So delicate with some sparkle
I have just looked at some of the comments I’ve gotten over the past months and realized that I completely alienated the idea I had in mind for this blog! I was hoping to offer patterns and tutorials besides the inspiration that my work may provide to some! And all I had time for recently is just posting pictures! That’s just not right! So here we go with a tutorial of a two tone earring, made with some DMC thread, metallic embroidery thread (found mine at Walmart in Crafts section, there were all different colors of it too) and some imagination! 🙂
You will need a 1.5 mm hook and your choice of color DMC or even regular thread and the metallic thread. I used a 1 1/4 inch hoop for this tutorial, you can use a bigger one, if you wish, just add more rows similar to the ones you’ll be making in the beginning.
Before you start, separate one thread off the DMC that’s usually easy to do when someone else is holding the opposite end of it for you. Do the same with your metallic thread. The purple part of the earring was crocheted with the single DMC thread that I bent in half, so it is as if you are using two threads, only you don’t need to worry about the ends to hide at the beginning of your work. This is how the first stitch you’ll make will look, if you follow my suggestion and bent your thread in half and start with the loop that it creates.
It is better if you nails are short when working on this, because they tend to dig into your palm, when you are trying to keep a hold on your thread.
Row 1. Basically all you’ll need to do is reach through the hoop with a hook, get the loop (the one that is made by simply putting your thread in half), pull it through, reach for the thread over the top of the hoop now and pull through, as if you are doing the single crochet around the hoop. Continue making SC around the hoop in the same manner, reach through the hoop, pull the thread in, then reach for it again and pull through your stitch. BO at the end of row. For more pictures and description of doing your first row please visit my earlier post about the cobweb hoop here: http://protsenka.com/2012/03/25/hoop-earring
It is important to keep the same tension to have an even distribution and density of the stitches. You may count the stitches if you want, I never do, because they are tin! 🙂 You should have a number of stitches divisible by 4 if you decide to count them.
Here’s what you’ll have after the hoop is crocheted all around.
Now it’s time to hide the ends. The thinner your needle the better it’ll be for this work. Since everything is so thin and delicate, you can be sure that a thin needle won’t disturb the stitches.
Next step is connecting the second color, your metallic thread.
Bend all of your stitches on the inside of your hoop now. Before you start working with the hoop here, please get a thimble or put 2-3 band aids around your Index Finger! You can seriously hurt yourself with the hook, since it’s so tiny and you’ll need to apply a lot of pressure to get it through your delicate, tight stitching! Please follow this advise!
Row 2. Get your hook through the last stitch (or second to last, that wouldn’t hurt the design), make a loop on your metallic thread (I used a single thread this time, not doubled) and Ch 2.
Turn your work, skip 3 stitches, sc, skip 3, hdc, skip 3, hdc, continue to end of row (if you have an extra stitch or two, before the edge of the row, do a slip stitch in the last one)
Row 3. Ch 2, turn your work, skip 1, sc, skip 1, hdc, skip 1, hdc, continue to end.
Row 4. Ch 2, turn your work, skip 1, sc, skip 1, hdc, skip 1, hdc, continue to end, BO.
Weave in your thread and get your second earring. Remember to turn your earring mirror like, when working on the second one. For example, if you started by the clasp at the first one, start at the needle with the second one, and vice versa.
And here we are, ready to brighten up our outfit, very holiday appropriate and fun! I hope your holiday season is starting out wonderfully and I wish you happy crafting!
Please use this and any other tutorials found on this blog for personal projects only! Respect the artisan’s work and don’t use these patterns for gain or profit!