Cross Stitch Apple Earrings – Free Crochet, Cross Stitch, and Jewelry Pattern

Cross Stitch Apple Earrings - Free Crochet, Cross Stitch, and Jewelry Pattern by EyeLoveKnots for The Stitchin' Mommy |

This pattern was designed by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots, exclusively for The Stitchin’ Mommy.

Back in February, I worked up some Cross Stitch Heart Earrings, and fell in love with the idea that I could cross stitch onto a crocheted piece – me and Aida have never really gotten along. This time, I am back with some sweet little Apple Earrings perfect for back to school and the upcoming fall season. You can change out the apple color, and background color to suit your preference – maybe you want it on a black background to simulate a chalkboard, or perhaps you love green apples more than red. – Alexandra

Cross Stitch Apple Earrings

  • Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread – I used Hobby Lobby’s artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton in Cloud (Gray)
  • Small Amounts of Red, Green and Brown Embroidery Floss – I used #130 for Red, 965 for Green and 226 for Brown (JoAnn’s)
    • Thread will also work for the apple, but the picture doesn’t come out nearly as full. I worked my first pair in thread, and then went for the embroidery floss.
  • B/2mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends – I like to use a #20 for thread
  • Small Piece of 10 Mesh Plastic Canvas
  • 2 Earring Wires – I used the 20mm Stainless Steel Ear Wires from AliCsSupplyShop
  • 32 4mm Jump Rings – I used some from an Assorted Box Set Antiqued Silver from AlicCsSupplyShop
  • Jewelry Pliers


SC – Single Crochet


12 SC by 10 Rows = 1 3/8″ by 1 1/8″

Finished Size:

1.5″ Wide and Hangs 2.5″ from Earring Wire


  • I worked up the pair of earrings in just over an hour.
  • You can see a photo tutorial on assembly and cross stitching in my Cross Stitch Heart Earrings DIY found here on The Stitchin Mommy!
  • At the end of the first side of working on the frame, you may think it’s not long enough, but it is! Just tug at your piece a little to stretch. The second stitch of each corner should be over the pointy edge.
  • If you choose not to work an invisible join, work the last step of the frame as 2 SC in the first stitch and join.
  • I worked my final join as an invisible one. I have included a few quick photos, but you can view a better photo tutorial of this in my Newborn Twin Chunky Beanie post.
  • When working the cross stitch pattern, make sure to weave to secure your beginning tails in on the wrong side of the piece with a minimal amount seen from the right side – this amount will be covered up when you add in the stitches. Also make sure not to pull too tightly on your stitches, or your piece will look distorted.


Chain 11. SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and across. (10 SC)

R2 – 11: Chain 1, turn. SC in the 1st SC and in each SC across. (10 SC)

Pull up a loop and set aside.


The reason I added the plastic canvas frame was because my finished square was not really laying flat, and since I am not a blocker, I thought of the frame so it would keep it’s shape and still be lightweight and flexible.

  1. Cut a rectangle out of the 10 Mesh Plastic Canvas that is 12 holes (Wide) by 13 holes (Tall), then cut all of the insides out so you are left with just the outer frame. This should be about just a little bigger than your finished piece.
  2. To begin, reinsert your hook into the last loop, hold your crocheted piece up to the frame, and beginning in the first stitch, and work through both layers:

Chain 1, turn. SC into the first 9 SCs, 3 SC in the next SC – corner – SC 8 down the side of the piece, 3 SC in the next stitch – corner – SC in the next 9 stitches across the opposite side of the foundation chain, 3 SC in the next stitch – corner – SC 8 up the side of the piece, 1 SC in the first stitch join as an invisible join (or as 2 SC in the first stitch and slip stitch to join if not using the invisible join).

  1. Fasten Off and Weave in Ends.

Cross Stitch Pattern:

Using the above chart, cross stitch your apple. I worked my brown first, then green, and ended with red. *Please do not pin or share this image – link to the post instead.

Earring Assembly: You will use seven jump rings on each side of the square, plus one in the center to hold the two sides together. Starting with the first one, open a jump ring, hook it into the corner stitch of your piece, and to an unopened jump ring. Close. Continue adding jump rings to create a chain of seven on each of the top two corners on your piece. Once you have seven on both sides, open an additional jump ring and hook it through both top jump rings to pull the two chains to the center. Open the loop on the earring wire, and hook onto both top jump rings. Close.

Repeat for Second and Enjoy!


Please feel free to make and sell your own Cross Stitch Apple Earrings, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead. DO NOT publish photos of my process, please.


Alexandra started her crafting adventure with needlepoint on plastic canvas nine years ago, making anything she could think of from masks for school plays to pictures frames and small trinkets. Two years ago she jumped head first into crocheting and jewelry making, and her blogging journey as EyeLoveKnots, named in honor of family members affected by Retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye. You can find more information about Retinoblastoma at Eye Cancer MD. See more from Alexandra on her Facebook page, Ravelry, and Etsy shop.


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