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A customer asked me if I could crochet her a large plastic bag tote to store her paper for recycling. She wanted a very large tote bag 18 inches wide, with a 7 inches base and 12 inches tall. Of course it had to have handles for carrying and be made from recycled plastic bags. I love a challenge and to crochet such a recycled tote bag was fun.

I used around 90 recycled plastic sacks cut 1 inch wide to complete this recycled paper holding tote. I used the double strand plarn making method to crochet this tote. Here are a few photos of the completed bag.

Here is a photo of the recycled tote bag laying flat.

I am working on the written pattern directions and will have the free crochet plarn pattern posted soon.

Remember this crocheted tote requires at least 90 plastic sacks to make so start saving those bags and get ready for the pattern to be posted shortly.[…]

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Here is a new baby hat pattern that features a double post ribbing. These little hats work up very quickly and make wonderful gifts and items for donations. I just recently crocheted these baby hats for our local hospital nursery. They have been requesting more handmade hats for the newborns and I always love a good reason to crochet more baby hats.

Here are a few more crocheted hats with the double post ribbing.

This pattern is a variation of my original ribbed band baby hat. I am going to post the full pattern here for convenience. That way you just have to scroll down to the complete double post baby hat pattern below. For a preemie size hat directions, please refer back to the original pattern as I only posted newborn and 3 month old baby sizes in the pattern below. Also the original pattern includes directions on how to crochet a striped hat using two different colors of yarns.

Double Post Baby Hat Pattern

Finished baby ribbed hat measures:
3-month old = 14 inch circumference by 6 inches long with WW yarn
Newborn = 13″ cir by 5-1/2″ long with WW yarn

Hooks:
H (5 mm) US sized crochet hook for 3-month baby
G (4 mm) US sized crochet hook for newborn

Materials: 1 ounce Worsted Medium Weight or Aran Yarn

Ch 3 and join to form ring. Hat pattern is worked in the round without turning.

Rnd 1
Ch 2, work 11 Hdc in ring and join to beg Ch-2. (12)
(Ch-2 counts as first Hdc st.)

Rnd 2
Ch 2, Hdc in same st and 2 Hdc in ea st around. Join with Sl St to beg Ch-2. (24)

Rnd 3
Ch 2, *2 Hdc in next st, Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * around Join with Sl St to beg Ch-2. (36)

Rnd 4
Ch 2, Hdc in next st, 2 Hdc in next st, *Hdc in the next 2 sts, 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * around Join with Sl St to beg Ch-2. (48)

Rnd 5-13
Ch 2, Hdc in each st around. Join with Sl St to beg Ch-2. (48)

Ribbing Band:
Ch 2, *work front post double crochet (FP Dc) around next 2 Hdc stitches of prior row, then work back post double crochet (BP Dc) around next 2 Hdc of prior row*. Repeat by working 2 FP Dc then 2 BP Dc around except for last stitch (see tip below). Join with Sl St to top of Ch-2.

Tip: The Ch-2 at start of row is your first BP Dc so your row should end with a BP Dc before you join to the beg Ch-2. But if your stitch count doesn’t come out even, just work an extra BP Dc at end of row and join to the Ch-2. This way your next row will come out with even stitches and it really won’t be noticeable later.

Make sure you have 2 sets of FP […]

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Need a carrying case or sleeve for your laptop? Do you have a whole bunch of plastic bags that you’d like to recycle? Well you are in luck as here is a recycled plastic bag yarn (plarn) project for crocheting a laptop computer sleeve. This pattern uses up about 63 plastic retail sacks and creates a nice and sturdy carrying case for a laptop. The laptop shown is 15 inches wide by 10.5 inches and 1.5 inches deep.

As you can see the laptop fits in nicely and the holds the weigh just fine for carrying.

Should you have a larger or smaller laptop or tablet, just adjust the pattern by chaining additional stitches to start (or less) and crochet extra rounds to get the desired length you need. As always the free crochet pattern is found below.

Laptop Computer Sleeve Pattern

Materials needed:
Approx. 63 plastic grocery bags cut 1 inch wide

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

Hook: “K” (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Description: Recycled laptop computer sleeve
Sleeve case measures 16” wide and 12” long with 5” handles

Directions:
Using K hook, Ch 40.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain st down to end. Work 2 Hdc in end st, then continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in each st to other end then work 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 2 -5
Hdc in each st around to first end, work 2 Hdc in each of the three end sts, then Hdc in each st to other end, then work 2 Hdc in ea of the three end sts. Do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.

Rnd 6 – 29
Continue working in rounds and crocheting 1 Hdc in each stitch around entire bag bottom. You will see that your bag begins to turn up from the bottom portion piece as you work up.
Sleeve is about 11 inches long at end of round 29.

Rnd 30
This is the round where you begin the handles. You want to mark the center 14 stitches at center front and back side of the bag for the handle openings. The center 14 stitch length is about 3.75 inches wide for the handle opening.

Start this round at the side edge of bag and crochet 1 Hdc in each stitch until you come to the mark of the 14 stitches of the center, Ch 15 and leave the 14 stitches un-worked for handle, then Hdc in remaining stitches and across other side to the 14 stitch center mark for handle opening for the other side.

Ch 15, leave the 14 stitches un-worked for handle opening on this side of bag to match the front side. Hdc in each stitch around until you reach side of bag. Check your work to make sure the back opening and handle matches the […]

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Happy New Year Everyone!

2018 was a great year for our crafting for Warmth for Warriors. As you may know, I head up the Warmth for Warriors group on Ravelry. Each year we knit and crochet warm, wool hats for our soldiers serving overseas and for soldiers and veterans here at home. We also make and collect small handmade Christmas stockings. The little stockings are stuffed by the Warmth for Warriors organization with small soaps, toiletries, and candies and shipped overseas to our troops as a little Christmas gifts.

We just received the final counts for last year on our hat and mini Christmas stocking drives. Warmth for Warriors received 3,295 wool hats and 877 acrylic hats in 2018 for a grand total of 4,172 hats. 3,746 hats were received in 2017.

As for the mini Christmas stocking drive the total number of stockings received in 2018 was 3,648! We blew out our achievement for 2017 which was 2,819 stockings.

Thank you all for your support of Warmth for Warriors for our troops.

We are just kicking off the 2019 charity crafting drives for Warmth for Warriors (W4W) this month. It’s never too early to start making hats and Christmas stockings for the troops. If you’d like to come and join us at our Ravelry group, we’d love to have more members as we have made a lofty goal of 4000 mini Christmas stockings in 2019. Let’s make 2019 a banner year for W4W crafting![…]

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Merry Christmas! I have been recycling old Christmas cards into ornaments for years. I just love taking the beautiful old cards and repurposing them.

It is very easy and children especially can enjoy recycling the cards and crocheting around the edges. Here is the instructional tutorial on how I recycle the cards into these ornaments.

Also be advised that if you don’t want to crochet around the card edges, you can always use a craft needle and yarn to whip stitch around the edges for decorating.

Here are some of my creations for 2018.


As you can see, I love to mix and match the shapes and yarn colors to create fun recycled Christmas card ornaments. These make excellent little gifts and are fun to attached to gift packages too.

Wishing everyone out there a very special and blessed holiday. See you in the new year with more recycled and crochet ideas. […]

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I saw this cute granny square tree ornament and just knew I had to try it.

The tree on the right was the first one I crocheted. I had trouble with the pattern and couldn’t get my stitch counts to come out to match the pattern. So I improvised and did my own thing to get the tree to come out looking okay.

I reached out to the pattern designer Squibbly Bups for the Granny Christmas Tree pattern to figure out the pattern as written. I heard back from her and found out she counts the Ch-1 as stitches so that is why I was off on my stitch counts. I re-worked the pattern which is the tree ornament on the left.

I also changed up the base of the final row on the tree to just work single crochet stitches evenly along the base before starting the trunk. For the trunk I chained 8 and worked 3 rows for the trunk on each of my trees. With only 2 rows, the trunk was too small for my liking.

Final thoughts – overall a very cute crocheted Christmas tree ornament![…]

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Here is a Dollar Store towel and 2-potholder set. I took these Dollar Store items and added some crocheted cotton to spice them up.

The brown Dollar Store towel was folded in half and a waffle towel topper pattern was added to the top. The free double layer waffle towel topper pattern can be found here. Super easy with no cutting, sewing or other prep needed before crocheting the towel topper onto the towel.

Here is a closeup of the potholders. I simply added stitches of single crochet yarn around the hanging loop evenly to match the towel. Super easy and a great up to customize the set to match.

The result is a cute and very inexpensive homemade gift transformed from a $2 Dollar Store purchase. […]

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Another Ravelry member of our Warmth for Warriors group introduced me to this Grannies Square blanket pattern. The pattern from Doug Speeckaert features a repeating 2-row granny square pattern which looks great and lays flat. The free crochet pattern link to the pattern can be found here.

In this next photo of the center, you can see how you do a traditional granny square type stitching and then the next row is a fill-in row of double crochet stitches. I think this really helps to allow the blanket to lay flat and not ruffle.

The pattern works nicely for using scrap yarns for each row and then I crocheted a few rows in the same color of yarn to create my blanket. I also used two skeins of Red Heart Stripes in latte stripe for the first blanket. I crocheted both of my blankets to a lapghan size for use by Veteran’s in wheelchairs. Both blankets are 32 inches wide.

Here is one more blanket crocheted using this blanket pattern. I call this lapghan blanket Blues Grannie Square.

For this lapghan I used just one skein of Red Heart Stripes in colorway polo stripes. I crocheted a row or two in the Stripes yarn and then used a skein of RHSS in blue to fill in the blanket. I finished with 5 rows of the pattern in the RHSS blue and did one final row of single crochet stitches to complete the trim.

So in closing, I love this Grannie Square blanket pattern. I definitely will be crocheting more blankets using this awesome pattern.[…]

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Crocheted towel toppers are an excellent charity item. They are quick to crochet and are a desired item for charity fundraisers. They also make excellent gifts.

I have several different free crochet patterns for making towel-toppers. Here is a link to all of my towel topper patterns.

The next few towels use the pointed-handle towel topper pattern. These dollar store towels which once you add the crocheted towel-topper, really make a nice handmade gift.

Another is one of the new Christmas towels at the Dollar Tree, which makes a great candidate for a towel topper as shown here. The jingle bell closure adds a bonus for a Christmas-themed gift.

Next is a Fall themed towel that I got on clearance.

Finally here is a colorful towel that has the waffle pattern towel topper added to the top.

All of these crocheted towel toppers use my no-sew, double layered towel method. This provides a nice thick kitchen towel plus the great look of a handcrafted item to your project.

So keep in mind if you want to crochet some towel toppers for charity or buy them for gift-giving, either way you can support your charities and help with their fundraising. […]

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Here is a new crocheted baby hat pattern to share. It combines a scalloped edging that I have posted before but I added it to a hat mainly worked in the round. I like this crochet pattern as the hat doesn’t have the normal joining. Therefore it doesn’t have the noticeable line running down the back of the hat where the joining was made.

Below you will find the free crochet pattern for this hat. Please use it freely for gifts, charity and fundraisers. If you use a contrasting yarn for the scalloped edging, just join the new yarn and chain 1 on the inside edge of the hat. Then work the scalloped edging instructions as written.

Scalloped Baby Hat Pattern
H (5 mm) crochet hook for newborn size – 4.5” long by 12” Cir – Gauge 3 HDC rows=1”, 4 HDC sts=1”

G (4 mm) crochet hook for preemie size – 4” long by 11” Cir- Gauge 7 HDC rows =2”, 10 HDC sts=2”

Baby weight yarn (light 3) – 1 Ounce of yarn

Ch 3 to start and join to create a ring or use a magic circle to begin.

Don’t turn work until you are directed to do so on the scalloped edging.

Round 1
Ch 2 (counts as first HDC) and work 11 HDC into the ring. (12 HDC)
Join with slip stitch to top of Ch-2.

Round 2
Ch 2, work HDC in same St, and 2 HDC in each st around. (24 HDC)

Don’t join after last HDC. You will now begin to work in the round without joining or chaining to start a new round. Use stitch marker if desired.

Round 3
*SC in next st, 2 SC in next st*. Repeat between * around. (36 SC)

Round 4
*HDC in each of the next 2 sts, 2 HDC in next st*. Repeat between * around. (48 HDC)
Width should be approx 3.5” wide for newborn and 3” to 3.25” wide for preemie at this point.

Round 5-14
HDC in each st around. (48 HDC)
On the final round of the hat in the last 3 stitches of the round, end with SC in last 2 stitches and slip stitch into final stitch of round. Don’t worry if edge doesn’t look exactly even as you will be folding over the scalloped edging and it hides the edge.

TIP: You lose about an half inch once the scalloped edging is added and you fold over the edging. Add another round if needed at this point to get the desired hat length.

Scalloped Edging:

Ch 1 and turn to inside. SC in back loops only (BLO) working from the inside of the hat so the scallops will face out once folded to the outside of the finished hat. Join with a slip st to Ch-1. (48 SC)

Still working from the inside of the hat but working in both loops of each st, Ch 1, *SC in next st, skip 2 sts, work 8 DC […]

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