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If you haven't tried crochet but would like to, this is the perfect project to begin with, it only uses two basic crochet stitches.
Chain, ch - Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through to form a new loop.
Double Crochet, dc (US single crochet, sc) - Insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the work only, yarn over hook draw the yarn through both loops on the hook.
For more information on crochet stitches have a look at Crochet Basics
I used Double Knitting cotton yarn and a size 3 1/2 (9 UK, E4 US) hook but this is open to experiment and what you have at hand!
CORKSCREW SPIRAL NECKLACE
Foundation chain: rule of thumb is you need to chain a length twice as long as the finished necklace. I like to do the chain in one colour and my spiral in a complementary colour.
Basic pattern: into each of your chain loops you make 4 Double Crochet stitches (1 ch, dc 4) this you repeat until your necklace is finished.
The corkscrew effect occurs naturally, the work just curls around on its self.
Fastening: either make the necklace big enough to slip over your head or make a loop and button fastening.
With a tail measuring about 65cm (25") cut the yarn and thread it through a crewel needle. With the tail of yarn, your finger being at the end nearest to the cord, wind the yarn 5 times around your left hand's forefinger. With the needle and yarn work around the loop using a buttonhole stitch. Secure loop to chain. (take a look at the relevant photographs below it might make sense!)
Experiment: try a different number of Double Crochet stitches in each chain loop, 2,3,4,5 or more! Make your spiral on only part of your chain (top photograph) Change colours or use random dyed yarn.