Fun fact? I used to work in a bead shop and I studied jewellery design ate tafe so I’m actually a qualified jeweller. I’m also a qualified watch technician from when I worked in a watch shop when I was at uni. It was really only a matter of time before I came up with a crochet earrings pattern.
These earrings were cooked up while I was watching the Pixar film Coco which is all about the Day of the Dead. It’s a marvellous film – if you haven’t watched it, get on it now! It’s lovely.
I think most creative women have a bit of an affinity with Frida Kahlo (who wouldn’t? She’s fabulous!) and I’ve been wanting to make something with a strong, colourful vibe for ages. One of my favourite crocheters The Little Bee designed this gorgeous Frida inspired Flower Crown and I’ve been wanting to make it for ages but as much as I love it, it’s not really my style and I knew I wouldn’t get much wear out it. I wanted to capture that colourful, powerful, Mexican vibe while making sure I was creating something I’d actually wear. And so the Coco Earrings were born.
These earrings come in two sizes – regular and enormous – depending on your earring style. I also did them in two different colour combos – very colourful and more laid back if that’s the style that suits you better.
Enormous size – Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton Satin 2ply (1.76 oz/50gm; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton) 1 ball in Duck Blue (Colour A), 1 ball in Lipstick (Colour B), 1 ball in Sunshine (Colour C)
Regular sized – Sullivan’s Crochet Cotton Satin 2ply (1.76 oz/50gm; 420 yds/384m; 100% double mercerized cotton) 1 ball in Natural (Colour D), 1 ball in Duck Blue (Colour E)
Steel crochet hook US 7 (1.5 mm)
4 – 1/2-inch (12 mm) Round high bezel earring findings with ring – I bought mine from here. The ones I used are sterling silver but I have very sensitive ears so feel free to use nickel or base metal if you prefer.
PVA craft glue
An old fork