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Celtic knot earrings

Twist and weave a flat peyote tube into a traditional Celtic knot that’s lightweight and easy to wear

SUPPLIES

Purple earrings 2 in. (5 cm)

  • 4 g 11/0 cylinder beads in each of 2 colors:
    • A (Miyuki DB1851, Duracoat light pewter)
    • B (Miyuki DB0611, dyed silver-lined wine)
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings (silver)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test or Nymo D
  • beading needles, #11 or #12
  • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose, and/or bentnose pliers

Gunmetal earrings colors

  • 11/0 cylinder beads:
    • A (Miyuki DB1843, Duracoat dark mauve)
    • B (Miyuki DB0301, matte gunmetal)

INSTRUCTIONS

Leg 1

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up four color A 11/0 cylinder beads, four color B 11/0 cylinder beads, four As, and four Bs. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through the first two As.

Celtic knot earrings a
Photo a

2. Work a round as follows:

Pick up two As, and sew through the next A (PHOTO A) to begin an increase spine.

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Photo b
Work two peyote stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A (PHOTO B).
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Photo c
Skip the next two As to begin a decrease spine, and sew through the following A (PHOTO C).
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Photo d
Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. Step up through the next A in the spine (PHOTO D).
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Photo e

3. Work a round as follows:

Pick up two As, and sew through the next A in this spine. 

Work two stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A. 

Sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease (PHOTO E).

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Photo f
Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. Step up through the next A in this spine (PHOTO F).
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Photo g
The beadwork will begin to fold (PHOTO G).
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Photo h
4. Repeat step 3 until you have seven pairs of As along both spines (PHOTO H).
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Photo i

Leg 2

1. To change direction, sew through the next A in this spine without picking up any beads.

2. Work a round as follows:

Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. 

Pick up two As, and sew through the next A to work an increase in this spine.

Work two stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A. 

Sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease, and step up through the next A (PHOTO I).

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Photo j

3. Repeat step 2 until you have 38 pairs of As along both spines of the new leg (PHOTO J). End and add thread as needed. 

4. Work two stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A.

Leg 3

1. To change direction, sew through the next A in this spine without picking up any beads.

2. Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. Pick up two As, and sew through the next A to work an increase in this spine. Step up through the next B.

3. Work one stitch using a B and one stitch using an A. Sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease.

4. Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. Pick up two As, and sew through the next A to work an increase in this spine.

5. Work one stitch using a B, and step up through the next B, noticing the change in position of the step up.

6. Work one stitch using an A, and sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease.

7. Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. Pick up two As, and sew through the next A to work an increase in this spine.

8. Work two stitches using Bs, and step up through the next A in this spine. Sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease.

 
Celtic knot earrings k
Photo k

9. Work a round as follows:

Work one stitch using an A and two stitches using Bs. 

Pick up two As, and sew through the next A to work an increase in this spine.

Work two stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A. 

Sew through the adjacent A on the opposite side of this spine to work a decrease, and step up through the next A.

10. Repeat step 9 until you have 38 pairs of As along both spines of the new leg (PHOTO K).

Celtic knot earrings l
Photo l

Completion of Leg 1

Note that Leg 1 is incomplete (with just seven pairs of As along each spine). You will now work the remainder of Leg 1, even though the two will not come together to form the complete Leg 1 until “Assembly.”

1. Work two stitches using Bs and one stitch using an A.

2. Work steps 1–9 of “Leg 3,” and then repeat step 9 until you have 31 pairs of As along both spines of the new leg (PHOTO L).

 
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Photo m

Assembly

1. Position the beadwork on your work surface so that the short end of Leg 1 is at the top right-hand corner. Holding that part of the beadwork down, bring the other end of the beadwork over to the right side so that there is a twist in Leg 2 (PHOTO M). Twist Leg 3 toward the front, and bring it behind Leg 2 (PHOTO N). Bring the longer end of Leg 1 over Leg 2, through the opening, and under Leg 3 (PHOTO O).

2. Zip up the two ends of Leg 1, and end the working thread and tail.

3. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the beadwork, exiting an A at the tip of one of the points. Pick up five As, and sew through the adjacent A on the same tip. Retrace the thread path of the loop, and end the thread.

4. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach the loop of As to an earring finding.

5. Make another earring. 

Celtic knot earrings n
Photo n
Celtic knot earrings o
Photo o
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