Meet Marianne, a talented and resourceful country woman who makes the most of whatever she finds and creatively uses it. Her recent creation is a floppy hat made from recycled plastic bread bags. “I didn’t have any wool so I used an empty bread bag and when another bread bag became empty, I added more to it,” she said. The result is an attractive and unusual hat that has been crocheted in one piece.
TO MAKE THE HAT:
Firstly trim the top of a plastic bread bag. Then cut around the bag in a continuous spiral creating a long strip of plastic about 2.5 centimetres wide and roll it up into a ball. Crochet the plastic strip into a flat circle to create the top of the hat’s crown using two in one stitch. Then crochet one in one stitch to create the side of the crown. When the crown is the length you want, start adding on extra stitches and keep adding on until the brim of the hat is the width you want. When the plastic strip runs out, tie it to another strip from another bread bag and crochet over the knot so it’s hidden inside the stitch.