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Friday, 11 November 2016

ALL SQUARED UP EAR RING

crochet ear ring
ALL SQUARED UP EAR RING

Yes Yes, quite a lot of jewellery in quick succession.  I know.. I’ve been bitten.. all stuff that’s been on my “To-Do” list .. and I’m thrilled that I’m trying to shorten that list ! Welllll, that said, as soon as I tick one thing off that long list, seems like two or more things pop up and I add them to the list.. so hmm.. guess one lifetime ain’t going to work, but you can bet that I’m gonna try my bestest to make a teeny dent in the list all the same.

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely Indian Anchor cotton ( No 20) yarn for the ear ring and some Indian cotton yarn for the bracelet with a 1.75 mm crochet hook ; ready-made ear ring hooks (one pair minimum) ; beads, if needed ; glue to seal ends.

Skill level : Intermediate to Advanced.
While the stitches used here are simple and direct, there are calculations and additions that one may need advanced skills for.  That said, hey… come along as this is a pretty easy pattern to follow.

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation double crochet                             dc : Double crochet
ch(s) : chain(s                                                             ch-sp : chain space
sp(s) : space(s)                                                           rep : Repeat
hk : hook                                                                      yo : Yarn over
sk : Skip                                                                         lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)


Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

How to add beads in crochet :Check out this neat link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MbLCuyfv-M

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)




crochet ear ring

We will start with the little loop that hangs off the ear ring, so let’s get started. For this ear ring, we’ll make the little motif first and on the last round/row of the motif, we’ll attach it to the loop of our ear ring.  IF you’re adding beads, you will add them in during that last round / row.
May I suggest that you add the beads onto your yarn / thread right at the start for convenience.  Check the “how to” under ‘Stitches Used’.

OK so we’re going to start on our little square motif.  You will start on one side of the square, so the number of stitches you start with will determine the size of your square.  Look at the photograph / chart and see how it hangs off the ear, when you’re deciding your size.

Start with 13 fsc (or as many uneven number of fsc as you want for the width of your hanging square). Turn

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; 
*ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next fsc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Now here’s where individual creativity comes in.  I’m writing this pattern down as charted, starting with 13 sts.  However, all the pattern is going to do is thrown in some filled up ch-1 sps and leave some as regular ch-1 sps.  There seems to be no fixed plan on how many ch-1 sps are filled.. so go crazy. That said, do remember what you’re doing in your first ear ring, so you can mirror that the other side.

If you decide to add beads in the ch-1 sps, go ahead and throw a few in.

crochet ear ring

 Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
[dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc]* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; 
[ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc]* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Rows 4 & 5 : Rep Rows 2 & 3 once

Row 6 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

In our next round, we will work all around the little square motif.  So work one sc in each fsc on your starting row ; 1 sc in each dc and 1 sc in each ch-sp.  You will work 2 sc in each vertical bar of the dc’s along the other two edges.

Once again, you can throw in a few beads if you so desire…specially if you’re not going to add any dangling bits beyond this.

Remember that at one of the four corners,  you need to attach your square motif to the ear ring hook.

OK, so you’ve worked one round of sc all around and you’ve attached your motif to your ear ring hook.

So several ideas .. You can fasten off right now, and glue in ends for a cute little finish or if you wish to add the ‘dangling bits’, carry on.

Place your ear ring down, and mark the first corner after the corner where you’ve attached your hook.  So one corner has the hook, and we will work the two opposite sides and three other corners with the scallop pattern and add the little dangling bits.

Either  sl-st in each st from the point you’ve ended to the first corner after where you’e attached the hook OR fasten off where ever you have ended and re-attach yarn at the corner.

Border

Row 1 : sc in the corner dc ; (ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) all the way past the next corner and till the last corner.  Turn.
Note : As we’ve started with different start numbers, you may not get that many sc’s in between.  What I’d suggest is that you just count out your sc and ensure that you have a similar spacing in between and just work it according to the number of sc you have.

In the following round, we will attach our beads or work in a picot st in the centre of the ch-sp.

I suggest we use the ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk)
Check at the top of this blog for a “How to” on picot

Row 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-sp ; 
(3 sc + picot or bead + 3 sc) all in the same ch-sp ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the corner sc.
Fasten off and weave and glue in ends.

Repeat and mirror your pattern for the other ear rings as well.

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