How to Make a Chain-Stitch Necklacecomments (1) July 9th, 2008
Combine your love of chunky beads with basic crochet in this super-simple project.
First, round up the supplies. To make it easy, be sure to pick yarn that is thin enough to be threaded through the holes in the beads you are using. You'll need a very small amount, so stash dive for this one. Also remember that you can add pretty much anything you can drill a hole through—buttons, small toys, etc.—so get creative. You can use any size hook for this project—a larger hook will make really loopy, loose stitches, while a smaller hook will make snug stitches.
Err on the side of too many beads—you can always make a second necklace. Once all of your beads are threaded, chain 20 or so stitches (depending on your desired length). I like to chain enough stitches so that the beads aren't really resting on the back of my neck, but if you want beads all around, you can start adding beads at any time. Your hook size will probably affect the number of stitches you want to start with, so play it by ear.
Chain a couple of stitches, then add another bead.
Once you've added as many beads as you like, chain 20 (or the same number you added at the beginning of the necklace) to finish it off. Make sure the necklace is long enough so that you can just put it on over your head. Slipstitch in the first stitch of the necklace to join the piece, then knot the ends to secure them. Since it's difficult to weave ends into a chain, try tying a small bead to the end of each yarn strand for a decorative touch instead.
Remember that there are endless possibilities now that you know how to add beads to a crochet chain. Using delicate thread and small glistening beads would make an entirely different style of necklace. If you try this project, please be sure to share your results! I'd love to see them.