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Essential Draft Dodger

Keep your home warm and toasty during the winter months with the Essential Draft Dodger. Work up this free crochet pattern and keep it by your door so the cold air doesn't blow inside. The adorable doggie design is a cute decorative touch to anyone's home. It measures approximately 33 inches long by 3 inches in diameter when complete. Bernat Super Value yarn is used, and you'll need just a bit of stuffing and two black buttons (for the eyes) to complete this crochet pattern.

Intermediate

Crochet HookK/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MATERIALS

  • Bernat Super Value (225 g/8 oz)
    Contrast A (07414 Natural) 1 ball
    Contrast B (00607 Berry) 1 ball
  • Size 6.5 mm (U.S. K or 10½) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Stuffing.
  • 2 black buttons ½ ins [1.5 cm] in diameter for eyes.

SIZE: Approx 33 ins [84 cm] long x 3 [7.5 cm] ins in diameter

GAUGE
9 1/2 sc and 11 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with 2 strands of yarn.

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: To change color, work to last 2 loops on hook. Draw new color through 2 loops, then proceed in new color. Work is done with 2 strands of yarn.
 
Body
With 2 strands of A, ch 5. Join in ring.
**1st rnd:Ch 1. 6 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc. 6 sc.
2nd rnd:Ch 1. 2 sc in every sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd:Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd:Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. 24 sc.**
5th rnd:Ch 1. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd:Working in both loops, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd, changing colors as follows: With A - 24 rnds, With B - 2 rnds, with A - 4 rnds, with B - 2 rnds, with A - 3 rnds, with B - 2 rnds, with A, 20 rnds, (with B - 1 rnd, with A - 1 rnd) 4 times, with B - 2 rnds, With A - 2 rnds, with B - 14 rnds. Fasten off. Break yarn.
“End” of Body:With 2 strands of B, ch 5. Join in ring. Work from ** to ** as given above.
Fasten off. Stuff Body. Sew “End” in position.

Legs(make 4).
With B, ch 7. Join in rnd.
1st rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc. 7 sc.
2nd rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd once more.
Next rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 3 dc in next sc. 1 dc in next sc. 3 dc in next sc. 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Sew legs to body as shown in picture.

Tail
With A, ch 8. Join in rnd.
1st rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each ch around. Join with sl st to first sc. 8 sc.
2nd rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 5 times more.
Next rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 1 dc in each of next 2 sc. Miss next sc. 1 dc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 7 sts.
Next rnd:Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. 1 dc in next dc. Miss next dc. 1 dc in next dc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Join with sl st to first sc. 6 sts.
Next rnd:Ch 1. (1 sc in next st. Miss next st) 3 times. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
Attach Tail to Body.

Ears(make 2).
With B, ch 12.
1st row:RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 11 sc.
2nd row:Ch 1. 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
3rd row:Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows twice more. Fasten off.
Sew Ears as shown in picture. Attach buttons for eyes. With B embroider nose and mouth.
 

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This is adorable. I live in an apartment so I can't change out the windows. I also have a reverse read on for wanting this. I live in Florida. The air conditioner runs around 8 months a year. I need something to keep that cool air inside and the heat out. This is it!

This pattern is very detailed so I can understand why it got a skill rating of intermediate. These are great if you live where it is cold. They are great to have for every exit door. They are also good to place in the window sill if you feel a draft too.

I would fill it with rice for ultimate pliability along my door frame. It's a cute pattern with just a few color changes here and there for striping, and it uses single crochets to keep as little space in between as possible. Keep your tension tight here because you need to keep the stuffing or filling from coming out.

This is such a cute idea, but I have a question about what kind of stuffing might be recommended. You cant really use the usual fiberfill because it wouldnt be heavy enough to stay in place. Other draft dodger projects Ive seen generally use sand or even dry rice. Otherwise, this is a nice project. Not sure it would survive my dogs curiosity though. Looks too much like a toy!

This is one doggie that won't eat you out of house and home. Great for those windows and doors that are just a little drafty. Inexpensive yarn works just fine on this project. Good pattern to expand your skills. These are just too darn cute.

Awwwww now this is just too cute! I have new storm windows in my home but I can still feel the drafts from under the doors. I need to get and make about four or five of these! Cute and functional! I Love it!

i was just thinking I needed one of these for my patio door as the weather has turned colder. My mom used rolled towels back in the day but this is so much cuter! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I'm going to make one for my daughter as well.

@ carolynluckhar I don't see any big blue P has the webpage template changed?

sunnyflowers27 There is a blue "P" next to the pinterest, google plus, email buttons to the right of the "comment" button. When you click it, you can choose to print the pattern. I have included a photo so you can see where it is. Thank you for your comment, I hope this helps! -- Editor of AllFreeCrochet

The big blue P, put your mouse on it and one of the options is to print.

This pattern is great and I'd love to make it but it would be easier if you had a "print" button so that when I went to print it out all the annoying ads didn't print as well. I know that the ads are there to sustain this site but the pop up ones are going to far. Having to close them down so that I can see the pattern is just irritating and makes me want to forget about the pattern and this website. The patterns that you find are great but again when other sites don't provide the option of a clear pdf or file to print I have to think about whether or not the pattern is really worth the effort to copy paste to a doc. Something to think about.

AKHomemon64 There is a blue "P" next to the pinterest, google plus, email buttons to the right of the "comment" button. When you click it, you can choose to print the pattern. Thank you for your comment, I hope this helps! -- Editor of AllFreeCrochet

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