Summer Crochet Earrings

Summer Crochet Earrings in the design of sand dollars laying on a wooden circle with shells and mini sand dollars around

Summer Crochet Earrings

These Summer Crochet Earrings are perfect to wear when the weather is warm and the sun is shining! I love the design of Sand Dollars and am still dreaming to find one on a beach someday! With their simple lines and flower-like centers they are unique and easy to crochet. These summer crochet earrings are large and lacy (about 2 1/2″ across) so definitely a statement accessory but I also show you how to turn the earring hoop into a simple pendant necklace if large earrings aren’t your style.

The Summer Crochet Earrings project turned into a simple pendant necklace using one of the sand dollar-like round motifs and a tassel

Skill Level and Stitches You Need to Know

Even though all of the stitches in this project are basic crochet stitches I am rating it as an “Intermediate” pattern because it can be challenging to work with the very thin Size 10 cotton crochet thread. If you are new to working with thread, I highly recommend making this pattern first with medium weight yarn and a 5 mm hook to practice the stitches before you crochet with the thread. The stitches used in this project are the slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

Fun Facts about Sand Dollars

Did you know that when Sand Dollars are alive and living in the ocean they are actually purple with bristles? They are related to sea stars and sea urchins. Sand Dollars also are known by many different names across the world: Sand Cake, Sea Biscuit, Cake Urchin, Sea Cookie, Snapper Biscuit and Pansy Shell! The Sand Dollar actually breaths through their petal-like holes and they cannot live out of water for more than a few minutes. Sand Dollars are an important part of ocean life. To read more about these fascinating creatures, click here.

Let’s get started on this free crochet earring pattern!

Skill Level: Intermediate

(The crochet stitches used in this project are very basic but working with the thin thread can be challenging so that is why I rated this project “Intermediate”)

A summer crochet earring hanging on an ear


2 ½” across

Supplies for the Summer Crochet Earrings:

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Size 10 cotton crochet thread in a natural/off-white color – 1 ball

1.65 or 1.5 mm crochet hook (If you have a tendency to crochet loosely, then I recommend using the smaller hook)

Embroidery needle (or yarn needle with thin eye)

2 large earring hoops (2 ½” diameter) – see preparing hoops below

2 silver ear wires

2 jump rings (4 mm)

Jewelry pliers

Optional: White glue or fabric stiffener and plastic wrap (small amount)

Additional Supplies needed to make into a necklace: 4″ x 4″ square of felt; Hot glue gun/glue sticks; Necklace cord and clasp; Tassel; Flatback gem

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Adjustable Ring: Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk;

*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Instructions for the Summer Crochet Earrings:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Photos are shown with bulky weight yarn so easier to see the stitches and steps

Round 1 of the Sand Dollar Earrings completed with green yarn and large hook

Round 1:

Work 5 sc in adjustable ring – draw ring to a close; join with sl st to 1st sc.

(If you don’t want to do the adjustable ring, you can substitute Round 1 with this: Ch 2; work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hk; join with sl st to 1st sc. (This does give you a small hole in the center which you can sew up later or add a bead/gem inside) )

Round 2 of the summer crochet earrings completed with thick yarn

Round 2:

(Ch 11, sl st in 11th ch from hk, st st in same st, sl st in next st) around. (5 petals)

Round 3 completed of the sand dollar earrings with stitch markers in each of the double crochet stitches at end of petals

Round 3:

(Sl st, 5 sc, 2 hdc, dc (mark with a stitch marker), 2 hdc, 5 sc, sl st) in each ch-11 sp around. Fasten off.

Round 4 completed of the sand dollar motif earrings

Round 4: 

Join with sl st to top of dc of any petal (that is marked with a stitch marker); (ch 10, sl st in top of next dc in next petal) around; join with sl st to 1st sl st. (5 ch-10 sps)

Round 5 completed of the summer crochet earrings

Round 5: 

Ch 13 (counts as first hdc and first ch-11 sp), (hdc in next sl st, ch 11) around ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch-13. (5 ch-11 sps)

Round 6 completed with thick green yarn of the sand dollar earrings

Round 6: 

Sl st into next ch-10 sp, sl st into 2nd ch of same sp, ch 2 (counts as first hdc of round); (10 hdc in same sp, hdc in 9th ch, ch 1, hdc in 2nd ch of next ch-10 sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sl st. (60 hdc and 5 ch-1 sps)

Prepare the Hoops:

Before you begin Round 7, make sure to prepare the earring hoops as shown in the photo below – You’ll want to do this step whether you are making the earrings or the necklace pendant

Close up photo of the earring hoops and how to alter them to work for this summer crochet earrings project

The earring hoop on the left is what it looks like when you purchase it – The black arrow on the left is pointing to the small wire length that is meant to insert in ear

Using jewelry pliers bend the large hoop up so it is at a 90 degree angle from the rest of the hoop (as indicated by the black arrow on the right) and cut off small wire piece that is meant to insert into ear

(If you are using basic wire rings that do not have any parts for attaching to an ear, then just work Round 7 around ring – you will then need to sew the jump ring on to the crocheted part of the earring and attach the ear wire to the jump ring to complete)

Crocheting the sand dollar motif to the earring hoop

Round 7: 

Working in both loops of Round 6 and around metal frame of earring hoop, sc in each hdc around and work 2 sc in each ch-1 sp around. Join with sl st to 1st sc making sure earring hoop protrudes from this last round. Fasten off. (70 sc)

Finishing of the Summer Crochet Earrings:

Weave in ends

Lightly steam block each earring and lay flat to dry.

(Steam blocking is when you hold a hot iron about 1-2″ above your project and blast it with steam for 10-20 seconds – be careful to not touch your project with the iron!)

Optional: Once earrings are completely dry after steam blocking and with Right Side facing down on plastic wrap, add a small amount of white glue or fabric stiffener to the Wrong Side of each earring. Let dry completely. For help with stiffening your crochet projects, you can watch this video tutorial here.

Attach ear wire with jump ring making sure that Right Side of earring hangs outward.

A close up image of the sand dollar motif in the necklace project

To make the necklace: Glue completed sand dollar on ring to coordinating or contrasting piece of felt; Trim off excess so felt is same shape and size of crocheted motif

Attach matching tassel to bottom center of motif and glue on flatback gem to center

(I used the Clover Tassel Making Gadget to make my tassel in the same thread that I crocheted my sand dollar motif – Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to use this neat tool!)

Thread necklace cording through earring loop (that we bent to be at a 90 degree angle) and attach necklace clasp

A close up photo of the summer crochet earring on a wooden background

Completed Summer Crochet Earrings!

And there you have it, your Sand Dollar Earrings (or Sand Dollar Necklace) is complete! These Summer Crochet Earrings would make a great gift for someone who loves the beach or has a summer birthday. I love that they are light weight and easy to crochet. Who would you make a pair for? Let us know in the comments below – I love to read about your ideas and crochet plans!

You can find all of my FREE crochet patterns here and if you’d like to see more of my jewelry patterns, click here – Jewelry is one of my most favorite types of projects to crochet!

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A long pinterest image with sand dollar earrings and sand dollar necklace included in it

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