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Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern

Posted on September 5, 2009

Several people have asked about hats lately so here is a recycled floppy hat made from plastic bags or plarn. It’s crocheted using plarn and you can add ribbon to the finished project as shown in the pictures.
Floppy Plarn HatRecycled Plastic Ribbon Hat Plarn Floppy Hat

Here are several photos showing the floppy hat. It stretches nicely to fit your head as shown above. I hope you enjoy this recycled hat project and happy green crafting to all!

Recycled Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern

Materials needed:
One ball of plastic bags cut into strips to create a “ball of plarn” – approx. 22-25 bags
2 yards of ribbon

Hook: “N” USA size metal hook

Description: Floppy plarn hat measures flat 9” long from top center to edge with 19” head circumstance and 4″ brim

Ch 4 and join with a Sl St to form a ring. (Don’t turn throughout)

Rnd 1
Ch 2, then work 11 Hdc in ring, join with a Sl St to top of Ch 2. (12 Hdc as Ch 2 counts as first Hdc)

Rnd 2
Ch 2, Hdc in same st, work 2 Hdc in ea st around, join with a Sl St to top of Ch2. (24)

Rnd 3
Ch 2, Hdc in same st, *Hdc in next st, 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * to end of round, don’t join but continue working in rounds. (36)

Rnd 4
*Hdc in ea of the next 3 sts, then 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * to end of round.

Rnd 5-11
Hdc in ea st around and join with a Sl St into the last two sts to create a smooth edge. (Check fit after rnd 5, add a few sts as needed for larger sizes.)

Rnd 1
Ch 2, working in front posts only, Hdc in sm st as ch 2, Hdc in ea st around. Join w/ sl st to top of ch 2.

Rnd 2 – 4
Working in both loops now on ,Ch 2, Hdc in sm st *Hdc in next 3 sts, then 2 Hdc in next st*, join w/ sl st to top of ch 2.

Rnd 5-7
Ch 2, Hdc in ea st around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

Rnd 8
Ch 1, Hdc in ea st around. Join with sl st into ch 1 space. Sl St into the next st to finish off edge smoothly. FO and weave under ends on hat.

Cut a piece of ribbon and wrap around just above of hat brim. Weave ends under on inside of hat to secure the ribbon in place.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FO –Finish Off
Hdc – – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
RS – Right Side
Rnd – Round
Sc – – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy at My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted of this pattern and my photos. Links to this pattern are acceptable and welcome. ©2009

****Please do not copy my patterns on your blog site or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.

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16 Responses to “Floppy Plarn Hat Pattern”

  1. OH is this WONDERFUL!!!! Makes me wanna go to the beach… I can’t wait to make it!!! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
    .-= (((((HUGS))))) sandi´s last blog ..A Wife’s Biblical Submission, Week 6 =-.

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  3. Rina
    Sep 07, 2009

    I am in awe of your constant innovation. Great job on the hat!!
    .-= Rina´s last blog ..Stockpiling =-.

  4. Wine
    Sep 11, 2009

    Everyone always loves the floppy hats here in San Diego, might sell a ton of them here…especially if you found a brown/gold like old Padres colors…just a thought, I really like the blog!

  5. TC
    Sep 26, 2009

    Impressive. Do you create all of these yourself? I wonder if my wife would have the patience to learn and create these works on her own. A hobby that is productive and good for the brain. Thanks for stopping by my blog and Stumbling the Food Additives post.
    .-= TC´s last blog ..Top Ten List Of Healthy Nutrition Supplements =-.

  6. Cindy
    Sep 26, 2009

    Thanks TC and yes I create all my own projects and write the patterns for most here. I enjoy crafting and sharing my ideas with others so they can also take advantage of the ideas. Take care and thanks for the reciprocating visit to my blog.

  7. Theresa
    Oct 31, 2011

    Hi! Cindy: I’ve been looking for a floppy hat pattern, and when I came to your site I found what I was looking for… Big Thanks!!! I also like the ball cap too. Do you have the pattern for that on this site? Can’t wait to start my Plarn Floppy…..Many Thanks Theresa

  8. Cindy
    Oct 31, 2011

    Hi Theresa,

    Glad you found the pattern you were looking for. Here is the link to my baseball cap pattern.

    You can find all my free patterns on this page too.

    Best wishes and thanks for stopping by.

  9. Mary
    Jul 25, 2012

    I have no web site but wanted to say thanks for starting me on a project to raise money for the Cancer society. I tell people I can only take credit for the work but you all make it possible. It has been a challenge but much worth it. Thanks again.

  10. kate campbell-lloyd
    May 01, 2013

    Love this idea…and am learning to decipher which plastic bags to keep…I am going to make one once I start traveling and would you like to send me the pattern…I am trying to get a couple of elderly woman crotchet wizzes to change fibers! I am happy to send you something in return…Kate

  11. Cindy
    May 06, 2013

    @Kate — Thank you for the comment. You can use the pattern for free from my blog site. It’s okay to print it out and use it for personal use and to share with elderly people who may not use the internet. Let me know if you need it emailed to you or something further once you reach your location. Best wishes to you on your projects.

  12. Debby
    Dec 30, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I’ve made a couple of totes using a pattern from another site and was looking for more plarn projects. This will be perfect for my next attempt!

  13. carol
    Mar 24, 2014

    Hi! About how wide do you cut your strips? I tried a couple of different hooks since I didn’t have an N and it was like trying to crochet concrete. I must be doing something wrong. THANKS! Carol

  14. Cindy
    Mar 26, 2014

    @Carol – I cut them 1 inch wide and crochet with a N (9 mm) metal hook as it seems to work best at least for me. I sent you an email with some tips to hopefully help out. Crochet loosely and keep practicing as it does get easier.

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