We're excited to share with you a great pattern for showing off your knitting skills all spring and summer long! Today we're sharing another free pattern from designer Mari Chiba from Mari Knits. Mari had these thoughts to share with us about her new design:
These beautiful silver earrings are worked with 32 gauge pure silver wire on Knitter's Pride BambooDPNs. I prefer knitting with bamboo needles when working with silver because it helps grip the metal better. You could use straight or circular needles for this project, but since you're working such a small number of stitches I find that double pointed needles are easier to hold and manage while knitting. I used US 4 (3.5mm) needles for these earrings, but if you'd like a more open weave to your earrings you could use US 5 (3.75mm) or us 6 (4mm) needles. This will also result in a slightly larger earring.
US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed knitting needles (see note above)
2 Silver Earring Wires
25 yards 32 gauge silver wire
CO cast on
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
skp slip 1 knit-wise , k1, pass the slipped stitch over
Leaf Earring (make 2)
CO 3 sts.
Row 1: K1, yo, k1, yo, k1; 5 sts.
Row 2, 4, 6: Knit.
Row 3: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2; 7 sts.
Row 5: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3; 9 sts.
Row 7: K4, yo, k1, yo, k4; 11 sts.
Rows 8-10: Knit.
Row 11: K1, skp, k5, k2tog, k1; 9 sts.
Rows 12-13: Knit.
Row 14: K1, skp, k3, k2tog, k1; 7 sts.
Rows 15-16: Knit.
Row 17: K1, skp, k1, k2tog, k1; 5 sts.
Row 18: Knit.
Row 19: Skp, k1, k2tog; 3 sts.
Row 20: Skp, k1; 2 sts.
Row 21: Skp; 1 st.
Cut wire and pull through the last stitch.
Using the tail from the cast on attach the earring to the earring wire. Weave in the end through the body of the earring and trim. Weave in the end from the tip of the leave and trim. Shape the earring as desired.
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