After seeing some photos of some pretty knitted poufs in stylish homes, I decided I wanted one. But man, they were so expensive! I started researching the feasibility of making my own and soon found this knit pattern. It’s actually super easy even for a beginner like me!
Norwegian readers: follow the pattern linked, for English readers I’ll explain below and link to English videos for various techniques!
I went yarn hunting and found some pretty 100% wool yarn. You can use any material yarn you fancy, but I think wool gives it a more luxury/expensive look. I initially wanted white for my neutral colour scheme, but decided it would get dirty quickly and settled for this pretty heather grey instead. The pattern calls for a thick yarn type, but I couldn’t find any of good quality. Luckily I got a tip from the lady in the store that I could use a thin thread yarn and put 4 strands together to make ‘one thick thread’ and it would do the same trick. That basically meant I used 4 nests of yarn for each “thread”. The last time I touched knitting needles was back in primary school and had I to re-teach myself how to knit with this project. Please excuse my lack of knowledge of knitting terminology as I am no knitting expert! I used about 800g of yarn and 35 stitches for the “height”.
- 16 x 50g balls of yarn – or any other weight yarn that makes up a total of 800g (I used Vamsegarn in 100% wool from Husfliden)
- Circular knitting needles size 10mm, 80-100cm long
- Strong thread/yarn for sewing the sides
- Crochet hook*
- Waste yarn in a contrasting colour*
- A big needle
- A couple duvets for stuffing – adjust according to how soft/hard you want the pouf
* Optional if you want to do provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look
- 35 stitches
- Garter stitch
- Optional: start with provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look. Finish with binding off the two shorter sides using the provisional cast on as shown here. I couldn’t find a video in English, but hopefully you’ll be able to follow the visuals!
Cast on 35 stitches – either normal or use provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look.
Do garter stitches until you have just enough yarn left to bind off/cast off and sew the sides.
Bind off the end and carefully sew the short sides together. If you’ve used provisional cast on, follow the binding off technique here.
Sew one of the long sides together using a strong thread, otherwise the yarn will snap as you use a lot of force to make it tight!
Form one duvet into a ball and cover it with the other duvet. Make the ball as smooth as possible and stuff it into the knitted case.
Sew the last side shut.