Saturday, 24 July 2010

Squarish earrings

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Squarish earrings by Helena CallumSquarish earrings by Helena Callum


Finished size:
Side of knitted square is approximately 20 mm

Yarn: Habu Textiles A-20, 1/20 silk stainless {69% silk, 31% stainless steel}. 311 yds (277 metres) to 0.5 oz (14 g). Shown in colour 16, lavender.

Notions:
Pair of 2 mm (US0) needles (two dpns work well)
14 seed beads (magatamas shown, size 8s give a more delicate effect)
Beading needle
Sewing needle
Pair of ear wires
Two 5 mm split rings or closed jump rings
Two 5 mm open jump rings (optional)
Two pairs of flat nosed pliers (optional)

Notes: Exact tension/gauge is not important for this project, but it is important to work loosely throughout. Working the fine yarn can be fiddly, especially in the first few rows when it is easy to add loops by mistake, so keep a track of the stitch count

Special abbreviations:
sl2 = Slip 2 sts as if to k2tog
pb = Place Bead: Slide bead up the working yarn until it is as close to the needle as it will come. Work next stitch/es as instructed.
p2sso = pass both the 2 slipped stitches over the st just worked

Directions:
Use beading needle to thread 8 beads onto the yarn
CO 15 sts using the cable method
Row 1 (RS): k15 [15 sts]
Row 2 (WS): k6, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k6 [13 sts]
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13: k across
Row 4: k5, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k5 [11 sts]
Row 6: k4, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k4 [9 sts]
Row 8: k3, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k3 [7 sts]
Row 10: k2, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k2 [5 sts]
Row 12: k1, sl2, pb, k1, p2sso, k1 [3 sts]
Row 14: sl2, pb, k1, p2sso [1 st]
Row 15: k1 [1 st]
Row 16: Cut yarn leaving a 15 cm (6") tail. Pass tail through remaining st and pull tight.

Finishing:
Use beading needle to sew the knitted square to a split ring or closed jump ring, passing the tail through the last bead 2 or 3 times. Secure tail to the WS of the work.
Weave in all ends, and trim.
Ensure all beads are placed on the right side of the work (push them into place if necessary). Shape the square as desired.
Attach the split ring or closed jump ring to the ear wire so that the right side of the squarish shape faces forwards when worn. This may be done by sewing, or by using a jump ring (open and close the jump ring using pliers, as shown on this website: How To: Open and Close a Jump Ring - Art Jewelry Magazine)

Make a second earring in the same way.


Abbreviations:
CO: Cast on
k: knit
k2tog: knit two together
p: purl
p2sso: pass both the 2 slipped stitches over
RS: Right side
sl: slip
sl2: Slip 2 sts as if to k2tog
st: stitch
sts: stitches
WS: Wrong side


P.S. There are some tips on working with wire yarn in this Knitting Daily post


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