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Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015 No comments yet

Wishing everyone a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving 2015.


Crocheted Arm Sling

November 21, 2015 2 comments

Here is a crocheted arm sling project I create for my 5 year old granddaughter who broke her arm. I looked around and couldn’t find a pattern so just started out winging it in an effort to come up with something that would work and support her arm. As she broke bones in both upper and lower right arm, the cast is heavy and the sling needed to be comfortable to wear with a wide strap around the neck and shoulder.

I have written up the crochet directions for this arm sling but I want to warn everyone that it’s only a guideline. You want to make sure what length you need the arm portion and the strap length before you cut off any yarn. I left my yarn attached for the shoulder strap as I had to rework it several times when I actually was able to have a fitting with my granddaughter. Also because yarn stretches I had to shorten the length by several inches on the strap to get the right drop for the crocheted sling. So just make sure you check the fit before finalizing your arm sling. But this should provide people with a pattern to help crochet your arm sling.

Arm Sling Pattern

3-4 ozs Red Heart Worst Weight Yarn (pink)
Buckle (1 to 1-1/2″ wide)
Hook: H (5 mm) crochet hook

Arm Sling:
10-1/2″ long from elbow to wrist by 5-1/2″ tall with 10 – 14″ strap.
Strap at shoulder is 5 inches wide and then 1-1/2″ wide at buckle.

Row 1
Ch 39, Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st. (38)[…]

Crocheted Seahawks Gear

November 6, 2015 1 comment

It’s football season and people love to have their favorite team’s gear on. I found that if I combined Red Heart Windsor Blue yarn and Spring Green, they were a near match for the Seattle Seahawks gear colors. So… I crocheted several hats and scarves using the Seahawks yarn colors.

I am very pleased with these yarns as they are reasonably priced and are just the right shades to represent the Seahawk colors.

Here is the free pattern link […]

Happy Halloween 2015

October 26, 2015 4 comments
Halloween Pumpkin Yogurt Cup

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween. Here are a few last minute recycled craft ideas. My little recycled plastic bag pumpkin is a great project that only requires a small amount of plarn.

Check out this cool trick or treat bag that was completely crocheted from recycled orange plastic newspaper bags. Here is the free crochet pattern for my plarn trick or treat bag.

One final idea to share is for reusing small plastic yogurt cups. […]

Simple & Comfy Cowl Scarf

October 18, 2015 5 comments

This is a very simple crocheted cowl scarf. The crochet pattern is very easy to follow and works up quickly. I purchased one skein of Red Heart Black and one skein of Burgundy yarn and was able to make 3 scarves. I love how you can just loop it around your head twice and it creates such a nice looking scarf. Simple but cute and easy for a beginner too.

I have two different version of the scarf. The shorter cowl scarf is about 56 inches long and a longer one measures about 6 feet long.

Here are photos of both cowl scarves.

Short Cowl Scarf

Long Cowl Scarf

The Simple and Comfy Cowl Scarf Crochet Pattern

All crochet terms in US terms.

Hook: N (9mm) crochet hook

Materials: 3-4 ounces of Red Heart Black & 3-4 ounces of Burgundy (Red) yarn.

Total yarn is 6 ounces for shorter cowl and approx 7 ounces for longer scarf.

Starting with black yarn, Chain 57 inches to start […]

Heat Wave Crocheted Square

October 9, 2015 No comments yet
Scrappy Pink Heat Wave Square

Here is a crocheted square pattern that I have tried and want to share my results. I love the center of this pattern with it’s spokes at the center. I first work the pattern with a scrap of cotton yarn in tie dye stripes. I set out to try the pattern and crochet just a dishcloth to see how I liked the pattern.

Here is the result of working the pattern to just row 8 of the original pattern using a H (5 mm) crochet hook. I then crocheted one row of single crochet for trim with white cotton yarn. The finished result is a 9 inch square dishcloth.

I next worked the full pattern square using different scraps of yarn I had on hand. I crocheted the pattern using a I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I added a row 12 in Double Crochet (DC) to make it a true 12 inch square. For row 12 I worked a total of 40 stitch down each side […]

Green Recycled Scrubbies

September 28, 2015 3 comments
Crocheted Box Fan Dishcloth

Here are some 4 inch wide diagonal scrubbbies I crocheted using recycled green produce nets. These are soft plastic nets that I purchase lettuce in at my local grocery store. Here is the diagonal crocheted scrubbie pattern that I use to make the scrubbers. It only takes 3-4 plastic nets to crochet each scrubber along with about 1/2 ounce of cotton yarn.

The nice thing about these little scrubbers is that they are sturdy enough to scour your pans and soft enough not to scratch non-stick surface pans. Plus it is a wonderful way to recycle the netting and repurpose them into something useful.

I wanted to crochet a green dishcloth to match my little recycled scrubbers so I tried out a new crocheted square pattern […]

Barbie Doll Sock Dress

September 22, 2015 2 comments

Here is a recycled sock that I made into a Barbie doll dress. I kept this very simple with no sewing. I crocheted the top yoke and straps using a E crochet hook with some fingering yarn.

I used a wool sock that was torn and cut off the bottom as shown below.

I folded over the cut edge of the sock and joined my fingering yarn at the back with a slip stitch. Next I just crocheted around the top edge of the sock by poking my crochet hook into the sock edge and completing each stitch. I worked around the sock edge evenly with single crochet (SC) stitches. I worked my stitches fairly tight as the sock opening was plenty wide enough for the doll. I had 40 stitches around the top edge of the sock.

Next without turning I just joined with a slip stitch to the beginning first stitch. Chain 1 and continued […]

Orange Potholders for Halloween

September 5, 2015 7 comments

I had an old vintage skein of craft yarn in my stash. This chunky orange yarn is from the late 70s and I thought it would be perfect to use to crochet some potholders for Halloween.

The square potholder was crocheted using my corded cloth pattern with a J (6 mm) crochet hook. Because this was a chunky yarn, I chained 23 stitches to start the hotpad and then single crocheted (Sc) in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across. […]


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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.

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