When The Animator's Wife sees necklaces like that, she kind of turns up her nose and says, "I could make that." Snotty, I know. But they're so easy! All you need is some wooden beads, a size 2.75mm crochet hook, and some sock-weight yarn or embroidery floss.
Got your supplies together? Good! Now follow along with this simple tutorial.
1. Start with a chain of 6. Join with a slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring.
2. For the first round, work 6 single crochets in the ring. Then, working in seamless rounds, add 6 single crochets to each round until you have a circle roughly the same diameter as your wooden bead.
3. Continuing working in seamless rounds, work the next rounds evenly (without increasing or decreasing) until you have a pouch as long as the bead. Pop the bead into the pouch now.
4. Still working in seamless rounds, decrease by 6 single crochets on each remaining round until the pouch is completely closed over the bead. And you're done!
Notice in the last photo that the crocheted bead is a good 3/8-1/2 inch larger in diameter than the plain wooden bead inside it. Be sure to take that into consideration when picking out your bead size.
UPDATE: The pattern for our Teething Necklace is now available here!