A good friend of mine who I haven’t seen in far too long is having her 21st birthday today! And because handmade gifts are always the best, I made her a couple of pairs of crochet earrings!
Actually, I only just made the second pair (the purple ones). The first pair, I made for her a while ago when I first started learning to crochet, but I never got around to finishing them because I didn’t have earwires (silly excuse). I don’t remember where I got the pattern for the first pair, or if it was something that I made up, so unfortunately I can’t give you a pattern for those…
But the purple ones I’d love to share.
[on Ravelry here]
1.0 mm crochet hook
size 20 thread (I used Flora. It’s very stiff and perfect for earrings)
needlenose pliers (tweezers work okay in a pinch)
starch or water/glue mixture for blocking
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Chain 8 and join in a loop
Round 1: Ch 3 (count as first dc), 24 dc in loop, sl st to first dc
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 5, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc* around until 1 dc away from first st, ch 2, dc in first st.
Round 3: Ch 3 (count as first dc), 3 dc in same space, *sc in next space, 4 dc in next space, ch 1, make 3-ch picot, ch 1, 4 dc in same space* 5 times, sc in next space, 4 dc in next space, ch 1, make 6-ch picot, ch 1, sl st to first dc.
Cut thread and weave in ends.
Wash and block gently to even out the stitches. Spray with starch or soak in a glue and water solution. Let dry, or if you’re impatient like me, gently press with an iron under a handkerchief on medium heat.
Open the bottom loop on an earwire with the pliers and slip the 6-ch picot into the loop. Close the loop and repeat for the other earring. Admire.
I am also gifting her with a handmade notebook. These aren’t very good pictures to show how it came out, but here it is:
The cover is made from a dark green hanging file folder.
For the endpapers, I used this gorgeous handmade leaf paper. I’m glad I decided not to make the cover out of this stuff… it was shedding dried leaf bits everywhere when I was cutting it! I used some Japanese calligraphy paper for the signature on the inside.