Recycled Cassette Tape Basket

I’m always on the lookout for new materials to crochet with and like to recycle so this project is a combination of both. Some audio tapes are black and some are brown. I used the brown with brown yarn to make this basket. Video tape is nearly alway black and coupled with black yarn makes a very elegant looking evening clutch purse.

I used the audio tape straight out of the cassette just like a skein of yarn. I made up my basket without a pattern but you can use any basket pattern or make up your own by making a flat circle until the base is as big as you want it. Continue to work with no increases until the basket is as tall as you like. I made this one tall enough to fold back the top to make a cuff.

You can crochet wth the tape alone but be sure to use aluminum hooks because the tape wants to stick a little. Here is a close up of the stitches.

It’s like adding highlights to your hair. A little bling brightens the whole project. Nylon cord from the hardware store works up wonderfully as does household twine. A friend of mine buys sweaters at the thrift store unravels and reuses the yarn. I hope you will look for unusual sources of material to crochet with.

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Hearts Desire Doily

This is another free pattern from Red Heart yarns. The pattern, which may be found HERE has a chart showing the different finished sizes that different thread sizes produce. I used size 3 crochet thread with a size F hook. This project can be finished in less than two hours and I think it is prettiest in red or pink.
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Baby’s First Ball

Baby’s First Ball
This is a fun project and I’ve made several as gifts for babies. The pattern is the same as a bath scrubby or loofah. You put 25 to 35 single crochets in a ring (magic ring or chained ring) then 3 dc (you may use 5 for a VERY dense result)in each of the singles around. For rows 2-4 you place 3 dc in each dc around and you’re finished!

I used only 25 sc into ring and 3 dc in each stitch of rounds 2-4. The only difference I made was to slst a primary colored yarn into the top of round 4 to make a pretty contrast to the white cotton. Baby’s fingers love the feel and easy grip and the colored yarn is visually stimulating.
These are as fun to make as they are to play with! Have fun.

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Scrubby Spa Cloth

Scrubby Spa Cloth

I recently discovered Red Heart Scrubby Yarn. It would make good dish scrubbers for sure, but I have another idea. When you rub it you’re reminded of a loofah. So I used a strand of Scrubby held with a strand of Peaches and Cream 100% cotton to make a spa cloth. (Scrubby is difficult to work alone.) Even with the two strands I found that a large hook is required. Also, a rather loose pattern stitch makes the project easier to crochet.

For the pattern I chose the Moss stitch which is also known as the Granite stitch, Linen stitch or Woven stitch and came up with the following pattern using two strands and a size M or 9 mm crochet hook.

Spa Cloth

Chain 22. (Any even number of stitches will work.)

Row 1 – sc in 4th chain from hook then *ch 1, sk 1, sc* to end of row ending with sc then ch 2 and turn.

Row 2 – sc in ch 1 sp of previous row. Then *ch 1, sk 1, sc* across ending with sc in sp used to begin previous row.

Continue working row 2 until desired size. I made 20 rows. Finished size is approximately 9″ x 9.5″.

Scrubby yarn exfoliates and feels wonderful on your skin. Enjoy.

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Waffle Stitch Coasters

Waffle Stitch Coasters

These coasters are big sellers at craft fairs!  They are wonderfully textured and work up very fast.

(To make a different size, the starting chain is Multiples of 3 + 2.)

Coaster Pattern—

H hook and 100% worsted weight cotton

Start with chain 17.

Row 1- dc in 4th chain from hook and in each ch across. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2- skip first stitch, dc in the next dc *FPdc around next two dc, dc in next dc*across then dc in top of turning ch 2. Ch 2 and turn.

Row3- skip first st, FPdc around next dc *dc in next two FPdc, FPdc around  next dc * across, dc in top of turning ch.

repeat  rounds 2 and 3 three times and end with row 2. Do not fasten off.

Edging – from the right side ch 2, 1 hdc across ending at next corner.  In that corner do 3 hdc.  *2 hdc in the next space, 1 hdc in the next * to next corner. 3 hdc in corner then work 1 hdc in each st across to final corner where you work 2 hdc.  Connect with slst to starting chain. Fasten off and weave in end.

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Block Stitch Variations

Today I’d like to talk about the block stitch, also known as the brick stitch, the mosaic stitch, the dot stitch -just to name a few. It’s also sometimes referred to as the interlocking block stitch. It seems like there are as many patterns for it as there are names.

Looking at different patterns you’ll see that some start with the chain 3 row and some start with the 3 double crochet row. One I saw had 2 double crochet in the block area and 1 double crochet in the single crochet of the previous row. There are many variations. Here is the pattern I prefer.

Any multiple of 3+2 (make it as wide as you want).

Row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across.

Row 2 – turn and ch 3, 1sc not in next stitch but between 3rd and 4th dc of previous row, *ch 3, sk 3dc, sc in next sp. Repeat across ending with sc in top of ch 3 from previous row.

Row 3 – turn, slst into first ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 more dc in same space. *3 dc in each ch 3 sp* across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the size you like!<

Above is a small sample I made so you could see the two color version.

It can be done in rounds like a granny.  See Here.

It makes wonderful baby blankets like these. The pattern for the blankets follows.  I used two strands of baby yarn together- one solid pink or blue and one verigated.

Block Stitch Baby Blanket

Block Stitch Baby Blanket

Blankets measure approximately thirty inches square.

With H hook Chain 84 (3×28)

Row 1 – dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across.

Row 2 – turn and ch 3, 1sc not in next stitch but between 3rd and 4th dc of previous row, *ch 3, sk 3dc, sc in next sp. Repeat across ending with sc in top of ch 3 from previous row.

Row 3 – turn, slst into first ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 more dc in same space. *3 dc in each ch 3 sp* across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the size you like!

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Five Point Star Doily

Five Point Star Doily

I found this old pattern at Free Vintage Crochet and loved the doily, but thought the instructions were a little difficult especially for a beginner.  So what follows is my pattern and instructions to make this a little easier. I changed the edging entirely so you may use mine or the original. Also changed thread and hook to make this Doily approximately five inches across.

My Star Doily

Hook size C or 2.75 mm
Thread size 3 (I used Aunt Lydia’s)

Round 1 – ch 7, join with ss to form a ring, {Do not use magic circle, this pattern needs the ss join.} ch 5, dc in ring *1dc, ch 2* 7 more times. After last ch 2, ss in 3rd ch of ch 5. You should have 8 spokes and 8 spaces.

Round 2 – ch3, 4 dc in next space (for total of 5), 5 dc in each space around. Slst to top of first ch 3. (5×8=40 dc)

Round 3 – ch 3, skip 1st dc (which is the one your ch 3 came out of) 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, *ch 5, dc in next 8 dc, ch 5 *. Repeat * to * around and join with ss to top of ch 3.

There is no joining from here on. Each Five Point Star Doily[/caption] round decreases the number of double crochets by 2 ( by skipping first and last from previous round) and increases the number of loops by 1 (by adding 1 ch 5 loop).

Round 4- slst in first and 2nd dc. Ch 3, dc in next 5 dc ( for total of 6), ch 5, sc in ch 5 so, ch 5, dc in second dc (2 loops made), dc in next 5 stitches, chain 5. Make 2 chain 5 loops then 4 dc in next 6 sts (by skipping first and last of the dcs below. Continue around for total of 10 loops and 30 dc. (2 loops times 5 points = 10 and 6 dc times 5 points = 30 30 + 10 = 40).

Round 5 – with last ch 5 on hook, sc in 1st loop, ch 5 and dc in 2nd dc in previous rnd, dc in next 3 dc for total of 4 dc, ch 5, sc in loop, ch 5, sc in next loop then ch 5 and dc into 2nd dc of next point. Remember we are skipping 1st and last dc of previous rnd. Continue around. You should have 4 dc in each point separated by 3 ch 5 loops.

Round 6 – with last ch 5 on hook *dc in second and third dc, ch 5* repeat around for 10 dc and 24 loops.

Round 7 – with last ch 5 on hook, *1 dc in next two, make 5 ch 5 loops*,repeat around (5dc and 25 loops).

Round 8 – You may use the original edging or any one you like. I did this: 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc in each loop around.

Fasten off and block, rembering this is a hexagon and not a circle.

I hope you will try this pattern.  A few hexagons would make a lovely table runner and one industrious friend is making a bedspread! You could use yarn and an appropriate hook for a larger project.

Here’s another look.

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