HOW TO MAKE… CROCHET EARRINGS
Puppets Eldorado No.10, 100% cotton, 265m/290yd per 50g ball, one ball in Yellow (7516) (Yarn A) Anchor stranded embroidery cotton, 100% cotton, 8m/9yd per skein, one skein in Yellow (0295) (Yarn B) Silver plated hoop earrings, 3cm (1 ") diameter 18 pink beads, 4mm ( ") diameter, 1.2mm ( 1 /8") drill hole (we used Hobbycraft Crystal Bicone beads in Solid Pink) 2mm (UK 14, US steel 4) crochet hook Collapsible eye beading needle Yarn needle Fine-tooth comb
Tension isn’t essential for this project, but working a slightly tight tension will create a neater appearance
st(s) stitch(es) ch chain ss slip stitch dc double crochet htr half treble tr treble dtr double treble dc2tog double crochet 2 together – (insert hook in next st, yrh and draw loop through) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook magic ring hold yarn in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for Round 1 and close ring tightly by pulling the loose end
Total length including tassels approx. 13.5cm (53/ Is there a pair of earrings that better captures the joyous spirit of the dancing lady emoji than these ones? Nope. With thread crochet, beading and the simplest of knots, you’ve got yourself a summer tassel winner here.
Pack these sunny danglers in your holiday case and you’ll be all set for that post-siesta spruce up before heading out in search of top-notch tapas/a dreamy sunset/more sangria (delete as appropriate). Viva la fiesta.
Earrings (make two)
The project begins with three rows of crochet and continues in steps. Attach Yarn A around the hoop earring with a ss Row 1 hold the yarn tail against the hoop, work 15dc around the
outside of the hoop earring, covering the yarn tail, turn [15 sts] Row 2 ch1 (does not count as st), dc2tog, 2htr, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr, 2htr, dc2tog, turn [13 sts] Row 3 (RS) ch1 (does not count as st), dc2tog, 1htr, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr, 1htr, dc2tog [11 sts] Break yarn, fasten off and sew in Helen Anderson Helen’s a crochet designer from the Midlands. She’s always loved crafting but after learning to crochet two years ago, she was totally hooked. Supported by her husband, two lovely children and crazy cats, Helen loves to create colourful, textured pieces. www.instagram.com/made.by.hem the ends using the yarn needle
Begin by cutting 14 25cm (97/ lengths of Yarn B.
Make tassels with Yarn B along the last row of stitches as follows: holding two strands together, fold the strands in half, with right side (RS) of the crochet facing and using the crochet hook, miss the first st and feed the strands through the second stitch along, creating a small loop, pull the tails through the loop created, pulling tight to secure.
Repeat Step 2 across the next eight stitches – this will mean that the first and last stitches will remain unused.
Securing the earring to the work surface with a piece of sticky tape from this step onwards to prevent it from moving while you’re working. Thread the first tassel through the collapsible eye needle, then thread on a bead. Pull the bead right to the top of the tassel, as shown, and secure it with a simple knot if required.
Repeat Step 4 across the eight remaining tassels.
Use the fine-tooth comb to comb through the tassels until all the strands are separated. If the tassels aren’t lying flat after being combed through, try covering them with a damp cloth and gently applying some heat.
Using a straight edge, such as a ruler or a piece of card, as a guide, and a pair of scissors, trim the tassels into a V shape to mirror the beaded line to finish.