I tried it again. Crocheting with plastic bags. I spent quite some time online checking out how to prepare the plastic bags to create ‘yarn’. There are two basic ways to do this:
First, cut off handles and seam at the bottom, creating a square. Fold that square across its height so you have a long piece, then fold again. From that, cut about 6 sections. These make rings. Interlock these rings and crochet away.
Second method begins like the first in removing handles and bottom seam. Then, to create a single continuous length (about 7 yards by my calculations), you make a small diagonal cut about 1.5 inches deep and cut the remainder of the bag in a spiral.
Both preparation methods are fairly time consuming. Now, this is FREE YARN, so I can’t complain about that. Every site I visited encouraged me to use a large hook, from K on up to Q. Most preferred plastic hooks as wood and metal were harder on the plastic.
Well, this is NOT FOR ME. I’m a pretty dedicated recycler – and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MAKING THINGS FROM TRASH – but crocheting with this plastic ‘yarn’ is awkward and time consuming. I was so hopeful that I could create a couple of cute totes for gifts. But, NO! I just threw them all in the trash. I’ll pay for my yarn instead.
I’ve made totes with rug yarn in the past and don’t even like crocheting with that stuff, but it’s almost indestructible so it makes sense to crochet totes with it. I think I just might stick with using some sz 3 and 5 balls I have on hand. Maybe not as environmentally friendly as using those plastic bags or newspaper sleeves, but my blood pressure will remain lower and my serenity stronger.
But, aren’t these CUTE!?