Cross Stitch Heart Earrings

Cross Stitch Heart Earrings by EyeLoveKnots, Contributor Post for The Stitchin' Mommy | www.thestitchinmommy.com

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

My first heart design was my Small Plastic Canvas Hearts, and since it I haven’t been able to get off of the idea of plastic canvas heart projects. I have been wanting to try a crochet version though, and I did and it didn’t work out! Ooops! So instead I turned to this sweet cross stitching project, and absolutely LOVE IT! I definitely plan on working on some other designs in a similar manner – if you have any special requests, drop me a line below!

These earrings are easy to work up and work up fairly quickly, are flexible, very lightweight and have a fun finishing with the frame. Alternatively, you could use it as a pendant for a necklace, a keychain, a tag on a gift or on the front of a blank card base (to name a few).

Cross Stitch Heart Earrings

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Skill Level:

Intermediate

intermediate
 

Materials:

  • Small Amount of #10 Crochet Thread – I used artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton in Cloud (Gray), Poppy Red and Wild Berry
  • B/2mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends – I like to use a #20 for thread
  • 10 Mesh Plastic Canvas
  • 2 Earring Wires – I used the 20mm Stainless Steel Ear Wires from AliCsSupplyShop
  • 8 6mm Jump Rings – I just used some generic ones found at my local JoAnn’s, hence the need to double them (for added security). I suggest some professional quality like those that AliCsSupplyShop offers.
  • Jewelry Pliers

Abbreviations:

SC – Single Crochet

Gauge:

12 SC by 10 Rows = 1 ⅜” by 1 ⅛”

Finished Size:

1 ⅝” Wide by 1 ⅞” Tall

Notes:

I worked up the pair of earrings in just over an hour.

The numbers below the photos coordinate with the photo number.

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.

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To Open Loop of Earring Wire (or Jump Ring):

Grab one end of your earring wire with your round nose pliers.
You will need to grab the other end with another pair of pliers or your fingers for leverage and stability.
Pull open the loop TOWARDS you, not side to side.
Close the same way.

Instructions:

Chain 13. SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and across. (12 SC)

R2 – 10: Chain 1, turn. SC in the 1st SC and in each SC across. (12 SC)

The reason I added the plastic canvas frame was because my finished granny 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.

Cross Stitch Heart Earrings by EyeLoveKnots, Contributor Post for The Stitchin' Mommy | www.thestitchinmommy.com

  1. Cut a rectangle out of the 10 Mesh Plastic Canvas that is 12 holes (Tall) by 14 holes (Wide), 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, hold your crocheted piece up to the frame, and beginning in the first stitch, and through both layers:
    1. Chain 1, turn. SC into the first SC, and the next 10 SCs, 3 SC in the next SC – corner – SC in the next 9 stitches down the wide, 3 SC in the next stitch – corner – SC in the next 10 stitches across the opposite side of the foundation chain, 3 SC in the next stitch – corner – SC in the next 9 stitches up the side, 1 SC in the first stitch join as an invisible join.
  3. To work an invisible join, fasten off with a long tail. Pull on your tail end so it is no longer a loop and thread it through a needle.
  4. Insert the needle under both loops of the first stitch. (First leg created)
  5. Then bring the needle down into the top V of the last stitch worked. (Second leg created)
  6. Usually, I would weave in my tail piece at this time but for this piece were not. I only weaved my tail in under one stitch to secure.
  7. It should now look just like a stitch!

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Loop: Weave the same piece you just finished using to create the invisible join into the back of the work over 7 stitches (to the center). Pick up the thread with your hook and chain 5. Slip stitch into the next stitch and weave in the end.

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Cross Stitching is easy! Follow the chart above, using the following method.

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To begin, cut a long piece of thread – here I used Poppy Red.

  1. Weave the tail of your piece into the back of the work to secure it.
  2. Bring the needle up from back to front.
  3. Working diagonally, insert the needle from front to back.
  4. Repeat on the next holes underneath.
  5. Continue on the with pattern all the way to the end.
  6. Then begin working in the same manner but backwards to created the “x” look.
  7. Afterwards, weave in your end.

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To assemble your earrings:

Use your jewelry pliers to open two jump rings.

One at a time, hook a jump ring into the loop of your piece and to one of the jump rings that aren’t open yet. Close.

(If you have some nice professional grade jump rings then you won’t need to have two side by side. Here it is for security purposes because the generic jump rings aren’t as strong).

Open the loop on the earring wire, and hook onto both top jump rings.

Close.

Repeat for Second and Enjoy!

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Please feel free to make and sell your own Cross Stitch Heart 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.

 

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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