Mollie Makes - - Introducin­g -


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.­sta­ 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.

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