Monday, February 27, 2017

Crocheted Jewelry

While learning how to crochet (see post on how my crochet journey started HERE), I stumbled across an idea for crocheted wire jewelry. Yep, you read that correctly! I was intrigued, and bought the supplies. Little did I know how much more jewelry I would be making. I now crochet jewelry as well as all the usual scarves, hats, etc. It is so different than what I thought I would be doing when I started my crocheting journey. But I love it! Here are a few of the things I have done so far in this new venture.

Crochet bracelets were some of the first crocheted jewelry projects I did. I like the simple elegance of this lacy pattern. I added a natural agoya shell button to finish it off and voila!
Crochet earrings were next on my list. From the dangled leaves to the pretty Valentine's Hearts, there are so many things you can crochet for earrings. I like this because you can take really anything you can crochet and attach it to an earring! So many possibilities, so little time!

I also crocheted with wire to make the earrings above. That was so different from what I had done previously. The wire is much more difficult to work with than yarn or crochet thread. You have to get a small enough gauge wire to bend easily. But then it starts cutting into your fingers as you crochet. I can only do so many pairs of wire earrings before having to stop for the day. But the result is so pretty and unique!

If you aren't of the crafting type, you can purchase all of these above and more HERE
I plan to add necklaces and more bracelets in the coming months. I can't wait to show you more of my creations!

Happy Crafting
~Sarah Liz

Friday, February 24, 2017

Color Block Baby Blanket

Crochet patterns can get complicated. And beautiful! While I do love intricate patterns, this baby blanket is one of my favorites due to its stunning simplicity. It is nothing groundbreaking and it is probably something you could create on your own. At any rate, I want to share what I did with you so you can give it a try.

- I (5.5 mm) hook
- *Optional* J (6 mm) hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn in 4 colors (I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn") With my tension and hook size, I used approximately 710 yards
- Scissors
- Needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size:
With my tension and hook size, my blanket measures approximately 29 x 32 inches.

FDC - Foundation Double Crochet
CH - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
ALT/DC - Alternative Turning Double Crochet


Row 1. With I hook and color A (I started with grey), FDC 100.

If you haven't done FDC before, Moogly has a great tutorial:
Tutorial: Foundation Double Crochet

If you don't want to use the FDC, follow these instructions for the first row:
With larger hook, CH 102. Switch to smaller hook and DC into 4th chain from hook (the 3 chains from the hook count as the first DC). DC in remaining chains. (100 DC)

Row 2. ALT/DC, DC to end. (100 sts)

Instead of the usual CH3 turning chain, I like the Alternative Turning Double Crochet.
The Lavender Chair has a great tutorial:
Tutorial: Alternative Turning Double Crochet

Row 3-15. Repeat Row 2

Change to color B

Repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 15 rows.

Change to color C

Repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 15 rows.

Change to color D

Repeat Row 2 until you have a total of 15 rows.

Finish off, and weave in ends.

I would love to see what color combinations you do! Tag me in on Instagram @craftsbysarahliz and use hashtag #sarahlizdesigns

- You are free to sell what you make from this pattern. I would appreciate links back to my blog to credit me as the designer.
- You may not use my photos
- You may not sell this pattern or claim it as your own

© Sarah Gross - Crafts by Sarah Liz