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Monday, November 5, 2012

My hands can do this --- Crocheted Gift Box


Eating products made by Quaker Oats doesn't only give health benefits, but also give me some ideas on how to recycle its canisters.  Housewives tend to buy plastic containers for food storage.  It has always been plastic, plastic, and plastic that we often keep in our household cabinets for our reuse.  Seldom do we keep boxes and canisters made of paper materials.  Canisters made of paper materials can also provide us much usage to help us save money. That’s why I thought of making this unique project simply for a gift giving idea that I don’t need to buy a gift wrapper and a box.  The recipient will surely love this because it can be reused for other purposes, too, and just throw it away.  Not only the content, but also the gift box will be greatly appreciated because it is handmade with thoughtfulness and love.




  *CROCHETED GIFT BOX

Materials:
(1)  empty Quaker Oats 18 oz canister
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (autumn red)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (dark sage)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (soft pink)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (chocolate)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (bone)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (white)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz  (soft blue)
(1)  Offray ribbon (green)
       crochet hook # F5/3.75mm
       Ultra Bond super glue

Note:  Some of the yarns I used are leftover yarns I have.  If you have leftovers, you can use them.  You don’t necessarily have to buy all the yarns listed.  


Level of Difficulty – easy


Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)   chain
(sc)    single crochet
(dc)    double crochet
(st)     stitch
(sp)    space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(fpdc) front post double crochet
(YO)  yarn over 
Note:  Count first all the stitches you have made before going to the next row to avoid mistakes.
 
Special Instruction:
(fpdc) – front post double crochet – (YO) and insert hook from front to back around post of (dc).  [(YO) and pull up a loop and draw through 2 loops] 2X .


Instructions: 
Beginning Yarn (Autumn Red)
1st Row - Make 4 (ch).  Make the first loop hole bigger than the rest so you can easily insert the hook and make the succeeding (dc’s). Make 11 (dc) in 4th (ch) from hook. Hide the excess yarn as you make the (dc's).  Join in top of beginning 4 (ch).  
Result - 12 (dc)
2nd Row - Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on the same (sp).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc)] 11X.    Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).  
Result - 24 (dc)
3rd Row – Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc).  [2 (Dc) on next (dc).  (Dc) on next (dc)]  11X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 36 (dc)
4th Row -  Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on the same (sp).  (Dc) on next (dc). [2 (Dc) on next (dc). (Dc) on next (dc)]  17 X.   Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 54 (dc)
5th Row – Make (ch).  (Sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (dc)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Dark Sage)
Cut the autumn red yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (sc) and pull up the dark sage yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
6th Row -  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)]  53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)
7th to 8th Row -  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)]  53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).  
Result – 54 (sc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Pink)
Insert the soft pink yarn into the loop hole of dark sage yarn. Pull the dark sage yarn and tie it once with the end of soft pink yarn and tighten them. Don’t cut the dark sage yarn.  (Sl st) on same (sp).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
9th Row – [Make 5 (ch) and (sl st) on next (sc)] 53X.  Make 5 (ch) and  join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).  Cut the soft pink yarn and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn. 
Result -  54 (5-ch)


Connecting Another Yarn (Dark Sage)
Pull up the dark sage yarn.  (Sl st) on same (sp).
10th Row – Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  Skip (5-ch).  The dark sage yarn should be in between 2 (5-ch)  as you make (sc) all throughout.  [(Sc) on next (sc).  Skip (5-ch)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).  Pull up each (5-ch) around to make it more prominent looking  from the view. 
Result – 54 (sc)
11th Row – Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)
 
Connecting Another Yarn (Chocolate)
Cut the dark sage yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (sc) and pull up the chocolate yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
12th  to 13th Row – Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)] 53X.  Join with   (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)
 
Connecting Another Yarn (Bone)
Cut the chocolate yarn and tie it twice.  Insert the hook into the beginning (sc) and pull up the bone yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st). Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
14th to 24th Row -  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn (Autumn Red)
Cut the bone yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (sc) and pull up the autumn red yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
25th to 45th  Row – Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc)  
 
Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Blue)
Cut the autumn red yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (sc) and pull up the soft blue yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
46th to  50th Row -  Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  [(Sc) on next (sc)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).
Result – 54 (sc) 
51st Row -  Turn the project going to the other side.  [Make 5 (ch) and (sl st) on next (sc)] 53X.  Make 5 (ch) and  join with (sl st) to beginning (sc). 
Result -  54 (5-ch)
52nd Row – Make (ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  Skip (5-ch).  The soft blue yarn should be in between 2 (5-ch)  as you make (sc) all throughout.  [(Sc) on next (sc).  Skip (5-ch)] 53X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (sc).  Pull up each (5-ch) around to make it more prominent looking  from the view. 
Result – 54 (sc)
53rd Row – Make 3 (ch) and (dc) on same (sp). (Dc) on next (sc).  [2 (Dc) on next (sc). (Dc) on next (sc)]  26X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning (dc).
Result – 81 (dc)
 
Connecting Another Yarn (Soft Pink)
Cut the soft blue yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (dc) and pull up the  soft pink yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
54th Row – Make (ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Chocolate)
Cut the soft pink yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (fpdc) and pull up the  chocolate yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
55th Row – Make ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Bone)
Cut the chocolate yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (fpdc) and pull up the  bone yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
56th Row – Make (ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Dark Sage)
Cut the bone yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (fpdc) and pull up the  dark sage yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
57th Row – Make (ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (White)
Cut the dark sage yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (fpdc) and pull up the  white yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
58th Row – Make (ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)


Connecting Another Yarn (Autumn Red)
Cut the white yarn and tie it twice. Insert the hook into the beginning (fpdc) and pull up the  autumn red yarn, tie it once, and tighten it. The inside part of the hat should be facing you as you crochet.  Insert the hook on same (sp) and  make (sl st).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
59th Row – Make (ch). [Make (fpdc) around beginning (dc)] 81X. Join with (sl st) to beginning (fpdc).
Result – 81 (fpdc)
60th Row -  Make 3 (ch).  Make 2 (dc) on same (sp).  Skip 2 (fpdc). [3 (Dc) on next (fpdc).  Skip 2 (fpdc)] 26X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch). 
Result – 81 (dc)
61st to 62nd Row -  Make 3 (ch).  [(Dc) on next (dc)] 80X.  Join with (sl st) to beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 81 (dc)   
63rd Row – Make 3 (ch).  4 (Dc) on same (sp).  Skip 2 (dc) and (s l st) on next (dc).  [Make 3 (ch). 4 (Dc) on same (sp)). Skip 2 (dc) and (sl st) on next (dc)] 25X.  Make 3 (ch). 4 (Dc) on same (sp).  Skip 2 (dc). Join with (sl st) to beginning (dc) of 67th Row. Cut the autumn red yarn. Fasten off.   Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 81 (dc)        


Inserting the Canister
Turn the canister upside down.  Apply  super glue around the lid cover and attach it to the bottom of the canisterr.  Let it dry and then insert it inside the project carefully.


Inserting a Ribbon
Cut 40-inch ribbon.   Count first all the number of 3 (dc's) of the 60th Row to know the center of the project.  You have to insert it alternately in-between 3 (dc's)  beginning from the last stitches made. Holding one end of the ribbon, start going to the right side first until you reach the center of the project. Then holding the other end of the ribbon, start going to the left side until you reach the center of the project.  Tie the ribbon twice.   
  

Santa Bear with Crocheted Gift Box
Santa Bear has already prepared in advance his gifts  this Christmas season. He doesn’t need to buy anymore a gift box and a wrapper.  He knows that after receiving your gift, you would just throw the box and wrapper away.  But not with this unique, beautiful crochet gift box. He has asked me to design this beautiful crocheted gift box for this reason. All he needs to do is to put the actual gift inside and give it to your loved one.  Your loved one will actually be getting two gifts at the same time because this beautiful crochet gift box  can be used for other purposes like storing hairbrush, ribbons or hair clips, love letters, cards, or any stuff  your loved one likes to keep.  



*This project was featured in my crochet designer's profile as "Crocheted Christmas Wrap" at All Free Holiday Crafts (#4 in What's Hot - March 01, 2015) as shown below.  Aside from this,  I also got an extremely good recognition from them -- #1 in Top Craft Designer Profiles (March 21, 2014) as shown below also. Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.

What's Hot

4.       Crocheted Christmas Wrap
5.       Name Your Gift Wrap
6.       DIY Felt Slippers
7.       Funky Gift Card Cozies



*This project was featured also in my crochet designer's profile at All Free Crochet as "Holiday Gift Box." It has been also included in an ebook entitled “Secret Santa Gifts – 13 Gifts to Crochet” since last October 10, 2013.  It was consistently posted as  #1 in Top Christmas Crochet Projects of What's Hot -dated Dec.16, 2013 and April 12, 2014 as shown below.  Please note this ranking is not permanent.  Thank you very much to all viewers.


What's Hot

Read more at http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Christmas-Crochet/Holiday-Gift-Box#Qzr2jWcC48EsqCcH.99


*This project is also listed as one among my Top Green eCraft Projects, but #1 among my Top Holiday Projects. 

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Merry Christmas  
and
Happy, Prosperous New Year

to  All !!! 

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