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Crocheted Pink and Grey Plarn Sandals

July 1, 2014 2 comments

Here is my finished pair of pink and grey crocheted plarn sandals that I have been working on for months. This truly has been a labor of love and recycled craft challenge to get these completed. I posted my progress with this plastic bag project over the last several months. I crocheted the plarn sandal soles and improved on the pattern I used in the past for making recycled plastic sandal slippers.

I present the free crochet pattern for these recycled plastic sandals below. These can be used at the beach, around the house and garden, or even as shower sandals for college students. For larger or smaller sizes, just add more or reduce the stitches to your beginning chain and crochet the tops wider too as needed.


Pink and Grey Plarn Sandals Crochet Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bag yarn “Plarn” cut 1” wide – Approx. 30 Grey plastic grocery bags and 10 Pink plastic bags

Here is my picture tutorial link showing how to make yarn from recycled plastic bags.

Hook: J (6 mm) metal crochet hook

Description:
Recycled Plastic Bag Sandals – Women’s Size 9 to 9-1/2 M

Directions:
Make 2 soles for each sandal.

Rnd 1
With grey plastic bag yarn (plarn) Ch 21. […]

Moss Stitch Baby Blanket

June 18, 2014 1 comment

The moss stitch is a pretty crochet stitch that I used to make this little baby blanket. There are several versions of the stitch and I used the one below to crochet a preemie baby blanket for the 2014 NICU baby blankets for Christmas drive that Kathryn heads up over at Crochetville each year.

This was my first attempt at using the stitch and because I needed just a small blanket for the NICU babies, I chained 95 to begin using a H (5 mm) crochet hook. This resulted in a beginning chain about 22 inches long. Here are the details in US terms for crocheting a small baby blanket as shown using the moss stitch.

Moss Stitch Preemie Baby Blanket Pattern

Chain 95 using a H (5 mm) crochet hook.

Row 1:
Slip stitch into the 3rd stitch from the hook and then *Hdc in the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch*. Repeat between * across the row.[…]

Crocheted Plastic Bag Soles Part 2

June 8, 2014 4 comments

This is part 2 of my crocheted plastic bag sandal soles. I finally got the two sole pieces crocheted together and here is the progress photo.

Here is a closeup of the toe end and then one of the heel.

One final thing to share. […]

Crocheted Plastic Bag Keeper

June 1, 2014 No comments yet

Here is a crocheted plastic bag keeper made from what else – recycled plastic bags! This photo was shared with me recently from an on-line reader Joan. Joan crochet this bag keeper in black and white to go with her kitchen colors. She also added ribbon at the top for embellishment.

Joan’s plarn bag keeper was made using my crocheted plastic bag pattern.

I always enjoy seeing reader’s completed project and this one was particularly cool to see. […]

Crocheting Plarn Sandal Soles

May 15, 2014 4 comments
Crocheted Grey Plarn Sandal Soles

I am working on a new pair of crocheted plarn sandals. You may recall my first pair of recycled plastic bag sandals I crocheted. This new project is using grey recycled plastic retail bags cut 1 inch wide and assembled using the using the knot and inter-loop plarn-making method.

I am happy to share this photo of the finished crocheted soles for the sandals. It’s been a real trial and error for these soles as I wanted to improve on my original pattern. You may notice that there are two darker grey soles and two lighter ones. I didn’t have enough of one color to complete all four soles. I plan to put two sole pieces together to create one reinforced sole for each sandal. Now that I have the soles done, I can now continue working on the crochet pattern that I will eventually share here on my blog. […]

Basket Weave Dishcloths

May 1, 2014 3 comments
Basketweave Stitching

Crocheting in a basket weave design creates a nice texture and makes for a pretty dishcloth. I tried my hand crocheting in basket weave to create these dishcloths. My friend Kristy helped me with her pattern for this basket weave design cloth. On the first one I crocheted, I did 4 rows in front post and back post sets.

Closeup of the stitching

Here is another crocheted dishcloth that I did following Kristy’s 3 row set pattern.

With Kristy’s permission, I have posted the basic crocheted basket weave pattern that she shared with me below. […]

Denim Trimmed Match Holder

April 17, 2014 4 comments

Here is another great use of recycled denim hem strips from your old jeans. This project uses a strip of hem along with a recycled glass jar to make a handy match holder. Take the screw-on lid from the jar and drill a hole into the lid top for the match opening. Then using the lid as a template, trace around it on a piece of sandpaper. Cut out the sandpaper and glue it onto the lid top as shown.

Here is the top with the sandpaper glued on the lid.

Here is a closeup on the inside of the lid.

Cut a length of denim hem from a recycled pair of jeans and trim it close to the hem line. To get the correct length of denim, […]

Crocheted Baby Vest and Hat Set

April 7, 2014 No comments yet

Using my Ana sweater vest pattern, I crocheted this baby vest using a sport weight yarn vintage yarn called Von-Cott in baby blue. I followed the exact pattern directions using 2 skeins or 3.5 ounces of the sport weight yarn. Finished vest size should fit a 6-12 month baby with measurements 9-1/2 inches wide by 12 inches long.

Here is a closeup of the baby sweater vest.

I also crocheted a ribbed band hat using the vintage Von-Cott yarn. I followed the child’s size crocheted ribbed hat pattern. I needed to make the hat just a bit larger as I was using the sport weight yarn and a G (4 mm) hook. So I followed the child’s pattern details through round 5.[…]

Baby Ribbed Band Hats

March 27, 2014 10 comments

I have been crocheting purple baby hats for the PURPLE baby crying awareness campaign. PURPLE Crying is a program to help parents, caregivers and others understand this normal increased crying in healthy infants and prevent abuse such as shaken baby syndrome.

Details for the hat drive can be found here. They do ask that the hats be at least 50% purple in color and be simple with no straps or hanging pom poms etc.

Here is the baby size hat pattern that I adapted from the adult crochet hat pattern for this project. I have options in the pattern directions below for a 3-month old baby, newborn, and a preemie sized hat.

Enjoy the free crochet pattern and I hope you will support this is very important baby awareness campaign by crocheting or knitting a purple hat.

Baby Striped and Ribbed Band Hat Pattern

Finished baby ribbed hat measures:
3-month old = 14” circumference by 6” long with WW yarn
Newborn = 13″ cir by 5-1/2″ long with WW yarn
Preemie = 11″ cir by 4-1/2″ long with Aran yarn

Hooks:
H (5 mm) US sized crochet hook for 3-month baby
G (4 mm) US sized crochet hook for newborn and preemie babies

Changes for preemie size baby hat shown in italicized text below.

Materials: 1 ounce – Worsted Medium Weight or Aran Yarn
(1 oz of yarn for solid color and 1/2 oz of contrasting yarn for stripes)

With main yarn color, Ch 3 and join to form ring. Hat pattern is worked in the round without turning.

Rnd 1
Ch 2, work 11 Hdc in ring and join to beg Ch-2. (12)
(Ch-2 counts as first Hdc st.)[…]



About Me

Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. I love to learn and share information about crocheted and other items crafted from recycled materials. This is a green, eco-friendly website that is dedicated to recycling and crafting.
This blog and my life have taken on a new journey when on March 10, 2008, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have added a special area on my blog in which I chronicle my journey into the pink.
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