Have you ever crocheted with plarn?

United States
December 22, 2008 4:03pm CST
Plarn made from recycled plastic grocery bags cut into strips and tied together to mark a "yarn". I am just starting to work with plarn. I plan to make some place mats and rugs and bags. Any other crocheters out there work with plarn?
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Yes, and I posted a photo of one of my fabrications here on myLot before. I never heard it called "plarn" before, but I knit with it too, especially on a hoop loom. I love plarn, and whenever I hear the green meanies threatening to take away our grocery bags I am infuriated, because it is not the bags that are destructive, it is the irresponsible behavior of SOME people.
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• United States
23 Dec 08
I will have to look for that photo. Would love to see it. I think if everyone used the bags responsibly and made them into something or just took them to a recycling center there wouldn't be so many problems.
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• United States
23 Dec 08
What a great idea this is. I wouldn't have thought of this. I usually just take these to be recycled or use them in my vintage book booth in an antiques mart, but I'll have to give this a try. Should be interesting.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I am not experienced in crocheting yet but do plan to use plarn as I think that it will be a great way to save the environment and make neat things. Although I am not very fond of some of the things I've seen made out of these bags I am sure that there are many more patterns that I have not seen and can find later when I am more serious about using plarn! If you have any patterns you would like to share I would enjoy them!
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@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
28 Dec 08
I have never used plarn to crochet with. But I have seen things created by it. It looks aaewsome when done.
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• United States
28 Dec 08
I am still cutting bags and rolling balls of plarn. Can't wait to get started on a project.
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• Canada
24 Dec 08
That's a really neat idea. I've never heard of that stuff, but it is a very good way to recycle plastic bags. My husband once built a deck out oof "wood" made from sawdust and recycled milk jugs. What a neat and interesting idea. I love the things that can be recycled these days.
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• United States
24 Dec 08
I got some more bags today YEAH more plarn for me!!!!!!
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• United States
28 Dec 08
I have never heard it called plarn before, however I am familiar with the concept. I have a leaflet that has 5 patterns for "Bag Rugs" in it. I have been planning on making one of them, but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet (I need to finish one or more of the projects I am working on right now first!). I think this is definitely a great idea for recycling plastic bags instead of just throwing them all away.
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• United States
28 Dec 08
I have done this, I think it makes great door mat type rugs. Catches lots of the mud and gunk that would be tracked into the house and is easy to hose off clean. I love recycling types of things, my husband and I both enjoy working with items or materials that others discard. Often we fix thing and resell at our yard sales. That is a double bonus for us, the fun of fixing or creating AND a bit of extra cash!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
30 Dec 08
Never heard of it being called 'plarn', but yes, I've made things with it. (The word reminds me of 'pleather'...plastic lether lol) Mostly what I've made is floor mats for by the back door, so I can just hose them down after getting that good ole garden dirt on them. It's a really great way to recycle! The last ones I made were from bread bags, I always get the same brand of bread so it was nice having it come out in this confetti color (red, blue, yellow & white) Thanks for bringing up the discussion on it, it's a great winter project for crocheting, and besides, I need a new one this year for the back door!
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