Pumpkin Floor Pouf

Ann is coming in from Florida for Knitting in the Heartland next weekend and I thought what better than to make a little floor pouf for her to prop her feet up when she is sitting on the futon couch knitting!

I searched the Internet for ideas, Pinterest was a good one. Seems that knitted floor poufs are the rage and, therefore, expensive. I checked Ravelry for inspiration as well and found Spiral Floor Pouf that looked interesting. Here’s what mine looks like.

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Mine is a bit different than the pattern because I put a little tiny flower embellishment where a hole would be after drawing the knit piece together. Can you see it?

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So here’s the process. I used Bernat Softee Chunky acrylic since it was on sale and the right color. You know I like orange, right?

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I regret choosing acrylic only because it’s not stretchy enough to be kind to my hands. But it looked pretty good when knitting was complete.

 

At the end of the knitting, I drew the yarn through the stitches and tightened it up until all that was left was a small hole about 1″ in diameter. That would be the bottom of the pouf.

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In the meantime, since I was concerned the polyester fiberfill would leak out between the stitches since the pouf was knitted with one strand of super bulky yarn on US 13 needles, I created a stuffing insert with two t-shirts in a red-orange color at the thrift store (for 90 cents!). After a good wash, I used one for the side “band” of the insert and cut circles from the other t-shirt for the top and bottom.

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I used a round placemat to trace the circles and cut them both out at the same time with a rotary cutter.

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I then sewed them into a cylinder-shaped insert with my brilliant new serger. (How did I live without this thing before?)

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I stuffed approximately three 20 oz. bags of polyester fiberfill that I purchased at different times on sale and then sewed the opening shut by hand.

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Looks kinda like Frankenstein.

 

I did all this cutting, sewing and stuffing whilst the knit portion was in the washer and dryer (acrylic does have its benefits). The dryer stopped just as I was wrapping up the insert. All I had to do was insert the insert and wove the yarn tail through the edge stitches on the knitting and drew it tight.

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I was left with a small hole that didn’t appeal to me, so I spaced my stitches apart farther and drew it tight again. Although the hole was smaller, I wasn’t thrilled with the results, so I got my darning needle out and stitched a little flower on the top.

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Finished! It’s nice and squishy and stands 15.5″ tall and 19.5″ in diameter.

 

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I’m quite pleased how it turned out, although after chatting with another friend on Ravelry, I’m thinking if I ever make another one, I’d make it in either garter stitch or stockinette with three yarns held together to make the knitting portion go by quicker.

Next time, I will reveal one of the top secret knitting projects I’ve been working on!

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5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Floor Pouf

  1. That came out cute! The color is almost exactly like the little pumpkin shaped pin cushion I knit forever ago to hold all my blocking pins. Something I’ve noticed with knitting that you’re gonna stuff, it’s a good idea to use needles that are one to two sizes smaller than you would normally use to get a tighter knit. That way no stuffing leaks out. I like doing knitted amigurumi and that was something a lot of people suggested and it seems to work out pretty well for me, though a stuffed jellyfish is way smaller and faster than a floor pouf.

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    • Yes, I agree! I trusted the pattern and did all according to the recommendations and after all my concerns, the stuffing probably wouldn’t have leaked out, but it was a great excuse to use my new serger. You know I’ll blog about that one of these days, LOL!

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