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Recycling Plastic Six Pack Rings

Posted on April 24, 2010

Plastic Rings This project involves recycling those plastic six pack rings you get from cans into useful towel holders. The rings are cut apart and trimmed with scissors. You may not have noticed but once the rings aren’t around the cans anymore, they aren’t completely round. Using the shape as a towel holder worked out great. It has a natural bend in the ring which accommodates a folded towel over the ring.

T-Yarn Towel Ring HolderT-Yarn Ring CloseupT-Yarn Towel Ring Holder Closeup

Of course I wanted to keep this a recycled crocheted project, so I used t-yarn or tarn to make this towel holder. T-yarn is the yarn created from recycled t-shirts and cut very thin into strips to cover this plastic ring.

Once you crochet a few rounds, you can slide your towel handle around on the plastic ring. The last photo shows about where you want to place your center over the curve in the plastic so your holder is centered. I used a thin tea towel to insert in the ring as it fits better than thicker towels.

Here is the free crochet pattern below. Enjoy!

T-Yarn Towel Ring Holder

Materials needed:
2-3) ozs of white T-shirt cut into ¼” wide strip and stretched to curl into t-yarn
Here is my t-yarn or tarn tutorial on how to make yarn from recycled t-shirts.
1) plastic ring cut from a plastic six-pack holder
1) 5/8” button
Small amount of fingering or thread yarn for trim

Hook: “J” U.S. size metal hook

Description: T-yarn Towel Ring Holder
Holder measures 4” wide and 7-1/4” long when buttoned

Row 1
Attach your t-yarn with Sl St around trimmed plastic ring. Sc loosely around the ring and join with Sl St to beg Sc. (Approx 34-36 Sc)

Row 2
Ch2 *Hdc in next 5 sts, then 2 Hdc in next st*. Repeat between * around, ending with Hdc in any remaining sts to finish round. Join with Sl St to top of Ch 2 beginning.

Row 3
Ch 2, Hdc in next 7 sts. (8 sts counting the Ch2)
Move sts around so your handle is at center of natural curve in the ring. Just slide the sts over the ring to get it centered.

Row 4 – 15
Ch 2, Turn. Hdc in ea st until handle measures 5” or desired length. (8 sts across)

With RS facing, Ch 7.

Row 16
Turn and Sl St across chain and Sl St across the 8 sts of handle, and then Ch 7.

Row 17
Turn and Hdc in 2 st from hook and in ea st of chain and handle and across to the other end.

Row 18
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st across to end.

Row 19
Ch 2, turn. Work 1 Hdc dec over the first 2 sts, then Hdc in ea st to last two sts. Work 1 dec Hdc over the last two sts.

Repeat Row 19 until you have just 7 sts remaining.

Buttonhole Row
Ch 2, turn. Work 1 dec Hdc over next 2 sts, Hdc in next st, Ch 1, skip next st, Hdc in next st, then work 1 dec Hdc over last two sts.

Next Row
Ch 2, turn. Hdc in ea st and in the Ch 1 space for buttonhole.

Last Row
Ch 2, turn. Work 1 dec over 2 sts, FO.

I used some blue fingering yarn to trim around my triangle front. Just attach your yarn with a Sl St and Sc around the outside evenly.

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

BLO – Back Loops Only
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
FLO – Front Loop Only
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
RS – Right Side
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St(s) – Stitch(es)
T-Yarn – T-Shirt Yarn
Tog – Together

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use of this pattern or photos are permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable and appreciated. © 2010

****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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7 Responses to “Recycling Plastic Six Pack Rings”

  1. le-chat
    Apr 25, 2010

    Smart tarn project!
    .-= le-chat´s last blog ..The Teapot Handle =-.

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  4. Condo Blues
    Apr 26, 2010

    What a great idea! I had some kitchen towels that had a crocheted hanger upper thing attached to the towel – which was great until the towels wore out and were pressed into cleaning rag service.
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Zestra Review and Giveaway! =-.

  5. Kristy
    May 01, 2010

    What a brilliant idea! I am going to add this to my growing list of things to make.

  6. Alicia Young
    Mar 01, 2012

    Thanks for the idea! I’ve shared your link on my website as well. I’m looking for a non-crocheted bag. I want to tie several soda rings together to make 1 tote.

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