Friday 17 February 2012

When out of yarn...

When I was a child, old ladies used to crochet bathroom floor mats out of strips of white plastic milk bags. I found these really ugly. Nowadays the selection of plastic bags has increased tremendously, all sorts of colours and qualities are available, even bags with colour blends.

Knitted basket of plastic bags

I cut some bags to spiral strips 10-15 mm wide and used 4 mm metallic needles for knitting. Not hard at all. The most useful know-how learned, was to hold the strip folded in double, if the bag's inside colour would not fit the project. Some sample swatches:

Knitted transparent plastic bags

Plastic bags knitted stripes

Plastic bags knitted colourwork

Floor mats for bathroom or mud room would probably still be the best usage for plastic knits. Perhaps a shopping tote or swimsuit bag for a hiking trip? But seriously, nothing really pretty and cosy can hardly be brought about.


  1. Cool results!!
    I like the one with the black and white diamonds. A bit less random than the usual plastic bag knit. :)

    1. Thanks! I didn't know that a 'usual' plastic bag knitting existed. Anyway, think I'll stick to wool, and such.

  2. I've never seen a package of knitted work. They look pretty not bad. It is a new experience for me.

  3. I love your results! Thanks for giving us a new idea! It can be suitable for any case or event.