I’ve got something awesome for yall today!!
I know I’ve been talking about it on my facebook for a while, building up that anticipation, but here it is!! My first plarn market bag pattern!!
Now before we get started here let me preface this with a little story about my first one.
It was 2016, I was really sick and not working. Staying with my favorite aunt and we had time to crochet and binge watch tv.
I had heard of people making plarn and using them for bags and mats. I figured out how to make the plarn and started collecting bags to cut up and make my material.
I had a big container full of strips from an assortment of bags and just pulled and added the strips randomly to make my giant plarn ball.
I was really excited!!
I didn’t have a pattern, so I just went with what I knew and could figure out.
I used several boxes of cereal to gauge the size of the bag as I went. As soon as I felt like it was big enough to serve my purpose I finished it off.
It was definitely uneven and a mish mash that would probably count as the most confusing pattern ever if it was written out. Like many of my creations that I just make…
But it worked for me!! And I loved it!! I still do!!
I don’t care for the look of the mixed colors the way it is… however… I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have used that bag. Whether going on trips or for groceries, this thing is the bomb!!
It stretches like no other, you’d be SHOCKED to see how much I can fit in it!! And it stretches out but then returns to shape.
I have been using it for 3 years and it shows NO SIGNS of wear after that initial stretch.
It also draws a lot of attention while out! People are very curious about the bag and what the heck it is and where to get one!
Doing this has been on my list of things to do for a while, so I’m very glad I can FINALLY check it off my list!
If you’re unsure how to make plarn, here is a video I streamed one evening on the process of making it.
Plarn Market Bag
Start with your 8mm hook. Ch 11
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 8 ch, 3 sc in the last chain turning while you add the stitches, across the bottom side of the work, sc in each loop left from the initial chain to the end, in the last ch, add 2 sc, join to first sc with a sl st.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2hdc in same st, hdc in next 8 st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 9 st, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 9 st, 2hdc in next 4 st, hdc in next 11 st, 3 hdc in next 3 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 4: Ch 1, hdc in next 13 st, 2 hdc in next 4 st, hdc in next 13 st, 2 hdc in next 4 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 5: ch 1 hdc in next 14 st, 2 hdc in next 4 st, hdc in next 16 st, 2hdc in next 4 st, hdc in next 2 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 6: ch 1 hdc in next 15 st, 2hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 3 times, hdc in next 17 st, 2 hdc in next st * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 3 times, hdc in next 2 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 7: ch 1, hdc in the next 16 st, 2 hdc in next st * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 4 times, hdc in next 19 st, 2 hdc in next st * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 4 times, hdc in next 3 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 8: ch 1, hdc in next 18 st, 2 hdc in next st * hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 5 times, hdc in next 22 st, 2 hdc in next st* hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* 5 times hdc in next 4 st, join to first hdc with sl st.
Rounds 9-29: ch 1, hdc around, join to first hdc with sl st.
Round 30: ch 1, sc around.
Fasten off, weave in ends with yarn needle
For my bag, I first changed colors at round 11, then I did 3 yellow, 3 white, 1 gray, 3 white, 3 yellow, and finished with gray.
Lay bag flat, place stitch marker in sc on each end as an anchor point. Count 6 stitches to the left and six to the right from your marker and place stitch markers.
Switch to your 6mm hook
You can remove the anchor markers at this point if you choose. Attach plarn at one of the stitch markers with a sl stitch.
Row 1: Ch1, sc in next 6 stitches
Row 2-74: Ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each st across.
Repeat until desired length. I recommend 74 rows, however you can adjust the length based on your preferences.
Just be sure they are both the same number of rows.
Quick tip! An even number of rows will let you join the handle to the bag with the seam on the inside vs. outside of bag.
When the handle is the desired length, straighten the handle to make sure it is not twisted and line it up with the stitch marker on the same side of the bag and press your handle against your bag.
Ch 1, insert hook through both handle and bag, sl st across being sure to line up your stitches on the handle with the bag.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
To finish I go around the bag and handles with a contrasting color with a slip stitch.
That’s it!! You’ve done it!!
This small step makes a big impact on our environment and that is HUGE. Please feel free to make as many of these as you want!! You can sell and donate anything you make with it. And the pattern is free, just be sure to link back to me!! Please don’t claim this pattern as your own.
I wanted to add a special side note for anyone who may need to know. This project is very hard on those with nerve and sensory issues. I have severe fibromyalgia and have for over half of my life and working with plarn can be painful for me. Just know it’s not impossible, just best to do in small doses.