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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."

Pastel Shell Squares Afghan

The pastel shell squares afghan is a beautiful gift for a child or a new baby. Crochet shell squares in pastel colors with this afghan pattern and your baby will never be cold.

 Pastel Shell Squares Afghan


  • 760 yds. White Red Heart 4-ply yarn (MC)
  • 365 yds. Baby Pink Red Heart 4-ply yarn (CC)
  • 300 yds. Light Green Red Heart 4-ply yarn (CC)
  • 300 yds. Light Peach Red Heart 4-ply yarn (CC)
  • G and H crochet hooks or size needed for guage
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Graph


GUAGE: Square measures 6” across

STITCHES USED: Chain (ch), Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), Slip Stitch (sl st)
Special Stitches: Shell – 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc
V St – 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc


SQUARES: (make 2l of each CC)

  1. Row 1 – With CC and G hook ch 19, Shell in 5 th ch from hook, skip 3 ch, V St in next ch, skip 3 ch, Shell in next ch, skip 3 ch, V St in next ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch, ch 3 and turn. (2 Shells and 2 V Sts)
  2. Row 2 – Shell in first V St, V St in next Shell, continue across ending dc in last dc, ch 3 and turn.
  3. Rows 3 & 4 – Rep Row 2.
  4. Row 5 – Rep Row 2, ch 4 and turn.
  5. Row 6 – Sc in ch 2 sp of V St, ch 4, sc in ch 2 sp of Shell, continue across ending ch 4, sl st in last dc, turn and fasten off.


With white and H hook starting at right corner, sl st in ch sp, ch 2, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch sp, rep across, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in corner sp, working along side edge, ch 1, 2 dc in dc sp, rep across, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in last dc sp, ch 1, 3 dc in ch 3 sp, rep across, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in turning ch 4 sp, working along side edge rep as for opposite side, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off.

JOINING: With white whipstitch squares together sewing 9 rows of 7 squares each. See
Color Diagram for placement of squares.


  1. Rnd 1 – With H hook and pink working along top edge, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in right corner ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 1 sp, continue across, (sc, ch 3, sc) in corner ch 3 sp, working along  side edge ch 2, sc in ch 1 sp, continue across, rep from *around for bottom edge and  opposite side edge, join to beg sc and fasten off.
  2. Rnd 2 – With H hook and MC working along top edge, *sc in sc before ch 3 corner sp, ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next sc, (sc, ch 3, sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch 3 sp  across, sc in sc before ch 3 corner sp, ch 3, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 3 sp, sc in next sc, working along side edge ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in ch 2 sp, ch 1, continue across, rep from *around for bottom edge and opposite side edge, join to beg sc and fasten off.

Pastel Shell Squares Afghan

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Regarding the number of squares to make for this afghan - I think if you are making a baby afghan it would only need to be 12 of each color thus making an afghan that is 6 squares by 6 squares...this would be approximately 36 inches square. That is a good size. The one that is 21 of each color would be much bigger like for an adult or something like that. Really make it the size you want but maybe this will help everyone. I didn't write the pattern so I'm not expert.

I haven't made this yet but plan to. I like the fact that you have given us a closer look of the pattern, you should do this with everyone. Thanks for all your patterns.

I agree with Lizzitish - according to the coloured picture on this page there should only be 12 of each CC colour - but if you click on the 'Graph' link listed under Materials, it takes you to another page where the design does in fact have 21 of each, so it seems that's where the error has occurred

I like this pattern a lot, but I noticed what I think is a typo. Should it read 12 in the following line instead of 2L? SQUARES: (make 2l of each CC)? Please advise....I am planning to start this soon.....thanks - love this website.... Liz


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