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I was racking my brains for an idea for the build with yarn contest when I came up with this:
How to make a giant Lego brick doorstop using yarn, a brick and some bottle caps
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Step 1: Equipment

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I used:
1 ball of brightly coloured yarn - mine was red acrylic DK (double knitting) aka worsted
1 house brick
some wadding
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

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I dried my brick in the oven and then brushed any loose stuff off it
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

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For a UK standard brick you will need to knit:

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.
I have always loved this. Today I finally signed up with my own Instructables account and thought I should come straight over here and tell you this!
alisonb3 years ago
This is fantastic!
lizzyastro (author)  alisonb3 years ago
Thanks, it was fun to make and straightforward enough for a fairly new knitter.
MicioGatta4 years ago
That's great, it's a pity I can't knit. I hope I'll find the pattern for crochet ;)
lizzyastro (author)  MicioGatta4 years ago
All you need to make is 6 panels the correct dimensions to cover your brick, and 8 circular-ish pieces to cover the lids for the knobs. Unfortunately I don't crochet, so can't advise further.

Done! I've done it as a crocheted box, as a 2x2 Lego brick. Thank you for the idea!
(The colous is bright red, even if in the photo looks like fucsia....)
Do you have instructions? I really want to get into those stuff. :)
lizzyastro (author)  MicioGatta4 years ago
That is really neat - you should write an Instructable on how you did it.

I had the same problem with the red looking fuchsia in flash photos.

Thank you! :) Yes, I thought about it, but I didn't want to "copy" you. So, if it's okay for you I'll try. I'm not a native English speaker, I hope I can do it well!
I'0ve done my first istructable! http://www.instructables.com/id/Lego-brick-crocheted-box/ Thank you Lizzy!!!!!!!
I love it too much, I've made another one, bigger.
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5STARGBLOOD4 years ago
i just finishd makin my own bricks i used left over plywood that i had made a box and 2 pieces of wood tht would fit inside it like a lid tht would rest in side the box to seperate the breicks i made 2 bricks out of quickcrete they luk gud
godofal4 years ago
this has officially made knitting AWESOME!
good job!
KNITTING was ALREADY 'officaly awesome'!!!!!
heh, not in my book it wasnt :P
But it is NOW, and since it's 'official', it can't be changed.
well, officially, official things can change ;)
chicopluma4 years ago
StoryAddict4 years ago
This is SO cute! What a great idea!
xAxrules4 years ago

Now if I only knew how to knit...
these are simple peices too you might be able to do them on a knitting loom, and use a small circular one for the bottle caps
lizzyastro (author)  xAxrules4 years ago

All you need to do is look for the right Instructable

ChrysN4 years ago
Love it! So if you make a whole bunch you can build a house with it.
lizzyastro (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
One of my sons made a similar comment :-)
Mike734 years ago
Awesome. If I would knit, I would so make one, too. But with my inexperience in knitting, I guess it'd take me until retirement :-)
lizzyastro (author)  Mike734 years ago
Thank you. It is all done with easy knit & purl, nothing fancy at all. If you used a chunky yarn I'm sure it wouldn't take too many years :-)
This has 'winner!' written all over it! Good luck, it's really great!