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Plarn Scrubbie Coral

Posted on September 3, 2011

I crocheted these scrubbies using recycled plastic bags that were cut into plarn. It reminds me so much of sea coral that I just had to call the scrubbers scrubbie coral. The inspiration for these scrubbies came from my friend Kristy who shared her cotton scrubbies at her blog Texiles4you.

People ask me all the time about the amount of plarn created by each plastic bag and while it may differ with one type of plastic bag to another, I found the standard white retail bags yield me about 7 yards of plarn when cut them 1″ wide and assembled using the looping method. The orange plastic newspaper bags provided me with 6 yards due to their smaller size.

With that in mind, you need 4 plastic bags to make each one of these scrubbies. The white scrubbies were crocheted just 4 rounds. I found I liked a bigger scrubbie so I crocheted the orange one five full rounds. By crocheting 5 rounds you use all of the plarn created from the 4 plastic bags where the smaller scrubbers only use a little over 3 bags.

You will find as your crochet each round that it begins to twist which is normal. The more rounds you crochet, the more twist you get. Have fun with the colors and mix and match them. I plan to crochet more of these scrubbies and add a different color just on the final round which should create an even more unique coral look for the scrubbies.

Plarn Scrubbie Coral Pattern

Materials needed:
Plastic bag yarn or Plarn 4 plastic bags cut into 1 inch wide strips
as shown in my plarn making tutorial

Hook: N (9 mm) size metal hook

Description: Recycled Plastic Scrubbie
Scrubbies are about 3-1/2 – 4″ wide depending on if you do 4 or 5 rounds

Rnd 1
Ch 2 and work 8 Sc in the 2nd ch from hook. Do not join and continue working in rounds. Use a stitch marker if necessary so you know where each round starts.

Rnd 2
Work 2 Sc in each st.

Rnd 3-5
Work 3 Sc in ea st.
Option: For a smaller scrubbie, crochet just 4 rounds.

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

Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
Plarn – Plastic Bag Yarn
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

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6 Responses to “Plarn Scrubbie Coral”

  1. CrochetN'Crafts
    Sep 04, 2011

    These look like they would be very effective yet gentle on the pots.

  2. Clara
    Sep 09, 2011

    You’re very creative, and I love the colors!

  3. Stitchingupastorm
    Sep 10, 2011

    I love the scrubbies!

    I gave you an award at my blog here:
    Check it out when you have a chance!


  4. Lydia
    Sep 13, 2015

    I appreciate your generosity and your passion for upcycling.

  5. Jean
    Jun 05, 2017

    Knowing this is an old link … I love these. Easy and quick craft. Works great on dishes. however, they are not drying. (24 hrs later still damp). I’m new to plarn, have made a couple of rugs and a couple scrubbies. Have not yet washed the rugs. They say they don’t mold but shouldn’t they dry? Hate to throw them away after all the work. Has anyone experienced this?

  6. Cindy
    Jun 19, 2017

    @Jean – I hang up my stuff and let them dry. For the rugs, I hang them up outside to dry in the breeze. You could use a blow dryer on low or place it where it can get a breeze to dry better. Hope this helps.

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