It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I am juuuuuuuust squeaking out this pattern in time! These sweet crochet earrings work up fast, though, so they can definitely be finished in time to wear on Sunday. (Although, there aren’t too many people venturing out for Valentine’s day right now due to the pandemic! Right?!)
Well, I will be at home, making some kind of fancy-ish dinner for my husband and maybe chicken nuggets for my children because, let’s face it, that’s what they want anyway! Last year I made homemade pizza for Valentine’s Day and did one as a heart shape. They liked that, maybe I’ll do that again! If I put a fancy ingredient on the pizza does that make it fancy? I’m thinking yes!
Alright to the pattern: I made a beautiful shawl last year with some hand-dyed yarn. I had a bit leftover and designed my Hairbow Scrunchie pattern with it, and I loved being able to use the scraps of the fancy, expensive yarn. In thinking about a Valentine’s earring design, I decided to use the scrap hand-dyed sock yarn again! I’m still working on a pair of socks with my advent calendar yarn, but I know I won’t use it all. Sometimes the struggle is real for estimating how much yarn you need for a project and so often we end up with leftovers. I think this pattern highlights that you can always find a use for that last little bit of precious yarn for something fun. These are especially great if you’ve never made crochet earrings before and want to give it a try!
If you are a beginning crocheter, there is a low cost PDF available on Ravelry. It has a full photo tutorial for each step! Otherwise the pattern is free below!!!!
- Scrap sock yarn (CYC 1), maybe 10 yards or so. Sample uses Rita Mae Yarns Sweet Pea Sock in color Mama’s Special Grape Juice.
- Size 2.25 mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle and scissors
- Earring findings: 2 fish hook style or 2 posts (will need Gorilla glue or similar for posts)
- (Optional) 2 6mm jump rings
Stitches (US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches
MC = magic circle
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
hdc = half double crochet
picot = ch 3, sl st in back bump of 1st ch.
- You can choose to block the heart if you would like them to keep shape better. I use Aleene’s Fabric Stiffening Spray and t-pins on a blocking mat.
Gauge is not really necessary for this pattern. It depends on the size you would like the earrings to be. Personally, I find the smallest hook I can handle for the yarn (for earrings) produces the best, tightly stitched look.
To make the heart:
Round 1: MC, sc 8 into MC and sl st to join. (8 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 3 tr in 1st st, dc in next st, hdc next st, sc next st, picot, sc next st, hdc next st, dc next st, 3 tr next st, ch 1, sl st into the join st from round 1. (6 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc, 1 picot, 1 sl st, 2 ch)
Use invisible finish method to finish off. (After last st, cut yarn and thread though tapestry needle. Insert under next st, then into the middle of last st and pull to create invisible finish.)
Weave in end and trim. Pull MC tightly, weave in remaining end and trim.
To make tassel:
Cut a strip of cardstock to 1 inch. Wrap yarn around approximately 8 times. Cut.
Insert hook under yarn, grab a 3 inch strand of yarn and pull through, tie tightly. Remove cardstock and tie tightly once more. Cut tassel.
Use washi tape or masking tape to affix top and bottom of tassel to table or other flat surface. Use another 3 inch strand of yarn to tie around top half of tassel. Wrap around a few times, then thread end through tapestry needle and weave into middle of tassel through to the bottom. Trim tassel bottom as desired.
Additional Assembly Instructions
Block your heart using pins and stiffening spray if you’d like. The heart seems to keep it’s shape pretty well without blocking, though, especially if you stitch tightly.
You can assemble in a few different ways depending on what you prefer and what jump rings you have. Here are some suggestions: