Celtic Knot Decoration

A Celtic Knot Decoration hanging outside from a holly bush - has a simple celtic knot motif in the center with crochet stitches around - under the crochet motif is a recycled DVD that shimmers rainbow colors in the sunlight

Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration

This Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration combines my love of Celtic Knots, crochet and recycling! And since I have enjoyed crocheting, gifting and decorating with the Easy Shimmer Mandala so much, I decided to make a Celtic Knot version. You can see that it incorporates a very simple yet beautiful Celtic Knot at its center framed by a few rounds of basic crochet stitches and all while wrapping around a shimmery upcycled CD or DVD.

Crochet Stitches Used in This Unique Project

To make this Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration you need to know just a few basic crochet stitches. The cord that makes up the center Celtic Knot is made up of a variation of the slip stitch. Then the stitches around the outside of the knot are mostly double crochets and some single crochets. There is one cluster stitch used in the last round of the project which is explained below. But if you need some extra help, you can watch that part of the video tutorial. Depending on the yarn you use and your tension (how tightly or loosely crochet), you may have to do some adjustments to the crochet stitches to change their height – I give you some tips on that below. So, it may turn out that you need to do some half double crochet stitches, too.

Yarn Recommended for the Celtic Mandala Decoration

For my Celtic Knot Mandala project I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread. I love working with this yarn type because it gives great stitch definition and works well for smaller decorative projects. It is also a little thicker than the thread traditionally used for crocheted doilies and lace so I find it easier to work with. Of course, if you are not accustomed to working with cotton thread, then you can practice the pattern with thicker yarn. I highly recommend the yarn listed below – Lizbeth by Handy Hands. It comes it so many beautiful colors!

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial!

**UPDATE** There is now a video tutorial for this project on our Youtube Channel! I take you through each step of the project so you can be successful. Even though the written instructions include all the details you need to make this project, you may come across a part that you could use some extra help. Check out the video below for that extra help!

Skill Level: Easy


Approx. 6” across (not including bead elements)

**UPDATE: You can now purchase an instant downloadable ad-free PDF of this pattern here in my Etsy shop – Thank you for your support! (The Celtic Knot Diagram is included in the Etsy pattern download)**

Supplies for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration:

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Yarn: Handy Hands Lizbeth Size 3 cotton crochet thread

Christmas Green (# 638 – dark green)  and Orchid Dk (#668 – light green)

1 skein each

Hook: C/2.75mm (I love using this Clover hook – the silicone handle prevents my hand from cramping)

Other Supplies:  1-2 CD’s or DVD’s

Knot Weaving supplies (see below)

Various jewelry findings, supplies and tools (see below)

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Close up of Celtic Knot in this mandala decoration showing rainbow reflections in DVD surface

Special Stitches for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration:

Back Bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many β€œV’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

YO, sl st (Yarn over slip stitch) = YO, insert hook into next st, YO, pull through stitch and 2 loops on hk

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Join with dc (join with double crochet) = With slip knot on hook, YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Join with sc = Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk

2dc-CL (2 double crochet Cluster) = YO, insert hk into next st, [YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk] twice; YO, pull through all 3 lps on hk

Ch = chain

Hk = hook

Sp = space

Sk = skip

Lp = loop

Sc = single crochet


First a cord is crocheted and then woven into the Celtic Knot using the enclosed diagram

Then crochet stitches are worked around the knot to make a motif which is joined to a second motif around a CD (or DVD)

Instructions for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration:

Special stitches are written inΒ bold and italicized textΒ and defined above

Cord for Celtic Knot – Make 2:

Completed cord = 21.5” long (3/8” wide)

With Christmas Green ch 125

Working in the back bar of the chain, (YO, sl st) in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across.   Fasten off.

**Note: This stitch creates texture on the back of the cord so the β€œWrong Side” of the cord is now the β€œRight Side”

Various images in a collage showing what the cord looks like with and without the edging

Edging for Cord:

With Light Green and Right Side facing,  sl st in each st across along top edge of cord (which will be the β€œoutside” edge once woven into knot). Fasten off.

Weaving supplies for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration

Knot Weaving Supplies:

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Printout of Knot Diagram – Download the pdf here in our Celtic Knot Resource Library for FREE

(Or visit the “Our Resource Library” page from the menu on the top of this page)

10-15 straight sewing pins

6” x 6” square of corkboard or foam core board

Weave Knot:

Pin knot diagram to corkboard. (see photo above)

With Right Side of crocheted cord facing up, lay crochet cord on top of diagram. Line up cord end (with yarn tails) at the asterisk on diagram and pin in place.

Step 1 of weaving the knot - cord on diagram on a corkboard square with sewing pins

Continue to lay cord along the path of the knot following the arrows. Pin cord in place as you go.  

Step 2 of weaving the knot

Make sure to pass correctly over or under the cord as the diagram indicates.

Step 3 of weaving the Celtic knot
Step 4 of weaving the Celtic Knot

Completed knot for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration

Pin all crossings and remove knot from corkboard.

With matching yarn and yarn needle, secure all crossings (on Wrong Side) making sure stitching does not show on Right Side. Weave in all ends.

Edging for the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration:

The first round of this edging will be worked into loops that can be found behind the sl st edging and on the Wrong Side of the cord – this gives the knot a clean edge (See cord photo collage above)

Round 1:Β 

With Light Green and using Knot Diagram to show placement of stitches (“dc marker”), join with dc in loop behind sl st edging at 1st dc marker of knot loop A; (ch 2, sk next st, dc in next st) across knot loop A 5 times; *ch 2, dc at 1st dc marker of next knot loop; (ch 2, sk next st, dc in next st) across loop 5 times;*Β  Repeat from * to * around entire knot ending with ch 2, sl st in top of 1st dc.

Round 2:Β 

Sl st into next ch-2 sp; ch 2, 2 dc in same sp; (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp) around ending with sl st in top of starting ch-2. Β Fasten off.

(Note: if you crochet loosely, you may want to replace the dc’s in Round 2 with hdc’s so your mandala fits more tightly around the CD)

Round 3:Β 

With Darker Green join with sc in any ch-1 sp; (ch 5, sc in next ch-1 sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off.

Repeat Edging for Knot with other Knot motif and do not fasten off.

Close up view of the edging for the mandala showing a scallop edging

Joining Circle Motifs Together:

Round 4:Β 

Holding both edged motifs together with Wrong Sides facing and knots facing the same direction, work 4 sc in each ch-5 sp around making sure to insert hook into both ch-5 sps; join with sl st to 1st sc.

**Note:  Make sure to insert 2 CD’s with shimmery side facing out once have joined halfway around motifs

Round 5:Β 

(Ch 3, 2dc-CL, ch 3, sl st in same st, sl st in next st) around; end with sl st in base of starting ch-3.

All the jewelry findings and beads used in the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration project with jewelry pliers

Finishing the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration:

Jewelry Supplies:

(Numbers correspond with photo above – Click on names to purchase)

12 head pins (2-2 ½” long) 

21 eye pin (2-2 1/2” long)

32/0 seed beads (4)

4 -6 mm bicone beads (2)

5 -Round 8mm silver beads (3)

610mm clear acrylic bead (2)

712mm clear acrylic bead

8Large acrylic teardrop bead (approx. 38mm long)

9Jewelry pliers

Close up view of the bead elements

Adding Bead Elements:

Thread beads onto each head pin as shown and create loop on top with pliers

Attach to project using photo as a guide

Thread beads onto eye pin

Below beads create loop large enough to fit through hole of large teardrop acrylic bead

Attach large bead and close loop

Using top loop attach this bead element in center of other bead elements using photo as a guide

With an 8” length of thread (Darker Green) make a loop to hang motif making sure to hang it from directly opposite the position of the center bead element (see photos)

Other side of the Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration showing the edging in the darker green

Your Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration is Complete!

Don’t you love this Celtic Knot Mandala Decoration?! The shimmery rainbow colors of the CD/DVD look great with the green yarn, Celtic Knot and lacy edging stitches. I hope you enjoyed making it.

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46 thoughts on “Celtic Knot Decoration

  1. Thank you for all you do! This Celtic Knot is beautiful and on my to do list. Once I get my facebook page back I will be joining your group!

    1. Hi! Thank you for visiting πŸ™‚ You can become part of our group just by adding your email address into the box on the side of this page (under my photo) and you’ll instantly join our group/email list – then you’ll hear about new Celtic patterns, get discounts and access to our subscriber only library of patterns and downloads. πŸ™‚

  2. I love this pattern and was happy to see it on my newsletter for All Free Crochet giveaway. I will be making this pattern for sure, it’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I signed up to join the celtic knot group. Cannot find the free celtic knot heart pattern that was promised.
    Can you help direct me to the pattern?

    1. You should have received the free pattern with your Welcome Email after subscribing. Please check your spam or promotions folder. If it is not there, then email me and I will help you access the pattern.

  4. What a wonderful idea to use the beauty of cd discs with the beauty of celtic knots and reflected light! I can’t wait to make this!

  5. This pattern is lovely ❀
    Looks so complicated but I think even I could follow the knot instructions. Thank you x

  6. That is very clever to use a drawing to set up the knot like that. I would have never thought of that. Beautiful piece.

  7. Your work is beautiful. It about broke my brain trying to figure out how you crocheted the knots until I saw your explanation.

  8. What beautiful work! Very ingenious techniques – may be a little above my “pay grade” but going to give it a whirl for sure!

    1. Thank you! I think you can do it – there are many photos and even videos to help you along. I hope you are successful and enjoy the process/end project. πŸ™‚

  9. you really made it hassle to try to subscribe and use your resource library…I don’t have a site or domain and don’t want one so I guess I can’t use your library anyway.

    1. You actually don’t need a website or domain – just an email address that you enter in the box on the page link above under where it says “Get Access” – you will immediately get a Welcome Email which includes the password to the library and a free pattern as a thank you gift. Hope this helps.

    2. Judy’s comment is misleading and basically untrue. There is absolutely no hassle and no requirement to have a website or domain name in order to sign up for Jennifer’s resource library! When you click on the link for the Celtic Knot Crochet free Resource Library, it clearly in plain english says “enter your EMAIL ADDRESS on the form” and you will receive an email with the password to enter the resource library! Thank you Jennifer for your free content! And people, don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s Celtic Knot Crochet shop on Etsy with even more (and affordable) patterns!

  10. Hi Jennifer. I found you via my allfreecrochet.com feed. I was amazed to find that your address is in New England. I now live in England, but was born in NE and lived there for the first 31 years of my life. Wow!
    This is a gorgeous pattern and I look forward to trying it, and your other gorgeous patterns.
    Thank you from a follower in the UK.

    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment! That’s neat that you lived nearby πŸ™‚ New England and England are beautiful. πŸ™‚
      I hope you have fun making this project. Happy to share it with everyone. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi. Thank you so much for the free pattern. When I click on the “here” link for the diagram, it doesn’t do anything. And I don’t know where to go for the resource library. Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a wonderful day!!!

    1. Hi! Thank you for visiting. Clicking on “here” should work (I just tried it out) but if you can’t get that to work, you can click on the Page Title at the top of this blog post called, “Our Resource Library” – you can also get there with this link: https://celticknotcrochet.com/our-free-resource-library

      You will need to sign-up for our newsletter on that page and then you will be sent an email immediately with the password and instructions.
      If you still have problems, please email me and I would be happy to help further. πŸ™‚

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