Christmas will be here before you know it so I have a quick Christmas crochet project for you – Holly Earrings!
I have always loved the shape and look of holly leaves – we have a few bushes in our yard and they always look great. Deep green waxy and pointy leaves with bright red berries – the birds love them, too. 🙂
Of course, the holly and its berries are part of Christmas decorations everywhere and now you can wear them with this project! (Curious about the symbolism of the holly? You can read a little about it here in my post about my Christmas Holly Leaf Scarf – another quick Christmas pattern)
In order to get these so cute and tiny I used Size 10 and Size 20 crochet thread along with some steel hooks. I enjoy creating projects with these smaller supplies but it does take a little getting used to.
Don’t worry – you can work up this pattern with larger yarn and hook to get the hang of it and then switch to the smaller thread later. Plus, the stitches are very basic and easy to make – slip stitch, double crochet, single crochet, half double crochet and a little picot (all explained below). I am working on providing a stitch diagram and video tutorial that will be coming soon.
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Now let’s get started!
Intermediate (Due to Size 10 and Size 20 thread)
(If you are new to working with thread, then practice the pattern with medium weight yarn and a size H/5.5mm hook – you’ll see that the stitches are very easy – I also recommend crocheting this project in sunlight or in bright indoor light)
Light Green Leaf = 1 1/8” long x 1/2″ wide;
Dark Green Leaf = 1 3/8” long x 3/4″ wide;
Berry = ¼” diameter
Yarn: Size 10 crochet thread and Size 20 crochet thread
(Can also use embroidery thread)
Green Size 10 thread: Aunt Lydia’s Myrtle Green Thread
Metallic Red and Green Camellia by Yarnart: Sold by Rowan Originals here
Hooks: 7/1.5mm and 9/1.25mm steel crochet hooks
Other Tools: Jewelry pliers (#4) and embroidery needle (has smaller eye – #3)
Other Supplies: 2 Earring wires (#1 in photo above)
2 heavy gauge jump rings (6mm) (#2)
Optional: Paintbrush and fabric stiffener
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook
Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice
Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook
Ch-2 picot = Ch 2, sl st in back bump of 2nd ch from hk
To help you see how all the stitches work together, I created a larger-than-life-size Stitch Diagram for each leaf and it is available for FREE as a pdf download in Our Resource Library here.
Dark Green Leaf – Make 2:
With larger hook and dark green Size 10 thread, ch 10
Sl st in 2nd ch from hk, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, ch-2 picot in next ch,
Hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, ch-2 picot in next ch, hdc in
next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch.
Now working on other side of ch, ch 1, sl st in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in
next ch, ch-2 picot in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch,
ch-2 picot in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch, ch 1, sl st in
top point of leaf. Fasten off.
Light Green Leaf – Make 2:
With smaller hook and light green Size 20 thread, ch 14
Sl st in 2nd ch from hk, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch-2 picot
in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in
next ch, ch-2 picot, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch.
Now working in the other side of the ch: ch 1, sl st in 1st ch, sc in next ch,
hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch-2 picot in next ch, dc in next ch, hdc in next
ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch-2 picot in next ch, dc in
next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in last ch. Fasten off.
Berries – Make 6:
With smaller hook and Metallic Red thread, work 8 sc in an adjustable ring
Sl st to 1st sc to join. Pop center out toward you and tighten ring. Fasten off
with a double knot. Leave long tails for assembly.
Using photo as a guide sew leaves together with dark green thread creating
large center “vein” with one long stitch; Then sew together at top points
with several stitches
Using yarn tails of berries sew berries on according to placement in the photo
Using dark green thread sew on jump rings to back of dark green leaf near
Tie tail ends on wrong side of project and secure with clear nail polish, hot
glue or cover with a small circle of felt
Open earring wire loop with pliers and join to jump ring; Close earring wire loop
Optional: Paint back of project with fabric stiffener and let dry completely being careful to not get any stiffener on Right Side or on findings
Now your earrings are complete! How did you like making this jewelry? I hope you have fun gifting and/or wearing these Christmas earrings!
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