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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Autumn Afghan with Fleur de lis Design

Knitted squares of color offset a center panel with a unique fleur de lis design in this free afghan pattern from Authentic Knitting Board.

Autum Afghan with Fleur de Lis

Stitch: Stockinette


  • 28” Knitting Board
  • Knit hook
  • Crochet hook for edges
  • Large sewing needle for seams
  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Lambs Pride or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. Green Yarn= (4) (brown sheep) Brown Yarn= (3) Gray Yarn= (1)
  • Gauge is 3.3 Sts=1”

Finished afghan is aprox 42” square.
Knit center square of 18” X 18” colors green and gray.


  1. Cast On 64 sts in color gray.
  2. Knit (4) rows. Cut yarn.
  3. Tie in color green. Knit (6) rows.
  4. Tie in color gray on needle #10. Do not cut green yarn.
  5. Fleur-de-lis pattern consists of 3 rows.
  6. First row-Weave gray yarn on needle #10 front to back. Drag over to needle #25, weave front to back, and then do needle #40 and #55. Lay gray yarn down. Do not cut.
  7. Pick up green yarn and knit in Stockinette skipping the needles covered with gray yarn. Hook over all needles.
  8. Second row-pick up gray yarn and weave 3 needles, front to back, at each fleur de lis making the center match the stitch on last row. Lay down the gray yarn. Pick up green yarn and weave in Stockinette skipping the needles with gray yarn. Hook over all needles.
  9. Third row-repeat as you did the first row with one gray stitch in center of last row. Lay down the gray, pick up the green and weave in stockinette skipping the stitches covered with gray yarn.
  10. Cut the gray yarn and tie off at last stitch used.
  11. Knit in Stockinette with green yarn for (8) rows.
  12. Repeat the (3) rows of Fleur de lis by tying in the gray yarn.
  13. Keep it attached until the completion of all (3) rows of the pattern.
  14. Knit in stockinette with green yarn for 8 rows.
  15. Continue with a total of 5 series of Fleur de lis and the 8 rows of green stockinette knit. End the piece with (6) rows of color green.
  16. Cut the green yarn. Tie in the gray yarn.
  17. Knit 4 rows of color gray in Stockinette Stitch.
  18. Bind off.
  19. Rectangles in one color: (knit 3)
  20. Knit (1) in color brown. Knit (2) in color green.
  21. Cast On 32 sts.
  22. Knit 70 rows. Bind off.
  23. Rectangles in 2 colors (knit 2)
  24. Cast on 32 sts in color gray. Knit (4) rows. Cut yarn. Tie in color brown.
  25. Knit (70) rows. Bind Off.
  26. GRAY STRIPES: Knit (2).
  27. Cast On 5 sts in Color gray. Knit (144) rows.
  28. SEWING IT ALL TOGETHER: Sew the pieces with inside invisible stitching. This way, the pieces will lay flat together and the seams will not show.
  29. Lay the afghan out with the FDL as the center.
  30. Sew (1) Color Rectangle onto center at the gray stripe.
  31. Sew (1) Color rectangle onto center at opposite gray stripe. Set aside.
  32. Sides of Afghan: Sew (1) 2-color rectangle to color #1 rectangle at gray narrow stripe.
  33. Sew the other 2-color rectangle Color #1 rectangle at narrow gray stripe.
  34. Place gray strip on long edge of (1) side of afghan. Sew, working the ends to meet.
  35. Place 2nd strip on other long edge of the other side of afghan. Sew.
  36. Sew the strips and sides to center piece to complete the afghan. Work all pieces to seams by stretching out the knit as you sew.
  37. Start at center points and work toward both ends to be sure the pieces are balanced as you work.
  38. Once all the pieces are attached and knotted well, pull in any yarn tails.
  39. Your warm afghan is complete.


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