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How-To-Make Plarn Photo Tutorial

24 Jun

Since I posted my beach bag tutorial, I thought I’d also do a quick one about how to make the “plarn” aka plastic yarn. I used old grocery bags to do this, and if you’re like me (meaning you really need to get some reusable shopping bags) then you’ll have a plethora of these lying around.

What you’ll need:
Plastic grocery bags
Scissors

First thing you do is collect your bags. I like to keep all my bags from the same store together so my plarn is all the same color. You could definitely mix them up though to get a different effect in the plarn when you’re crocheting. Here’s about half of what’s shoved under my kitchen sink.

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First, take a single bag and lay it out flat.

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Then, fold it in half lengthwise…

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…And in half again twice more.

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Cut off the top handles and the seam at the bottom.

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Then cut the main section of the bag into about 1-inch sections.

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Take two sections and unfold them.

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Make a half-hitch knot with the two loops and gently tighten it.

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Continue adding to one end of the plarn and roll into a ball as you extend. You should end up with something like this.

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Now you’re ready to go! You will definitely need a larger hook (Size K or bigger) to work with this stuff. It’s more challenging than yarn, so be prepared to do smaller sections of work at a time because your wrists might get tired. Happy Crocheting!

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