Saturday, 10 February 2018

Crochet teardrop earrings tutorial

Crochet teardrop earring :: Embellished Elephant

One of the first craft blogs I discovered was Un Jardin de Hilo. Sadly Olivia no longer blogs there, but it's pages are still a wonderful source of crochet inspiration and some tutorials and free patterns are available too. Inspired by this Olivia's creations, I've designed my own pattern for some crochet teardop earrings.

You will need:
Thin thread, I used two strands of embroidery thread. (Thread of a different thickness will alter the finished size of the earrings)
2 x Earring hooks, I used silver plate
6 x Wire headpins, I used silver plate
8 x Beads, I used some silver plate rectangular tubes from my stash
Small gauge crochet hook appropriate for your thread, I used 1.5mm
Wire cutters
Small round nose pliers 

ch - chain
dc - double crochet (US sc - single crochet)
tr - treble crochet (UD dc - double crochet)
htc - half triple crochet (US hdc - half double crochet)
dtr - double treble crochet (US tr - treble crochet)
sl - slip stitch
st - stitch

Crochet Teardrop Pattern (UK crochet terms) 
Please note the pictures shown here are using a thicker yarn to allow you to see the stitches more easily.

Round 1 - Make 6dc into a magic circle, sl st into first Dc. Pull the loose end tight to close the hole at the centre of the piece.

Crochet :: Magic loop :: Embellished ElephantCrochet :: Teardrop earrings round 1 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 2 - ch 1, 2dc in each dc around, sl into first dc (12 st)

Crochet :: Teardrop earrings round 2 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 3 - ch 1, 2dc in each dc around, sl into first dc (24 st)

Crochet :: Teardrop Earrings round 3 :: Embellished Elephant

Round 4 - ch 1, dc in each of the next 4 sts, htc in each of next 3 sts, tr in each of the next 3 sts, 2dtr in each of the next 3 sts, tr in each of the next 3 sts, htc in each of next 3 sts, dc in each of the next 4, sl st in first dc. Fasten.

Crochet :: Teardrop earrings round 4 :: Embellished Elephant

To put together the earrings:
1 - Crochet two teardrop shapes.
2 - Sew in all the loose ends and trim any excess thread.
3 - Using the round nose pliers, open the loop on each earring wire sideways.

Teardrop earring :: opening an earring wire :: Embellished Elephant

4 - Thread the crochet teardrop onto the earring wire, making sure that the side facing forward matches (there will a a slight but subtle difference between each side of the crochet teardrop).
5 - Carefully close the loop on the earring wires and check that the crochet hangs the same way on both earrings, adjusting if necessary.
6 - Thread the beads on to the headpin wires, as shown in the picture, leaving about 0.5-1cm to create the loop, cut off any excess wire with the wire cutters.

Adding beads to wire headpin :: Embellished Elephant

7 - Using the round nose pliers create a loop on each headpin.

Creating a wire loop :: Embellished ElephantBeads on headlines with wire loops :: Embellished Elehant

8 - Open each loop sideways and pass through the crochet teardrop.
9 - Carefully close each loop and check that the beads hang the same way on both earrings, adjusting if necessary.

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