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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."

Crayon Colored Afghan

What's better than an easy to crochet afghan? One that's crayon colored! This crayon colored afghan will make any child's room cheery and cozy with its colorful, crocheted blocks. For other great crochet afghan ideas, check out this collection.

Find this and other Rainbow Crafts at "14 Simple DIY Rainbow Crafts for Springtime"!

Crayon Colored Afghan

Materials:

  • 750 yds. White Red Heart 4-ply yarn (MC)
  • 145 yds. each Red Heart 4-ply yarn (CC)--Cherry Red, Hot Pink, Lavender, Lime, Orange, Paddy Green, Parakeet, Skipper Blue, Yellow
  • H and I crochet hooks or size needed for guage
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Graph

Instructions:

GUAGE: Square measures 5 ½” across

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Double
Crochet (dc), Slip Stitch (sl st)

SQUARES: (make 8 of each CC color)

  1. Rnd 1 – With MC and I hook ch 3 and form a ring, ch 3, in ring work 2 dc, ch 3, *3 dc, ch 3,  rep from * 2 times, join to top of beg ch 3 and fasten off.
     
  2. Rnd 2 – With H hook join CC with a sl st in any ch 3 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *ch  2, skip 1 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 2.
     
  3. Rnd 3 – Sl st in next dc and ch 2 sp, sc in same sp, *5 dc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next ch 2 sp, rep from * around, join to beg sc and fasten off.
     
  4. Rnd 4 – Note: Work all sts in back loop only. With MC and I hook join MC with a sl st in any sc opposite 3 dc of Rnd 1, ch 2, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same sc, *dc in next dc, hdc in next dc, work 1 sc in each of the  next 7 st, 1 hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next sc, rep from * around, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.

 
JOINING: With right side facing and white whipstitch squares together sewing 9 rows of 8
squares each. See Color Diagram for placement of squares.
 

EDGING:

  1. Note: Use 4 different CC of your choice
    Rnd 1 – With I hook and CC (sc, ch 3, sc) in any corner sp, ch 2, skip 1 st, sc in next st, ch 2, skip 2 st, sc in next st, rep across, ch 2, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 2, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep  across to corner sp, continue this pattern around afghan changing color at each  corner, join to beg sc and fasten off.
  2. Note: Use 4 different CC of your choice
    Rnd 2 – With CC (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sc) in any corner ch 3 sp, ch 2, *2 sc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, rep across to corner, continue pattern around afghan changing color at each corner, join to beg sc and fasten off.

Crayon Colored Afghan

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I make blanket for people in wheelchairs, and it's nice to get new ideas. thank you diane

Ha! The Fruit Loops afghan is JUST the right name for this super bright and fun afghan. However, if you do not favor something so colorful, go ahead and use it as a template and create your own personalized color combination to match your decor. Neutrals would be amazing- taupe, ivory, gray, stone, then add ONE bright color for your pop. Lime green or a cobalt blue would look so pretty!

This is really lovely! I think I'll make one for my new grandson! (and maybe one each for the other grandkids....)

This is adorable. Can't wait to make it for my granddaughter!!! I does look like fruit loops!lol

lol they should've named it the fruitloop afghan, looks awesome

@ReinDrop I LOVE that!! I think I might rename it :) Thanks for the suggestion!

I've made this pattern a few times and it's great to use and the end result is always something that I have been happy with. Currently using it with left-overs, in between other projects. It's a quick pattern that you can easily take with you.

@shonnaboop So glad to hear you like it! Feel free to share photos of your projects on our Facebook wall! We'd love to see them!

I love the colors on this! I think I will make it for my daughter's teacher.

@toniabartley Great idea!

I started this project with left-overs that I have kept over the past 3 years. The pattern works great and it looks good. I had to use 4.00 and 4.5 size hooks, my tension is a tight stitch and the hook sizes noted in the pattern were too lose for the cotton yarn that I am using - Bernat Handicrafter cotton.

7oz skein of Red Heart yarn is 364 oz. You would need approximately 14.5 oz of white and 3 oz of each color

In the Crayon afghan pattern the amount of yarn is listed in yards. On all of the skeins of yarn I have seen the amount is listed in ounces. How do I tell how much yarn is in a yard? Can anyone help?

When I click on the graph to print it the page cuts off the last column and last 3 rows.

Very beautiful I wish that I work like

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