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Finding Free Crochet Patterns for Plarn Items

Updated on October 23, 2015
BAG by Tonyoquias A bag made of old newspaper
BAG by Tonyoquias A bag made of old newspaper | Source
BAG by Tonyoquias  A bag made of old newspaper
BAG by Tonyoquias A bag made of old newspaper | Source

Plarn Patterns

Crochet is an adaptable and extensive needlecraft. You can crochet with yarn and thread, but you can also crochet with anything that you can make into strips, which includes old tee shirts and plastic grocery bags. When you crochet with plastic bags, cut in strips, and joined the resulting braid is ‘plarn’ ([plastic yarn). You might wonder how you could possibly crochet with plastic, and an internet video tutorial will show you. Crocheting with plarn is the ultimate recycling, turning plastic bags into useful items, such as floor mats, a reusable grocery bag, shoulder bags, jewellry and much more.

Crochet Pattern Central’s plarn links amply illustrate plarn’s versatility. There are links to patterns for flowers, jewellry, a Christmas stocking, various bags, planters, and even a doormat. Plarn doormats are eminently practical because, when they are dirty, you simply hose them clean.

It is unusual to look on recycling sites for crochet patterns but many feature free crochet patterns. The shoulder bag on the Bags be Gone site would be jolly useful. My Recycled Bags has a very practical laundry basket pattern. Thrifty fun has one rug pattern and links to two others. The Organic Sister has a useful bag pattern and comprehensive word and picture tutorial from making the “yarn” to crocheting the bag.

Crochet web sites too have free plarn patterns. Crochet Freedom has links to several plarn patterns as well as other interesting ideas, such as spinning “yarn” from newspapers. Petals to Picots has a plarn tote bag pattern. There are some innovative items including a useful wheelchair or walker tote bag, water bottle holder, and shoes.

There are some thrilling plarn patterns at Ravelry. Here you will find more than 100 plarn patterns for some surprising items, including a lampshade, bangles, hair ornaments, a hat, and a plarn snowman.

Plarn is so useful, versatile, and adaptable to many projects. Crocheting with something that might otherwise end its days in a landfill site, where it will not break down, is very satisfying. Turning “rubbish” into something useful and giving it another life is even more pleasurable. Making something from plastic bags, such as a laundry basket, means that you need not buy that article. It is the perfect virtuous circle. Not only do crocheters have the pleasure that comes with crocheting, but also the happiness that comes with knowing that they are recycling in the best possible way.


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  • RTalloni profile image

    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for these links to plarn patterns!

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    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Plarn is a great way to recycle and to make something useful from something useless. Thank-you Pamela

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    Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

    That is a cool looking bag. I love to knit and crochet with plarn, I've made several shopping bags with denim handles. You can also make door mats with them. Recycling is fun and great for the environment.

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    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    You're welcome Natashalh. I hope that my hub helps you find that perfect pattern.

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    Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

    I tried to knit with plastic bags, but I didn't have a plan or any instructions and my efforts were a huge failure! Thanks for this information - I would love to reuse plastic bags for something cool.