Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon I thought it was time for a NEW FREE Celtic Knot pattern here on the blog.
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.
**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 🙂
Skill Level: Easy
Approx. 6” across (not including bead elements)
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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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Back Bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’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
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 = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a lp; (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) twice
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 second motif around a CD (or DVD)
All text written in bold and italics can be found in the Special Stitches and Abbreviations section
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 “Wrong Side” of the cord is now the “Right Side”
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 “outside” edge once woven into knot). Fasten off.
Knot Weaving Supplies:
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
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.
Continue to lay cord along the path of the knot following the arrows. Pin cord in place as you go.
Make sure to pass correctly over or under the cord as the diagram indicates.
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 Knot:
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: 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;* Repeat from * to * around entire knot ending with ch 2, sl st in top of 1st dc.
Round 2: 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. 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: 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.
Joining Circle Motifs Together:
Round 4: 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: (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.
Jewelry Supplies: (Numbers correspond with photo above – Click on names to purchase)
4 -6 mm bicone beads (2)
5 -Round 8mm silver beads (3)
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)
Don’t you love this Celtic Shimmer Mandala?! 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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