Tuesday, May 6, 2008

My first blog... and my first crochet pattern. Whew! It's a big day! ;)

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I started a blog to keep a listing of my original fiber art patterns. Then I realized that I'd probably use it for a lot more than that, so really, expect anything here. If it's important to me, I'm going to write about it at some point. I hope you will find it fun and sometimes enlightening.



To start off, here is a little pattern I worked up today while trying to design some crocheted earrings for bellydance. Please feel free to make these for yourself, link interested folks back to here or share this pattern. However, I will be making these to sell in my local bellydance community, so please don't sell this pattern, reproduce it without permission, or make these earrings to sell without my express permission. If you make these and love them, please tell me! Share a photo, especially if you use a crazy thread or add embellishments like beads. If you find an error, for the love of all the is holy, PLEASE let me know! I'd hate for folks to be confused or unhappy with the results because of a silly mistake I made. Also, please bear with me as I just learned to crochet last month.



Ok, here we go!




Crocheted Kuchi Earrings



I designed these earrings to look like the beautiful, heavy earrings of the Kuchis people in Afghanistan. Those earrings are made of pot metal with bits of glass embedded in them like mosaic. I wanted something substantial, but light, that I could make in any color or metallic finish. After searching for motifs on the Internet that might work, I decided to try my hand at designing something myself. This is the result.



Materials:

Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread, number 5, Natural/Pearl

Boye crochet hook: B/1-2.25MM

Scissors

Two French hooks or other earring findings of your choice



Abbreviations:

ch-chain

sl st-slip stitch

dc-double crochet

sc-single crochet



Picot: ch3, sl st through 3rd stitch from the needle.



Base row: Ch 5 and join with sl st to form a ring.



2nd row: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), *dc into the ring and ch 1, repeat from * 6 times, dc (8 in all). Turn



3rd row: Ch 3, dc 2 times into every space across (15 in all).



4th row: *Ch3 to form a picot, sc in next stitch. Repeat from * across (13 picots in all). Fasten off and weave in ends.



Repeat for second earring. Attach to hook by slipping the center loop into the open ring of the hook. Viola and congrats! I hope you love them!



BB!

~Jeannie

13 comments:

cinderelly said...

pretty cool! (i saw them on tribe)

Briley said...

congrats on the new blog! I'm glad there will be a place for me to follow your work.

Sandytoo said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern for the earrings. I am going to try them and add some beads at the bottom. I hope they come out as nice as yours :)

Sandy

Sandytoo said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern for your earrings! I am going to give them a try and add some beads at the bottom. Hope they come out as nice as yours.

Best of luck with your blog! Dont forget to add it to the CLF blog ring!

Sandy

L'Hand Made said...

These earrings rock! Thank you so much for sharing. I'd love to share pics of the ones that I made with and without beads. Thank you so much! You are so talented!!

Daizyhs said...

Thanks so much for this beautiful pattern! These will make a great gift for my big sis!

HJC Editor said...

Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/ in future post.

Thanks!
Jane
http://diylessons.org/
http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

Patent Agent said...

The layout is what really caught my eye, then the i looked at the writing and i think you did a very nice job. Good work:)

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Your first blog is really very nice. I appreciate your effort.

Lisa Wilson said...

This is a great pattern. I've made earrings but oriented them differently and added a bead dangle. Would you be okay with me selling what I've made? I'd be happy to send you a photo, but I can't find any contact information. Let me know :)
-Lisa.

Jeannie said...

Hi, Lisa!! I wish I knew how to reply directly to you and I really hope you see this. I'm completely fine with you selling anything made from one of my patterns. If anyone asks and you say I wrote the pattern, well, that would just make my day, but all the glory (and profits!) of your hard work are yours with my blessing. :)