[Learn Ginantsilyo by Project]
What the project is about: crocheting small flowers using embroidery threads
One of the skills I learned as a crocheter is to interpret knitting instructions to crochet and read japanese crochet instruction books, since most of the stuffs i want to do are written as such. These skills are what I used to create these earrings:
Earring 1: Studded Crocheted Earrings – motif: sunflower
Earring 2: Dangling Crocheted Earrings – motif: arum lily
Skills to learn:
- Read Japanese crochet instructions
- Interpret knitting instructions to crochet
- Crochet Hook [0.8 – 0.9mm]
- Embroidery Threads [use two strands]
- White Glue
- Earring studs and hooks and other findings also jewelry tools like pliers
- Super Glue
- Reference books
I used two popular books for my reference: 100 Mini Motif Crochet Patterns Japanese Crochet Craft Book and 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield. These books are easily searched on google
I bought my studded earrings on an online seller at Multiply [link here] and I got some old earring hooks on my stash
PROJECT 1: Mini Motif Crochet Pattern 16
I love this book. It has loads of stuffs in it and I have been using this as reference for all my crocheted projects in embroidery threads. So now, i tried making one decent output from this.
The pattern i used is on page 15 labeled Pattern 16This is how i interpreted the pattern:
I used three colors (orange, yellow and green) of the embroidery threads, the japanese instructions says that using the orange thread:
1. Create a loop and crochet 4 sc around to form a ring [4st] (round1), 2sc on each st [8st] (round 2), 2sc on each st [16st] (round 3), sc on each st for two rounds [16st] (round 4-5), sctog on 2 st [8 st] (round 6)
2. attach the yellow thread on the formed flower core, here you have to crochet a bubble of 3 dcs on each st from previous row and then 2ch sc 2ch on each space in between stitches. This will make 8 petals.
3. Attach the green yarn on top of any petals, ch 5, skip 1ch, sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc on each side of the ch to form the leaf.
The instructions from above will make the flower. Create two.
Next put white glue on the back of the flowers using cotton buds. Avoid getting the glue on your fingers. Let the glue dry on the fabric. This would make the flowers stiff and maintain its form.
Attach the stud earrings using super glue, let it dry.
PROJECT 2: Arum Lily Dangling Earrings
Eversince I learned about this book, i just got frustrated because most of the flowers I want to do is in knitting instructions, and I do not know how to knit. Then after sometime I realized that the knitting instructions can be interpreted in crochet! And voila!
The pattern i used is on page 57 labeled Pattern 25, Arum Lily
The knitting instructions are quite clear so i would just provide translation for crocheting.
- Drop the purl st [by drop i mean do not do all the rows that says P
- K is sc
- kpk (knit purl knit) asks you to make three stitches in one st, so do 3sc on a st
- s2kpo asks you decrease stitches so do 2sctog in one st
- m1, k1 also asks you to increase stitches, do 2sc on a st, and sc on next st
- k2tog is 2sctog
I followed the instructions from 1st round and disregarded the stem since i just crocheted round (4sc) for stem on desired length
For the Spike, i used 8 strands of embroidery thread and just do 6 ch.
I sew the spike on the flower, attached the flower in an earring hook and there! I also used white glue to make the flower stiff.
I can entertain more detailed how-to’s through comments