Red Heart® Day of the Dead Earrings

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by Andee Graves, Red Heart®

Red Heart® Day of the Dead Earrings

Whether you’re observing the Day of the Dead or Halloween, the skulls on these earrings add just the right touch.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Use a gauge of Rounds 1-4 = 7?8” (2 cm). Gauge is not critical, fabric needs to be firm. Finished earring will measure 1¾” (4.5 cm) tall and 17?16” (3.5 cm) wide. Skulls are crocheted in joined rounds from the center out. Two skulls are made for each earring. Faces are embellished then skulls are lightly stuffed and sewn together. Special Stitches sc2tog = [Draw up a loop in next st] 2 times, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
  • 2
    Skull (Make 2 in each color) Round 1: Starting with first color, make an adjustable slip knot, ch 2, work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with slip st in first sc; pull beginning yarn tail to close center – 7 sc. Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around; join with slip st in first sc – 14 sc. Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 7 times; join with slip st in first sc – 21 sc. Round 4: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 7 times; join with slip st in first sc – 28 sc. Round 5: Ch 1, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 4 sts, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, (dc, ch 1, sc) in next st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc next st, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times; join with slip st in first sc – 30 sc, 6 dc and 2 ch-1 spaces. Round 6: Ch 1, [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in ch-1, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, dc in next 4 sts, (dc, hdc, sc) next st, sc next ch-1, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc next st, [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times; join with slip st in first sc – 35 sc, 2 sc2tog, 2 hdc and 6 dc. Round 7: Ch 1, [sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc next 2 sts, 3 sc next st, sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc next 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc next 3 sts, 2 sc next st, [sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] 2 times; join with slip st in first sc – 50 sc and 2 sc2tog. Fasten off.
  • 3
    To embellish Skulls, use photo as a guide, embroider mouths and noses on skulls with second color. To make eyes, sew sequins in place with one seed bead in center of each sequin with beading thread and needle to make eyes. Using second color, sew 2 skulls Wrong Sides together with whipstitch around edges. Lightly stuff and sew jump ring firmly in place at top of skull. Use pliers to connect earring wires to jump ring.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Aunt Lydia’s® Classic Crochet Thread White 104209114
  • Aunt Lydia’s® Classic Crochet Thread Black 104209115
  • Susan Bates® Steelite Crochet Hook Size 6 inch US-2/1.5 mm 104236358
  • Nicole™ Crafts Bead It Seed 8/0 Black 104247944
  • Nicole™ Crafts Spangles 3.5 oz. Multi-Color Spangles 104256985
  • Nicole™ Crafts Jump Rings 7mm Silver 104244294
  • Nicole™ Crafts Earwire Fish Hook Silver 10 pc. 104244067
  • Small amount of fiber fill stuffing
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Beading Needle
  • Yarn needle
  • Matching beading thread