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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING

crochet ear ring

crochet ear ring
IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING

I was given a photograph and was requested to make this ear ring.  This is a pretty pattern and will make an awesome broach / pin too.  I have also always wanted to try Irish lace, so thought this would be just the right opportunity to get it all done


 Materials used : Today I’ve used Hilaza Rustica Eclat (made in Mexico), which is a cotton yarn with some iridescence / shiny metallic-like addition in it, with a 1.75 mm crochet hook.



Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
fpsc : Front Post Single Crochet


Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.



For this project, I used the inspiration from this pattern write up to create the base leaf http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf51824958.tip.html

And I found a video link for a leaf pattern too http://postila.ru/post/45242602
Yes, it is not in English, but it’s a video, right J

And here are more ideas for Irish lace at

I also found a neat chart for something like a leaf, and this is what I did with that chart.  So for this little leaf pattern, we’ll work down the chain, and then work around the last ch st and around the back of the same chain.




You can work either an sc or sc-blo and for a “how to”, please check under “stitches used”.  I am going to write this as an sc all through, as the sc-blo is just a small tweak, which most beginners may not be able to get done neatly, but if you are an advanced skill crocheter, then you can do all of this anyway – so go ahead, tweak away and create your difference.

Leaf idea :
Start Row 1 : with 15 ch ; 
Turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hk, till the 2nd last ch from end ; 
5 sc in the last ch ; 
Turn and working along the back of the same 1st ch row, sc in the next 12 ch.  Turn

Just for your convenience, may I suggest that you find and mark the centre stitch.  Our centre stitch is the 3rd stitch of the 5 sc you worked in the last ch from Row 1.

May I also suggest that you continue to keep a marker in the centre stitch for convenience.
Row 2 : ch 1, sc in the next sc, till the marked sc ; 3 sc in the marked sc ; sc in the each sc till 3 sc from end.  Turn.

Rep Row 2 two more times.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  One little leaf made.


crochet ear ring

crochet ear ring



Flower idea :
Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc and pull lightly to close.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
*5 dc in the same ch-3 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For the next round, we will need to create a round of ch-sps, and for that we will work our spaces from behind this first round of petals we’ve made in Round 3.

So how do you do this : Well, it’s a lot like working a sc around the post stitch.  So see the sc from Round 2?  That’s the st you will work the sc around from the back
To get to the sc from behind, we will use a turning ch, which is the ch-1 we will start with.

Round 4 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 2,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 2* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*6 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Second round of petals complete.

Once again, let’s work a round of ch-sps for the next round of petals.

Round 6 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 5,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 5* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*7 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

So this completes three rounds of petals on our lovely little flower.  If you decide you want another round, you just go ahead and add another round.

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