Beads & Lace Earrings
3/4 inch wide x 11/2 inches long, excluding earring wire
• Lizbeth size 10 crochet cotton (122 yds per ball): 1 ball #644 boysen
berry dark • Size 7/1.65mm steel crochet hook • Tapestry needle • Beading needle • 6mm purple glass pearl beads: 4 • Fishhook earring wires: 2 • Head pins: 2 • Needle-nose pliers • Wire cutters
Gauge is not critical for this project.
Weave in loose ends as work progresses. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
Rnd 1: Leaving a 15-inch length at beg, ch 2, 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in first hdc. (10 hdc) Rnd 2: [Ch 4, sk next hdc, sl st in next hdc] 4 times, ch 4, sk next hdc, join with last sl st in same st as beg ch-4. (5 ch-4 lps)
Rnd 3: Sl st in first ch lp, ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, tr) in same ch lp as beg ch-1, ch 1, (tr, dc, hdc, sc) in
2nd ch lp, 4 sc in 3rd ch lp, (hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr, 2 dc, hdc) in 4th ch lp, 4 sc in 5th ch lp, join in first sc. Fasten off. (24 sts, 1 ch-1 sp)
Block Earrings if necessary. Thread beading needle with rem beg length, sew a pearl bead to center of rnd 1. With needle-nose pliers, open lp on earring wire, insert in ch-1 sp of rnd 3, pinch securely to close. Thread a pearl bead on head pin, with wire cutters trim head pin to inch above bead, bend in a lp. Insert between 2 tr sts opposite earring wire before pinching closed.
These elegant earrings work up quickly in only a few rounds. The unusual oval motif is a nice backdrop for the glass pearl beads. Make up a bunch using leftover size 10 thread.