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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."

Crocheted Multicolored Throw

By: Glenda Winkleman for Red Heart Yarns

Combine one bright multi colored yarn with three solid colors for an easy-to-crochet afghan. The vivid striped pattern of the crocheted multicolored throw from Red Heart Yarn cheers up any room. Check out this pattern and more in our We've Got You Covered: 25 Crochet and Knit Throws free eBook from Red Heart Yarns.


Throw measures 48” x 60”.
MATERIALS:

  • Red Heart® “Super Saver®”, (Art. E300) solid 7 oz (198 g), 364 yd (333 m); multicolor and print 5 oz (141 g), 244 yd (223 m), flecks 5 oz (141 g) 260 yds (238 m) skeins:
    • 1 skein each 256 Carrot A and 624 Tea Leaf C; 2 skeins 320 Cornmeal B; and 6 skeins 964 Primary D
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn Needle

GAUGE: 13 sts = 4”; 16 rows = 4” in pattern.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
INSTRUCTIONS:
With B, ch 173.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn – 172 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, * ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Fasten off.
Row 3: Join D in first sc; ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, * dc in next 2 skipped sc 2 rows below (Row 1) pulling dc up to current level of work, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, * ch 2, skip next 2 dc, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Fasten off.
Row 5: Join C in first sc; ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, * 2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. Fasten off.
Row 7: Join D in first sc; ch 1, sc in first 4 sc, * dc in next 2 skipped dc 4 rows below (Row 3) pulling dc up to current level of work, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 8: With D, repeat Row 4.
Row 9: With A, repeat Row 5.
Row 10: With A, repeat Row 6.
Row 11: With D, repeat Row 7.
Row 12: With D, repeat Row 4.
Row 13: With B, repeat Row 5.
Row 14: With B, repeat Row 6.
Row 15: With B, repeat Row 2.
Rows 16-223: Repeat Rows 3-15, 16 times.
Rows 224-235: Repeat Rows 3-14.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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