Thursday, July 30, 2015

Framed Granny Square Earrings in 2 Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern & Jewelry DIY

I have had granny square earrings on my mind for quite some time now, and even bought some red and blue/green crochet thread from Hobby Lobby a while back when it was on sale, but it has taken me this long to put this together. Having one day a week to showcase a new jewelry DIY makes it much easier to get them done - sometimes I have trouble deciding which one to do!

Anywho, you could work this pair of earrings in multiple colors, or just the solid color as I have done. I was going to make the first pair a bi-colored pair, but after working the first round, I thought there really wasn't enough there to add a second strand of thread in - maybe you are more comfortable working with the thread? I haven't done too much with thread yarn.

These earrings are easy to work up and work up fairly quickly, are flexible, very lightweight and have a fun finishing with the frame.

Alternatively, you could make a larger granny square and use it as a pendant for a necklace :)

Materials:
     - Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread - I used artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton in Jade Blue and Poppy Red - Hobby Lobby
     - 2.35mm Crochet Hook
     - Small Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends - I used a #22
     - Small Amount of soft 7 Mesh Plastic Canvas - Hobby Lobby
     - 2 Earring Wires - I used the 20mm Stainless Steel Ear Wires from AliCsSupplyShop
     - Jewelry Pliers

Material Notes:
     With one skein of thread, you could make practically a million earrings ;)

     I used #10 crochet thread, but you really could use and thread like #3 size or embroidery floss to make a pair of earrings too. You could also use sock weight, baby weight or even DK weight yarns. They may work up in a different size though, so just keep track of that.

     I used clear plastic canvas, but you could easily use any color you have on hand. I suggest using a soft plastic canvas and not the stiff as you want to have the flexibility for cutting and you don't want the edges to be poking out of your earrings.

Time Spent:
      I was able to work up the smaller pair in just over half an hour, and the larger pair in about an hour.

Measurements:
     The smaller square measures 1.75" across square center, but dangles 2.5", and the larger square measures 2.25" across square center, but dangles 3.25".

Gauge:
With artiste #10 Cotton Thread and a 2.35mm Hook = 1" x 1"
     Chain 10, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (8 DC)
     R2 - R3: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     I have a photo tutorial on How to Work a Granny Square. Beginner friendly.

     In the pattern section, you'll find two sizes. If work up the larger size, continue on to Round 3; if not, skip over Round 4 and proceed to the frame.

     To work the frame, hold your crocheted piece up to the frame (cut to my measurements if following along, or customized to your crocheted piece), and work through both "layers" at once, beginning in the granny square and through the frame.
To Open Loop of Earring Wire:
Grab one end of your earring wire with your round nose pliers. 
You will need to grab the other end with another pair of pliers or your fingers for leverage and stability.
Pull open the loop TOWARDS you, not side to side.
Close the same way.

Pattern:
     Chain 5. Join to form a ring. Chain 2 (doesn't count as a stitch), (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 3x, 3 DC into the ring, chain 2. Join to first DC.

R2: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2 (counts as 1 stitch), 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join to the first DC. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner.

FOR LARGER ONLY: 
R3: Slip stitch over to the chain space. Chain 2 (counts as 1 stitch), 2 DC into the chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1, (3 DC in the next chain space, chain 3, 3 DC into the same chain space, chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 3x. Join to the first DC. Loosely slip stitch over to the corner.
The reason I added the plastic canvas frame was because
my finished granny square was not really laying flat, and since I am
not a blocker, I thought of the frame so it would keep it's shape
and still be lightweight and flexible. 
Cut a 10 x 10 piece of plastic canvas out for the smaller square, and a 13 x 13 piece of plastic canvas out for the larger square; then cut all of the insides out so you are left with just the outer frame. This should be about the size of your granny square unstretched. 
To begin, hold your crocheted piece up to the square, and beginning in the corner:
Smaller Frame:
Chain 1, 3 SC into the chain space, 2 SC into each stitch and chain space over to the next corner, (4 SC into the corner, 2 SC into each stitch and chain space over to the next corner) 3x, 1 SC into the beginning corner. Join to the first SC. 

Larger Frame:
Chain 1, 4 SC into the chain space, 2 SC into each stitch and chain space over to the next corner, (6 SC into the corner, 2 SC into each stitch and chain space over to the next corner) 3x, 2 SC into the beginning corner. Join to the first SC. 

Loop:
     Chain 3, slip stitch into the same stitch.

Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

Open loop of jump ring, and hook into loop.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Framed Granny Square Earrings using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead. 

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     I will be slowly adding these into my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop. I am happy to customize these earrings in any size and color of your choice. View color options here: artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton.



8 comments:

  1. These are really cute. I made my first granny square the other night, but I'm nowhere ready to try earrings.

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    1. Granny squares are so much fun! Once I started, the ideas just started flying in. This is a very easy project - I hope you'll give it a try once you're a little further in your crocheting :)

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  2. Good idea! Again something to add to my make-list...

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    1. Please share your finished earrings with me when you complete them!

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  3. They look brilliant! I love your idea of using a canvas frame to stabilize them.

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    1. Thank you! I am glad my plastic canvas was sitting out right next to me, otherwise I may not have thought of it.

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  4. Beautiful earrings. Great idea to use a plastic framework. I don't know if I can buy it in my country, but I'll look for it. Thanks for your pattern and clear explanation.

    Have a great weekend, Margaret

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    1. Thank you! You can definitely order it online from JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart and other craft stores as well as various Etsy stores. I don't know what is easily accessible to you, but I wish you good luck :) I hope you find some, and share your finished earrings with me :)

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