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Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

July 24, 2016 2 comments
Recycled Basket with Kitchen Items

I crocheted this plastic basket from recycled plastic retail bags. The bags are cut 1 inch wide and connected using the loop method to create plarn or plastic bag yarn. Here is the free plarn basket pattern I used to crochet the basket.

The basket is filled with kitchen items for an upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser. Included in the basket are potholders, an oven mitt, dishcloths and pot scrubber.

The jute and green granny square kitchen items were shared in a recent blog here […]

Ashlyn Scarflet

July 10, 2016 1 comment
Ashlyn Scarflet

I crocheted this keyhole scarf using the Ashlyn Scarflet pattern. This is a free crochet pattern found over at Craftybegonia’s blog with the scarflet pattern found here.

The pattern stitch is very pretty and here is a closeup of the scarf end area.

I used 3.6 ounces of worst weight yarn to complete the scarf as I did a few extra rows on the decorative ends to make it a bit longer. I used a H (5 mm) crochet hook on my project. The finished length of my scarflet is about 38 inches long by 5-1/4 inches wide. One correction I did find was on second side at end of row 1, I believe should be only Ch 1, turn; rather than Ch 4. Also on row 3, I repeated row 2 of the Urchain Stitch in each Ch 2 space by working 1 SC, Ch 2, 1 SC in the space.

Here is one more photo showing the scarf open […]

Star Trek Mother Bears

July 1, 2016 No comments yet
Star Trek Mother Bears

Each month the Mother Bear group over at Ravelry features a theme for the Mother Bear Project. I wanted to share these two Star Trek characters I crocheted.

Meet Mother Bears James T Kirk and Scotty Scott of starship Enterprise. I tried my best to copy their uniforms from the original Star Trek series including the emblems on their uniforms.

Both of these bears were crocheted using the seamless crochet pattern from the Mother Bear Project. I have a seamless mother bear tutorial that I have posted with helpful tips. In my tutorial I show how to crochet the bears seamless, […]

Baby Round Ripple Blankets

June 20, 2016 No comments yet
Baby Round Ripple Blankets

It is time again to start making baby blankets for the 2016 NICU Baby Blanket Drive. Each year Kathryn over at Crochetville makes and collects baby blankets for the yearly delivery just before Christmas. This is the 10th year of the drive and my 7th as a contributor.

Here are two round ripple baby blanket I crocheted this month. Both of these were crocheted using Aggie May’s round ripple pattern.

The centers were crocheted just using up scraps of yarn I had on hand. Then I used pink and white Red Heart yarns on the first one that measures 24 inches wide. The 2nd round ripple blanket was crocheted […]

Mini Plarn Flower Basket

June 11, 2016 3 comments
Mini Plarn Flower Basket

I needed a little mini flower basket for a garden theme crochet project so I cut some plastic bags very thin to accomplish this tiny recycled plastic basket. The basket is filled with wild Yarrow and Lupine flowers.

I used 2 recycled plastic bags and cut them in long continuous strips just a 1/4 of an inch wide. Here is one bag cut just 1/4 inch wide and rolled into a little plarn ball. As you can see this is thin, single strand plarn. I joined strips with a small knot and then just crocheted over the ends on the inside of the basket to hide the splices.

Mini Crocheted Plarn Flower Basket Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook
2 plastic retail bags cut 1/4 inch wide in one continuous single strand

Finished basket size: 3 inches wide x 2.75 inches tall

Rnd 1
Ch 2 and SC 5 times in the 2nd ch from hook. […]

Granny Stitch Kitchen Set

June 4, 2016 2 comments
Granny Stitch Kitchen Set

Sharing my latest granny stitch kitchen items I crocheted. I used jute cotton yarn for the main yarn color and added forest green cotton for contrast while creating these granny square items.

Potholder crocheted using the granny stitch potholder pattern. I crocheted the center in forest green cotton and then worked the pattern in jute cotton until row 8. Worked row 8 in forest green and row 9 in jute cotton. Trimmed in single crochet with the forest green and added a hanging loop from a recycled water bottle ring.

The granny square dishcloth was crocheted using my […]

Memorial Day

May 29, 2016 3 comments
Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the Veterans who have served and defended our country.
We remember you all and honor you today.

Crocheted Seamless Mother Bear Project

May 22, 2016 3 comments
Crocheted Seamless Mother Bear Project

This is post to help those using the seamless crochet pattern for the Mother Bear Project. I purchased the seamless crochet pattern from the MBP site. After participating in a CAL for the bears, several of us found some valuable tips to help in crocheting the seamless bears. I want to share with you all the helpful ideas and pattern tips that we want to pass along.

I love to crochet in the round without having to turn or join. So after getting the seamless crochet bear pattern, I set out to figure out a way to do just that.

Go to the official Mother Bear Site by clicking on the logo below.

So as I have stated, I wanted to crochet my bear in the round without joining or working chain 1s for each row. Here is a leg piece to show the outcome. This particular leg has just 4 rows in the bear body color and then 11 rows for the pants up to the point where you join the legs together to work the rest of the pants. This varies from the original pattern but depending on your yarn, design, and other factors, crochet as needed to obtain the size and design you desire.

Here is a leg piece to share, I end at the side of the leg and simply join a new color with a SC (single crochet) stitch and work in the round. […]

Granny Stitch Potholder

May 4, 2016 1 comment
Granny Stitch Potholder

I love the granny stitch and it makes such a pretty pattern. It is also a wonderful pattern for using up different scraps of yarn in a project such as this potholder pattern. The front panel is worked in the granny square type stitch and then the backing is done in single crochet stitching. The result is a pretty granny stitch potholder with a thick protective backing.

Granny Stitch Potholder Pattern

Hook: H (5 mm) sized crochet hook
Size: 8 inch square
Materials: 3 ounces cotton yarn – use scrap yarns and trim as desired
1 inch plastic ring for hanging loop. I used a recycled plastic ring from a water bottle for my hanging loop in this project.

With H hook, Ch 4 and join to form ring. Or you can use a magic circle to start.[…]


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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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