 yds
(45) Size 8 seed beads
Extra piece of wire
Follow pattern above except you do not need to pre-string on any beads.
Instead bead crochet on one bead at each double crochet (in the rows) or chain (on the foundation). To do that: Thread bead onto free loop before completing the stitch. I used a folded piece of wire to get the bead onto my free loop.
Video Tutorial (I am adding beads to the solomon's knot here, but you do the same thing for adding them to the double crochet)
Gold Wire beaded Version
28 gauge gold plated copper wire
(200) size 8 seed beads.
3-eye magnetic slide clasp.
Complete pattern without any beads and without the sides. Bead weave on beads around edge. Attach clasp with 2 beads for each eye. Do not use stiffener on wire.
Video on how to bead weave on the beads on the side of the Cuff:
Looking for other fun quick projects this holiday season? Be sure to check out my friend, Marly Bird, and her 24 Days of Quickies.
Also, be sure to Watch Marly and I chat about the project over on her You Tube Channel. We chat (and giggle) a lot! I surprised her with my very festive outfit. I love making her laugh!