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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.

Bunny Baby Lovey

April 3, 2022 No comments yet
Bunny Baby Lovey

Here is my crocheted bunny baby lovey for my newest granddaughter who was just born. Baby loveys are just so cute and there are many different patterns with lots variety to choose from. I chose this bunny lovey pattern from Crochet 365 Knit Too. The crochet pattern is free at the website.

Below is a closeup of the head. I had to double up my thin yarn to make the head and ears more sturdy so it did come out a bit bigger than the pattern. Generally I think it turned out fine and I enjoyed crocheting the pattern.

The crochet pattern makes a wonderful baby lovey blanket and is well written and easy to follow. So if you are looking for a baby lovey project, I would recommend checking out

2022 Christmas Stocking Drive

March 13, 2022 No comments yet
BLO Mini Christmas Stockings

I am kicking off my first post for the 2022 mini Christmas stocking drive for Warmth for Warriors. Warmth for Warriors (W4W) organization is again requesting help to crochet, knit, or sew mini Christmas stockings for the troops. Stockings should be 6 inches long and any pattern style or color is accepted. Stockings that are a little smaller or larger are okay too.

The miniature stockings will be filled at W4W Headquarters with soaps, toiletries, and candies for overseas to our troops as a little Christmas gifts. The little stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

These stockings were all crocheted using my free BLO mini Christmas stocking pattern.

Last year the W4W Christmas stocking drive received 4072 in stockings! We are hoping at least to reach the mark again or better in 2022. Below is my first full batch of stockings for the 2022 drive.

If you are interested in helping with our drive this year, please come join us over at


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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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