This is a very easy way to refresh your hoop earrings and add some color to them.
For starters we’ll need all of our working material in one place. Depending on the mood I use the mercerized cotton, cotton thread or embroidery thread (Anchor brand for the last two). For this project I was using the Anchor Marlitt 10m in purple and a 1.65mm crochet hook, and two hoop earrings (you may choose whatever size you prefer).
In the beginning it will feel really awkward to crochet around the hoop but stick through it and you will be rewarded!
To get started bend your thread at the end, creating a loop, you want to leave the end that’s about 1 inch long and crochet both threads in a first stitch, like so:
the next stitch and all the following are made in the same manner, it’s as if you are making single crochets in the magic loop. All you need to do is go in the hoop, pull the yarn up, reach for the yarn again and pull through.
As you can see, I hide my tail as I work around the hoop, it’s easy but not necessary, you may always leave it out and hide it in later with a help of a simple needle. Continue working in the round, until you reach the other end of your hoop.
This is what your work should look like.
It’s important to check you work, before starting on the second row, the way to do it is to bend your stitches inside the hoop, if you see the metal poking through, you don’t have enough stitches, if your stitching is cramped and gets really wavy, you have too many stitches.
Now it’s time to turn your work and start working on the second row, let your yarn hang inside the hoop. I do not count my stitches on the hoop, because there’s always a different amount depending on what type of yarn or thread I’m using. So the next instructions are not going to fit all hoops, you’ll have to follow your intuition and judge for yourself to determine how many stitches you need to skip.
Ch 3, skip 3 sts (or 4 if you have a bigger loop) dc in the next st, skip 3-4 sts dc in the next loop. Repeat till the end of the row. An important thing to remember is to make sure your work doesn’t tend to feel lose, it needs to be tight and straight around the hoop.
Turn your work, time for round 3. Ch3, skip 2 dc, dc in the next dc loop. I usually can fit only 3 or 4 dc in the 3d row. You can see me connecting the last stitches on this picture, as you finish your last dc in the row, connect it with the first one, by getting through 3d chain, of ch3. Cut your thread/yarn, BO. Using a sawing needle hide your ends.
With some hoops, you will feel that you need to skip every other dc loop, and that’s perfectly fine. Just follow your intuition here and feel the density of your work, if it feels lose when you crochet it, it will not look good, it will bend and bubble up.
Before you start working on the second hoop, make sure you place them mirror like, so the clasp end of one is facing left and the clasp end of the other is facing right. This way your earrings will have the same pattern on the appropriate side.
I hope this tutorial was helpful and easy to follow. I wish you amazing results and have fun creating!