One of the things I love most about crochet is that it is an extremely versatile craft. Using small steel hooks and very fine thread, it is possible to make items that mimic lace, or, using much larger hooks and bulkier yarn, it is possible to craft a throw rug from discarded clothes.
One of my favorite home projects has been making shelf liners. I despise the adhesive paper used to line shelves. I never get it on exactly straight in the initial application and, as a result, have annoying bumps that never get smoothed out. If by some chance I inadvertently install the paper properly, it eventually gets dirty and needs to be pulled out leaving a sticky residue behind.
While non-adhesive shelf liners don’t have the gluey disadvantages of their adhesive counterparts, I seem to have a singular talent for not cutting the liner exactly to size, and while, these liners are easier to clean and not quite as awful as the adhesive shelf liner paper, I have found that crocheted shelf liners are vastly superior.
If you want to make your own shelf liners, I recommend a worsted weight acrylic yarn, like Red Heart Super Saver, Caron Simply Soft, or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice as the yarns are easily washed and comes in a wide array of colors. Depending on the stitch and yarn you use, a 4.00mm to 5.00mm. hook should do the trick. It can also be helpful to make a paper template of the shelf or drawer in question so that you can measure the piece you are making against the template as you work. Shelf lining projects are also a good place to perfect new crochet stitches and techniques.
Here are some of the liners I have made for my kitchen drawers and shelves: