Plarn baskets

I spent a lot of my summer cutting up plastic bags and making plarn, and then crocheting with it.

The reason why I chose to crochet with it instead of knitting with it was simple, I can make circular items easier than I can with knitting. Also I wanted to practice the techniques of crochet and perfect my skills in that area.

Also for some reason I find it a lot easier to design items and visualise them in crochet form. I made these baskets based on a basic pattern that I found, but it is very easy to make without a pattern, just make a round circle, then on the last round of the circle crochet into the back of the stitch to form a ridge, then continue crocheting without increasing until you have reached the desired height of your basket!

Here is the first round basket that I made –

Bottom side

This plarn basket was made out of h+m bags and various bags with flecks of red in them. Try to use bags of similar colours as that will look nicer.

Second basket 🙂

And bottom side

I used lovely lime Next bags for this basket. When my sister got married she bought a lot of things and had a lot of plastic bags as a result!!

Third basket..

And bottom side

This cream basket *with blue flecks* is made out of Next bags again.

And finally

I also made a square bottomed basket out of whiteish plarn

Now some pictures of them all together 🙂

I am really proud of them because it is something that I have never made before and it is a functional make too!

But be warned any of you who crochet with plarn, I found it a little sore on my left hand ( I am right handed) and it may be because the plarn is tougher than normal yarn. Also if you want a sturdy basket it is necessary to crochet with a smallish hook so the texture is firm, I used a 3.5cm crochet hook for them and the plarn yarn was definitely larger than dk yarn, perhaps even bulky weight.

I will post more plarny pics soon 🙂

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