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Knitting Basics : Making Plarn

Diane Dobson - Barton, Artist

Knitting Basics : Making Plarn

Diane Dobson - Barton, Artist

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7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How To Cut

    • 3. Joining And Using

    • 4. Project Bag Start

    • 5. Project Bag Top

    • 6. Project Bag Final

    • 7. Conclussion

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About This Class

Discover how to make plarn.

(Plarn = Plastic yarn).

What can be better than a free craft supply that also helps the environment? Where you make things that you can actually use?!

Not much! So join us to begin making your own plarn. I will take you through the simple process step-by-step. Create a free craft supply with unlimited possibilities.

Keep in mind that the standard plastic bag:

  • It takes 1000 years for the standard plastic bags to break down."
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photo-degrade breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways. They then enter the food-web when animals accidentally ingest them.
  • Less than 5 percent of US shoppers use canvas, cotton, or mesh bags, instead of the standard plastic bag.
  • Over the past ten years we have produced more plastic, than during the whole of the last century.
  • Sadly,only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide

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Diane Dobson - Barton



Artist obsessed with making and writing. Degree in teaching K-12, and Masters in Art. I am owner and founder of, a source for eBooks that support and encourage creativity. With, I am exploring expanding my offerings to how-to courses.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Diane Dobson. Barton and I have the website artist. How to dot com. What I'm gonna show you how to do today is to help to make porn. It's a plastic yard that you make from thes bags that we get from discount stores, grocery stores. They come in different colors, and I'm going to show you how to make some so that you can knit or Cochet it into a fabric that is very strong. It is waterproof, and it's also a pliable so in role in this class and bogus started. All right, thanks. 2. How To Cut: first you need to flatten your bag out, pulled it back the way it waas originally, and then you fold it in half, fold it in half again, then once more, until it's about two inch with. Okay, now that you've got it folded, we need to get rid of these handles and you can see were They start. So you just clip those off. And at the bottom of the bag, there's a seam. So we want to cut that off, and then we will fold it in half length. Waas. Cut it in half. Well, didn't lengthwise again? Canter's I haven't once more you cut it in half until you get pieces that are at least an inch wide. You don't want much smaller than that because they've become more fragile. 3. Joining And Using: to turn this into the material that you could net or crow Shea with you just unfold these squares. You just cut to make a length of material to use in your project. You want to take two loops, lay one over the other, reach underneath. I like to hold this hand. Keep that open, and then you pull and you repeat that until you get a length of yarn. That is long enough to create with. And as you see, you treated the same way as you would in the other yarn that you crash a or net with. Some people like to like to spin it before they use it because it makes it a tighter yarn. I just used it as it was cut. So this hasn't been spun. This is just the way it way. It joins together. There you have it. I can't wait to see what you make 4. Project Bag Start: what God are 70 stitches all the way around on circular needles thes air size 13 when it changes color here. What you do is you just attached the new ball of yarn to the old, the same way you put the loops on and I marked thes with markers Before I start doing it. You can see on the other side have already bound these off. So let me show you what I did. You just slip that off there, you slipped the first ditch, met the second and then pass the first ditch over the second. So you're knitting and pass it over. And then once I get to that point, I will continue knitting normally from this marker on around to where I down them off. I will show you how to cast on some new stitches so that there is a handle here. 5. Project Bag Top : okay, I've known around. And now I need to create the stitches fact that I've bound off. So I will just 123 Okay, so I've cast on the same number of stitches that I bound off. 24 six feet nine. And then I just began noting on the other side of the handle. And I do this on both sides. And then when I knit the next round, you'll just knit thes stitches, just as you would any other to give you an idea of what the handles look like. I want you to get that first row. This is where I'm at right now. And the thing that we all know about stocking Net stitch is that without a border, it's gonna curl up. So I'm going to start doing a seed stitch for approximately inch and 1/2 maybe two inches. I'll see what it looks like, and that will help the top lay flat, and then I will bind it off 6. Project Bag Final: This is the finished bag. It has a really nice weight. It's also very pliable. Once you have done about two inches of the seed stitch, which is alternating knit one Purl one, I bound it off. I originally cast on 70 stitches, which makes it about 15 inches wide. If you do these on circulars or double pointed needles, you will have to use the Kitchener stitch or whatever your favorite seeming is along the bottom. This is right about 12 inches from top to bottom, five inches in about two or a started binding off. The yellow is about 4.5 and the white seventh. Once I mounded off, I went through and used to crush a hook and caught any little edges that might be poking up . So there we have it. My new project bags. Don't forget to post your pictures on the project page, and I'm really anxious to see what you all create 7. Conclussion: Hi. I hope you enjoyed the class. Please post your projects, even just if you just tried it out. And you've done a little swatch posted on the project page and let us know what you think. And I hope to see you soon. Thanks. Bye bye.