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When temperatures start to drop, a draft excluder for your doors can make your house feel warmer and cosier. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, follow our series of Crochet Fundamentals. This pattern uses US terms and stitches including magic ring, chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), increase (inc), and double crochet 2 together (dc2tog).
- Yarn (I used Drops Paris cotton)
- Crochet hook in 4mm
- Darning needle for sewing in the ends
- Polyfill stuffing (not shown)
- Click here to learn more about essential crochet tools
1. Crochet the Draft Excluders
Make a magic circle and secure with a stitch. Chain 2, then work 11dc into the ring. Close with a slip stitch (sl st) in the top ch of your beginning ch 2.
Chain 3, work 1dc into the same stitch, then work *inc* around. Close with a sl st in the top ch of your beg ch 3.
Work 2 rows of dc stitches, joining with a sl st at the end of each row. You can see the shape of the draft excluder now beginning to form.
Change colour, and work another 2 rows of dc stitches, joining at the end of each row.
Continue working like this, changing colour every 2 rows. Keep going until your draft excluder is long enough.
Stuff your draft excluder with polyfill.
Change colour for the last time, and work 2 rows of dc stitches around. Join with a slip stitch. Chain 3. Work a dc2tog into the next two stitches, as follows:
- Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, 3 loops on hook.
- Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.
- Yarn over, insert into next stitch, pull up a loop, 4 loops on hook.
- Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, 3 loops on hook.
- Yarn over, and pull through last 3 loops.
This is a decrease. Go around the row like this.
Crochet one more round of dc2tog stitches.
Use your darning needle to weave the hole closed. Sew in the final ends.
This project is great for using up those yarn scraps that never seem suited for any other project. This draft excluder was made using hdc stitches instead of dc, using only bits of yarn:
Use It or Gift It!
In this tutorial, you learned how to quickly crochet your very own draft excluder (or door snake!). Drafts won't be bothering you anymore this winter!
Do you like this project? Are you going to make some draft excluders in your own colour scheme? We’d love to see your work! Let us know if you have any questions or other comments in the space below.