Pattern

## Overview

In this lesson we’ll be learning how to crochet boxes that can actually be opened and closed, perfect to use for presents! This tutorial includes instructions for how to make 4 different sizes of present and how to add holes for easy ribbon additions.

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## Gauge:

5 Rnds and 4 sts per 1”

## The Lesson

Note:

These boxes are checkboxes

These time codes correlate to the video for this lesson

## Lid

Magic loop

Rnd 1

sc 8 in the magic loop (8)

Rnd 2

inc in each st (16)

Rnd 3

[sc 1, inc 2, sc 1] 4 times (24)

Rnd 4

[sc 2, inc 1, ch 1, inc 1, sc 2] 4 times (32 +4chs)

Rnd 5

slst 1, ch 2, starting in the same st, working into the BLO and into the loop on the back of the previous Rnd, sc in each st skipping the chs (32) *Skip to Part 02 for detailed instructions

Rnd 6

skip the slst and chs, sc in each st (32)

Slst 1, cut the yarn and pull through. Hide the end.

## Box

Magic loop

Rnd 1

sc 8 in the magic loop (8)

Rnd 2

inc in each st (16)

Rnd 3

[sc 1, inc 2, sc 1] 4 times (24)

*Note: { } = Worked into the same stitch

Rnd 4

[sc 3, {sc 1, ch 1, sc 1}, sc 2] 4 times (28 +4 chs)

Rnd 5A

slst 1, ch 2, starting in the same st, working into the BLO and into the loop on the back of the previous Rnd, sc in each st skipping the chs (28)

*Note: To add holes to hide the ribbon replace Rnd 5A with Rnd 5B.

Rnd 5B

slst 1, ch 3, skip the first st (the same st you just worked into), working into the BLO and into the loop on the back of the previous Rnd, skipping the chs from the previous Rnd,

sc 6, [ch 2, skip a st, sc 6] 3 times (24 + 4 ch spaces)

Note: If you made Rnd 5B for the added holes, work in each ch space as a single stitch.

Rnd 6+

sc in each st (28 x ?)

Repeat this round until you have a length you’re happy with. 6 rounds should make a cube.

For added stability to the lip of the box, work the final Rnd of sc sts around a pipe cleaner and trim the edges of the pipe cleaner prior to Rnd N below. This can be used to mold the lip to maintain a square shape and should be used for very tall boxes. I find this is unnecessary for cube boxes.

Pinch edges of your box to form the edges of the box, this will help in the next Rnd. Continue to Rnd N to finish.

Note: Rnd N optional, but useful if you have a somewhat loose gauge.

Rnd N

working into the BLO, slst until you get to a corner, this depends on how many repeats you made, (for a cube, slst 4 to reach the first corner), dec 1, [slst 5, dec 1] 3 times, slst until you reach the beginning of the Rnd (24

If you made Rnd 5B for the added holes, work in each ch space as a single stitch.

Cut the yarn, pull through and hide the end.

## Creating a Sharper Angle

I have found this technique especially useful for making a sharper, more pronounced edge to my boxes, but it is a little tricky, and optional!

In the rounds following your final Rnds of increasing on the Lid or Boxes, work into the BLO (back loops only) and into the loop on the back of the previous round.

I find it’s easiest to do this by using your nail of your dominant index finger to help pry your crochet hook into both the back loop and loop on the back of the previous round simultaneously.

Do not forget to work into the same stitch that you slip stitched into to start this Round (unless you’re adding holes to the base of your box). It’s easy to miss this stitch and if you do, you will be short a stitch by the end of the round.

Take it slowly, one stitch at a time, and remember if you’re having a lot of trouble, this is optional and your box will still look good without this technique by just working into the BLO.

## Ribbon String

You can make your ribbon 3 levels of thickness.

Firstly try using just a simple string. This is best for a small and mini sized box, but regardless you should try this first as it will give you an estimate of how long to make your ribbon.

To tie your ribbon, place your string over the top of the box with the lid on, go around the outside to the underside of your box.

Then twist with the opposite side of the string and go back up the box on the unused sides to meet back together at the top. Tie a simple knot as if you were tying you shoes, and cut the ends to size it correctly.

If you would like to make a thicker ribbon, untie this. You will use this to measure how long to make your ribbon.

Now to make a thicker ribbon, using a new strand of yarn, chain as many times as you need to match the length of your original string.

To make an even thicker ribbon, turn, skip the first ch, and slst in each ch to the end. Cut the yarn and hide the ends.

To tie your ribbon using the holes, to hide it on the inside, go around the outside of the box over the top, and enter into 2 holes on opposite sides. Pull this so that each end is equally long, leave just enough room to fit your lit under.

Twist on the inside and exit the box out of the unused holes. Travel back up the box to the top.

Fit your lit back onto the box under the loop with whatever you want inside, pull the ends tight to pull the loop down onto the lid. Tie the ends together on the top using a simple knot!

## Mini Box

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## Christmas Themed Patterns

1. Jane

Quick typo note – in the “Small Box” pattern, for the box portion, it says 28 stitches in Round 4 and Round 5, I believe it should be 20 stitches.

2. Maxi

In the membership infos it says, with a free membership, i will have access to printer-friendly pdf´s.
But where is it for this pattern?

1. Louie Mensinger

Hey Maxi! PDFs are only downloadable with a membership account. But you can get a free trial then cancel it after!

3. Ennia

I think there’s something wrong with round 3 and 4 of the large gift box motif (the sts don’t add up)

1. Amelios

I thought so too, but its because you need to do 1 sc, then 2 increases and then another sc!

4. Melanie Guerra

So it says the mini box is 06 and it only goes to 05 and I don’t know how to find it because it says jump to section on the side but it doesn’t take you there or anything so can explain to me how can I make it

5. Danielle

I’m having so much trouble with this site. It says ‘This content requires a free account to access’, I made an account, logged in, it still won’t let me view the pattern.

6. Caroline

I’m having similar problems as previous commenters; I’ve made a free account and logged in multiple times, even reset my password, but this page will not let me see the pattern for the large box, which says I only need a free account, not a paid account. If this problem has been going on for months with no solution, I’m not sure if it’s even worth paying for access to the rest of it.

7. Jackie

I still can’t get the mini box. Nothing comes up. I thought I could figure it out myself mathematically but I don’t have close to your talent , with my numbers it came up as a strange little ball/cube/?? .. lol..