Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Knitted Door Stop

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A knitted window box that is not going anywhere.
Here in Perth, we have a magnificent afternoon sea breeze called the 'Fremantle Doctor' which roars in and helps keep the scorching summer temperatures down.  It's fabulous when it comes in and we make sure that all the windows and doors are flung wide open.

We used to buy small door wedges to keep the doors open but our dog used to think they were chew toys and the only method that worked was a brick wrapped in fabric.  However, after 8 years, I figured it was time for something new.  The brick method works well, so I decided that an update was called for.

I wanted it to look like a flower pot or window box and my initial intention was to crochet something similar to a tissue box cover.  After a number of attempts I decided that I wanted a knitted look as I didn't want to be able to see any of the brick through the the crochet.

I came up with a very simple pattern using 'brick' stitch (a bit of knitterly humour there).
The pattern can be found here.
Brick Stitch Pattern by New Stitch A Day

Method (this is not so much of a pattern - more of a 'how to' guide)

Firstly, wrap the brick so that it is easy to work with and won't snag the yarn.  I used a double fold of tissue paper as this was all I had but you could also use quilt wadding.  This might be slightly better for any stubbed toes although I can't be too sure of this.

 It would definitely be a good idea to swatch this as the measurements could be completely different depending on the wool you use and the size of brick. Basically, you need to start at the bottom edge of the brick.  The first 10cm or so is the brick face.  The 2 ends that you create by increasing are the  pieces that drop down over the ends of the brick and the rest of the knitting is the second face and the bottom.

Cast on 41 stitches (the brick pattern requires multiples of 4 + 1) and knit for approximately 10cms.
In the next row, cast on 16 stitches and continue pattern.
The knitted brick template
At the beginning of the next row, cast on a further 16 stitches.
Continue in established pattern for a further 10cm.
Cast of 16 stitches at the beginning of the next row.
Cast of 16 stitches at the beginning of the next row to get back to the original 41 stitches.
Continue for 15cm and then cast off.

Following the diagram, join edges 1 & 2 and then join edges 3 & 4.
Join edges5 & 6 and then 7 & 8.
Then join edges 9 & 10 and then 11 & 12.  Sounds a bit complicated?  Then as you sew, make sure you sew the cosy around the brick with the right side of the knitting facing each other an turn inside out when you come to join the final seam.  It will all come together.



As I have so much fun crocheting roses, I spent a couple of enjoyable evenings making the flowers out of a left over ball of Zauberball sock wool.  The graduations in this wool was just perfect for the roses and I loved how they turned out.  Link to crocheted roses

Happy Knitting
Louise

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3 comments:

  1. WOW! What a way to make a usually ugly item (plain brick) BEAUTIFUL!!

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    1. Thanks Diana - We love how this turned out!

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  2. Thankyou for the roses pattern

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