Lovers Knot Swim Cover

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Lovers/Somomons Knot is such a wonderful stitch and makes a beautiful summer top!  These basic directions will help you achieve whatever size top you are wanting! From a small child to a robust lady.  This would also make a super cute top for photographing an expecting mother!

Lover's Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com
Materials:
Bernat Maker – Home Dec
N/9.00mm hook
Embroidery Needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers (optional)

Size:
The Blue used just over 8.8 oz (1 skein)
The Pink used about 1/2 of a skein

Gauge:
No gauge is needed for this pattern

Stitch Guide:
SC – Single Crochet
CH – Chain

Special Stitches:
Lover/Solomon’s Knot – Tutorial by KatiDCreations

This is not an exact word for word pattern, rather it is all the necessary directions needed to complete this beautiful shirt!

Lover's Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com

*Note*
1. There are several different ways to work Lovers/Solomon’s Knot, the tutorial provided is simply the way I work mine.
2. The top is worked across from one arm to the center (where the opening for the head will be worked) to the other arm
3. The stitch markers will help in making sure you are working your side joining in the correct stitches.
4. Keep in mind that this stitch does have a bit of stretch length wise and depending on what yarn you chose to use can also increase the stretch, so you may want to make it an inch or 2 shorter then the desired finished length.
5. Make sure that you make the top wide enough to fit over your shoulders/hips.
6. The tightness in which you work your side joining is the determining factor on what size the finished item will be.

Lover's Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com

Lovers Knot Cover

Working in multiples of 2 + 3 work the Solomon’s/Lover’s Knot until you get the desired length, then continue following the stitch pattern until it is the width you want to the center.

Once you get the top wide enough and you are ready to work the opening for your head you can follow this tutorial by KatiDCreations

Continue on with the stitch pattern until you have gotten the second half of your top the same width as the side prior to the opening for the head. Finish Off.  To secure my ends I followed this tutorial by Moogly Blog

To close the sides and create your arm holes you will be working this stitch placement. You will start at the bottom of  work and join at #1, then continue working your way up each numbered stitch until you have closed the side enough and gotten the desired arm hole size. Finish off and secure both the ends. OR! Solomons Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com
If you want to make your top a little more fitted, then you will want to follow these next few photos.  In the previous photo you see where you would work the outer most row together, in this photo you can see I am still working in the same row; however I am working in the 3rd knot in on both sides.Solomons Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com
Here is the piece laying flat, you can see with the color contrast how the seam is worked in the top, creating a much more fitted shape.  I was not sure how closed up I wanted my arm hole to be so I worked one seam to create a smaller arm hole and then tried it on.  I prefer the tighter arm hole.  So now that I know what size arm hole I want I will carefully take the contrasting color out, placing stitch markers in the stitches used in the joining.  By doing this I can now crochet in the main body color and I wont have to figure where to work the stitches all over again.

You can also see that the joining seam moves in as you get closer to the top.  I simply moved from the 3rd knot and worked the final few stitches in the 4th knot helping to make the top more fitted around the bust.  Solomons Knot Swim Cover - KatiDCreations.com

Copyright KatiDCreations, 2016 Do not repost any portion of this pattern.  You can grab one photo and link back to this original post.  Feel free to sell, gift or donate any items made from this pattern.

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