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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Rhino Bowl Plarn Crochet Pattern

In honor of Earth Day, I decided to do some experimentation with plarn, plastic yarn made from recycled plastic shopping bags.  I found really simple directions for making plarn (along with a lot of other really cool patterns and information at plasticbagcrafts.com here.  Also, check out my Pinterest boards under Crochet Fun and Recycled Craft Ideas for more plarn pictures and ideas.  
Plarn Rhino Bowl
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
This is my first experiment designing and using plarn.  I used the white and grey plastic bags from my local Walmart since that’s what I have the most of.
Skill Level-Intermediate
Finished Measurements- 2 ¼ ”  tall x 5 ½ ”wide


Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 Approx. 4 bags worth of grey plarn
                 Approx.  3 bags worth of white plarn
                 Less than .05 oz Peaches and Creme Black Yarn
Materials-
                 H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
Special stitches-
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch

Bowl
Use Grey plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Rnd 3: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 8 times around (24 sts)
Rnd 4: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 8 times around (32 sts)
Rnd 5:  Working in BLO, Sc 32 (32 sts)
Rnds 6-13: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Ears
Use Grey plarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (16 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Small Horn
Use White plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
Large Horn
Use White plarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: [Inc in one st, Sc] rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 6
Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.

Finishing-
Sew the ears to either side of the bowl.  Sew the small horn near the top center and the large horn below it.  If you have trouble using the plarn to sew, feel free to use thread to attach pieces.  Then use black yarn to make French knot eyes.


Have you created something else interesting or intriguing out of plarn?  Feel free to send me photos.  I'd love to start a plarn gallery.  Be sure to include links to the original designer if the pattern you use is not your own.

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