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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."

How to Crochet in the Round

Crocheting in the round is continuous in that you do not turn at the row, but go around and around until finished.

Crocheted Tube

A crochet tube can be used for phone or IPod sleeves, for example. To crochet in the round, you tie a slipknot and make a foundation chain as usual (the pattern will specify how many to chain). Instead of beginning in the second chain closest to the hook, you begin in the first chain right next to the slipknot. Slip stitch the ends together to form a ring: insert the hook into the loop of the first chain next to the slipknot, yarn over, and full the yarn through both loops on the hook. If you are counting rows, mark the start of the round (a stitch marker makes this handy). For single crochet, proceed by making a single crochet in each chain.




Crocheted Circle

Crocheting in the round generally refers to this method which creates a tight, flat circle. Crocheting a circle is handy for making amigurumi, or the Japanese art of crocheted stuffed animals. You begin in the same way as crocheting a tube, by joining the two ends of a foundation chain together with a slip stitch. The stitches in the first round are worked inside the ring to form a tight center. In other words, you insert the hook through the center of the ring, YO, and pull loop through the ring (should be two loops on the hook). YO again and pull loop through both strands. This is one single crochet into the center. The circle is then increased with each round, creating a spiral outward. You should mark the beginning of rounds with a stitch marker to keep track of your progress.
This video demonstrates a crocheted circle for amigurumi.


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