21 July 2013



DIMENSIONS : height of bowl aprox 4cms (1¾ ins)
                      width of bowl aprox 8cms (3¼ ins)

rd(s): rounds(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
rpt : repeat
k: knit
sl: slip
psso: pass slip stitch over
tog: together 

3 fine supermarket bags made into plarn (see PLARN TUTORIAL click here)
4 dpns size 6.50mm (US 10½)
tapestry needle

Plarn takes a bit of getting used to, it is quite stiff to knit with, although there is a little stretch to it. It is slow to knit up.

You can either make up a lot and roll the plarn into a ball or just make up one bag and add to it as you go along adding more plarn to the end loop.

Knitted from the rim to the base.
Cast on 36 sts (cable cast on is the best method as it produces a firm rim).
Divide sts – 12 on each of the three dpns.
Rds 1 - 6: k (right side will eventually be the inside of the bowl).
Tug work down as you go, by holding the needle in left hand and pulling at the cast on edge.
Rd 7: (k4, sl1, k1, psso) rpt to end of rd (30 sts).
Rd 8: k.
Rd 9: (k3, sl1, k1, psso) rpt to end of rd (24 sts).
Rd 10: k.
Rd 11: (k2, sl1, k1, psso) rpt to end of rd (18 sts).
Rd 12: (sl1, k1, psso) rpt to end of rd (9 sts).
  • Cut plarn leaving a tail of about 15cms (6ins) and thread onto tapestry needle.
  • Pull threaded yarn through the 9 sts, removing them from the needles.
  • Pull tight.
  • Reinforce by running plarn again through the 9 sts. Make a few sts to secure, then loose plarn tail in work.
  • Loose tail at cast on edge on right side.
  • Turn reverse side outwards.
  • Pull and stretch the bowl until it is a good shape.

copyright Alison Hogg 2013 

14 July 2013


I have several projects on the go at the moment. Firstly, are the dreaded curtains, I hate this sort of sewing!

Then, I am crocheting a granny square blanket. I followed Bunny Mummy's Tutorial for this - click here. I'm turning the work after each round to avoid the blanket twisting. I am not a great crocheter and progress is very slow, it grows ever so slightly everyday, but is a very relaxing TV project.

I have also been meaning to experiment with different materials for knitting such as plastic, fabric, cord etc. So I've started off with making my own plarn or plastic yarn (see tutorial below). Supermarket bags now cost 5p in Northern Ireland, so thought I better hurry experimenting with plarn, before the plastic bag becomes totally extinct.
To follow up the plarn tutorial, I'm in the process of writing up a knitting pattern using the plarn. There seems to be lot of crochet patterns on the net, but few knitting patterns especially using dpns. It will only be a small project, suitable   for anyone looking for an introduction to knitting with plarn. Hoping to post that next week sometime. 
Bye for now, Ali.


plarn tutorial

Use fine supermarket grocery bags.

1.Tuck in sides of bag and smooth plastic.

2. Fold bag lengthwise.

3. Fold bag lengthwise again.

4. Snip off handles and fused edge at the base of the bag. Discard these pieces.

5. Cut the bag into 1 inch (2.5cms) strips, just measure by eye.

6. Unravel strips to form loops.

7. To join loops place Loop B under Loop A.

8. To knot the two loops. Lift up the end of Loop B which has just been placed under Loop A. Insert the other end of Loop B through the lifted up end. Keep Loop A taut.

9. Gentle tug both loops to form knot. Do not pull too hard or the plastic strips will tear.

10. Make knot smaller by easing it towards the centre with fingernails.

11. Size of knot.

12. Plarn can be either rolled into a ball or can be added to, as you go along. Just add more loops to the end loop.

Plarn takes a bit of getting used to, it is quite stiff to knit with, although there is a little stretch to it. It is slow to knit up.

8 July 2013

bertie bunny

I have now finished Julie's boy bunny pattern. Again he was a very enjoyable knit and the pattern was very detailed leaving nothing to guesswork
So here's Bertie the blue eyed bunny.......

was it something I said?
it's a happy ending for Roberta and Bertie
they were made for each other!
Patterns available from Little Cotton Rabbit, click here. There is also a new pattern with a wardrobe of different dresses.

All the best, Ali.