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Circle of Friends Baby Blanket

January 26, 2014 5 comments

I crocheted the Circle of Friends 8 inch square and just loved the pattern. I decided to use this pretty purple square for the center of my preemie baby blanket. I’m participating again this year in the NICU Christmas baby blanket drive that Kathryn heads up each year. If you are interested, you can join us on Crochetville or through Facebook now.

After crocheting the 8 inch square in purple Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, I added a round using a light-colored lilac yarn by working double crochet (DC) stitches around the square. In the corner, I worked 2DC, Ch-2, 2DC in each corner space around. I worked one additional round in the purple yarn before finishing the basic portion of the blanket in the light lilac yarn. I ran short of yarn so I added the edging using a Red Heart pale plum yarn by crocheting my scalloped edging that I first used on my scalloped baby hats.

The scalloped edging was added by attaching the pale plum yarn, then working single crochet (SC) in each stitch and […]

Felted Fingerless Gloves

January 13, 2014 1 comment

I used my simple men’s fingerless glove pattern to crochet these felted gloves. While the original pattern fits a man’s hand, these felted gloves fit a woman’s hand just fine after felting. They actually fit my hands okay before felting but now with the stitches felted, they fit even more snugly and are nice and warm.

Here are the gloves before I felted them.

I felted the gloves in a pot of hot water on my stove. I used a wooden spoon to stir them and agitated the wool to aid in the felting process. After the hot water bath, I did a cold water rinse and repeated the process one more time to complete the felting of the gloves.

So whether you just want a pair of fingerless gloves or a felted pair, try my free crochet pattern […]

Crocheted Dog Bone Toys

January 1, 2014 2 comments

I crocheted two dog bone toys using this free dog bone toy pattern. I tried out the crochet pattern in the multi-colored cotton first. After working the pattern, I thought it would be a great project to work in recycled t-shirt yarn.

I cut my t-shirt yarn using this tarn-making tutorial. My strips were cut thin as this helps make the material easier to crochet. Using t-shirt yarn about 3/8 inches wide and then stretched, it made a dog bone just a bit bigger than the cotton yarn one.

I used an old white sock cut into strips to stuff my dog bone toys. Using the recycled materials in these projects worked well. The dog bones are soft and should bring many hours of fun for my doggie to play with. Finished t-yarn toy size is […]

Merry Moose Christmas

December 23, 2013 No comments yet

Well it’s nearly Christmas and I just wanted to share this tin moose candle holder. Isn’t he cute? Anyway I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday. I’m just finishing up my last crafting for the holidays and it’s time to start cooking. Oh and relaxing too.

Merry Christmas to all! […]

Crocheted Pointed Towel Toppers

December 14, 2013 No comments yet

I have been on a towel topper crocheting frenzy lately. Here are several of my recent finish offs to share. These were done without sewing and just crocheting into the top layer of the towel. The first one is crocheted in blue cotton with the towel topper added along the top edge. The towel is folded in half with the topper then added which creates a double layered towel.

Next is a towel also folded in half and green cotton used to add the towel topper.

These towel toppers were made using my free crocheted pointed handle towel topper pattern. They require no cutting and no sewing of the towels. Several people have asked me about the number of stitches to do along the top. The answer is […]

Crocheted Mini Scalloped Christmas Stockings

December 3, 2013 No comments yet

Here are several more crocheted mini Christmas stockings I made for the Warmth for Warriors drive. These stockings feature a scalloped top edging.

The socks were crocheted using this Christmas stocking pattern which I just modified a bit. The edging was then added to the top of the sock by crocheting a scalloped edging and a hanging loop. The first two I used a lightweight yarn for the scalloped edge so I only worked 4 DC between 1 skipped stitch. The pattern is as follows:

Attach lightweight yarn at back heel edge of sock with a single crochet (SC) […]

Recycled Turkey Craft Ideas

November 26, 2013 2 comments
Wine Cork Turkey

Well it’s nearly Thanksgiving and I was browsing around and found several cool recycled turkey craft ideas. Check out this cute turkey using a recycled toilet paper roll from Dillydaliart.

Here is a turkey place card you can make using recycled paper such as postcards or lightweight cardboard.

How about using some old wine corks to create a turkey place card for your Thanksgiving table?[…]

T-Yarn Coffee Cup Mat

November 18, 2013 1 comment

I have wanted to learn how to crochet using a Tunisian stitch and decided to try a small recycled material project to start out. I used a strip of t-shirt cut about 1/4 inch wide and then stretched it gently to curl it into what I like to call curled t-yarn.

Using the curled t-shirt yarn and a I sized Tunisian crochet hook, I set out to crochet myself a t-yarn coffee cup mat. I found this Tunisian stitch picture tutorial very helpful in learning the basic stitch.

To crochet my coffee coaster, I started with a chain on of 16 stitches with my t-shirt yarn and […]


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Hello, Iā€™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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