“At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.” -Author Unknown
I thought I would share my latest project…. a 40th birthday gift for a friend who loves bold jewelry and bright, cheerful colors. I loved the combination of red, black, purple and green with a few gold accents. This was such a quick, easy crochet project using a heavy-duty thread purchased at my local bead shop. It reminds me of a pricey necklace in the recent J.Jill catalog, and it makes me happy to have made it for less, but also to be able to say, “Here’s something I made for you!” That’s the best part.
1. String all of your beads onto the thread. It takes a lot of beads, so just keep stringing until you have about three feet of continuous beads!
2. Tie a knot in the end. Start with a little bit larger bead and move it to the end. Move the rest of the beads over and start a loop right next to your first bead with your very, very tiny crochet-hook (I used 1.75mm).
3. Chain one, then pull a bead down. Chain OVER that bead and then chain 3-4 times before sliding down another bead. Keep going. My necklace was simply one very long rope. I then made a couple small little bead chains about 4 inches long and attached them towards the end of each side to make little “tassles.”
4. The necklace is meant to be wrapped around the neck like a scarf, so no need to connect the two ends.
5. Wear it with confidence. (Especially if you are “40 and Fabulous!”)