So if you have been around here much before, you may have noticed that I like to try to crochet with somewhat unconventional materials. I mean, I like yarn too, but I think one of the coolest things about crochet is that you can do it with pretty much any kind of long, thin, flexible material. I’ve crocheted jute, leather, and tablecloths, and today, I have a new project for you crocheted out of gold lame thread.
Sometimes these unconventional materials can be a little difficult to work with, but the gold lame thread crocheted up easily and has a really fun metallic look. Up close, I think it almost looks like it is made from chains or wire. Super cool, right?
Wanna give it a try? To make these pretty little dangly earrings, here’s everything you will need:
- Thin Gold Lame Thread
- 2.75 mm Crochet Hook
- Gold Jump Rings (I used 4 mm and 7 mm)
- Turquoise Beads
- Gold Head Pins
- Gold Fishhook Earring Wires
- Jewelry Plier Set (You need wire cutters, pliers, and round nose pliers)
Step One – Crochet!
You will need to crochet two small motifs that will be the earrings’ centers. Work two of the following pattern, using the gold lame thread and a 2.75 mm hook. If you use a different brand or size of thread, you may need to adjust your hook accordingly.
Half-Treble Crochet (htrc) – Yarn over twice, insert hook into work, yarn over (four loops on hook), yarn over and draw through two loops (three loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all loops.
Round 1: Start with a magic loop, then ch 1, 12 sc in loop, pull loop to tighten, sl st to first sc to join (12 total sc).
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *2 sc in next st, (hdc, dc) in next st, (htrc, ch 2, htrc) all in next st, (hdc, dc) in next st, 2 sc in next st, ** sc in next st, repeat from * to ** once, sl st to first ch 2 to join.
Round 3: This round is worked in back loops only (see first image below). Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in back loops only of each stitch until you reach the ch 2 space, (dc, ch 2, dc) in space, sc in back loops only of each stitch until you reach the ch 2 space, (dc, ch 3, sl st to top of dc just created, dc) all in ch 2 space (see second image below), sc in back loops of each stitch, sl st to beginning sc to join. Weave in ends along back of piece using a smaller hook.
And that’s it! Motif # 1 is done! Simply repeat the process to create the second motif.
Step Two – Make Bead Danglers.
Once your crochet motifs are ready, it is time to prepare the beads to be attached to the earrings. Begin by sliding a bead onto one of the head pins. Then, grab the wire above the bead with your round-nose pliers and curve the wire into a circle.
Clip off the excess wire with your cutters, and close the loop with your pliers. Hey! You just made a bead dangler! Woot!
Step Three – Assemble Earrings.
Finally, you will use jump rings to put all the pieces together. Use your pliers to gently open your jump rings and close them again once your pieces are joined.
I used two jump rings to attach the crochet motif to the fish hook wire so the motif faced the way I wanted it to. The bead was attached to the bottom of the motif with one jump ring.
And, Ta-DA! Earrings!
So, I’ve said this before, but I think it bears repeating: I’m not a model. BUT – the earrings aren’t bad, right?
I hope you will give them a try – no one is going to believe you crocheted them!