I made a batch of yarn out of mesh produce bags and was wondering what to do with them. I considered making hanging baskets for some of my plants out of them but that would have been too complicated. Finally, I settled on making a plastic mat.

plastic mat (front view)

I knit the plastic mat using a garter stitch (i.e. all knit stitches – hooray!). It was an easier stitch pattern to use with the type of yarn I was using. Plus, it creates a bumpy texture which I love.

I had to knit the mat in two 6” x 18” sections before stitching them together. Once it was finished, I secured it onto the bathroom floor with peel and stick velcro.

I was able to make the plastic mat in a couple of days. If you have a weekend free, you should be able to complete it within this time.

You could place this plastic mat either outside your shower or outside your cat’s litter box. It is a great way to upcycle all of those mesh produce bags that you have stored away.

Plastic Mat

Materials:

20 balls of mesh produce bag yarn

US10 (6mm) knitting needles (straight or circular)

heavy duty scissors

tapestry needle

dimensions: 17”l x 12”w

gauge: 3 stitches/inch in garter stitch; 2-3 rows/inch

Instructions:

Knit the sections

CO 15 stitches.

K1 until the end of the row.

Repeat same stitch pattern on each row.

When adding a new ball of yarn in a different color, tie the end around the tail of the old yarn, then slide it up to the base of the last stitch of the row.

When adding a new ball of yarn in the same color, attach the end of the new ball to the tail end of the working yarn no matter where you are on the row.

When the piece is approximately 18” long, bind off leaving a tail of the yarn.

Place the section aside. Knit the second section per the instructions above.

Sew the sections together

Take the two sections and place them next to each other lengthwise.

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two sections placed next to each other – back side up

Take the leftover tail of yarn from one section and thread it through the loop of the other section.

thread tail from one section through the loop of the other section
thread tail from one section through the loop of the other section

Attach additional yarn to the end of the tail. Thread the end of the yarn through the eye of the tapestry needle.

Go down a few rows, then sew the loops on the row from each section together.

Continue sewing in this manner, skipping a few rows before sewing the loops together.

When you reach the end, sew the yarn through the loops. Remove the needle.

Take the tail of the excess yarn that you just used and tie that with the tail from the bind off of one of the sections. Secure the knot then trim off the excess yarn.

tie the end pieces together
tie the end pieces together

Trim off any excess strands of yarn that exist on the plastic mat.

Here is my new plastic mat:

Secure the bath mat onto the floor with peel and stick velcro.

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Spinster Simone 🙂

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