Voilà: Snowman Draft Stopper

The holiday thingamabob you’ve been reading about has finally been published.

My Snowman Draft Stopper is available as a free download from the Knit Picks website.

Instant mood lifter.

I had proposed four of these draft stoppers (except I called them draft dodgers and Knit Picks suggested that the phrase might be incendiary, so now it’s a stopper), the other three being a witch, Santa Claus, and a jack-o-lantern.

Holiday Draft Stoppers by Robin Allen - A Texas Girl Knits

The witch is the coolest.

Pattern Details: Snowman Draft Stopper by Robin Allen | A Texas Girl Knits

This tall, thin snowman will keep the cold air out and the holiday fun in. The top hat, scarf, face, and body are knitted stripes. The eyes, mouth, nose, and buttons are embroidered. After embroidering, sew one end closed, fill with lentils and sew the other end closed.

Sized to lay the length of the average exterior door, you can easily make it shorter for an interior door or windowsill.

(c) Knit Picks

Features:

  • No shaping
  • Minimal finishing
  • Quick knit

Skills: Knitting, purling, working in the round, researching techniques you’re unfamiliar with.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 36” long x 6” circumference, depending on amount of filling.

Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted (100% Premium Acrylic; 218 yards/100g): MC: White 25694, C1: Black 25693; C2: Orange 25705: 1 ball each.

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) DPNs, or size to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, 3 lbs. Dry Lentils (about 6 cups), Measuring Cup (optional)

Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows = 4” in St st, relaxed

A note about substituting yarn/filling

In the colder months, I place several draft stoppers throughout my house, all made with different yarns and fillings, and here’s what I’ve learned.

  • Bugs love to eat wool (and probably alpaca and cashmere), so use a synthetic yarn.
  • Bugs love to eat rice. They don’t much like lentils, though, and I’ve never tried popcorn, so maybe that would work, too.

Having said that, the draft stoppers that suffered the most damage were the ones on my window sills that were never moved. If your snowman is against a door and will be moved regularly, you can probably chance any yarn and filling you’d like.

To Ponder: There is so much you can let go of without really losing a thing. |Ralph Marston|

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