As the conkers fall and tree leaves begin to yellow, there’s no doubt that summer is behind us. With winter approaching, you’ll be feeling those niggly draughts ever more keenly. Not only are draughts annoying, but they’re actually responsible for 10% of all heat loss in the average home, and up to 25% in some households. A draught-free home means you’ll feel cosy and comfortable at lower temperatures so you won’t need to turn up the thermostat as often.
By draught-proofing, you could save between £25 and £55 per year on your annual energy bill, depending on how draughty your house is. Just imagine – a draught-free home and extra cash in your pocket – pure bliss! Unfortunately, engaging a professional can be expensive. If you don’t want to break open the piggy-bank just yet, you could try our fun DIY hack to eliminate some of those troublesome draughts.
We’ve found a friendly caterpillar who can’t wait to sit by a door or window to protect your family from the chilly winter draughts. He can easily be knitted to whatever length you require, and you can even make him some friends to help out around the rest of the house. Knitting is one of those fun crafts to do at home, particularly if you have children to keep occupied. It’s super easy to learn, and this pattern is suitable for new knitters.
So grab a cuppa, your knitting bag and find out how to make your own caterpillar draught excluder.
What you’ll need
Picking your colours
How to cast on
How to knit Stitch
How to Purl Stitch
Step 1: Working the head
Step 2: Working the body segments
Step 3: Working the last body segment or ‘tail’
Step 4: Working the legs
Step 5: Working the antennae & Step 6: Making up
And there you have it!
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