Yesterday I show you how to make plastic yarn (plarn). Now I am showing you what I made with it: A tote bag! This recycled and reusable bag is perfect for grocery shopping, the beach, the farmers market, or just toting things around.
I only used two kinds of bags for this project because I wanted the colors to be consistent. I used about 50 Safeway bags (one bag = approx. one row) and about 4 Dollar tree bags.
The pattern is simple and consists of crocheting in rounds without joining your rows.
Crochet Plarn Tote Pattern:
Size K Crochet Hook
Plarn (about 54 bags worth)
1" Buttons (4)
With color #1,
Chain 41. SC in second chain from hook and continue the rest of the way down. Do not turn.
SC along the other side of the chain.
SC around 2 more times.
With color #2,
Working in back loops only, SC around.
Now working in both loops SC around. Continue until the bag is to the height you desire. I made 36 rows and then made a 37th row in color #1. Fasten off, weave in ends.
SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get to last chain, make 2 SC.
Working along the other side of chain, 2 SC in next, SC until the 2nd to last chain. Make 2 SC in stitches along the ends so it lays flat.
Continue to do this again for one more round.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Connect the handles to the bag by sewing on buttons (with plarn)