Saturday, April 1, 2017

Delicate Granny Earrings - GrannySpiration Challenge

  It's time for April's Granny-Spiration Challenge! I'll be writing a post soon to explain why my project for this month was more of a challenge than I thought it would be... For now, I'll just share the pattern instructions and then we can get to the linkup and giveaway!

  I've had some jewelry wire sitting in my craft supplies for years now. Since I don't see myself getting back into serious jewelry-making any time soon, why not crochet with it? Oh, but wait... Since it ended up being turned into some pretty earrings, does that mean I'm back into jewelry-making now? 😉 What a conundrum. Shall we just get to the pattern?

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  Each of these delicate wire squares measures only 1" (2.5 cm) across. With the squares turned diagonally and the findings attached, the size of the finished earring is 1.5" (3.8 cm) wide and 2" (5 cm) long.


Skill level:
Intermediate


Materials:
Bead stringing wire
*This should be .012 in/ 0.30 mm wire. The sticker labels fell off the plastic rolls years ago, so I'm sorry if I'm wrong. But I'm pretty sure I'm right, because that's the only size I ever bought... Unless I scored something else on clearance and forgot about it.
Crochet hook size G/6 - 4.25 mm
Smaller hook for weaving in ends (I found it impossible to do on a needle)
Beads (optional) - I used one 8 mm cracked-glass bead for each earring
6 mm jump rings (2 for each earring)
Fish hook earring findings
*You may need additional findings or jewelry-making supplies, like pliers. (I keep it simple and use my fingers to work the jump rings.)


Gauge:
Not important to match size; just important to avoid curling. (See notes)


Notes:
Chain 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.

Use any hook size you need to avoid curling. If your stitches lean forward towards you as you work, you need to go up a hook size (or more). You'll see it happen with just the first few stitches made.

The beginning of this pattern was the hardest to work (for me). If you find it too difficult, you could:

  • Begin without the bead and work the stitches into a regular joined ring - Then add the bead with some extra wire or an eye pin. The results won't be exactly the same, but you'll have less frustration.
  • Try starting with the bead on a slipknot. Join the ring in the chain past the bead. Doing it this way will cause the bead to fall into the middle of the ring, but it eliminates the option to turn your square to make it look best.
Try to avoid making kinks in the wire by pulling your loops up nice and high - No pulling them tight against the hook! Leave some slack in your loops to avoid kinks that will cause twisting.


Stitches:
Chain
Single crochet
Slip Stitch


Instructions:

Beginning with the bead:
This is the one place I had to make a kink in the wire. I tried to run the wire through in one strand and then pull the tail back through the bead, but mine kept catching inside the bead hole. (Perhaps you'll have better luck?) I folded the wire in half so I could pull the loop out from the other end of the bead.

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Make sure the working end of the wire comes from the back and over the front of the hook when you begin! Chain 6. Leave a good amount of slack in the loop around the bead before making the first chain. Like - Enough to fit your hook under, because you'll work into it soon.
(Can you see how some of the wire is kinked? It doesn't make pretty stitches, but this was just the beginning chain, so I didn't worry about it.)

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Joining:
Here's the tricky part... Bring the bead around so that the beginning loop is on top. (It's the wire running over the bead in the photo.) AND make sure the tail of the wire is right there with it, because you're going to work over both strands.

Insert the hook in the beginning loop, catching the tail with it. Make a slip stitch to join into a ring.
*This will create two halves for the beginning ring. The first half is made of the beginning loop and tail, and the second half is the chain-6.

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The first and only round:
Chain 1 (does not count as stitch).
(5 single crochet, chain 2) 2x in the first half of the ring (over the tail and beginning loop).

Working into the second half (the chain-6 ring), make (5 single crochet, chain 2) 2x.

Bind off (gently, without tightening the ending stitch). Pull the tail through the beginning single crochet from back to front; and then back through the beginning stitch from the top down.

Weave in the ends around the beginning rings.

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WOW! You would think such a short pattern would be easy... And it can be, once you're used to crocheting with wire. If you are a beginner with the material, don't get discouraged. It's springy, twisty, and downright frustrating until you get the hang of it. Just remember: NICE. BIG. LOOPS -Lots and lots of slack.


To finish:
Attach a fish hook earring and two jump rings together and add them to a corner chain-2 space.

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Granny's gone metal! 😝💀💎
(Happy Crocheting.)

Be sure to check out the creations of everyone participating in the Granny-Spiration Challenge:









And now, on to the GIVEAWAY!
April's giveaway is sponsored by EyeLoveKnots. One winner will receive two skeins of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn in the color Splash.


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Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


The top views from the March Challenge:

Lacy Granny Square Cross Square from Creative Crochet Workshop:

Ruffle Crochet Scarf from Anabelia Handmade:

Joining Granny Squares from Loes Hobbies: 

Thanks for sharing your projects!


Link Up:
New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 12:00pm EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

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10 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! It looks so delicate and unique...
    I think you're back into jewelry making, haha.
    Have a nice weekend, Sigrid

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    1. Lol, Sigrid, you may be right ;) As soon as I made these, I came up with ideas for more...
      Perhaps no more wire, though? It sure was tough for my hands to work with.
      I hope your weekend is great as well!

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  2. WOW! Such cute earrings! NO WAY you can stop making jewelry now!!!! I'd love to see many more lovely creations just like this pair! You should at least make a necklace to go with the earrings... ;-)
    Have a great weekend,
    Marjan

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    1. HA! I'm sure I will create more jewelry, Marjan. The only reason I didn't make a necklace is because I can't decide whether to make the pendant bigger or the same size... I have larger matching beads, but they're quite heavy.
      Enjoy your weekend, too!

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  3. These are awesome! I tried crocheting with metal before, but I think the gauge wire I picked was too thick. Gonna have to try again now that I see these. Beautiful piece :) And very unique.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

    PS I think Granny's Gone Metal is a clever name for something, lol.

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    1. LOL, I think I'll start a heavy-metal cover band when I'm in my 70's and call it that. ;) We'll have to do something to revive metal once this so-not-metal emo trend is finally over.
      As long as your wire is flexible, you should be able to make something out of it. The tricky part about crocheting with wire is the hook... You'd think you would want a tiny hook for something so thin, but the bigger the hook, the easier it gets! But even with the big hook, you have to keep those loops loose. I'll post more about it soon for some extra tips. :)

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  4. Thank you for this post....as it encourages me a bit more to try this craft....I've thought about crocheting with wire for some time - but have, like too many other things - put it off....maybe NOW is the time...and I feel a bit more encouraged after reading this post.
    Thank you for the post - and for an opportunity to win a bit of yarny goodness. What right-minded 'hooker' wouldn't like to win a bit of free yarn...and if that pink is the colourway, even better! Because my granddaughter's favorite colour is pink! Good luck to all...someone will win = probably not me, as I never win. That is my "karma" it would seem!

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    1. If you're not afraid of a little wasted material, then go for it! Find some cheap wire and get it cheaper with a coupon, then you don't have to worry if it gets kinked up while you practice. :)
      The yarn giveaway is for the color "Splash" (courtesy of EyeLoveKnots). Good luck!

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