I've finally created a crochet piece that's all my own! It's not complicated at all but it mixes my two favourite things; crochet and jewellery :) And I was just dying to use this yarn for something I would wear often, I love this colour.
And, because it was so simple to make, you can adapt it really easily by using different weight and/or colour yarn, making more or less chains or using different jewellery components :)
Materials (I'll list exactly what I used, but as I said, it's really easy to substitute or flat out change anything):
Bernat Craft 'n' More yarn in Ultra Peach (100% acrylic, Med , 50g/1.75 oz)
Size 3.75mm hook (US F/5)
Metal jewellery caps
2 moonstone beads
24 gauge copper wire
Pliers with a wire cutter (jewellery pliers are usually best because they don't make marks on the wire and having separate wire cutters makes things easier, but I don't have any of those so I used regular pliers with a cutter)
14.5" of metal chain
2 copper jump rings
1) Chain 70 and finish off (gives a chain of about 14" long), leave a tail of at least 3" - make 7
2) Gather the tails of all the chains at one end so that the ends of the chains are at the same spot.
2) Separate the chains into two even groups (mine made one group of three and one group of 4) and tie the groups together in a simple knot using the tails.
4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other ends, cut off the tails and then slightly twist the chains together (if you lose a but of twist as you work through the next steps, don't worry, you can add extra twist in the last step).
5) Cut about 2" of wire and slide it through the knot at one end.
6) Wrap one end of the wire around itself (I couldn't get a good picture of this one...). This wrap doesn't have to be pretty because the caps are going to cover this part in the end, but here's a great little tutorial on creating a wire-wrapped loop, which is essentially what this is http://www.artbeads.com/howtomawrlo.html
7) Slide the cap onto the wire, and then the bead and then make a wrapped loop; you'll want this one to be pretty :) Try to keep the cap as tight to the chains as possible and wrap the loop so it sits tight to the bead so that the cap and bead don't slide up the wire and reveal the not so pretty ends of the chains. (Repeat steps 5-7 for the other end.)
8) Attach one jump ring to each copper loop, make sure you've got your chains twisted to your liking and then attach your chain to your jump rings. Et voila! One necklace :)