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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."

Beautiful Autumn Throw

By: Martha Brooks Stein for Red Heart Yarn

Get out of the crisp autumn air and curl up on the couch with this Beautiful Autumn Afghan from Red Heart Yarn. An easy crochet pattern like this makes a great excuse for a fall project. This free crochet pattern is unique and pretty and will look great on your living room couch.  This large oversized afghan would also make a great gift for a couple moving into their first home.

Beautiful Autumn Throw

Materials:

  • 3 balls Red Heart Classic Yarn in Coffee (A)
  • 3 balls Red Heart Classic Yarn in Copper (B)
  • 3 balls Red Heart Classic Yarn in Mid Brown (C)
  • 3 balls Red Heart Classic Yarn in Bronze (D)
  • 2 balls Red Heart Classic Yarn in Dark Sage (E)
  • 1 ball Red Heart Classic Yarn in Claret (F)
  • 1 ball Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gold (G)
  • 5.5mm [US I-9] crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

 

Gauge:  Square = 7". CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviations:

  • sc2tog (sc dec) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.

 

Instructions:
Throw measures 46" x 60".

Square Pattern (Make 48)

  1. With G, ch 3, slip st in first ch to form a ring.
     
  2. Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch-1), [dc in ring, ch 1] 7 times – 8 dc.   Fasten off.
     
  3. Round 2: Join F in any ch-space, ch 2, dc in same space, *ch 1, 2 hdc in next ch-space, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-space; repeat from * around, end ch 1, 2 hdc in next ch-space, 2 dc in first corner ch-space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off.
     
  4. Round 3: Join E in any corner space, ch 2, dc in same space, *[ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-space] twice, ch 1, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc ) in corner space; repeat from * around, end 2 dc in first corner space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off.
     
  5. Round 4: Join D in any corner space, ch 2, dc in same space, *ch 1, [2 dc in next ch-space, ch 1] across to next corner space, work (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner ch-space; repeat from * around, end [2 dc in next ch-space, ch 1] across to first corner space, 2 dc in first corner space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off.
     
  6. Round 5: Join C in any corner space, repeat Round 4.
     
  7. Round 6: Join B in any corner space, repeat Round 4.
     
  8. Round 7: Join A in any corner space, ch 1, 2 sc in same space, *sc in each dc and in each ch-space across to next corner space, work (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in corner space; repeat from * around, end sc in each dc and in each ch-space across to next corner space, 2 sc in first corner space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off, leaving a 16" tail to use in sewing.

 

Finishing

  1. With wrong side together, use long tails to whipstitch Squares together through the back loops only. Make 8 Strips of 6 Squares each. Sew 8 Strips together along long edges.
     
  2. Round 1: Working in back loops only, join A in 2nd ch of any corner ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same loop, [sc in each sc across to next corner, working sc2tog in corner ch-spaces of adjoining Squares and working (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner space of Throw] around to first corner space, sc, ch 2, slip st to first st to join.  Fasten off.
     
  3. Round 2: Join D in any corner ch-2 space, ch 2, dc in same space, *[ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next 2 sc] across to 1 st before next corner, ch 1, skip last sc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner space; repeat from * around, end with ch 1, skip last sc, 2 dc in first corner space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off.
     
  4. Round 3: Join C in any ch-2 corner space, ch 2, dc in same space, *[ch 1, 2 dc in next ch-1 space] across to next corner space, ch 1, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); repeat from * around, end 2 dc in first corner space, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch to join.  Fasten off.
     
  5. Round 4: Join B in any corner space, ch 1, sc in same space, *[ch 4, sc in next ch-1 space] across to next corner, ch 4, work (sc, ch 4, sc) in corner space; repeat from * around, end with sc in first corner space, ch 4, slip st in first sc to join.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.
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