Crochet 2 way earrings

Create totally different looks using the same mix of beads.
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 Here are two novel ideas for making jewelry from crocheted tubes. Because they're small, the earrings are a great way to play with the assortment of beads in your stash. Although both pairs start with short tubes, that's where the similarity ends.

MATERIALS
fringed earrings

  • 14 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 2 4 mm silver beads
  • 4 g 2 mm silver-plated beads
  • 2 4 mm daisy spacers
  • 4 g each Japanese beads cylinder beads
    • size 8 seed beads
    • size 11 seed beads
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 bead caps
  • 2 2-in. ( cm) head pins
  • Gudebrod silk thread, size E
  • crochet hook, size 8 (1.4 mm)
  • chainnose pliers
  • rooundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

hoop earrings

  • 4 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 3 g 2 mm silver-plated beads
  • 3 g each Japanese beads cylinder beads
    • size 8 seed beads
    • size 11 seed beads
  • 10 in. (25 cm) 20-gauge wire, half-hard
  • 4 beads caps
  • Gudebrod silk thread, size E
  • crochet hook, size 8 (1.4 mm)
  • thin tapestry needle
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
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Photo A

Fringed earrings
Tube

1. On silk thread, string the following pattern 15 times: two cylinder beads, two 11/0 seed beads, two 2mm silver beads, and an 8/0. Slide the beads down on the silk so that you have about 24 in. (61cm) of working thread. 

2. Leaving an 8-in. (20cm) tail, make a slip stitch. Then make seven bead chain stitches (PHOTO A).

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Photo B
3. Connect the last bead chain stitch to the first by inserting the crochet hook to the left of the first bead (PHOTO B).
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Photo C
Push the bead over to the right (PHOTO C).
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Photo D
Slide the next bead down (PHOTO D).
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Photo E

Make a bead slip stitch (PHOTO E).

4. Continue working in bead slip stitch until all the beads are used. Work the last row in slip stitch. Cut the thread about 8 in. from the work and pull the working thread through the loop on your hook. 

5. Thread a needle on the tail and secure it using half-hitch knots between the 8/0s. Pull the tail into the next 8/0 and trim it next to the bead. Repeat with the working thread.

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Figure

Fringe
1. Secure 1 yd. (.9m) of thread in the beadwork and exit any bead in the end round. Pick up five cylinders, an 8/0, a 2mm silver bead, a 4mm bicone crystal, a 2mm silver bead, an 8/0, and three cylinders. Skip the cylinders and sew back through the beads to the crocheted tube (FIGURE, a–b).

2. Sew back through the bead the thread was exiting and through the next bead in the end round (b–c)

3. Continue making fringe, adding two extra cylinders each time, until you have a total of seven fringes. Secure the tails.

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Photo F

Assembly
1. On a head pin, string a daisy spacer, the crocheted tube (fringe-side first), a bead cap, and a 4 mm silver bead (PHOTO F).

2. Make a plain loop above the last bead. Open the loop and attach the earring finding. Close the loop.

3. Make a second earring to match the first.

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Photo G

Hoop earrings
1. On silk thread, string the following pattern 37 times: two cylinders, an 11/0 seed bead, a 2 mm silver bead, and an 8/0.

2. Leaving an 8-in. tail, make a slip stitch and five bead chain stitches.

3. Repeat step 3 of the tube earring until all the beads are used.

4. Make a plain loop on one end of the wire. String a silver bead, a 4mm bicone crystal, a bead cap, the crocheted tube, a bead cap, a crystal, and a silver bead (PHOTO G). Trim the wire 3⁄8 in. (1cm) longer than the tube and make a plain loop. Set the remaining wire aside.

5. Bend the tube into a hoop with about 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) between the loops.

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Photo H
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Photo I

6. Cut about 1 in. (2.5cm) off the remaining wire, leaving the rest for the second earring. On the 1-in. piece, make a loop at one end and a 45-degree bend at the other. Curve the wire slightly (PHOTO H). Open the loop and connect it to the hoop (PHOTO I). Close the loop.

7. Make a second earring to match the first.

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