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Christmas Stockings in July

July 31, 2021 1 comment
Mini Christmas Stockings for W4W

Just wrapping up my Christmas in July stockings for Warmth for Warriors. Here is the group of stockings I have crocheted. These are all about 6 inches long and will be filled with little goodies for the troops for Christmas.

We will continue to make stockings for Warmth for Warriors until November. So if you’d like to help us out, come visit our Warmth for Warriors group here. We also make hats for our troops all year long and would love to have more help.

A special thank you to all the people who joined in our Christmas in July event at Good Things Together. We had a fun and successful event in support of our troops.

Congratulations to Lisi aka KnitnArnd who won

Christmas in July

July 2, 2021 1 comment
Christmas in July

Well it is July and we are kicking off our Christmas in July theme. We are once again promoting mini stocking-making for Warmth for Warriors over at the Good Things Together group on Ravelry.

Each year we host a Christmas is July event for handcrafted stockings that will be filled at W4W Headquarters with soaps, toiletries, and candies for overseas to our troops as a little Christmas gifts. The little stockings filled with goodies are a wonderful way to say thank you to our troops and give them a little Christmas cheer during the holidays.

Here are some patriotic mini Christmas stockings I crocheted using the cuffed stocking pattern with the fold-over option. You can find more of my free crochet Christmas patterns here.

Please join us in supporting our troops and making mini Christmas stockings this July. There will also be a prize for all participants in the Christmas in July event. Anyone who makes even one stocking for the event, will be entered in a random prize drawing for

Mother Bear Waving Her Flag

June 14, 2021 No comments yet
Mother Bear Flag Waving

Here is my latest Mother Bear for the Mother Bear Project. This PJ bear was crocheted using the seamless crochet option. This PJ bear is waving her flag in honor of Flag Day.

You can read more about my seamless Mother Bear option, which is crocheted without turning or joining here.

Happy Flag Day everyone!

Vertical Stripes Potholder & Cloth

June 7, 2021 No comments yet
Vertical Stripes Crocheted Set

A friend on Crochetville shared this great looking crochet pattern featuring vertical stripes. The pattern was designed for a dishcloth. The free crochet pattern can be found here.

I crocheted the dishcloth and decided to add a potholder to complete the kitchen set using the same pattern with an H hook. For the back of the potholder, I just crocheted straight single crochet (SC) stitches without the stripes. I put the two pieces together to create a nice double-thick potholder. I used a recycled plastic bottle ring for the hanging loop.

Here is a closeup of the finished potholder which is about an 7 inch square.

More Crocheted Hats

May 8, 2021 2 comments
Dream Weaver Hat

I have been busy crocheting more hats for Warmth for Warriors. I just finished up a shipment of 6 hats and 12 mini Christmas stockings to the organization. Here are a few of my latest finish-offs.

This hat was a new pattern I tried called Dream Weaver. It uses a bulky yarn and I used Premier Puzzle yarn in the Backgammon colorway. This was my first time crocheting a hat with bulky yarn and I was very pleased with the outcome and the pattern was great.

Next is a Lakeside hat that I crocheted using several different bits of scrap yarns to complete. I wasn’t sure about using the blue but I think it came out looking nice with the blue stripe. Some Veteran will enjoy it I’m hopeful. I love the Lakeside hat pattern and you can find the free pattern here.

Below is a striped ribbed band hat I crocheted using my own ribbed hat pattern. This is an old standby pattern I have used for many years. You can find the free crochet hat pattern here.

Just to share the rest of my crocheted hats, here they are.

Plarn Recycled Clothes Pin Bag

April 20, 2021 2 comments
Plarn Recycled Crocheted Clothes Pin Bag

Over 13 year ago I created this clothes pin bag pattern crocheted from recycled plastic bags. I haven’t worked the pattern for several years and decided to make the clothes pin bag for an upcoming charity auction. There is just something special to me to use one of my original pattern to create something new and useful. Here is my latest recycled bag!

The free recycled plastic bag clothes pin pattern can be found here. I used my trusty N (9 mm) crochet hook to work the body of the bag. I did use a new soft touch K crochet hook to work the trim around the opening as I found it easier on my hands. By using the smaller hook, it provides a nice finished look to the opening.

As warmer weather is approaching, maybe you are hanging your clothes out to dry on the line. If so you might need a peg bag. What better way to recycled plastic retail bags than to make yourself a nice handy recycled bag to hold your clothes pins.

As always, enjoy and happy crocheting to all!

Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

April 4, 2021 No comments yet
Basic Crocheted Baby Dress

I have had this baby dress in my queue for years. I finally found time this last week to crochet it for an upcoming baby shower gift. It’s an easy and quick pattern that is easily customized.

I did not add the longer sleeves and just worked the basic pattern and added picots around the capped sleeves and bottom hem.

My Details:
Using an H (5 mm) hook, I crocheted the dress with a 3 ounce skein of vintage Caron Dazzleaire worsted yarn in colorway banana until round 9. Then I added some white yarn for 2 rows for a stripe.

I crocheted the pattern to round 18 when I ran out of the yellow yarn. So at round 19, I crocheted 2 rounds of white and then added the picot stitching around the bottom edge.

My finished length is 11 inches long from neck center to hem. 9 inches wide from side to side under sleeves.

Overall this is a wonderful pattern and it is free over at

Cabled Plarn Purse

March 12, 2021 3 comments
Pink Plarn Purse 2021

Back this month to share my new recycled bag project. Here is my pink cabled plarn purse crocheted with recycled newspaper sacks.

This project was crocheted using a plarn pattern that I created back in 2012. The original free pattern can be found here in which I used recycled plastic bags and some regular Red Heart yarn for the trim and strap. This new purse is crocheted entirely of recycled plastic bags. I have a picture tutorial on how to make plastic bag yarn from these newspaper plastic sleeves here.

Many people always ask me “How many bags does it take to make this?” Well, it all depends but my estimate is that you will need at least

Cabled Hat Pattern

February 27, 2021 No comments yet
Cabled Hat Pattern

A few weeks ago I introduced the cable scarf pattern and just love this stitch pattern. I decided that it would make a great hat pattern also. I have crocheted this hat pattern using several different hook sizes. The I hook makes a ladies sized hat and smaller men’s sized hat. The J hook creates a large men’s hat. I crochet fairly tight so use the hook you feel is appropriate for your gauge. My gauge with an I hook is 2 inches = 7 stitches and 5 rows. Gauge with a J hook is 2 inches = 6 stitches and 4.5 rows.

This blue hat was crocheted using an I (5.25 mm) crochet hook.

Here is the same hat crocheted using a J (6 mm) crochet hook.

My Cabled Hat Pattern
I (5.25-5.5 mm) crochet hook = Adult 21” cir by 9″ long
J (6 mm) crochet hook = Adult 22” cir by 9.5” long

Yarn – 3.5 ounces worsted weight (medium) 4-ply
Note: Ch 2 at beg of each round counts as DC.

Ch 71. Join to make a ring and making sure your chain is not twisted.
(You will be working in the round and not turning your work as you crochet this hat.)

Rnd 1
Ch 1, Sc into the 2nd bump loop in the back of the chain to create a smooth edge.


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Hello, I’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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