This is my version with beads instead of buttons. I still have some of those ceramic greek beads left over and my friend gave me a bag of beads for my birthday.
To use beads instead of buttons, I had to thread the 50 beads required onto the yarn before I started, then pull them up as I needed them. The pattern asks you to insert your hook through the button holes and add as you go but that becomes restrictive in what buttons you can use.
The yarn is Rico crochet number 10 and I used a 2mm hook. I also used a wire beading needle (a brilliant bit of kit)
I like wearing it and I liked making it in one Sunday evening.