Occasionally, I like to work on a project that is functional, good-looking and easy to work on in between more complicated projects. Over the past few weeks, I snuck in a few rows here and there on this doorstop from Debbie Bliss’ The Knitter’s Year. Without even really realizing it, I had the main part of the project completed and all it needed was the finishing. This project requires one ball of Debbie Bliss Eco Aran Cotton and US 7 needles. I used color #615, although the line comes in a variety of colors to fit any color scheme.
The knitting is an easy, two-row repeat of a durable, hard-wearing tweed stitch, creating a kevlar-esque rectangle.
I started at the edge of the seam with the loop and sewed down to 1.5 inches from the final edge. At this point, I made a funnel out of scrap paper (a regular funnel would work here too, I just couldn’t find mine) and filled the doorstop with some very old dried corn (for popping) that I wanted to clear out of the pantry. The book recommends dried beans, but I feel dried corn falls into that same category.
Stitch up the remainder of the seam and you are finished!
To make the braided loop at the top, I followed the pattern, but found that I needed to anchor the strands with something. Clipping the strands with a clipboard is probably the best option. I set a few sewing pins into a piece of corkboard and used that to hold down the strands.