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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."

Beginning Crochet: Part 5

Fasten Off-
At the end of your last row or round, cut the yarn from the ball leaving a 4 inch long tail. Yarn over and draw the tail through the loop on the hook. Tighten.

Weaving in the Yarn- Most often, the yarn tails will be woven into the piece at the end of a project. Thread a yarn needle (with a larger eye) with the yarn tail. With the wrong side of the piece showing (the inside for example), weave the needle inside the loops of several stitches. Clip any remaining yarn closely to the piece. Here is a video demonstrating the concept (with a beautiful scarf):


Seaming- Often, longer yarn tails are used to seam two edges of a crochet piece together.

Whipstitch seams are very popular, because they create a flat seam perfect for joining bulky items. To do a whipstitch seam, you lay the pieces down with right sides showing. Thread yarn through needle and insert needle from front to back through back loops of first stitch of one piece and from back to front through corresponding stitch in the other piece. Continue along the stitches in this way, starting with the same piece each time. When seamed together, fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

Slip stitch seam is a tighter seam worked with the crochet hook, instead of the needle, and is often used for things like shoulder seams. The two crocheted sides are held together with right sides facing in. Attach the yarn to the edge of the joined pieces (if not already attached by beginning tail). Insert crochet hook into pair of edge stitches, YO and pull loop through both stitches and the loop on the hook. Repeat along the edge until all edge stitches are joined. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

Single crochet seam is like slip stitch seam, but the edges are worked with single crochet for more flexibility. Unlike slip stitch seam, this edge shows, so you begin with the wrong sides together. You attach yarn to joined edge, insert hook through pair of edge stitches, YO and pull yarn through both stitches. YO again and draw yarn through both loops on hook. Repeat for all edge stitch pairs. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

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Hi helcat743 9774548 - Have you visited our sister site, They have a great chart that explains many of the crochet abbreviations. You can visit the page here: Hope this helps! -The editors of FaveCrafts

When afghan is done and talks about edging around entire item starting with single crochet around top sides and bottom is obvious where to sc on top on bottom but unsure about sides where to put sc and how many to put

cant find info on sc2tog on any video or other

Can u tell me how to block a pattern in crocheting

I watched the video on how to weave in ends. What I need to know is how to keep the ends from unraveling. Anyone knows how to weave them in, but unless you put a knot in it at the very end (which I hear you are not supposed to do), how do you keep the end (at the very end) from unraveling?

I am making an afghan with blocks of different colors, and am ready to begin joining them. Since the blocks are different colors, what color should I use to join them? I have made granny square afghans before, but the outer rows were always the same color. Thanks for your thoughts!

on a pattern called ponytail wrap there is a stitch called single knot stitch and double knot stitch. Could I please get complete instructions. This makes no sense. I know what a HDC is but that is not what the directions are describing

Can you please tell me how to do a long sc and draw up a loop. I am going to make a set of baby blanket and booties but need to find out how to do these stitches first Any help is greatly appreciated!! Diana Burris

What is a good way to be able to tell right side from wrong side?

I love this! I was taught to do granny squares around age 8...but never got beyond that! Now I want to do more, and this helps remind me of how to do certain things that I had forgotten! THANKS!!

I just started to learn some books at the library, they are good...but this video tutorial REALLY helped..thanks. Can anyone recommend good book for a beginner with good picture demonstrations and directions? thanks

I am crocheting a hat in the round and when I change colors of yarn the stitches look uneven. Instead of the stitches looking uniform, when I change color of yarn, the beginning stitch of the next row does not line up. Can you advise?

Dear Crafter 7291302 I don't usually go all the way across my work. I weave in my ends over about six to nine stitches then go back the direction I came from for about four to five stitches, then I reverse directions again. In effect making a S shape. I do this by working over three rows of the same color. If you have two rows of a color you can do the same thing, just work across different stitches on those rows. After you have weave your yarn in. Clip it close to your work. Make sure you don't cut your work. You can use a small drop of flexible and washable fabric glue too be extra careful. However, I found if you weave your ends in, in a S shape you won't have a problem with them unraveling, even without first tying a knot.

after you weave the yarn through the item, and a tail is left at the other side, what do you do with it? will the yarn ever slip out? pleeeeeaaaaaassssseeee help with this.

Hi Gretchen Explain in more detail. 1. Do you mean the SIDES of the rows are uneven (on the left and right of the item)? I would first suggest that you count your stitches on each row. It is possible that you are missing the first or last stitch when you turn the item or get to the end of the row. It is very easy to miss the first and last stitch, so if you count your stitches on each row until you are sure that you are not missing the first and last stitch, you can't go wrong. Hope this helps!

PLEASE tell me how do you get all yur row even at the end of your crochet??????????????????? thanks


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