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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."

Colorful Bee Hive Afghan

Start a buzz around your neighborhood with this Colorful Bee Hive Afghan from Roseanna Beck.  Your neighbors will see this easy free afghan crochet pattern sitting in your front window and will want one of their own! 

 Colorful Beehive Afghan

Materials:

  • 525 yds. Grey Heather Red Heart 4-ply yarn
  • 360 yds. Tea Leaf Red Heart 4-ply yarn
  • Various 4-ply yarns for Round 2 which uses 6 yds.
  • G, H and I crochet hooks or size needed for gauge
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Color Placement Pattern
     

Instructions:

SIZE: 43” x 49”
GAUGE: Motif measures 6” x 6 ½”

MOTIFS: (make 58)

  1. Rnd 1 – With G hook and grey ch 3 and form a ring, ch 3, work 11 dc in ring, join to top of beg ch 3 and fasten off. (12 dcs)
     
  2. Rnd 2 - With H hook join color with a sl st in dc, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, Sh St in next dc, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.
     
  3. Rnd 3 – Join tea leaf with a sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch 1 sp, Sh St in next ch 2 sp, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.
     
  4. Rnd 4 – With I hook and grey join with a sl st in any ch 2 sp of Sh St, ch 2, work 4 dc in same sp,*ch 3, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 5 dc in next ch 2 sp, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.

    Colorful Beehive Afghan
     
  5. Join with grey whipstitch motifs together as shown on Color Placement Example.
     
  6. With I hook and grey starting edgin at upper right corner join with a sl st in sc, ch 2, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, *sc in next dc, ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in joining, ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next dc, ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, rep from * around as established, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.
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To help with the sh st questions below....sh st is the abbreviation for shell stitch. Looking at the picture, and reading the first part of Rnd 2, the shell stitch in this pattern consists of 2dc, ch2, 2dc. Hope that helps!

Thank you Waylan!

I think the Sh stitch needs explaining as the previous questions show. It must be a shell stitch but no specifics as to number of double or triple crochet stitches and it doesn't look like a shell stitch in the picture, nor does it look like a cluster. I have another pattern that uses clusters and gets the same look. I need more specific instructions on the "Sh stitch".

were do yyou get the anser

were will it be posted

i also like pattern but don''t know what sh st mean and how its done

I like the pattern and will be trying it but I do have a question. I will more than likely feel foolish after getting the answer, but what does Sh St mean and how is it done? Thanks.

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