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« on: November 02, 2005 02:53:58 PM »

I know this isn't new, and everyone and their dog knows how to crochet with plastic bags, but I'm darned proud of this one.  I made it as big as a beach/laundry tote.  I used some ridiculously large crochet hook that didn't have a size printed on it and was just handed to me by another mommy at the bus stop one day.  The bag was big enough to fit my two girls, as you can see below, and I picked them up in it without hurting the bag (or the girls).  That was about a 45 pound load.  These bags are strong!  Sadly, I wasn't able to keep this one because I was making it as a gift.  But someday I shall have one of my very own...





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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 03:00:55 PM »

Wow!!! That's pretty big and pretty strong! Definitely make another one for yourself. Good colours as well!
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005 09:50:53 PM »

Wow thats a big bag!  I love it....and the kiddo's are ADORABLE!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2005 06:27:15 AM »

woohoooooo   Looks  great!!!   I have made a really big one too..... was used to carry my laundry in  to the basement.   Great to see someone else who likes to crochet with bags!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2005 09:56:10 AM »

how did you cut the bags to make the yarn? i've seen the one where you cut the bag into loops and link the loops together, but it looks more like you might have made one continuous strip.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2005 10:37:22 AM »

Nope, I did the linked loops method.  I've made other things with the continuous strip, and it's just not as strong.  The photo quality's not that great, but when you're really close to the bag you can see the knots where they loops join.  It adds to the charm of plastic bag crochet, if you ask me.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2005 11:54:52 AM »

i just made one of these as well. http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonrhythm/59142713/
but not as large as yours! i had a helluva time tho and it hurt my fingers so much~ ugh.
i think because i used different thickness of plastic, from bread bags, to shopping and grocery bags. some were WAY too thick! they make great bags for crochet/knit items. my daughter is using the one i made for her yarn stash. Smiley yours looks great, much more uniformed than mine. i didn't really have enough bags of any one color.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2005 05:19:14 AM »

Heh.  Smiley  Yeah, it'll do that.  I always think before I start a new one "Do I really want to deal with this giant pain in the ass?"  But they're just so cool that I always end up making more.  We do probably 99% of our shopping at two stores, so we really only have brown bags and white bags.  When my mom found out I was making these again she mailed me a big box of plastic bags (which is only notable because she's in the US and I'm in England) and begged me to make her one.  The breadbags are really good for rugs since they're so rugged (if you'll pardon the unintentional pun), but they are a bugger to work with.  I won't even mess around with those anymore.  I'm too impatient.  Anyway, I LOVE your bag!  It's so colorful and festive.
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2005 02:29:30 PM »

I just made my first crocheted plastic bag bag, and must admit that I love it!...although it's not nearly as big as yours....do you have a pattern for this GORGEOUS, ginormous bag???...I would love to give it a try..... Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2005 04:58:57 PM »

I just used this one: http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/round%20plastic%20bag%20tote.html but I made it with a giant hook and added maybe three or four more increase rounds.  The hook I used had to have been like a size S or T or something - it was enormous.  I made one of these today (well, I finished it today, anyway) with a size M hook which is what the pattern states, and it the bag turned out tiny.  I must have gotten spoiled.  I'd love to see a pic of yours!
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