Follow along with this free crochet pattern to make your own pair of Equinox earrings, the perfect Fall accessory.
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If you have been around The Cozy Cuttlefish, you know I love to design and make crochet earrings. With just a few materials you can make a pair of custom earrings to match any outfit. They are so lightweight you can wear them all day and not notice!
With the changing of the seasons, I knew it was time to make some Fall earrings to wear while sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
I’ve played around with this circular shape before with my Tudor Rose pattern. This design reminds me of the cyclical nature of time and the changing of the seasons. The Fall Equinox earring is the perfect accessory for a new season.
This is my favorite crochet earring that I’ve designed and I hope you love it too!
What you’ll need to make Fall earrings
To make these crochet earrings there are a few things you’ll need.
First, you will need some yarn and a crochet hook. For the yarn, I use a #10 cotton crochet thread from KnitPicks. These earrings take about 10 yards of yarn, so one ball goes a long way.
To form the earrings I use a 1.0mm crochet hook, but you can adjust the size up or down to make bigger or smaller earrings.
Once your crocheting is done you will need a small tapestry needle to weave in the ends. A tapestry needle is a blunt needle that you can use to pull yarn or thread through existing stitches without splitting through the strands. If you knit or crochet, tapestry needles in a variety of sizes are incredibly useful for finishing projects.
To turn the crocheted pieces into earrings you will need a fabric stiffener liquid to firm up the yarn and make the earrings hang nicely.
To turn your crochet into earrings you will need earring hooks, a jump ring, and pliers. I like to use round nose pliers, but any jewelry pliers will work.
Equinox Crochet Earring Pattern
To start off the pattern, join a chain of 8 into a circle with a slip stitch. This will be the base for the stitches in round 2.
Chain one stitch, then single crochet 16 times into the center ring. Join the last single crochet to the first with a slip stitch into the top of the first single crochet.
Chain 5 then double crochet into the top of the second single crochet from the current one.
Then chain 2 and double crochet into every other single crochet around the circle. This should create 8 spokes.
When you reach the chain 5 space, single crochet to join the round.
Chain 1, then half double crochet 3 times into the chain 5 space.
Then half double crochet 4 times into each chain 2 space all around the circle.
Join in the chain 1 space with a slip stitch.
Chain 4 then double crochet into the same space.
Double crochet, chain 1, double crochet into every other half double crochet around the circle.
Join into the chain 4 space with a single crochet.
Single crochet into the top of each double crochet and each chain 1 space around the circle.
Join to the first single crochet with a slip stitch.
Slip stitch into the top of the next single crochet, then chain 1.
Half double crochet into the top of the next single crochet.
Double crochet into the next single crochet.
Triple crochet, chain 2, triple crochet into the next single crochet.
Double crochet into the next single crochet.
Half double crochet into the next single crochet.
Single crochet into the next single crochet.
Slip stitch into the next single crochet.
Cut the yarn, and pull through to finish.
Crochet a second Equinox earring to make a matching pair.
Weaving in ends
After you’ve finished crocheting each earring there will be two loose ends from the start and finish. Use a small tapestry needle to tuck the ends into the stitches so they don’t show. Then trim the ends off.
Stiffening the earrings
To make sure every stitch is perfectly placed you will need to stiffen your earring before adding hooks.
I use Aleene’s Stiffener and Draping Liquid diluted about 50% with water to stiffen my earrings. I like to use it because it is easy to get, easy to work with, and dries completely clear so it doesn’t affect the final look.
After mixing the stiffener in the water, add the earrings and make sure they are completely saturated. Then take them out of the liquid, shake off any extra, and blot them on a towel you don’t mind getting dirty.
Then find a place to lay them flat until they are completely dry. While the earrings are still wet, arrange the earrings how you want them to look when they are dry. They should be perfectly flat and all the stitches lined up neatly. Once the stiffener liquid is dry you will not be able to adjust the stitches.
Make sure whatever surface you lay them to dry won’t get stuck to the earrings.
Leave the earrings alone until they are completely dry. I usually leave them out overnight and then finish them the next day.
Adding the earring hooks
All that’s left to do now is to add the earring hooks!
I use French hooks, which are easy to find, but you can use whatever kind of earring hook you like best.
You will need jump rings to connect the hooks to the rest of the earring. Jump rings are small circles of metal that can be easily twisted open to connect two small pieces to make jewelry. The French hooks I have purchased have always come with their own set of jump rings. Jump rings can also be purchased on their own if you don’t have any.
To make each earring hang properly you will need 2 jump rings per earring.
Jump rings come with a jump ring opener, which is a ring you wear that gives you leverage to twist open the jump ring. You will need a small pair of pliers to open the jump rings. I prefer round-nose pliers.
Once the jump ring is open you can use it to connect the hook with the earring by putting it through the chain 2 space at the top of the circle. To close the jump ring, just reverse the twist.
When you link everything together, make sure the back of the earring hook lines up with the front of the crochet pattern so they will lay correctly.
Add earring hooks to each earring and they are all done and ready to wear!
- 10 yards of #10 cotton crochet thread
- 2 earring hooks
- Jump rings
- Fabric stiffener liquid
- 1.0 mm Crochet hook
- Small tapestry needle
- Small Pliers
- Jump ring opener
Ch 8, sl st into 8th chain from hook to join
Ch 1, sc 16 times into center ring. Join with sl st.
*dc in to top of 2nd sc from current sc, ch 2.*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times (7 times total). Join with sc into ch 5 space.
Ch 1, hdc 3 times into ch 5 space.
*Hdc 4 times into next ch 2 space*
Repeat from * to * 6 more times (7 times total).
Join into beginning of round with sl st.
Ch 4, dc into same stitch.
*skip 1 hdc, dc, ch 1, dc into top of hdc*
Repeat from * to * around
Join with sc into ch 4 space
Sc into each dc and ch 1 space around
Join with sl st into first sc
Sl st into next sc, ch 1.
Hdc into next sc, dc into next sc.
Tr, ch 2, tr into next sc.
Dc into next sc, hdc into next sc, sc into next single crochet, sl st into next single crochet.
Break yarn and pull through to secure.
Repeat instructions to crochet the second earring
Weave in ends with a tapestry needle and trim away extra yarn.
Soak earrings in stiffening liquid diluted with an equal amount of water. Pat earrings with a towel to remove any excess liquid. Lay earrings flat to dry.
When earrings are completely dry, attach earring hooks with jump rings and pliers, making sure the front of the earring will face the right direction when the earring hook is attached.
Ch - chain
Sl st - slip stitch
Sc - single crochet
Hdc - Half double crochet
Dc - double crochet
Tr - triple crochet
The perfect crochet Fall earrings
These Equinox earrings are big and bold. A fun statement earring, but so light you will forget you are wearing them.
These earrings will look fantastic in any color, but I love how they turned out in this fall palate.
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What color do you think looks best? Let me know in the comments below!