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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."

The 100 Best Crochet Patterns, Knitting Patterns, and Crafts of 2017

These easy DIY projects are wonderful inspiration for the knitter and crocheter!

The 100 Best Crochet Patterns Knitting Patterns and Crafts of 2017

The best crochet patterns, knitting patterns, and crafts are at your fingertips! Voted on by readers like you, these are the 100 most popular crafts of 2017.

These most popular projects are the most-loved projects from our email newsletters, from folks coming to our site by searching the internet, and from social media posts on Facebook and Pinterest.

Many of these projects have stood the test of time. Patterns like the Bavarian Rainbow Afghan, Grandma's Knitted Slippers, and the Foolproof Afghan are popular year after year. If you haven't given them a try by now, it's about time you did!

Meanwhile, we have some new favorites this year that you'll love exploring below.

Get ready with those crafty New Year's Resolutions and make something wonderful in 2018.

Best Crochet Afghan Patterns

It's no secret that the best crochet patterns of 2017 are afghans! We have an overwhelming quantity of free afghan patterns that made the top of our list this year. In fact, in this entire collection you'll find 38 knit and crocheted afghans and baby blankets! That's crazy! Almost 40% of this collection is blankets.

Since blankets are so wildly popular to make, you should probably browse this collection and get started on an afghan if you haven't made one already. They're the perfect project for staying warm for the remaining winter months!

Free Women's Crochet Patterns

Another very popular item to make in 2017 was crocheted clothes! From sweaters to ponchos to ruanas and shawls, these beautiful free crochet clothes patterns are just the thing to make to stay warm all year. Some of these patterns are beautiful accessories, and others are wonderful shirts and sweaters to cozy up in. It's wonderful to make your own clothes. There's so much excitement in telling friends that no, this sweater isn't store bought---I made it!

Crochet Patterns for Baby

Is there anything more rewarding than making clothes, blankets, and toys for baby? Crochet baby blankets are some of my favorite projects to make. They're a smaller commitment than a full afghan, and parents of young babies need tons of blankets! Baby blankets get dirty in a hurry, so it's good to have a lot of them. Make any of the darling baby projects below for an upcoming baby shower gift or baby's first birthday.

Kitchen Crochet Patterns

The best way to learn to crochet is by making a basic dishcloth. Crochet dishcloth patterns are great because they work up SO quickly and you can never have too many! They make great small gifts around the holidays because you can choose yarn in festive colors. Find more great kitchen crochet patterns below, like the mop or sweeper cover that you can reuse again and again, or the lovely crocheted doilies!

Crochet Hats, Slippers, and More Accessories

Crochet accessories are one of the most popular types of crochet projects to make. It makes sense! A winter hat, cute crocheted bag, scarf, or slippers are all such great projects to make for a variety of occasions. A person could always use another winter hat to stay warm, and slippers are just so wonderful to keep in a few different rooms in the house so you can just slip them on. I personally love crocheting scarves (especially with bulky yarn!) because I really do think a person can't have too many scarves. Check out some of our top crocheted accessories below.

More of Our Best Crochet Patterns

Haven't found the perfect crochet pattern yet after perusing all the projects above? Maybe amigurumi is a type of crochet project you've been meaning to try! Or you're on the hunt for some Christmas projects to crochet. Best of all, you might want to try making a dog sweater. Find the rest of our top crochet patterns from 2017 below.

Knitting Clothes

We have a diverse array of knit clothing patterns below for your perusal! Whether you're knitting for husband, child, baby, or yourself, there are knitting patterns for clothing below. Find sweaters, ponchos, and more in our list of patterns.

Knit Slippers and More Accessories

Our pattern for Grandma's Knitted Slippers is one of the most popular projects on Hundreds of people have reviewed the pattern and you should try it, too! We have patterns below for some of our favorite knit hats, and you'll also enjoy some of the knit scarves and fingerless mitts below, too! (Confession: I love knitting bulky scarves, too!)

Knit Afghans

Like the crocheted afghans shared above, knit afghans were super popular for us this year! If you've never knit an afghan, it IS an undertaking, but the results are so rewarding. It's nice to be able to knit flat, and you can create the most beautiful throws and baby blankets for home decor and gift giving.

Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns

Like learning to crochet, one great way to learn knitting is by working up a dishcloth. Knit dishcloth patterns are fantastic for practicing the basic knit and purl stitches. You'll also get your tension under control as you learn to knit. Once finished, dishcloths make great gifts to give, and you really can never have too many of them about.

Tie Dye and Other Craft Projects

If you love wearing tie dye in summer, you have to make these beautiful tie dye patterns! Learn the basics with some of our most popular patterns below. These basic techniques are great for learning how to make a variety of tie dye designs. We also have in this last section of our roundup two of our most popular crafts: a sewing pattern for hanging dish towels, and an awesome storage solution that sewists and crafters alike will adore. I hope you've had a wonderful time browsing our 100 most popular crafts of 2017!

What was your favorite project you made in 2017? Let us know in the comments!

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