Knittastic: Make Your Own Designer-Inspired Pouf

By: Capreek Mar 30, 2011

created at: 03/30/2011

Knitted poufs have been huge, huge, huge lately and while I fully embrace the trend, I don't really care for the accompanying price tags.  From Christien Meindertsma's $2400 Urchin Poufs to Ferm Living's $268 knitted floor pillows, they seem a little more than steep.  If you've got the skills - or a grandma who loves you dearly - you can make your own for a fraction of the cost!  

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created at: 03/30/2011

This DIY comes from Norwegian craft blog Pickles and is very, very doable provided you or someone who owes you a favor knows how to knit.  (Maybe this project will be a good incentive to learn?)

To make your own you'll need:

  • 18 balls of yarn
  • 2 cheap down duvets to stuff inside (or several old blankets, etc.)
  • #13 and #19 circular knitting needles

Once you've gathered your supplies or coerced your knitter friend to make this for you, head on over to Pickles for the complete instructions.

Meanwhile, let's discuss affordable pouf options, shall we?  I've seen (and actually own) one of the poufs from CB2 that run for $90.  Have you spotted any other affordable poufs or tutorials for making your own?  Share your sources or thoughts in the comments!

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As a knitter, those prices are not steep. 18 skeins of yarn @ 3.99 (which is cheap) and two down comforters (25.00 each for 50.00 which is extremely cheap) equals 122.00 and that does not include tax, shipping, etc. it's one reason why I would buy one if it was less than 100.00, rather than knit it - and I knit a lot, and extremely fast. So, before beginning a DIY project, add up the cost....I always do:-)
World market has them for around $70

I saw these types of pillows at a festival, they looked crocheted and T-shirt knit was used to make them. I thought they were great. Ran 60 dollars. Still too much for me. 

Here you go Rubyscarob. All I had to do was Google..... Knit Pouf Pattern and I found it.

Ruby - When I go to the post, it's entirely in English... beyond that, I've checked out the comments (there are about 90) and there seems to be a lot of useful info there which could possibly help answer your questions about weight/yardage, etc.  I don't know that they provide an actual pattern, just written instructions plus more tips and info in the comments section of the post.  Sorry I can't answer any of your specific questions!  Good luck!  :)

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If someone actually wanted to make this, where is the pattern? I checked the Pickles link, and it's a) In Norwegian without English translation, and b) No pattern. I actually knit and crochet. You mentioned 18 balls of yarn. Weight, yardage, any other description? More info would be really nice! Thanks!

If you think how much two (even cheap) down duvets, eighteen skeins of yarn and the cirular hooks would put you back I'd say by the ones from CB2 and save yourself the trouble of making your own. In fact I think CB2's price would actually be less than the cost to make one.  They are really neat looking though. Of course if you have loads of unused skeins of yarn around and old blankets I'd say go for it. Even if you'd have to do it granny style with various colors of yarn.

For anyone that might be interested, I just spotted this Etsy shop that sells hand-crocheted poufs for $25 - $95!  That's crazy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/lacasadecoto

Sounds like a plan!  I really like the one I have; it packs a pretty great punch when you throw it at people, too. ;)

Yeah, I've been considering it. We don't have a store locally, but I thought I might order one when there's something else from CB2 I can't live without.

Chris - I have the grey one, so I can't really tell you much about the other color unfortunately.  But it does seem like it could go either way depending on the light in the room.  Are you thinking about getting one?

Capree - Which of the CB2 pieces do you own? I've seen the red/orange look very orange, and very...uh, red. What's your take?

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