Knit yourself a blocker for the draftiest door in your home, and then make it cute with embellishments!
Is it cold where you are right now?
In certain parts of the world, it’s pretty chilly right about now. Even in Oklahoma in the United States–not exactly known for its cold weather–it can get pretty cold in the winter.
And often in the winter, you find out just how many drafty doors you have in your home. Fortunately, if you love to knit and have some wool yarn in your house, you can create the perfect solution. Knit yourself a draft blocker!
How to Create a Draft Blocker
Gauge is, fortunately, not a worry with this pattern. Choose the right needles for your yarn and you’ll be golden.
You can knit this pattern either flat or in the round. You’ll see directions for both in the pattern below.
1. To start, cast on as many stitches as you think you’ll need, depending on the yarn you’re using. If you’re using worsted weight yarn, for instance, you might want to cast on about 46 stitches. If you’re using a heavier yarn, you could cast on 36 or 40.
Remember that you’ll be felting this project once you’ve finished knitting it, so you’ll want to knit it twice the size that you want the finished product to be. If you’re unsure, I suggest you go bigger!
2. If you’re knitting in the round: Join the beginning and end of your cast-on together, being careful not to twist your stitches.
If you’re knitting flat, turn your work.
3. For circular knitting: Knit in stockinette stitch (that is, every round) until you have a tube that is approximately six inches longer than the doorway you plan to block.
For flat knitting: Knit in stockinette stitch (that is, knit 1 row, purl the next, and continue to alternate between knit and purl rows) until your knitted fabric measures approximately 6 inches longer than the doorway you plan to block from the cast-on edge.
4. For circular knitting: Use Kitchener stitch to graft the end closed. (Need a refresher? Check out this fabulous Kitchener tutorial from Very Pink Knits.)
For flat knitting: Cast off in whatever way is easiest for you. Seam the cast-off edge and the length of the fabric, leaving the cast-on edge open.
5. Now, it’s time for felting! Pop your knitted tube into a washing machine and wash in the hottest setting possible. If you’re new to felting, Purl Together has a fantastic felting tutorial that will help you tremendously. (And if you don’t have a washing machine, she shows you how to felt in a bucket of hot water, too!)
You can either air-dry your felted tube or pop it into the drying machine if you have one.
6. Once the tube is dry, it’s time to fill it as full as you can with rice. Why rice? Rice makes your blocker nice and heavy to hold it in place by the bottom of your door. It also fills out the blocker so it actually does the job of keeping drafts out of your home.
(And as a bonus, if you ever need a makeshift weapon, your blocker will probably do the trick in a pinch! 😆)
7. Now that your tube is full of rice, it’s time to stitch the top closed. You can use the same yarn you knitted with to close the open end. Or, you can use the strongest thread you have with a needle and have at it.
Make It Cute
Of course, you don’t actually need to make your draft blocker cute. If you’re happy with it as-is, plunk it next to your drafty door and enjoy keeping the heat in your home (and your lower energy bills).
Or, you can get decorating!
Be creative! You can make it into a snake, a bunny rabbit, a dog, a cat, or really just about anything. Use some felt, some google eyes, some cotton balls or cotton batting, and whatever else you want to give your draft blocker character!
(I highly recommend hopping on Pinterest and doing a search for “Cute draft stopper DIY” if you want some ideas. Beware of that rabbit hole, though…)
Not only is a knitted draft blocker a great way to keep your own home warmer, it makes a great gift, too. Why not offer it as a birthday gift for someone with a wintertime birthday or as a wedding or graduation gift?