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Hashbrowns Bags Recycled

March 28, 2017 No comments yet

I have been saving hashbrowns 5 pound plastic bags to recycle them into a crocheted basket. I saved 5 bags and cut them into plastic bag yarn or plarn. Because the bags are made from thick plastic, I cut one long continuous strip about 1/2 inch wide. I joined the strips together with a knot which I then just hid within my stitches as I worked the basket.

Each bag cut in a single 1/2 inch wide strand equals 23 yards of plarn. When I started this project I had 5 bags cut up and began crocheting the basket using my small recycled plastic basket pattern. Here is the link to crochet the project […]

Waistcoat Crochet Mini Christmas Stocking

March 17, 2017 1 comment

Here is a new crochet pattern for a mini 6 inch long Christmas stocking. This pattern uses the waistcoat stitch. I love the look of this stitch as it appears to be a knitted sock when it is really crocheted. Here is a link to a waistcoat stitch tutorial to help demonstrate how to crochet this knit-look stitch. I also found doing graph images can add a nice touch to a crocheted waistcoat stocking.

I have been practicing this stitch and I must say it is a bit hard to master. It is very dense and finding the V space to crochet into can be difficult. I found a larger crochet hook helps and crocheting in bright light makes it easier too. One important tip to pass along is to go slow and have patience as you crochet this stitch. I also found that the more I practiced the stitch, the better I became so keep at it if you find it difficult.

In working the heel in waistcoat stitch, you have to cut the yarn for each row. I found in future stockings I crocheted that it was easier to work the heel in regular single crochet stitches. It also helps so the heel isn’t so pointy looking. I have included both options below in the written pattern. So if you want to do the whole stocking in the traditional waistcoat stitch you can or use option 2 below.

Waistcoat Mini Christmas stocking pattern
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5-1/2 to 6 inch Mini Christmas Stocking
H (5 mm) crochet hook ā€“ 1 ounce of medium weight yarn (50-52 yards)

Chain 3 and join to form circle or you can use a magic circle.[…]

United Wavy Ripple Lapghan

March 4, 2017 No comments yet

I ordered 3 skeins of this cool red and blue marble United Caron yarn on-line through a close-out sale. I thought it would be perfect to crochet a lapghan for the Warmth for Warriors blanket drive.

I crocheted this lapghan using the wavy ripple lapghan pattern and chained 107 stitches to start to make a blanket that was 34 inches wide. I crocheted using an[…]

V Stitch Blanket and Scarf Pattern

February 22, 2017 2 comments

I have a new crochet stitch that I am just in love with. It is called the V Stitch and it is very easy and simple to crochet many different projects using this stitch. I have already used the stitch pattern to make a blanket and a scarf.

There are several different versions of the V Stitch and I do mine without a chain stitch between my double crochet stitches. It makes for a less-holey project and works up faster for me without having to chain between stitches.

To crochet the small blanket or lapghan, I chained 101 stitches to start with a H (5 mm) crochet hook. […]

Mother Bears for 2017

February 15, 2017 1 comment

Here are my first two bears for the Mother Bear Project for 2017. These both were crocheted in the round without turning or chaining to start each round. I have a seamless bear tutorial here if anyone wants to learn more about how I crochet my bears.

The Mother Bear Project is an organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.

Photos are shared of the children receiving the bears from time to time through the organization. I must tell you that it is just priceless when you see a bear you have made in the lovely arms of a child so far away. I just spotted this Scotty bear of mine that I crocheted in 2016 in the last photo group.[…]

Converting a Square to a Granny

February 3, 2017 No comments yet

I crochet this beautiful Margaret Square. I wanted to continue and convert it over to a granny stitch square to create a baby blanket. So here is my mini tutorial on how I converted this crochet square over to a granny stitch blanket.

Using a H (5 mm) crochet hook I slipped stitch over to the corner space and chained 3. Worked 2 more double crochet (DC) in corner and then chained 2, work 3 more DC in same corner space. Then skip 2 stitches and work 3 DC in next stitch, repeat this to next corner and work 3 DC, chain 2, and 3 DC all in corner space. Repeat around and end the row with a slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain 3.

The result is now an 8 inches square which you can just continue working in the granny stitch method. To begin each new row, just slip stitch over to the corner space and chain 3. Then work 2 more DC in corner, chain 2, and 3 more DC in corner space. After that you simply need to work 3 DC in […]

Hexagram Star Dishcloth Pattern

January 3, 2017 No comments yet

I have a new crocheted dishcloth pattern to share. I am calling it the Hexagram Star Dishcloth. Quoting Wikipedia, “A hexagram (Greek) is a six-pointed geometric star figure” which I thought was a perfect name to describe my new 6 point crocheted dishcloth.

I posted several pictures of the hexagram dishcloth below using different color schemes and cotton yarn scraps. As you can see, you can mix and match different colors to create many various looks for this crocheted dishcloth pattern.

Hexagram Star Dishcloth Pattern

Six point dishcloth measures: 10 inches at widest point
Hook: H (5 mm) US sized hook
All pattern directions in USA crochet terms.

Materials:
Sugar & Cream cotton yarn 2 ozs

Ch 5, Sl St to form ring. (You can also start with a magic circle.)

Rnd 1
Ch 2, (counts as 1 Hdc throughout) in ring work 2 Hdc, Ch 1. *3 Hdc in ring, Ch 1.* Repeat 5 times. Sl St to top of Ch 2. (6 corners)[…]

Merry Christmas the Recycled Way

December 24, 2016 2 comments

I was thinking about my recycled craft projects and as I was recycling some old Christmas cards, I thought of a great Christmas greeting. Merry Christmas the recycled way! It sums up what I think about much of the time and a fun message this time of the year.

Here are more Christmas ornaments that I made by recycling old Christmas cards and crocheting an edging around them. For more details check out the recycled Christmas card tutorial.[…]

Trio of Christmas Stockings

December 20, 2016 3 comments

Here is my trio of Christmas stockings I crocheted for the grand kids. I crocheted each one in their favorite colors and added bells to the girls’ stockings. The red one is for my 1 year old grandson so I did not put the bell on his for safety reasons.

I crocheted these stockings to 7 inches long and about 4 inches wide. I used a variation of this stocking pattern and just crocheted even on 29 stitches at the toe. I crocheted the heel and upper portion just keeping in the pattern shape with the additional stitches. I have crocheted this mini Christmas stocking so many times I can practically do it with my eyes closed. So it was easy to adapt to a bigger size. Just more stitches and more rows.[…]


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