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April 22, 2008

Grocery Bag Purse

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I didn't design this purse with Earth Day in mind, but the timing seems fortuitous.

I've switched to reusable bags and was hoping to use up the plastic grocery bags that exploded from under my sink every time I opened the cupboard door. I used up all the bags I had on hand making the prototype and then had to ask for donations of more at work to make the test bag for the pattern.

You will need:
N (9mm) crochet hook (metal or plastic)
25-30 plastic grocery bags
scissors
closable stitch marker
large darning needle

Terminology:
This is what *my* abbreviations mean, they aren't exactly standard
sc = single crochet
st, sts = stitch, stitches
2in1 = work 2 sc into 1 st, an increase
[2in1]x2 = work 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts
dec = sc decrease, make 2 sts into one

You can find instructions for how to make the 'yarn' and another plastic bag pattern here. You can make a whole lot at once. I work bag by bag, only adding more when I've reached the last loop from the previous bag.

A note about rounds and markers:
Rounds are indicated with a marker in the last stitch of the round. When working a round, work to the last stitch, remove the marker, work the last stitch, and replace the marker in the stitch just completed.

I would recommend using a marker that closes, because open ended markers can easily slip out. This is a sad thing.

The purse is worked in a continuous spiral, so it may bias as you work each row--this is less noticeable as the bag gets deeper. Also, the end/beginning of the rounds will slowly drift to the right. The pattern takes this into account.

Pattern:
Begin with a slip knot and chain 18.

Round 1: Skip first chain and work two sc in next stitch. Sc 15. Sc 4 in last chain stitch. Work 15 sc back along the other side of the chain, stitch for stitch encasing the tail as you go. Work 2 sc in last stitch and place marker in last stitch of the round. (38 sts).

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each of next two stitches ([2in1]x2). Sc16, then, 2sc in each of next 3 st ([2in1]x3). Sc16, then, 2 in last st (2in1). (44 sts).

Round 3: [sc1, 2in1]x2, sc16, [2in1, sc1]x2, 2in1, sc18, 2in1. (50 sts).

Round 4: [sc1, 2in1]x3, sc17, [2in1, sc1]x3, 2in1, sc19, 2in1. (58 sts).

Rounds 5-17: work straight (13 rounds).

Round 18: sc9, dec, sc3, dec, sc8, dec, sc3, dec, 7sc, dec, sc3, dec, sc8, dec, sc3. (51sts).

Round 19: dec, work rest straight (50 sts).

Round 20: sc8, dec, sc3, dec, sc4, dec, sc3, dec, sc7, dec, sc3, dec, sc4, dec, sc3, dec last st of this round together with the first of next round, move marker. (42 sts).

Rounds 21 and 22: work straight.

Round 23: sc11, chain 8, skip 8 st in the round before, sc13, chain 8, skip 8 sts in the round before, sc2.

Round 24: sc11, work 12 sc into loop (not into the sts) sc13, work 12 sc into loop, sc2.

Round 25: work straight.

Sc5 and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Copyright © 2008 Michelle Molis, all rights reserved. May not be reproduced in any form without prior written permission. May not be used for commercial purposes.
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Comments

Wow this is reall cool I am going to try one!!

Posted by: martha at Apr 22, 2008 5:32:56 AM

Thanks for making recycling look so good!

Posted by: Joan at Apr 22, 2008 3:02:05 PM

This is pure genius! I love it, and must confess, that I have enough of the pictured plastic bags to make many of these.

Posted by: marsha at Apr 22, 2008 3:19:14 PM

I love that bag!

Posted by: Francesca at Apr 22, 2008 9:10:20 PM

I love the purse. and I love the creativity. What a lovely and helpful idea. Also saw your shopping bag pattern. Keep up this great work. Thank you.

Posted by: Cindy at Apr 23, 2008 8:47:34 AM

Just to clarify: the shopping bag pattern in Marlo's, not mine.

Posted by: michelle at Apr 23, 2008 9:02:35 AM

Cool, I saw the class announcement on the Twisted blog!

Posted by: Big Alice at Apr 23, 2008 10:05:05 AM

Now I HAVE to learn to crochet!!

Posted by: Gail at Apr 23, 2008 3:33:50 PM

this looks so good in Safeway tan...far more 'organic' looking than the bleached white Stop & Shop bags I hoard. ;)

Posted by: annmarie at Apr 25, 2008 6:51:01 AM

Would you be interested in working a pattern I have written to see if it makes sense to you? I have so many people ask for a pattern for a purse I designed 3 years ago, and I finally wrote one up and have had 6 people say they will test it for me, only 3 have actually started work on it and I don't want to post it to my blog until I get more feed back. One person has had no trouble at all, one person has had a question every step of the way, but had never worked with "Plarn" before and the third person I just got an update from and she is moving along nicely, but needs more bags to work with so is waiting for her next block of time to make more plarn.

If you are interested in helping me in this project, or want to see what the purse looks like before you decide, visit my blog https://nannybird.blogspot.com/ I have a recent post about the purse with a picture there.

I think your input would be very valuable to me since you have experience in working with plarn as well as writing patterns, since this is my first attempt, I don't know what I am doing!

I would need an email address to be able to send the pattern to you if you decide to take on this request. You can reply to this or send it to my craft blog address which is nannybirdcrafts[at]yahoo[dot]com

Thanks! Nan

Posted by: Nan at Jun 21, 2008 9:05:22 AM

Would you be interested in working a pattern I have written to see if it makes sense to you? I have so many people ask for a pattern for a purse I designed 3 years ago, and I finally wrote one up and have had 6 people say they will test it for me, only 3 have actually started work on it and I don't want to post it to my blog until I get more feed back. One person has had no trouble at all, one person has had a question every step of the way, but had never worked with "Plarn" before and the third person I just got an update from and she is moving along nicely, but needs more bags to work with so is waiting for her next block of time to make more plarn.

If you are interested in helping me in this project, or want to see what the purse looks like before you decide, visit my blog https://nannybird.blogspot.com/ I have a recent post about the purse with a picture there.

I think your input would be very valuable to me since you have experience in working with plarn as well as writing patterns, since this is my first attempt, I don't know what I am doing!

I would need an email address to be able to send the pattern to you if you decide to take on this request. You can reply to this or send it to my craft blog address which is nannybirdcrafts[at]yahoo[dot]com

Thanks! Nan

Posted by: Nan at Jun 21, 2008 9:05:31 AM