How to Make Plarn
PLARN = P(lastic) YARN
Plarn is the newest craze in eco-friendly crocheting! You can make your own plarn quickly and easily after reading this tutorial. Use up all those plastic grocery bags you have piling up (you know you've got enough extras stashed!), and turn them into cute projects, such as these adorable plarn amigrumi birds!
Different kinds of bags will form different colored plarn, (i.e.: yellow from Dollar General, blue from water softener bags, etc.) You can even use the plastic mesh bags that vegetables come in.
Making plarn is easy and fun! Grab some bags and let's get started...
Photo credit: mapleb4
Getting Your Bag in Shape!
Lay your bag flat
Smooth all the wrinkles out, and put the bag as close as you can to the shape it was in when it was new.
Fold the bag in half, (so that you'll have a shorter section to cut across).
Smooth and line up
This part is easiest if you have a cutting mat with 1-inch marks to guide you.
Remove bag top
Cut an even edge, taking the top of the bag off. (You won't be using the handles.)
You can throw the top away, or save it for stuffing if you're making amigrumi.
Cut off the bottom, too.
Try to cut so that you have an even number of inches of bag left. It's easier if the length is not a fraction.
Did you end up with a rectangle?
Here's what it should look like by now. After the ends were gone, I ended up with 14 inches of useable bag.
Time to Make the Slices!
Take off a 1-inch strip
Using your cutting mat as a guide, cut a 1-inch strip. (If you don't have a rotary cutter, you can mark with a pen and cut with scissors.)
Keep cutting off strips
One inch at a time...
Do the whole rectangle
I started with 14 inches, so I got 14 strips.
Plarn Storage Tip!
Store your plarn at *this* stage...
It's easy to stack right now, while it's flat. If you let the pieces get unfolded, it'll be much bulkier!
Assembling Your Plarn Strips!
Start with two strips...
Unfold them all the way...
Overlap one of them over the other...
Start pulling one through the other...
Then pull a little tighter...
And a little tighter...
Until all the slack is gone!
(The knot isn't big enough to impede your work later on.)
Roll your plarn into a ball - Store it *INSIDE* a box or other container! Don't leave it out where pets or children can get to it before you use it.
Crochet With Your Plarn!
Use an "N" crochet hook, and crochet as you normally would.
Here's a base chain I made
It's 19 chains long.
Then I added a row of 16 double crochet stitches
(That's "dc in 3rd ch from hook, then dc in each ch; total 16", if you're following along.)
Then a row of single crochets
That's "ch 1, then sc in each dc; total 16".
Then another row of singles, before I ran out of plarn
Again, "ch 1, then sc in each sc; total 16".
All this was from the 14 strips you saw me make.
What Can You Make With Plarn??
Here are some ideas to get you started using plarn. 20 project ideas!
Interesting Plarn Stuff from Amazon...
Plarn is great for crafts of all sorts; hats, amiguri, tote bags, pot scrubbies, weather-proof decor, etc.
What do you think?
Will you try (or have you tried) plarn?
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