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Door Draft Stopper to Knit & Felt


 

Below is Sasha with eyes.

Below is a Tail that can be added.

Sasha the Splashy Serpent
knit & felted
with Splash + Iceland

Pattern credit:
Superior Knitting Patterns and  Joanne Cole, designer.

Sasha will guard your door & keep those wintry drafts outside. Sasha fits a 36” wide entry door, but can easily be modified for other door widths.
Fast and Easy on size 19s!

Materials –
Crystal Palace Iceland: 1 - 100 gr ball - #3433 “tree bark”
Crystal Palace Splash 1: - 100 gr ball -- #7190 “canyon”
[There are many other colors to choose, click the yarn name to see the sample cards.]
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles
size 19- 29” or 40" circular
- Yarn needle and Iceland, or a sewing needle and thread, to sew a seam
- Few ounces of poly fiberfill or a small piece of poly quilt batting (optional)
- buttons for eyes - we'll be showing some embellishments to Sasha, maybe a felted tail, too?
- button eyes, either sew-on or glue-on variety

Directions:
Iceland and Splash yarns are held together throughout all knitting. Knitting is worked in garter st (all knit).
For a 36” entry door:

Cast on 60 sts. Knit 12 rows.
Bind Off.

Piece should measure approximately 44” wide x 4-1/2” long.

Sewing
Using a length of Iceland and the yarn needle, whipstitch the cast on edge to the bound off edge. Do not pull the yarn too tight. You can use a doubled cotton thread (like cotton quilting thread) and a sewing needle if you wish. The knit rectangle has changed into a tube. Tack all yarn ends into the wrong side of tube.

Felting
When you are ready to do some laundry - just toss your knit tube into the washing machine with your laundry and take Sasha out at the end of the cycle. If Sasha is too wide after the wash cycle, put him/her through another wash cycle.
Stuffing (optional)
Stuff the tube with poly batting if desired. Sew ends of tube closed so stuffing stays inside the tube.
Modifying Sasha to fit other door widths according to table below.

Tail
Make a 4 stitch I-cord tube, approximately 6” long using a single strand of Iceland. Pull yarn end through 4 sts, fasten off. Felt this tube.
Make a pompon from Splash – the fluffier the better! Tie pompon to felted I-cord tube end strand & pull all 3 strands to inside of I-cord tube.
Sew felted I-cord tube+pompom to one end of felted Sasha, using the tube’s cast-on tail. Hide the remaining cast on tail inside the tail.

Eyes
Attach button eyes to the “head end” of Sasha. Either sew-on or glue-on eyes can be used.

Splash is perfect for this project because of its LONG eyelashes. [Other similar looking eyelash yarns have shorter lashes.] Splash’s long eyelashes are the key to Sasha’s efficiency in blocking wintry drafts.

 Sasha's Length  
(door width)
 Knitted Rectangle  
(width)
 Cast On
(# of sts)
30" 37 50
32" 39 53
34" 42 57
36" 44 60
38" 46 63
40" 49 67
42" 51 70

Thanks so much, Joanne, for this great idea and fun way to save on winter heating bills!


Crystal Palace Yarns  160 23rd St, Richmond, CA 94804
phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809
  email: cpyinfo at straw.com

copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this free knitting pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Splash & Iceland are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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