Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pop Tab Plarn Bracelet Crochet-Plarn Along / Part 1

Pop Tab Bracelets are the newest fashion trend!!!

This Crochet-Plarn Along is for anyone seeking a 'last minute gift idea' or have a 'hard to buy for person' on their gift list.

See below for detailed Pattern Instructions and Show Off Contest 

Pattern Details:


Crochet Hook – Size F
Plastic Yarn: Approximately 2 standard size plastic grocery bags
                  If using 2 different colors , 1 plastic bag for each color
14 pop tabs (consistent in size)

Important Note: Not all plastic is made the same. When using plarn, achieving the desired size or gauge is dependent on the texture, thickness and strip width of the plastic yarn.

SIZE: Diameter – 10.25” around, 3” across

CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Hand wash, air dry


ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet
hdcfp = half double crochet front post
sc = single crochet
sl = slip
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over

Helpful Tips:

Read through pattern instructions before beginning.

  • Tutorial:  Pop Tab hdcfp: Yo, insert hook through front of same pop tab back around to front of next pop tab, yo, pull back through front of 1st pop tab, yo and pull through all 3 sts on hook to complete hdc st.
  • When using plarn, stretching your work after every couple of rows is important. This will give you a more realistic view of what you have completed up to that point.    
  • Plastic in general is susceptible to ripping/tearing due to its very nature.   When 'weaving in ends' - it is best to maneuver your craft needle in between stitches and not through a stitch to avoid splitting the plastic yarn.

Part 1 / Linking Pop Tabs

Pattern Instructions:

Round 1: Join with a sl st in a hole of the pop tab, 2 sc in same hole. 

*Grab another pop tab and 3 sc in hole.  (Important Note:  2 sc sts in each hole will work just as well if your plarn is too thick.  You be the judge.)

*Repeat for a total of 14 pop tabs or desired length to fit wrist. (Tip: If you’re making the bracelet for yourself, this is a good stopping point to measure around your wrist.)

To finish Round 1, bring the ends together to form a circle making one more sc in the beginning pop tab.  Join with sl st to 1st sc in same hole. 

  This completes Round 1. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about Part 1 pattern instructions.  

Round 2/The final set of pattern instructions will be posted on Sunday, 12/12

  Show Off Contest: 

Contest Rules:
  1. Become a Friend in Facebook
  2. Starting today, Dec 7th thru Wed, Dec 15th post progress pictures to show off your pop tab beauties.  
  3. On Dec 16th, a winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize 
(FYI - for those of you inquired about why I chose to start this C-PAL on Dec 7th, it's a special day for me - my son's 26th birthday)

Have fun!!!


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