I'm so excited to share that Recycled Into Yarn has kicked off the 1st Tunisian Crochet Recycled Yarn Along Part 1 which is how to make a swatch with the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch.
You can see that the Tunisian Simple Stitch looks awesome with the different types of recycled yarn.   
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White Tarn (t-shirt yarn)
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Green Pants Yarn
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Kroger Plarn (plastic bag yarn)
The tarn and plarn swatches were made with an afghan hook size I.  Because I did not have a afghan hook bigger than size I,  a regular crochet hook size  was used to make the pants yarn to make the simple stitch stand out.

You can find step by step detailed instructions on the Part 1 Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss).  

For those that would prefer to watch how to make a Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch, you can access this YouTube link to Kim Guzman's video tutorial

Come back and visit on 9/22 to see 
Tunisian Crochet Recycled Yarn-Along Part 2 stitch instructions



 
 
Tunisian Crochet also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses a long hook with stopper/handle end, called an Afghan hook. 

Tunisian Crochet is a fabulous way of mixing crocheting and knitting. It’s a back and forth motion of taking stitches on and off the hook with out turning. 
The TCRY-Along will begin on Sunday, 9/8 giving anyone and everyone who wishes to participate an opportunity to decide what type of recycled yarn to use and get a hook of choice.

Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Recycled Yarn - Along
 
 
The name says it all - RecycleCindy.  Over the years, we have enjoyed with enormous pleasure the free patterns RecycleCindy has generously offered on her website and await with great eagerness what this fabulous designer will make next.

This creative designer has made things from children to adults, from kitchen/bath to rugs, from dolls to holidays.
  
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RecycleCindy has recently expanded her clothing/accessory line into a new territory - footwear. 

Recycled Plastic Bag Sandals

And why not?  I've always said that there is nothing that can't be made with plarn that can be made with regular yarn.  

Any plarn crafter knows that an item made with plarn is not only very durable but even washable. 

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   If you want to make a pair for yourself or surprise someone with a pair, RecycleCindy also offers an easy to follow tutorial on how to make plarn from plastic bags.  


Thank you again, RecycleCindy, for another fabulous design!!  

You can  read more about RecycleCindy and the other recycled designers 
on the 
'Meet The Designer'  page.
 
 
Kayla not only enjoys coming up with new designs but enjoys giving them away as well to family and close friends.  Her designs are user-friendly and made to be enjoyed by everyone including the family pet, Tony.    

Kayla's most recent design is Tony's Toy Tote that was created with plarn and  finished with tarn.  This design is a successful example of how beautiful recycled yarn combinations can be. 
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If you need help in making plarn, Kayla has done an  awesome job with this instructional how-to  'Prepare Your Plarn' tutorial.

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Let us not overlook this very creative dish scrubby made from potatoes, onions, apples, and garlic food packaging mesh bags that Kayla recycled into yarn.

Please help me give a huge thank you to Kayla on her adorable free crochet patterns that she makes available on her website, Kayla K's Thirfty Ways for all to enjoy.
 
 
RecycledCindy  continues to delight us with her most recent beautiful designs  - 
Plarn Laundry Basket 
Recycled Pink Plastic Purse.   
We can't help but marvel at the beautiful colors, the size and style of each bag. 

However, what makes the 2 newest designs even more remarkable is the number of plastic bags she used to create them.  RecycleCindy has successfully kept 200+ plastic bags from ending up in the trash which is  200+ less in the landfill which is 200+ less from harming the environment .
   
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Please help me give a huge thank you to MyRecycled Bags on the two newest free patterns that are made available on her website, MyRecycled Bags for all of us to enjoy.
 
 
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My Recycled Bags introduces us to spring with these adorable plarn patterns:

This sassy Sunflower would look
adorable on any
 tote, bag or purse. 
Your produce will taste even better carried home in this eco-cute reusable bag.
 
 
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You want it, Recycled Into Yarn will host it!!    Because of a request received by the very talented knitter known by her Ravelry name, CyndyinLawrence,  Recycled Into Yarn will be hosting not 1 but 2 Recycled Yarn-Alongs.... both of which will are Knit Plarn-Alongs.   

Calling all KNITTERS, novice and experienced ...  we're going to first start off with a quick project that is simple, fun and addicting..... also known as a .... .  

Quickie Knitty Plarn-Along


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The project is a beautiful
Poppy Flower

by the very talented Designer,  
Bev V. also known as  Bebere



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Made by CyndyinLawrence
Just in case you're wondering what a Plarn Poppy Flower would look like - here are
plarn-tastic versions.
Picture to the left made with orange plarn.
Picture to the right made with Walmart green produce bag and a pop tab instead of a button. 
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Made by Teresa of Plastique Recreations (or Recycled Into Yarn)

RIY Note:  If this is your first time in using plastic yarn, please refer to the Recycled Into Yarn Tutorial and YouTube pages to find out how to make plastic yarn from plastic bags.  The tutorials have been created by Recycled Into Yarn Recycled Designers. 

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Let's get crackin' with the quickie ........
Materials Needed:
2 plastic bags
1 button or pop/pull tab (your choice)
Sewing Needle
Pair of Knitting needles ..
a direct quote from Bev's blog:
"I used some US size 4 double-pointed ones, because they were the first things I picked up. Gauge isn't really important, so use whatever you like/have in front of you."

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Directions:
Cast on 28 stitches
Rows 1-4:  Knit on odd rows, purl on even rows.
Row 5:  Knit 2 stitches together to end (14 stitches).
Row 6:  Purl to end.
Row 7:  Knit 2 stitches together to end (7 stitches).
Row 8: Purl to end.
Row 9:  Knit 2 stitches together, knit remaining stitch 
(4 stitches).

With needle, thread tail end of yarn through live stitches, pull tight and secure.  Sew the two sides together to make a circle.  Sew button or pop tab to front. 


And take it from me, this pattern is addicting.  Once you make the first one, you'll want to make more.  Bev's design is not only beautiful but versatile as it can be worn in so many different ways.  To name a few, attach a clip to the back and wear as a lapel pin (see Bev's pic above), attach it to a headband or dress up a handbag or tote...  you get the idea.

DON'T FORGET to send me pictures of your finished flower so I can show it off ...  the best part of a Recycled Yarn-Along is showing off what you made!!! 

Please help me show Bev our appreciation by leaving a thank you comment on her
blog for letting us  use her Poppy Flower design for the Quickie Knitty Plarn-Along.

Don't forget to come back and visit soon as details will be announced for the 2nd Knit Plarn-Along that will kick off  the 1st of March.  This project will be an awesome way to let others know that Spring is right around the corner.
 
 
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For those that aren't quite familiar with the technique of spinning, the best way to explain it is the art of applying a continuous twist on the recycled yarn.  This is accomplished by using a spinning wheel or drop spindle.  
 


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Spinning offers a unique but interesting texture that really does take the recycled yarn to a whole new  level.

The amount of twist,  making it thick or thin or even combining colors is an individual preference.    Handspun recycled yarn is very versatile and easily adaptable to any crochet, knit and even  weaving project.  

There's no limit to the types of recycled yarn you can spin - from plastic bag yarn to newspaper yarn.  

See for yourself just how much fun it can be.  KristyRecycles offers the following tutorials on spinning plarn with both a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.   
If you are a spinner, please share your experiences.  What has been the most unique or strangest thing you have spun??

Please come back and visit because Part 2 will be Spinning with VHS Tape.  You just have to see how this is done.
  

DON'T FORGET to cast your vote for the 1st Recycled Yarn-Along by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  See for yourself what is in the lead....
 
 
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On January 29th, Recycled Into Yarn will kick off the 1st Crochet or Knit Recycled Yarn-Along.  There's just no reason I can think of to wait any longer.

On January 29th, Recycled Into Yarn will kick off the 1st Crochet or Knit Recycled Yarn-Along.  There's just no reason I can think of to wait any longer.

Good question - what is a Recycled Yarn-Along?  It's an online opportunity for crafters to make the same project with recycled yarn.   You can share everything from your experience using the  yarn to showing off your  work-in-progress online along the way.  The pattern will be offered each week in segments and you work at your own pace.  The number of weeks is determined by the size of the pattern.   The awesome thing about  it is if you have questions or need help, there is plenty of support from others that are making the same project.   You don't have to sign up or commit to anything.     

So is it a crochet or knit pattern??  What is the pattern??  Both very good questions and the only way it can be answered ... absolutely no clue because you haven't said what you wanted yet!!!!    Okay, let's do this, Recycled Into Yarn will decide on the pattern if you decide whether it will be crochet or knit and what type of recycled yarn we will use. 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ....  Please cast your vote below.    Since the recycled yarn-along will be on the 29th, the polls will close at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 24th.  You'll need to come back and visit on the 25th so you can see what the final results are and even make pattern suggestions as well.  Reminder, Recycled Into Yarn  was created for you and is really all about you.  Spread the word and tell others about it. 
Now don't be upset if the recycled yarn you picked didn't come out ahead because we will be having a Recycled Yarn-Along for every type of recycled yarn.  

RECYCLED INTO YARN offers something for everyone!!!

RECYCLE DESIGNER
Submit your free crochet and/or knit pattern made with recycled yarn and get featured on the Recycled Into Yarn Home page and  Meet the Designers  page !!!

CRAFTERSubmit a picture of a finished item made with recycled yarn and get featured on the
Recycled Into Yarn Crafter's Photo Gallery page !!!!