Introduction: "Rainy Day" Beaded Crochet Earrings

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It rained where I am just a few days ago. In February.

I'm sure that seems normal to a lot of people, but as someone who has lived her entire life (minus one year) in places with very cold winters that usually stretch into March, this seemed very odd to me. Now, I do like rain. I love the sound of it and, if it's warm, even the feel of it. I love the way that rainy days can feel comforting or somber or even spooky depending on the rain itself, or where I am and what my mood is. They are perfect days to curl up with a good book - or to get crafty. And this particular rainy day inspired me to make some earrings that look like raindrops. Thus, the Rainy Day Earrings were created!

Step 1: Materials

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This project assumes a basic knowledge of crochet, mainly the ability to slip stitch. If you're new to crochet, the small size may be difficult and maintaining tension throughout the project may also be challenging, but if you can slip stitch and are persistent, you should be fine!

Now, the physical materials you shall need are as follows:

  • Crochet hook
    • I used a US 8 / 1.50 mm hook, but really it just needs to be able to fit easily through the loop on your earrings
  • Scissors
  • Earring hooks/wires
    • You wouldn't need to use wire-style earrings like I did, but they do need to have a loop to crochet into.
  • Crochet thread
    • I used size 80 cotton thread
  • Sewing/beading needle
    • The needle needs to be able to fit through your beads in order to string them
  • 11/0 seed beads
  • 5/0 drop beads

Please note that these earrings could easily be customized in a number of ways. Some of the ways with different lengths and bead uses are discussed in the final step, Step 8: Customization.

Step 2: Preparing the First Strand

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  1. Count out the beads you will need for the first strand.
    • For the first strand, you will need two drop beads and twelve seed beads.
  2. Thread your needle.
  3. Thread your beads onto the needle in the following order and pass them onto the thread
    • Beginning drop bead
    • All of the seed beads
    • Ending drop bead
  4. Remove the needle from the thread and set it aside for later.

Step 3: Crocheting the First Strand

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Here's where that basic crochet skill comes into play.

  1. Start by making a slip knot and tightening it onto your hook. Leave a tail of about three or so inches.
  2. Bring the first drop bead close to your hook and slip stitch around it by yarning over and drawing the thread through the loop already on your hook.
  3. Bring the first seed bead close to your hook and slip stitch around it, just like the drop bead.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the next three seed beads. You will have one drop bead and four seed beads in a strand.
  5. Insert your hook through the loop on your earring hook. Slip stitch to include the earring into the strand.
  6. Repeat step 3 for the next eight seed beads.
  7. Bring the last drop bead close to your hook and slip stitch it into place.
  8. Finish off and cut your thread, leaving a long tail of three or so inches.

Step 4: Finishing the First Strand

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Now that your first strand is crocheted and attached, re-thread your needle with one of the long tails. We're going to clean up the strand by tucking in these ends. This process is done on both ends of the strand.

  1. Insert your needle into the stitches connecting the drop bead to the rest of the strand. Before pulling the thread all the way through, tie a knot by inserting your needle into the remaining loop and pull tight.
  2. Thread your needle through the beads up towards the earring hook and pull through gently.
  3. Insert your needle into the stitches connecting the drop bead to the rest of the strand and knot as previously done.
  4. Thread your needle back through the beads towards the drop bead and pull through gently.
  5. Trim the excess thread as close to the last seed bead as possible.
  6. Repeat 1-5 on the other end of the strand.

Step 5: Preparing the Second Strand

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  1. Count out the beads you will need for the second strand.
    • For the second strand, you will need two drop beads and eighteen seed beads.
  2. Thread your needle.
  3. Thread your beads onto the needle in the following order and pass them onto the thread:
    • Beginning drop bead
    • All of the seed beads
    • Ending drop bead
  4. Remove the needle from the thread and set it aside for later.

Step 6: Crocheting the Second Strand

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Now we're basically going to repeat Step 3, but with more beads to give the earring some layers.

  1. Start by making a slip knot and tightening it onto your hook. Leave a tail of about three or so inches.
  2. Bring the first drop bead close to your hook and slip stitch around it.
  3. Bring the first seed bead close to your hook and slip stitch around it.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the next five seed beads. You will have one drop bead and six seed beads in a strand.
  5. Insert your hook through the loop on your earring hook. Slip stitch to include the earring into the strand.
  6. Repeat step 3 for the next twelve seed beads.
  7. Bring the last drop bead close to your hook and slip stitch it into place.
  8. Finish off and cut your thread, leaving a long tail of three or so inches.

Step 7: Finishing the Second Strand

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Now that your second strand is crocheted and attached, re-thread your needle. We're going to repeat the same finishing process as we did with the first strand in Step 4.

  1. Insert your needle into the stitches connecting the drop bead to the rest of the strand. Before pulling the thread all the way through, tie a knot by inserting your needle into the remaining loop and pull tight.
  2. Thread your needle through the beads up towards the earring hook and pull through gently.
  3. Insert your needle into the stitches connecting the drop bead to the rest of the strand and knot as previously done.
  4. Thread your needle back through the beads towards the drop bead and pull through gently.
  5. Trim the excess thread as close to the last seed bead as possible.
  6. Repeat 1-5 on the other end of the strand.

Once you've cleaned up all of your loose ends, your earrings are complete! Congratulations!

Step 8: Customization Suggestions

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There are a number of ways to customize this project and make it your own. I did very simple and short earrings for this tutorial, but you could make them as complex and long as you have the time/materials/desire for!

Change the bead/thread color or change the bead size! Make them longer by adding more seed beads in between each drop bead, or make them fuller by adding more strands! There are so many options and I just used a lot of this I already had to make my little raindrops.For instance, since my mom has already laid claim to this pair, I plan on making another pair that's longer and with a few more "big raindrops" - I'll be adding more seed beads to each strand and interspersing some more drop beads in between groupings of seed beads. (I'll add photos when they're finished!)

I had a lot of fun making this quick little project and I hope it inspires someone else to either try their hand at (tiny!) crochet or use their experienced crochet skills to put some more crocheted jewelry out into the world!

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