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Green Handled Plarn Tote Bag

September 17, 2022 No comments yet
Green Handled Plarn Tote Bag

I have been busy crocheting a recycled tote bag for a future charity fundraiser. This bag was crocheted using the free ultimate grocery bag pattern.

The pattern creates a 13 inches long reusable tote bag. I used around 50 plastic retail sacks to crochet the bag. The green handles were plarn I made from lightweight grocery bags that I recycled. Here is a closeup photo below to show the crocheted green handles.

Vintage Peacock Green Stockings

September 3, 2022 No comments yet
Peacock Green BLO Stocking

I enjoy using old vintage yarn in unique colors. These stockings were crocheted using a throwback color from Red Heart Classic yarns in colorway Peacock Green. The crochet pattern used is my BLO Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern and is a free pattern.

These mini 6-inch stockings are for the 2022 Warmth for Warriors stocking drive for our troops. The stockings are filled with little goodies and given at Christmas to our troops. If you’d like to help and see another photo, please click continue

BLO Hat With a Twist

August 6, 2022 No comments yet
BLO Crab Stitch Crochet Hat

Here is an old hat pattern with a new twist. This hat features a crab stitch trim for the final row of edging. Thus a new hat style with a twist!

I used my free BLO hat pattern to crochet the complete hat following the original crochet pattern. Then for one additional row of trim, I crocheted a final row of crab stitches. Crab stitch is just reverse single crochet stitches worked from left to right which creates a twisted look to the project.

The finished size of this hat is

Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2022 No comments yet
Red White & Blue Christmas Stocking

It’s July 4th today so I am sending everyone best wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday. We are doing another Christmas in July this month at the group Good Things Together over at Ravelry. We are promoting the annual Christmas stockings for our soldiers through Warmth for Warriors.

Each year thousands of little stockings are made and filled with goodies for our troops. These little gifts are just a small way we can bring some Christmas spirit to our troops serving during the holidays.


Here is my special little 6 inch red, white, and blue patrotic stocking in honor of our Nation’s birthday today. This pattern is free as well and many others found here,

Cabled Scarf

June 20, 2022 No comments yet
Red Cabled Scarf

I created this cabled scarf pattern last year and decided it was time to crochet another scarf using it. The free crochet pattern is found here. It is an simple pattern with repeats that makes it fast and easy to crochet.

I used an I hook and some donated yarn to crochet this scarf for a local Veteran’s Outreach Program. I know it is getting warmer but hopefully someone will love the red with black striped scarf to keep them warm in the future.

The finished size is 7 inches wide by 62 inches long. Here is one more photo taken of the scarf.

Crocheted Poppy Dishcloths

June 5, 2022 No comments yet
Pointed Poppy Dishcloth

I haven’t crocheted any dishcloths in quite a while. I picked up this pretty ball of Sugar’n Cream cotton in colorway Poppy this last week. I figured it was time to break out some oldie but goodie dishcloth patterns of mine. So here is a 4-pointed cotton dishcloth crocheted using my pointed granny dishcloth pattern.

Next is a star dishcloth that I crocheted with white cotton along with the Poppy colored cotton that was leftover from the above project. I didn’t have enough yarn to do the complete dishcloth with the Poppy so I added white for the center and outer rounds. Here is the link to the free star dishcloth pattern.

Below are both dishcloths shown together.

Patriotic Weekend

May 28, 2022 No comments yet
Patriotic Flag Dishcloth


As we honor those who gave all, I created this post to showcase some patriotic craft ideas. First let us never forgot our Veterans this Memorial Day weekend. Remember and honor them not just this weekend but every day.

I wanted to share some of my patriotic projects that I have created over the years. Maybe you are looking for something in red, white and blue to make this weekend. Here are a few ideas to spur you on.

Here is a simple but easy crocheted flag dishcloth or washcloth project. It also makes a cool hotpad for any table or outdoor BBQ. The free crochet pattern is found here.

How about a patriotic crocheted wheelchair tote.

Recycled Wine Tote Bag

May 8, 2022 No comments yet
Plarn Japanese Knot Tote

Here is my latest recycled bag project. It’s a smaller version of Japanese knot bag wine tote that I crocheted a few years ago. For this plarn wine tote, I crocheted it a few stitches less around and only went up to a standing height of 9.5 inches.

The full written free Japanese Knot Plarn Tote pattern is found here. Just remember for this smaller tote bag use a K (6.5 mm) crochet hook. Adjust the original pattern as desired to reach the size for the tote that you need. The beauty in these patterns is that you can always tweak them to get the desired outcomes.

Below is a photo of my recycled wine tote with a small bottle of wine.

Bulky Double Crochet Hat Pattern

April 19, 2022 No comments yet
Bulky Double Crochet Hat

Here is a new free crochet hat pattern to share. It is a basic double crochet bulky hat that can be crocheted using chunky yarn or 2 strands of worst weight held together. The pattern is simple and works up very quickly. Please enjoy my free crochet pattern!

Bulky Double Crochet Hat Pattern

Finished adult hat measures flat: 21″ circumference by 8.5″ long
Hook: N (9 mm) US sized crochet hook or K hook if you crochet loosely
Materials: 3 ozs Bulky yarn or use 2 strands worsted weight yarn together; and
Small amount of contrasting color for edging (if desired)

Rnd 1
Begin with a Magic Circle to start and work 7 DC in circle and join to top of first DC. (7 sts)
Pull tight your ring to close the hole.


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Hello, Iā€™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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