Have you noticed that knitted poufs seem to be everywhere online now? From Etsy, to various blogs, to home goods stores like CB2 (see above image), everybody wants a knitted pouf!
And who can blame them? The first time I laid eyes on one of these mega knit masterpieces, I knew I had to have one. And seeing as most of them run upwards of $80.00 USD (holy yarn balls, Batman!), I quickly concluded that if I wanted one, I was going to have to make one. This is fine by me of course, it is much more fun to make something instead of buying it, don’t you think?
Besides the monetary savings, this project appeals to me for another reason as well. I may have remarked before that I am somewhat constrained on time these days. It’s “show season” at my performing arts job, which means any projects I work on move forward at the “slow and (sort of) steady” pace. So any small, fiddly, skinny yarn projects are not on the top of my To-Do list at the moment. But this pouf, made on size 50 (huge!) knitting needles, is like the holy grail of knitting!
After a little investigating online, it appears that many of these poufs are made with cotton rope, or impossibly expensive super mega chunky yarn. I like the look of the cotton rope, and I still might try one made with that at some point, BUT I can be very impatient when it comes to starting a new project, so I decided to use something I had already: Polar fleece!
Here’s what I have so far! What do you think? I have cut about 2 yards of Lime Green Polar Fleece into 1.5 inch strips which I then hand sewed together to make a kind of fleece-strip yarn. The fleece is actually quite stretchy when cut this way, and forms a kind of tube-shape when you pull on it. The knit fabric is about 3 feet long (87 cm, to be exact), and I’m making up my own pattern, which incorporates short-row shaping to help make a smooth curve at the edges.
Of course, I already can’t wait to stuff it! I’m just dying to see how it turns out. Patience, patience… 🙂