How to make a giant Lego brick doorstop using yarn, a brick and some bottle caps
Step 1: Equipment
1 ball of brightly coloured yarn - mine was red acrylic DK (double knitting) aka worsted
1 house brick
8 plastic bottle caps
a little sewing thread
4mm knitting needles
a large needle to sew the knitted sections together
a sharp needle to tack the wadding
some pins to hold stuff in place
Step 2: Getting started
Then I measured it - it was a standard UK brick 8.5" x 4" x 2.5"
I wrapped it in a piece of left over quilt wadding (batting) to stop the brick wearing through the knitting over time and to make sure it didn't scratch the floor.
Step 3: Knitting the pieces
i) two ends at 4" x 2.5"
ii) two sides at 8.5" x 2.5"
iii) a top and a base at 8.5" x 4"
I used the standard tension given on the yarn ball band to calculate that my pieces should be
i) 22 stitches, 18 rows
ii) 46 stitches, 18 rows
iii) 46 stitches, 28 rows
I knitted the base in garter stitch (all rows knit) and all the other sections in stocking stitch (alternate knit and purl rows). The pieces I made out of stocking stitch were rather curled so I pinned them to my ironing board and steamed them to flatten them out a bit. If, like me, you have used acrylic yarn do NOT touch the knit pieces with the iron as they will melt.
My sides were a bit long, but this excess was largely taken up by the bulk of the wadding, if I made this again I would only cast on 42 stitches to give a snugger fit, BUT this does depend on your personal tension AND the size of your brick.