Knitted Poufs{The Pinterest Project}

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Hi! I’m Jamie and I co-write a little blog called The Pinterest Project with my super cool friend Miranda! I’m so excited about the chance to tell you about my coffee table/pouf adventures.

I have a one year old daughter, Macie – she’s pretty cute.

When Macie was first pulling up on furniture I quickly realized that our coffee table was becoming a lethal weapon in our living room. It was one of those big, round, double edged tables – you know the kind. Lethal. It had to go. My poor husband had to banish the coffee table to the basement leaving us with a void in the living room. Enter Pinterest (ps – I love Pinterest don’t you??)

I saw all these pins for poufs and was determined to knit myself one. I mean, how hard could it be to knit a coffee table? Ha.

First things first. Since this is not going to be an heirloom knitting project, I decided not to use the finest merino wool. I grabbed eight skeins of Red Heart from good old Wal-Mart instead. Once I had yarn in hand, it was time for some needles. I used a size 19 circular because I found it was easier to hold all of the stitches and to close up this little project (more on that later). Got your yarn and needles?? Good. Here we go.

Using four skeins of yarn at a time (hold all of the yarn together) cast on 50 stitches. Now knit away.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Knit

REPEAT forever!! Well not forever, but a good long time. You will swear that you have started a baby blanket. I used all of my first four skeins and started four new skeins.

Knit until your piece measures about 36″x60″.

Remember my comment about the circular coming in handy later? It’s later. Push all of your stitches to one side of the circular needle. Using the other side of the needle, pick up 50 stitches on your cast on side (your short side). Now fold your piece in half and this will set you up to do a 3-needle bind off. The bind off will join the two sides together, creating a cylinder. Sew in your ends once you’ve bound off.

See?? And hey, if you change your mind on the pouf you can always use it as a GIANT infinity scarf!

Still want to make the pouf? Okay, then its time to put the pouf together. To assemble the bottom of the pouf, sew the last stitch of every other row and pull them together tight. Now go around a second time and pick up every other stitch that was skipped on the first time around. Pull tight. Really tight until there is no longer a hole. I tied a knot to keep it tight, stuffed it inside so it was hidden and then weaved in the ends. Now get to stuffing.

This is where a smart person would find all of the stray pillows and comforters in the house and stuff them inside your new pouf sack and close up the top. I am not that smart person. I didn’t have any comforters to spare so I used what I had — memory foam.

We recently had to buy a new mattress so we don’t have a need for our giant california king memory foam topper anymore so I cut that bad boy up and stuffed it in my pouf! Because of using small pieces, I lined my pouf with a sheet. If you are not insane like me with the memory foam, you probably don’t need the sheet. Go get the comforters and call it a day.

Once your pouf is stuffed with your choice of stuffing, repeat the steps of closing that was used for the bottom to close the top.

You now have a pouf!!! As you can see, ours gets a lot of use. Thanks for letting me share it with you!

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~ Fabulous idea, Jamie. Thank you for sharing with us today. You are so talented!!!

 

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10 Comments
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    Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom February 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

    This makes me wish I could knit! What a cute idea. And even though it may have been a pain to use the memory foam, your pouf will probably retain it’s shape for longer than just using a comforter.

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    Alicia February 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I can’t believe you made Macie her very own LoveSac. Awesome.

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    Amy February 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Very cool! I am new to knitting but this seems easy enough. I looks sooo good.

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    jamie February 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    @Sally – you could join this in the round and knit it like a tube but because the pouf is wider than tall you would have to cast on a lot more stitches. Also, the garter stitches would go horizontal not vertical which wouldn’t allow the pouf to stretch out as wide. I debated both way before I made it and would love to see how one comes out doing it in the round! AND @Alicia – you are so right!

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    Marlene February 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Gosh, I wish I knew how to knit! these are sooo cute…..I love them stacked on each other! You did a great job…

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    Rebecca February 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Love it!! Want to make one. Did you use 40″ or 29″ or 24″ circular knitting needles??

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    Laydeebird November 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I knitted several of these for my living room, but I used heavy duty braided nylon cable from Lowe’s. You can buy it by the yard, and it comes in cool colors! The cat and the boyfriend love them!

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    Rose September 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

    What about using regular knitting needles. How many casting on that?

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