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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 Only Crocheted Granny Square You'll Ever Need

By: Adriana Veleda from theanarchistknitter.blogspot.com
Updated November 26, 2019
The Only Crocheted Granny Square Youll Ever Need
The Only Crocheted Granny Square Youll Ever Need

Ladies and gentlemen, this is The Only Crocheted Granny Square You'll Ever Need. This easy beginner granny square crochet pattern is easy to alter to suit your needs and simple enough for beginners to make as well.

Granny square crochet doesn't have to be difficult. You can make some of the most stellar designs with granny squares as your foundation.

Mix and match your own yarn colors to create beautiful designs and then arrange them into a lovely afghan. Great for crochet fans of all skill levels, this crochet granny square is a quick project that's great for using up yarn in your stash.

Beginner

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Finished SizePattern creates an 8" square

Materials List

  • 25 grams of worsted weight yarn, in Color A (A)
  • 50 grams of worsted weight yarn, in Color B (B - the solid section)
  • 5mm/H crochet hook

Instructions:

  1. Foundation: With A, chain 4, join to form a circle.

  2. Round 1: Ch. 3, 2 dc, ch 2, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch from foundation loop. Do not turn.

  3. Round 2: Slip stitch to the next chain-2 space. Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 1, (3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, ch 1) 3 times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch. Break off yarn. Do not turn.

  4. Round 3: Grab your B and attach it to the chain-2-space in one of the corners. Ch. 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, work 1 dc in every dc and chain 1 (7 dc in each solid section, not counting with the corners), *2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 2 dc in same space, work 1 dc in every dc and chain 1. Do not turn.

  5. Round 4: Slip stitch to the next chain-2 space. Repeat round 3 (11 dc in each solid section, not counting with the corners). Break off yarn. Do not turn.

  6. Round 5: Again with A, attach yarn to the chain-2-space in one of the corners. Ch. 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, (ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next st) 3 times, (3 dc in next space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space, ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next st x 3 times) 3 times);

  7. Round 6: Slip stitch to the next chain-2 space. Ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, (ch 1, 3 dc in chain-1 space, ch 1 x 4 times, 3 dc in next space, ch 2, 3 dc in same space) repeat until the end of the round. Break off yarn. Do not turn.

  8. Round 7: Repeat round 3 (23 dc in each solid section, not counting with the corners).

  9. Round 8: Repeat round 4 (27 dc in each solid section, not counting with the corners). Break off yarn. Weave in ends.

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I have not croched for a long time but I remember when I first learned I made a lot of pot holders with these squares. I have been wanting to get back into crochet and this is a great place to start because you can put these squares together and make quilts or dollies. You can use as many colors as you want too. Thanks for the directions.

This is a great project for anyone from beginner to advanced. It's so easy to make. You can whip up a bunch in no time. This would make a very pretty place mat, table runner, wall hanger, baby throw or afghan. It's versatile and you get to use up your scrap yarn!

Yes. I guess this is the only Crocheted Granny Square I'll Ever Need. It is very neat, uncluttered, and very easy to make. And the colors chosen here are beautiful - orange and blue. This will make a beautiful afghan.

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