Thursday, April 27, 2017

Daisy Baby Bib - Free Crochet Pattern

When my drool monster, er, I mean, when my sweet precious baby started teething, inspiration struck for this drool bib pattern. It turned out so pretty that I just have to share it with you.

-Materials
Cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton in Yellow, White, and Country Green)
G hook (4mm)
Needle for weaving in ends
Scissors

-Gauge
My hook size and tension make the bib about 6 inches wide and 5 inches tall (not including the ties). I do have a tight tension so you may want to adjust your hook size.

-Abbreviations
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single Crochet
Sc decrease - Single Crochet Decrease
Sl st - Slip Stitch
RS - Right Side
WS - Wrong Side
St(s) - Stitch(es)


For a free PDF version of this pattern, visit my Ravelry listing HERE.

-Pattern
Ch 15
1. Sc in 2nd chain from hook, and in the next 13 ch. (14 sts)
2. Ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc in next 12, 2sc
3. Ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc in next 14, 2sc
4. Ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc in next 16, 2sc
5. Ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc in next 18, 2sc
6. Ch 1, turn, 2sc, sc in next 20, 2sc
7-14. Ch 1, turn, sc across
15. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc in next 20, sc decrease
16. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc in next 18, sc decrease
17. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc in next 16, sc decrease
18. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc in next 14, sc decrease

Now working on the shoulders
1. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc, sc decrease, leave remaining stitches, chain 1, turn.
2. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease, sc
3. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease

Other shoulder, sl st in 5th st from the end,
1. Ch 1, sc decrease, sc, sc decrease
2. Ch 1, turn, sc, sc decrease
3. Ch 1, turn, sc decrease

Border
With the RS facing, start at the neck of the bib. Sc along the edge and up the edge of the shoulder. When you get to the top of the shoulder, ch 45, sl st back down, making one of the ties.Sc 3 more sts along the outside of the bib. Now start your shell pattern around the sides and bottom of the bib.

*Shell Pattern*
(Sc, dc, sc) in stitch, sl st in next 2 sts

Continue shell pattern until you reach the beginning of the shoulder on the other side of the bib. Sc along the edge of the shoulder. When you get to the top of the shoulder, ch 45, sl st back down, making the second tie. Continue to sc along the edge until you get back to where you started. Join to first sc. Cut off yarn and weave in remaining ends.

Daisy and Leaf Patterns

-Flower
Magic circle, sc 6 sts in the circle, pull tight and join.
Ch 1, 3dc in same st as join, ch 1, sl st in same st. 1 petal made
*Sl st into next st, ch 1, 3dc in same st, ch 1, sl st in same st.*
Repeat * * until you have 6 petals. Cut yarn leaving a long tail.

-Leaf (make 2)
Ch 6
Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next, dc in next, hdc in next, sc in last. Cut yarn leaving a long tail to stitch leaf onto flower. Repeat for 2nd leaf.

Finishing
Stitch both leaves onto the back of the daisy. Use the yarn tail on the daisy to sew the whole flower to the bib.

I would love to see your bibs! Tag me on instagram @craftsbysarahliz so I can see your work!


*Permissions*
- 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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Breakfast Hash Recipe

Some of my favorite recipes have happened as a result of poor planning. I had a fridge semi-stocked, but not a whole lot of meat to work with. At least, not thawed meat. Most of it was in my freezer, and I had yet again forgotten to take something out to thaw for that evening. So, what did I do? Breakfast for dinner of course! This recipe is great because you only dirty one frying pan! Hooray for fewer dishes to wash!


We begin with bacon. I am going to warn you ahead of time, I start a lot of my recipes with bacon. In the words of my father, "Bacon don't need no reason". I will probably needlepoint those words on a pillow some time in my life. But that is a project for another day. Back to the recipe.

Get those bacon slices crackling in the pan. I had the thick cut bacon on hand so I only used a couple of slices. Besides, it's the bacon grease you want. Once the bacon is cooked up, remove the slices to let them cool. You can chop them up for bacon bits to add at the end.


Add your cubed potatoes to the bacon grease. Add a little salt and pepper, and fry until golden brown. Remove the taters from the pan.


Add a swirl of olive oil (about a tablespoon) to the pan. Add your diced onion and bell pepper and a little salt and pepper to taste. Saute those veggies until they get nice and soft.


Add your sliced green onions and some minced garlic. While your green onions and garlic get cozy with the onions and peppers, time to get those eggs ready.


This is my son's favorite part. Crack those eggs into a bowl. Add some milk and salt and pepper. Get a fork, and scramble them up.


Add the eggs to the veggies and stir while cooking them to a delicious scramble.


When your eggs are ALMOST done, add those taters back in to heat through.


Add some cheese and those bacon bits from earlier, and voila! Breakfast for Dinner!


This is how our dinner turned out. K had to have his airplane be a part of the photo. He got blueberries with his dinner. You can also add your favorite salsa or hot sauce for an extra little kick. The hubby likes sriracha on his hash.

You can switch up the veggies, or add some sausage too! I would love to hear how your Breakfast for Dinner turns out!

Happy Cooking!
-Sarah Liz

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Recipe
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-Ingredients



2 slices of bacon
1 large potato diced into cubes
Olive Oil
1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
Shredded Cheese





-Instructions

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon slices. Once they are cooked, remove bacon slices. Add your cubed potatoes to the bacon grease. Add a little salt and pepper, and fry until golden brown. Remove the potatoes from the pan. Add a swirl of olive oil (about a tablespoon) to the pan. Add your diced onion and bell pepper and a little salt and pepper to taste. Saute until they get nice and soft. Add your sliced green onions and minced garlic to the pan.

In medium sized bowl, combine eggs, milk, and salt and pepper. Add to veggie mixture in pan. When scramble is almost done cooking, add potatoes to the pan. Cook until potatoes are heated through. Chop up the bacon from earlier, and put it on top of the hash along with some shredded cheese.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Little Prince Crown - Free Crochet Pattern


I was working on an order recently for a gold princess crown, and my nephew was watching me. He asked me to make a crown for him. Obviously I could not say no. The pattern for the princess crown that I was using is a little too feminine for him. So I whipped up a pattern that night. And then my son saw it, so I had to make another one. I decided I might as well write it down here to share with you.

Materials
- I hook (5.5mm)
- Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)
- Scissors
- Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge
This pattern has different sizes based on how many multiples of 6 stitches and hook size. Your tension and yarn choice may affect these sizes. 

Sizes
0-3 Months:     4.5mm hook         54 sts
3-6 Months:     5mm hook (H)      54 sts
6-9 Months:     4.5mm hook         60 sts
9-12 Months:   5.5mm hook (I)    60 sts
Toddler:           5mm hook (H)      72 sts
Child:               5.5mm hook (I)    72 sts

Abbreviations
fsc - Foundation Single Crochet
sc - Single Crochet
sl st - Slip Stitch
dc - Double Crochet
tr - Treble Crochet
ch - Chain
ch sp - Chain Space

Special Stitches
Foundation Single Crochet - If you are not familiar with this stitch, Moogly has a great tutorial HERE


Pattern
1. Fsc 50, 60, or 70 based on sizes above, join to first fsc to create loop
2. Turn so the band is now inside out, sc across, join (do NOT turn)
3. Ch3 (counts as dc), dc in each st across, join
4. *Skip 2 sts, in next st after the 2 skipped sts (3dc, 1tr, ch1, 1tr, 3dc), skip 2 sts, sl st in next* Repeat in between * * to end, join
5. Sl st up shell to ch space, *sl st in ch sp, (ch1, dc, ch1, sl st) in ch sp. Sl st in next sts to next ch sp.* Repeat in between * * to end.
Weave in ends.


I would love to see your crowns! Tag me on instagram @craftsbysarahliz so I can see your work!

*Permissions*
- 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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Homegrown Models

My children have greatly inspired my product lines. To me, nothing is cuter than seeing babies in one of my creations. Naturally, I engage the services of my children to model my adorable creations. I may be biased, okay definitely biased, but I think that they are just the cutest little models that you ever did see.


My first model was my son. I like to call him the One-Shot-Wonder. He is so photogenic that I often get a great photo on the first click. Just look at those eyes! He is such a sweetheart, and he loves getting his photo taken. When I am taking photos of his sisters, he usually asks to have some taken as well. Who could say no to photographing this happy child? Now that he is a little older he likes to hold my camera (with my hand ready to catch the potentially falling camera) and he likes to be the photographer!


I thought I took a lot of photos of my son. But then I had a daughter. I went overboard. Way, way overboard. She was, and is, more of a challenge to photograph than my son. I often have to shoot using the sports mode because she rarely sits still (read: never ever stops moving). But she is a little charmer, and she knows it. I just love her curious nature, and my favorite way to photograph her is to follow her around the yard with my camera. The photo above of her modeling my Earhart Aviator Hat perfectly captures her fabulous personality.



My youngest is not quite as fond of the camera as my older two. She is simply stunning when I can get a good photo of her, but she has her own ideas of when and where that should be (read: fed, rested, and fresh diaper). I have to work a little harder to get her to smile for me. But when she does, it lights up the whole room.



I adore my little homegrown models. I love capturing their personalities through the lens. I love scrolling through photos on my computer and watching them grow up right before my eyes. Best of all, I love having these memories captured to enjoy forever.

What are some of your favorite things about photography? Do you have your own homegrown models to work with?

Happy Photographing!
-SarahLiz