I learned about plarn in 2012 from a local knitting group that met at the local tea shop when I was in college. I made my first bag then, a square shaped flimsy thing that didn't look like it could hold anything. But I loved it, and my friend liked it too, so she bought it from me.
I saw it again at Christmas 2014. It was sold to another bag enthusiast. I also realized how much more I could have sold the bag for.
The second plarn bag was one that was modeled from the market bag pattern on Lion Brand. I wrote a pattern review about it.
A few months later, I made a third bag of my own design for an online gift exchange.
1 year later, this is how the plarn bag design evolved.
The bottom is a square base, very similar to the bag I made for the gift exchange. I am also adding another rectangular layer of crochet to strengthen the base.
The handles are Tunisian crochet and doubled. As I was testing which handles to try, the Tunisian crochet happened to curl as I was crocheting.
I'm so happy with the results. I tested the weight with my nook tablet, and it holds well. I haven't tested carrying a laptop inside of it, but I am sure it is sturdy.
One of my main concerns is the plastic bag stretching. The handles should stay strong enough, and the base I'm adding will