Friday, July 11, 2014

Hoop-La: Two Patterns for Crocheted Drop Hoop Earrings



I said I'd post a pattern for crocheted earrings around the end of June.  Okay, I know it's July, but I've decided to post two! I hope you find that they were worth waiting for.  The earrings are very similar in construction, but two distinct designs, nonetheless.  I've provided the pattern, along with a photo tutorial for each.  If any of you make a pair, I would love to see photos!  Also, please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the Comments section.

Enjoy!

Six-Pointed Star Crocheted Hoop Earrings


Materials:
    •  1 ball Nazli Gelin Garden 10 Metallic Crochet Thread (shown here in Purple/Silver)
    • 12 silver beads (size 8/ approx. 3mm)
    • Size 5/1.90 mm steel crochet hook
    • Needle with large enough eye for crochet thread
    • 2 silver drop earring hoops - 1 1/2 inch/4cm in  diameter
    • 2 - 5mm silver jump rings
    • 2 - silver ball post earrings with loop 
    • Jewelry pliers (I like to use needle nose pliers)


Notes:  I would recommend this project to those with at least some previous crochet experience -- the small size of the stitches, coupled with the need to be aware of the spatial balance and tension as you work make it more suitable for those who have a "feel" for how crochet comes together.  Remember that the wrong side of the earrings (the back of the finished hoops) will be facing you as you work.  You will be working in rounds, starting at the outer edge and moving to the center. Don't worry if the tension of your thread and stitches seems very tight as you work the inner rounds, when the work is completed, it will appropriately fill the hoop.

Abbreviations:
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
bsc: beaded single crochet (you can find the directions for making one here)
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet

Directions (make 2):

String the 12 silver beads onto your thread. Create a slip knot to attach thread to hook.


Round 1:  Work 42 sc around the drop earring hoop and adjust the stitches so they lay evenly around the hoop. 




Your stitches will point outward from the hoop, right side facing you, as you work.  


However, once you finish the 42 sc, you need to turn all of the stitches inward, so the tops of the sc are now facing the inside of the hoop and the right side of those stitches is now on the other side of the work, no longer facing you.  Then, join with a sl st in the first sc (this will require you to go across the closure at the top of the hoop).



 Round 2:  Chain (ch) 4. 


Skip six sc and sl st in the seventh sc.  

[Ch 4, skip six sc, sl st in next sc] 5 times, ending with final sl st in the beginning sc of the previous round (where your first ch 4 loop originates).  You should have six ch 4 loops.




Round 3: Sl st in the first ch 4 space. 

Ch 1, [sc, ch, sc] in the same space and in each of the remaining five ch 4 spaces. Sl st in the first sc to join.






Round 4: Turn your work.  Don't flip it over (front to back), but rather turn the hoop so you are crocheting this round in the opposite direction.  Begin with a sl st in the last sc of Round 3. Sl st in last ch 1 space of Row 3. Chain 1. Work 1 bsc in the ch 1 space and in each of the 5 remaining ch 1 spaces. 

View of wrong side (facing you as you work)


View of right side, completed bsc (facing away from you as you work).
Your view as you work.

Join with sl st in the first bsc.  Fasten off.


right side view
Finishing:  Using your large-eyed needle, work in the thread ends. If, as with my hoops shown in the photos, you have a small hole/loop extending into the top of your hoop, you may wish to pull your thread through that hole as part of working in your ends to create a more finished look. 


Using jewelry pliers, attach the jump ring through the loop in the top of your hoop and through the loop on your earring post.

Crocheted Flower Hoop Earrings



(Apply the same notes and abbreviations from the Six-Pointed Star Crocheted Hoop Earrings, above.  Since they are constructed using the same method, albeit using slightly different stitches, up to the point where the flower is constructed, I have not included explanatory photos until you reach that point in the pattern.)

Materials:

    • 2 skeins DMC Pearl Cotton embroidery thread, No. 5 - one in green (Color A), one in the shade of your choice for the flowers (Color B)
    • 2 beads of your choice for the centers of the flowers
    • Size 5/1.90 mm steel crochet hook
    • Needle with large enough eye for crochet thread
    • 2 silver drop earring hoops - 1 1/2 inch/4cm in  diameter
    • 2 - 5mm silver jump rings
    • 2 - silver ball earring posts with loop
    • Jewelry pliers (I like to use needle nose pliers)
Directions (make 2):

With Color A, create a slip knot to attach thread to hook.

Round 1:  Work 40 sc around the drop earring hoop and adjust them so they lay evenly around the hoop.  Your stitches will point outward from the hoop, right side facing you, as you work.  However, once you finish the 40 sc, you need to turn all of the stitches inward, so the tops of the sc are now facing the inside of the hoop and the right side of those stitches is now on the other side of the work, no longer facing you.  Then, join with a sl st in the first sc (this will require you to go across the closure at the top of the hoop).

Round 2:  Ch 4. Skip seven sc and sl st in the eighth sc.  [Ch 4, skip seven sc, sl st in next sc] 5 times, ending with final sl st in the beginning sc of the previous round (where your first ch 4 loop originates).  You should have five ch 4 loops.

Round 3: Sl st in the first ch 4 space, ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc] in the same space and in each of the remaining four ch 4 spaces. Sl st in the first sc to join.

Round 4: Work a sl st in the first sc and the first hdc. Work sl st, ch 1, sc in the dc. Sc in each of the remaining 4 dc around, skipping all stitches between dc. Join with sl st in the first sc.  Fasten off Color A.

Completed through Row 4.

Flower:
With right side facing you, using a sl st, join Color B in one of the five sc of Round 4.  


[Ch 3, dc, ch 3] in that sc and in each of the remaining four sc to create five petals.  



Leaving an 8 inch tail, fasten off Color B.  Thread the tail through your needle and use it to securely attach a bead to the center of the flower.

Finishing: Using your large-eyed needle, work in the thread ends. If, as with my hoops shown in the photos, you have a small hole/loop extending into the top of your hoop, you may wish to pull your thread through that hole as part of working in your ends to create a more finished look. Using jewelry pliers, attach the jump ring through the loop in the top of your hoop and through the loop on your earring post.

I hope you have fun working these patterns and wearing your earrings!

NOTE:  These patterns are my own designs and it took substantial time and effort to create them. Feel free to use the pattern to make as many earrings as you wish, for any reason you wish.  If you sell your finished items, I ask that you simply reference me as the designer.  As I hold the copyright, please do not copy the pattern for distribution to others or post it on another website without linking back to this post or referencing this website.  Thank you!

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your design!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I am glad you like it.

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