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Flower Child Headband - Crochet Pattern

Do you remember making those daisy chain crowns from the tiny flowers in the grass? That is what I was going for. My oldest daughter loves all things girly. Which we find hilarious, because she is a determined, tenacious, little bruiser of a little girl. She loves flowers and especially flowers that go in her hair. I was inspired to make her a headband with tons of flowers.


Most of the flower headband patterns I have seen, including some of my own, have you make the headband separately and make individual flowers and sew them on one by one. Most fiber artists will tell you that the sewing and weaving in ends is our least favorite part. I wanted to make something with the least amount of ends to weave in. After some trial and error, I created the Flower Child Headband. I love it because the white yarn is never cut except at the final cut to finish off the headband. The yellow centers are the only ends to weave in, and I actually use those ends to help secure the flowers to the headband!

I used Aunt Lydia's #10 Crochet Cotton thread to make a dainty little piece that fits both my 8 month old and my 2 year old! I love making headbands that adjust to your baby's head so you don't have to buy a new one every time they outgrow it, which seems like every month.



I added the headband to my Etsy shop, but if you want to have a go at making one yourself, you can also purchase the pattern on Etsy, or on my Ravelry store.

I would love to see your Flower Child Headbands! 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
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Itty Bitty Bow Headband - Crochet Pattern Video Tutorial



So many of my crocheting friends have asked me how I make my Itty Bitty Bow Headbands. While the pattern itself is super simple, the construction and sewing of the bow is hard for me to explain, even with the photo tutorial below. So I decided to make my very first pattern video. I would love to know what you think!


P.S. Pay no attention to my kids shouting in the background. They were fighting about tortilla chips, naturally.

Materials:
F hook (3.75 mm)
Yarn of choice (I use Caron Simply Soft)
Scissors
Needle for weaving in ends
Nylon headband (see tutorial below to make your own from a pair of tights)

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Sl st - slip stitch

Written Instructions:
With F hook, chain 30
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, and in each remaining ch. (29 sl sts)
Cut yarn, leaving 6 inches for sewing bow

Make a bow by folding ends over and crossing over the middle. Use needle to weave the yarn through and wrap around the middle of the bow and the nylon headband. For a better description of how to sew the bow together, see video above.

Photo Tutorial:

With F hook, chain 30

Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, and in each remaining chain. (29 slip stitches)

Fold right side over and cross over the middle to form one loop.

Cross left side over to form the other loop.

Use the short end to tack the bow in place.


Use the long end to wrap around the middle of the bow AND the nylon headband. Wrap around for a total of 6 wraps.
Knot the ends in the back. Weave in ends, and cut the remaining tails.

Nylon Headband Tutorial:
I learned how to turn tights into nylon headbands using this tutorial on Pinterest. The short of it is to cut a piece of nylon from the thighs of the tights approximately 1 1/2 inches wide. Use your thumbs to stretch the piece out and let the nylon roll up on itself. It will create a small headband that is super stretchy and perfect for growing with baby's head.



I would love to have your feedback and to see your Itty Bitty Bow Headbands. Tag me on instagram @craftsbysarahliz so I can see your work!

The Itty Bitty Bow Headbands are also available for purchase on my Etsy shop.

*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 use my videos
- You may not sell this pattern or its photos or videos or claim it as your own

© Sarah Gross - Crafts by Sarah Liz

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Watermelon Baby Bib - Crochet Pattern


I was inspired by the summer weather to make this watermelon baby bib. It works up quickly to help catch all that baby drool.



The crochet pattern is now available on my Ravelry store or Etsy shop. Here are some details of what is included in the purchase of the pattern:

Size:Based on the tightness of my tension, the dimensions of the finished bib are approximately 6 inches wide and 4 inches long (not including ties). Feel free to go up or down hook sizes to adjust the size of the bib. Materials:G hook (4mm)Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn) in Red, White, Green, and Black.Large eye needle for weaving in ends Abbreviations:Ch - chainSc - single crochetDc - double crochetSl st - slip stitchSc decrease – single crochet decrease (single crochet 2 together)RS – right sideWS – wrong side
Pattern will include:Written instructions in English. Photos showing the steps of the pattern. 8 Page PDF file.




I would love to see your watermelon 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

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Baby Flip Flops - Crochet Pattern


Is there anything cuter than baby toes? I could just eat them up. My favorite season is summer because those sweet baby toes aren't covered up by the socks or booties that they wear in the winter. A lot of the cute sandals and flip flops wouldn't stay on my baby girl's feet so I designed my own. These feature ankle ties to help keep them on your baby's feet. And the little ties look so cute around their ankles!

Here are some of the details you will find in the pattern that is available to purchase on my Etsy shop HERE or Ravelry shop HERE:


Size:
Use hook size to adjust the pattern for multiple sizes. Based on the tightness of my tension, here is what I use:
E hook (3.5mm): 3 Months, sole is approximately 3.5 inches
F hook (3.75mm): 6 Months, sole is approximately 4 inches
G hook (4mm): 9 Months, sole is approximately 4.5 inches

Materials:
Use hook based on sizes above. Adjust hook size if your tension creates a larger or smaller sole than my gauge.
Worsted Weight Yarn (I like Caron Simply Soft or Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn) in 2 colors.
Large eye needle for weaving in ends

Notes:
The sole is worked in a continuous spiral. DO NOT join at the end of each round.
Instructions are in US terms.

For those of you who have not taken up crocheting yet, you can purchase these little flip flops on my Etsy shop HERE.

*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

Happy crocheting!
-Sarah Liz

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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 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

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Little Prince Crown


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 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


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3/24/17
The Rainbow Blanket has a special meaning. A "Rainbow Baby" is a baby born following a miscarriage or infant loss. Many women very close to me have endured such trials, and this blanket is a special memorial to those lost babies, and the blessing of their Rainbow Babies that have followed. I have sold quite a few of these blankets to one specific person who has ordered them for her friends who have suffered loss as a gift of encouragement. I think that is such a sweet thing to do for your friends who are suffering.

If you would like to purchase a Rainbow Blanket, you can do so HERE.

While I do have some original patterns, and even more that I make from my head that I just need to take the time to sit down and write out, I work a lot from patterns of other wonderfully talented designers. This stunning baby blanket is such an eye-catcher. I just love the huge pop of color! I saw a version like this on Ravelry (a pattern-sharing community for knitters and crocheters), and I knew I had to make one!

As I stated previously, this is not my pattern, but it is too pretty not to share. You can find the pattern HERE if you want to make one for yourself. Whenever I post this blanket on my social media, I always get asked what kind of yarn I used. The yarn I use is called Red Heart Gumdrop, and you can find some of the colors at JoAnn and Michaels. However, some of the colors are discontinued and are harder to find. Then, just add in some white for the rows between the shell rows. I did 3 sets of the 7 rainbow colors. With a 5.5mm hook, and my tension, the blanket came out to approximately 34 inches square.

I plan on sharing more of my creations with you whether they are original designs, or my adjustments to other designer's patterns. Don't forget to check out the designer Lahoma Howard on her blog https://goshyarn.com/. In addition to her free patterns on Ravelry, she also sells gorgeous hand-dyed yarn! I would love to see how your blankets turn out. Tag me on your social media so I can follow your work!

Happy Crafting!
-Sarah Liz


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3/13/17


When I had a baby girl, I may have gone nuts with all of the accessories I made for her. Okay, definitely nuts. But everything was just so cute on her! I started making some of my own patterns for her. Here is one of my favorites.

Materials
- F hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn (I used a nice cotton yarn for the summer)
- Scissors
- Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge
The great thing about this pattern is that you can switch up your hook size to make the bow larger or smaller as desired.

Pattern

Headband
1. Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in remaining sts. (5sc)
2. Ch 2 (counts as st), turn, (dc, ch 1, dc) in 3rd sc, dc in last st.
3. Ch 2 (counts as st), turn, (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch space of last row, dc in last st.
Repeat row 3 until you reach desired length. Cut tail, and sew up ends to form headband.

Bow
Row 1. Ch 42, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in remaining sts. (40 hdc)
Row 2. Ch 2, turn, hdc across (40 hdc)
Rows 3-7. Repeat row 2
Finish off, leaving a long tail

Finishing
Sew ends of bow with long tail. Fold bow in half with seam down the middle. Wrap long tail around the middle to pinch the middle in and make the bow. Knot the tail, and then attach to the headband where the seam is. Weave in any remaining ends.

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

To download a pdf version of this pattern, it is available on my Ravelry store:

*Permissions*
- You are free 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

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2/27/17

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

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2/24/17


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.

Materials:
- 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.

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

Instructions

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

*Optional*
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)

*ALT/DC*
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

*Permissions*
- You are free 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

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Crochet Baby Sandals
7/16/2015
With summer in full swing, I wanted sandals for my baby girl, but couldn’t find a pattern with all of the elements I wanted. So I stepped out of my comfort zone and designed 2 different styles. I love how they turned out, and now my brain is buzzing with more designing ideas.

 You can buy the patterns here:
Baby Ankle Tie Sandals
 Baby Strap Sandals


Pattern is in US terms
Size:
3 months
Gauge:
After 1 sole is completed, length is 3.5 inches long and 1.75 inches wide.
Materials:
Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn or Caron Simply Soft
2 colors
F hook (3.75mm)
Large eye needle for weaving in ends
Pattern will include:
Written instructions in English. Photos showing the steps of the pattern. 6 Page PDF file.
Abbreviations:
CH - chain
SC - single crochet
HDC - half double crochet
DC - double crochet
SS - slip stitch

If you don't crochet, but want these sandals, I do have them listed in my etsy shop. Check them out here:
Lavender Ankle Tie Baby Sandals
Blue and Brown Strap Baby Sandals

~Sarah Liz

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The Dinosaur Hat
7/6/2015

Having my daughter has been so different than when I had my son. She is fierce, he was laid-back. She is chubby, he was/is skinny. She is 20 weeks old but we don't know what color her eyes will be yet, his eyes were definitely blue at only 14 weeks. Another thing that is different is what I have been making for them.

Girls are so much easier to accessorize. Headbands, hats, sandals, hair clips, the list goes on. K was getting jealous of all of the things I was making for her. He would ask to wear the pretty bow headbands (like the one below).

I knew I had to make him something, and he loves dinosaurs. I took my favorite beanie pattern (you can find it here), and added some spikes (pattern for spikes below). Voila! K's new favorite hat! You can purchase the hat on my etsy shop as well. (You can find it here)



Spikes (using G hook):
Medium spikes:
CH 12
Row 1. SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC to end (11 SC)
Row 2. CH1, turn. sc2tog, SC in rest of sts (10 sts)
Repeat Row 2 until there is only 1 st left
Cut yarn, leaving long tail for sewing
Make 2 triangles per spike. Stuff with polyester fiber fill and sew shut. Sew onto hat.

Large spikes:
CH 14
Row 1. SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC to end (13 SC)
Row 2. CH1, turn. sc2tog, SC in rest of sts (12 sts)
Repeat Row 2 until there is only 1 st left
Cut yarn, leaving long tail for sewing
Make 2 triangles per spike. Stuff with polyester fiber fill and sew shut. Sew onto hat.

~Sarah Liz

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Close to the Heart
6/15/2015
My project this past week has been very close to my heart. On Sunday we celebrated my husband's Grammy's birthday. I have been blessed with awesome in-laws so I love his family like I do my own. 3 years ago we were celebrating Grammy's birthday, and little did we know that it would be the last time we would see Great Grandma Nan (Grammy's mother). She passed away shortly after that.

(Hubby with Nan --- Photo Credit: Catherine Mijs)

Nan was a knitter and crocheter, and I was given her yarn. This year I wanted to do something special for Grammy so I pulled out her cotton yarn and made some dishcloths.





I used the patterns below for the knitted dishcloths, but wanted to crochet one of them. I didn't have a lot of yarn left, so I made up my own. So I wrote it down and wanted to share it with you.


Some projects I do for my business, some for family or friends, some just to relax. But sometimes, a project hits really close to the heart. These dishcloths were made with double the love. The yarn belonged to Nan, and somehow, that made this project so much more a labor of love.

~Sarah Liz

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Learning to Crochet
6/13/2015

    This is the story of how I went stir crazy. It was September 2012. I had just gone on Maternity Leave from my full-time office job. I was in full-on nesting mode. The nursery was ready, tiny baby clothes were folded, my freezer was stocked with meals. I was ready. And I still had 2 weeks to go until my due date!

   Enter the crochet hook. I already knew how to knit (you can see the post of how that started here: Knitting - So Much More Than a Hobby). But I had already knitted my baby boy quite a few baby hats. I needed to do something. So I went to the craft store, bought a set of crochet hooks and crochet book (this one here: A to Z of Crochet), and jumped right in.

   It's a good thing I started this new craft obsession, because my due date came and went with ZERO indication from my son that he was ready to meet us. I decided to make a blanket I saw my friend making at our weekly knitting/crocheting nights. I didn't finish it before having to go to the hospital to be induced, so I actually took it with me and worked on it while in early labor. I finished it shortly after he was born.
(In the hospital. --- Photo Credit: Cheryl Schlegel)

(Just a few days old. --- Photo Credit: Cheryl Schlegel)

   Thus was born my 2 new obsessions. My son and crochet. 
   My knitting background helped immensely in learning to crochet, and I often combine the 2 in my products.
(You can buy these headbands here: Off White HeadbandLavender Baby Headband)

   My crochet journey has taken off. There is no going back. I look forward to continuing to develop and create, and share my journey and creations with you.

~Sarah Liz

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