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How to Crochet a Plarn Rain Hat

To keep plastic bags out of the land fill and refashion them to create something new, try following the steps in this video and make a rain hat. You can use bags you already have and create this free crochet project.


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For some reason the video would not load for me? I have saved this and hope to see the video soon. I love the idea of crocheting a hat with all of my Plarn Yarn I have made up. Great idea, thank you so much for sharing.

Love the idea of using plarn for a rain hat. I have been working with plarn for a while and I was hoping to find a pattern in print, not in video fromat, because I am smart enough to be able to read and not waste my time by having my computer download all kinds of ad garbage and then having somebody tell me how to make a hat.

Love this idea. I hope to try it one day.

I have heard of crocheting with plastic, but this is the first time I have heard of plarn. I think I would take this one step farther add lining using bags and fishing line or filiment for thread, then spraying with water proof sealent. This is how I helped a friend mend a pop-up camper using canvas instead of plastic bags. It worked for her, it might work here.

@lulujohnboy: There is no pattern for this tutorial. Follow the directions provided in the video to crochet a plarn hat! -- Editor of AllFreeCrochet

Love the technic. Back in the 70's my great aunt used to make rugs out of Bread Bags. I never knew how she did it, Thank you so much. This will give my crocheting some new enthusiasm.

Learned something new today... how to make plarn! I have a huge supply of plastic bags and, in less than 30 minutes, cut out enough to make 2 good size "balls" of plarn. Plan on making the rain hat first then... a smaller version for my dog! Signing off...lots of bags to cut and ideas on other items to crochet.

Wow! Ecologically responsible, useful, cute, versatile, and best of all FREE!! What a great way to encourage us all to use those ubiquitous plastic bags we seem to have far too many of... and if you ever need an extra bit of colors, I have found that the recycle bins for bags in the front of most grocery stores are a great resource. Just ask the manager before you scrounge... most will gladly let you take a bundle or two... when they learn what you will be doing with it... especially if you offer to crochet them their own hat and/or market bag. With today's economy the way it is... and our never ending love of crochet... Plarn is the answer for many of us. And it is ALWAYS a conversation starter!

I LOVE the hat. I make plarn purses and tote bags. All my friends give me their plastic shopping bags. Now I will have to try making the hat! Thank you for sharing.

I must have a rain hat. It will be easy to carry it in your bag for that rainy day. Thanks Beth in Co

Wow! I had no idea what plarn even was before I watched your tutorials! I wonder if you couldn't make free clothing, shoes, and hats for 3rd world countries out of plarn - and then you're keeping those horrible plastic sacks out of the landfills - and turning them into something useful! I am so excited about the possibilities of this free material! Thanks for the eye opener. Anna - nurse, mom of 3, and avid crocheter

How do you get to your tutorials so I can get how you cut the bags and how wide it shoud be. I reallylove what you do. The hat was real neet I really liked it Laurac

Thanks--this is great! So basic, and you could just go from there and add your own stuff, such as flowers, or a scallop trim, or you could keep on and broaden the brim...on and on.

That was the cutest hat I ever saw made of plastic bags. I think that is a brillant way to recycle all those bags that way. I enjoy all of your awesome videos, I learn so much by them. Please keep on continuing with these wonderful, informative videos. I have to try one for myself!!!!

Thanks for the idea for plastic bags. Don't know if that hat would work for rain, but it is a good idea for sun. Will try the pattern as soon as I finish the other three projects I have going.

Very amaturish. Needs more instruction on preparation to crochet hat. Doesn't know crochet lingo. Doesn't properly end or start a row or correctly change colors. I do give her a lot of credit for being brave enough to publicize her technique. The finished hat would not prevent rain from getting on head. Water flows where ever it finds an opening - the natural holes created in crochet for every stitch made. My head would still be wet the way it rains in Florida.

I am an avid recycler and this hat is really cute. However, she seems to be struggling so much with the plarn and all the crackling noise of the plastic is a real put-off for me to even try this project. I got stressed just watching her work so I think I'll stick to regular yarn projects.

This is the cutest idea I have ever seen. I live in VERY HOT Texas. We have been experiencing triple digits temps and NO RAIN for 3 months. I think if I make this hat and do a rain dance we might get some rain...If not it will certainly keep the sun out of my eyes at the pool...Cant wait to make one.. Thanks Pat

I'm learning so much by watching your videos ... each one is a whole new experience for me. My only challenge is that I'm left handed!! This looks so easy and I can't wait to try it out. Keep 'em coming, ladies!

Interesting use of the plastic bags which seem to be taking over my house. :)

Now why didn't I think of that! thank you for another wonderful use of plarn.

I tried to pull the pattern up but all I got was a blank page. HELP!!!!

I have just started to crochet with "plarn". I made a doormat and it turned out great. Since we are in an extreme drought here in south Texas I don't have the need of a rain hat (when it rains here I am more likely to dance in the rain) but I think that this could be a great sun hat. I think I'll just increase the brim a little for a bit more shade. One of the things that I love the most about crochet is how very flexible it is. What a terrific idea.

This is a great use for plastic bags. I agree, great way to keep out of the landfill. I am going to start mine tomorrow. I have several friends whom might enjoy these.


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