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T-Shirt with Crocheted Yoke

October 27, 2010 6 comments
T-Shirt with Crocheted Yoke

This month’s challenge over at Trash to Treasures on Ravelry has been to do a wardrobe re-do. This means to take some old clothing item and transform it into a new and useful item. I have had this striped t-shirt that I have been saving just for such a project. The neckline was frayed and this old tee needed to be upcycled into a new shirt.

Here is the before photo of my t-shirt.

Next I cut off the top of the shirt as shown.

I loosely followed the Drop’s crocheted yoke pattern that was added to the top of a knitted sweater for my project. I first zig-zagged around the top cut edge of my shirt to prevent it from unraveling. I ended up running around the top edge twice just to make sure the seams wouldn’t fray. I chose Lion Wool yarn in midnight blue and it took just one skein (3 ozs) to completed my yoke. Using a #7 steel crochet hook, I worked around the top edge by poking a hole and pulling my blue yarn through the hole. I did a single crochet stitch evenly all long the front, underarms, and the back of the shirt. I used a G hook from this point on.

Once my base row was completed, I needed to reduce the number of stitches around, so I work 2 single crochet stitches together around the entire next round. I then worked round 3 with a double crochet in each stitch and chain 30 (8-1/2″ long) for the sleeve opening on each side of my shirt. From here I worked more decreased evenly over the next rounds while somewhat following the chart in the Drops Design pattern. I did find I had to make more decreases to get the yoke narrowed down but in the end it turned out nicely.

Here is my final crocheted yoke photo. The dark wool just doesn’t want to photograph very clearing but you can click on the photos to supersize them. So if you have an old t-shirt, consider adding a crocheted yoke to give it a new look like I did in this wardrobe re-do project.

Recycled Trick or Treat Bag

October 13, 2010 10 comments
Orange Parn Trick or Treat Basket

Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve been saving plastic orange newspaper bags for quite awhile so I could crochet a recycled trick or treat bag. I just got it finished in time and am here to share the project with everyone.

This trick or treat bag features a milk jug base so its nice and sturdy. With a sharp pair of scissors, just cut around the bottom of the milk jug as shown in the photo below. The jug I used had a line around the base so it made it easy to cut it evenly around the bottom. By recycling a plastic milk jug, you create a trick or treat basket that will hold its shape and your candy nicely.

Once you finish crocheting the bag, you can always add more embellishments like eyes and a mouth to the project. I took a few pieces of VCR tape and created a quick face for my trick or treat bag. So this concludes my Halloween project for the year. Enjoy the free crochet pattern below — Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat Plastic Plarn Basket

Materials needed: One ball of orange plastic bags cut into strips 3/4 inch wide and interlocked
to create a ball of plarn – (Approx. 20-25 bags)
Small amount of green plastic bags cut into plarn for strap
One plastic milk jug

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

Hook: K (6.5 mm) metal crochet hook

Description: Orange Trick or Treat Basket –
Basket measures 9 inches across front and 6-1/2 inches tall with 14 inch handle strap.

Ch 3 and join with a Sl St to form a ring.

Out of the Pink

October 8, 2010 14 comments
Out of the Pink

Just when everyone is getting into the pink and promoting pink for breast cancer awareness, I’m posting about being out of the pink. My being out of the pink is a really good thing. Because what I’m referring to is my being free of breast cancer.

For those that may not know about my pink journey, you can read all about it at the link provided. I haven’t posted about my cancer in quite awhile. Not that I don’t think about it but sometimes it’s just good not to have to dwell on cancer too much. For the first year after being diagnosed with cancer, that’s all I could do was think about my cancer. At times it felt like I could never NOT think about it. It’s always on your mind and you try real hard not to let it drive you crazy. Then as time goes on, it gets better. It’s not in every thought you have. It’s not the first thing you think about when you wake up and it’s not the last thought you have when you drift off to sleep. You do learn to deal with it or at least come to terms with it.

The battle is never easy and at times unbearable. But for me, time has helped and my body has healed. It’s been just over two and a half years now and with just having completed scans for cancer two weeks ago, I have good news. I am so happy to say — I’m out of the pink and into the NED. NED being no evidence of disease. All I can really say is praise God and try to remember to enjoy each and every precious moment of life.

If you take nothing else from this blog post, I hope you take a moment to be thankful for your health, your life, your family, your faith, and remember all those who are still battling this vicious foe. Some day all our tears will be wiped away and there will be no more pain, no more sadness, and no more death.

Fat Bottom Bag from Recycled Bread Bags

October 3, 2010 15 comments
Recycled Bread Bag FBB_s

I have been working for several weeks now on a custom-ordered recycled bread bag project. The client wanted a fat bottom bag (FBB) crocheted from bread bags. What made the project unique was that the bread bags are from her husband’s bread factory. She collected bread bags from the factory’s floor of damaged products and mailed them to me to crochet her FBB.

I cut the bread bags into strips about 1/2 inch wide and created plarn using the same method I do for plastic grocery bags. I didn’t count the number of bags used but I believe its around 50 bread bags. I used the FBB English pattern here. I added the flap and button option which is detailed at my plastic fat bottom post link which also has the English chart link as the original pattern is written in Portuguese.

Working with the bread bags was much harder than the thin newspaper bags that I used in my first plarn FBB. The bread bags are so stiff making it difficult to do the gathering portion of the bag. But I was able to get it accomplished and lined the bag for my special order customer.

Here are some photos of the project as it progressed.

Beginning of crocheted shell of FBB

Shell and lining completed

The final photo shows the flap with the button sewn in place. I am excited for my customer to receive her custom-made repurposed bread bags. I hope she enjoys her unique recycled fat bottom purse.

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