Plarn. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t either. Well, that is, until recently when I attended a class on it. Awesome stuff, I tell you. The things people come up with…
Plarn is plastic yarn. It is one of the ultimate reuses — maybe even THE ultimate reuse. Basically, you cut up plastic bags into strips, tie them together, and you crochet with it. I use them for shopping (talk about a reusable bag!), swimming (they’re waterproof!), and as a purse. I think a plarn bag would be great for trips to the beach because the sand would just fall through the holes. OK, time to quit talking and get on with it.
(side note: Target bags are sturdier that Walmart bags, so keep that in mind if you want to make something with plarn)
You will need
- Plastic bags
First, start with a plastic bag and lay it flat, tucking the side folds.
Fold the bag in half lengthwise.
Next, cut off the handles and the bottom.
Cut the rest of the bag into 1 – 1 1/2 inch strips. It doesn’t have to be precise. Just eyeball it.
Unfold them. You should have a bunch of plastic rings.
Now, here’s the confusing part. I have decided that it’s way too hard trying to explain it, so here’s a picture.
Get it? No? That’s ok. Practice, and you’ll get it right…after a few tries. Pull the ends tightly until it forms a knot. Don’t pull too tightly or it will tear. You want the knot to be small, though, so it doesn’t show when you crochet or knit with the plarn.
Keep linking the rings together, rolling the linked plarn into a ball as you go. This part might take a while. (I use one of the bags to make two bracelets; pattern will be up soon)
And there you go! Plarn! I will post the pattern I used to make the bracelets soon, but for now, continue cutting up plastic bags, because you’ll be wanting a lot of plarn in the days to come 😄