Because one can have neither too many crafts nor too much jewelry, last night I played around with making necklaces from yarn. I began with knitted I-cord, ala this pattern, but found it too terribly frou-frou.* So I grabbed a crochet hook and cursed my way through learning how to crochet a spiral cord, most typically done with beads on thread. I skipped the beads and relied on the yarn — a varigated ribbon and a varigated cord — to provide the gorgeousness. And I think they did:
For the ribbon necklace, I made a centerpiece from beads and copper wire (yes, I actually have stuff like that around the house) and made a loop-and-button closure at the back.
Both necklaces are quite flexible and hang nicely. I used small crochet hooks just big enough to manipulate the yarn and began with a cast-on of 4.
The best part is, they were lots of fun to make and a good way to use up single skeins of beautiful, pricey yarn. A skein would easily make 4-8 necklaces, depending on size. My sibs are always after me to sell my jewelry — I can see myself turning out enough of these to sell. And heck, the sisters & friends might even snag a gift necklace or two.
*I can do gaudy, I can do tacky (often when I don’t even mean to), but I will not do frou-frou.