Alternate Strip Method for Plarn
I just read your article on plarn. It was fun to see someone else using this technique for recycling plastic bags. I have been making exercise mats and sleeping mats for about a year now, using a simple single crochet stitch with a large hook. The sleeping mats are given to my local homeless shelter. I also found that the plastic covers from newspaper and produce bags are much softer and make great exercise mats.
"Your example for cutting strips from plastic bags seems a bit more complicated than what I use. After I cut the handles and ends from the bag, I just roll it up to about 1 inch and then cut it in about 1 1/2-inch pieces. Once it is unrolled, each cut piece makes a circle. I then take each circle and tie them together like a daisy-chain slip knot. That way, you don't have to tie each single strip you have cut like in your example. Keep tying until you have enough plarn to start your project; then continue to slip-knot-tie on at the end as you need more. You end up with no loose ends to deal with.
"I would also be interested in finding other charity outlets that may need a product like this. It would be great for senior-center projects to send out to people in need. Any ideas? Friends and family have had fun collecting used bags for me, and we can keep thousands and thousands of plastic bags out of our landfills, oceans and streets."
Thank you for your contribution! Cutting each bag into numerous circular strips as you described is another suitable method for making plarn, but some people do not like the doubled thickness and the little "knots" that are created when you slip-knot the circles together. The method I described creates one long continuous strip from each bag and needs only one joining per bag. If a heavier plastic is used, the double thickness, plus all the extra knots, might be entirely too bulky, so it's good to have an alternative cutting method. -- Editor
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