Thursday, August 6, 2015

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

Last week I shared a Free Crochet Pattern & Jewelry DIY for Framed Granny Square Earrings. This week, I thought I'd create some similar earrings using the Solid Granny Square pattern instead.

You could make these in multiple colors, or just the solid as I have done.

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:
     - 250-350" of #10 Crochet Thread - I used artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton in Country Rose and Tropical Pink - 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 about 45 minutes, and the larger pair in about an hour.

Measurements:
     The smaller square measures 1 7/8" across square center, but dangles 2.5", and the larger square measures 2.5" across square center, but dangles 3 3/8".

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 Solid Granny Square. Beginner friendly.

     Beginning chain 5 counts as last double crochet and chain 3.

     Joining will be done to the 2nd chain of the beginning chain 5, or top of the first double crochet if working the final round.

     In the pattern section, you'll find two sizes. After you are finished with the square of your desired measurement, continue onto 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:
     
Smaller:
Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 5, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 3x, 2 DC into the ring. Join.

R2: Slip stitch into the chain space. Chain 2, DC in chain space, chain 3, (2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 3 DCs, 2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3) 3x, 2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 3 DCs. Join. Slip stitch into chain space/corner.

Larger: 
Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 5, (3 DC into the ring, chain 3) 3x, 2 DC into the ring. Join.

R2: Slip stitch into the chain space. Chain 5, (2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 3 DCs, 2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3) 3x, 2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 3 DCs, 1 DC into the chain space. Join. Slip stitch into chain space/corner.

R3: Slip stitch into the chain space. Chain 2, DC in chain space, chain 3, (2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 7 DCs, 2 DC into the next chain space, chain 3) 3x, 2 DC into the chain space, DC in each of the next 7 DCs. Join. Slip stitch into chain space/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 14 x 14 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 over to the next corner, (3 SC into the corner, 2 SC into each stitch 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 over to the next corner, (5 SC into the corner, 2 SC into each stitch over to the next corner) 3x, 2 SC into the beginning corner. Join to the first SC.

Loop:
     Chain 3, slip stitch into the next 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 Solid 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.



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