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Puff daddy

Puff is the Norwegian word for stool. We really liked the pouf from Christien Meinderstsma, but it´s way out of our price range. This simple pattern for a knitted stool has much thinner yarn, but the budget is just as thin;) Nice to rest your legs on, and very popular for the kids.

What we used:
Eskimo, 18 balls (Or yarn suitable for US #13 needles)
Acrylic yarn would probably be a really good alternative, as it´s a piece of furniture
US #19 circular needles
2 cheap duves (feather and down)

How we did it:
Cast on 35 stitches using three threads.
Knit the garter stitch until you´ve knitted all the balls, and there is just enough yarn left to asseble the stool.

You now have ONE rectangular piece.
Cast off loosely.
Assemble the short sides (35 stitch side) as neatly as you can.

Assemble the first long side. This is supposed to be the top or the bottom of the stool. Put the needle through the end stitch of every second row and tighten, tighten, tighten! Repeat on the rows in between and tighten until there is no hole in the middle.

Stuff the duves into the stool. We tried to make a ball of the duves before we stuffed it.

Assemble the other end in the same manner as the first.

And there you go! Your first knitted furniture perhaps?

This is a free stool knitting pattern from We´ll be thrilled if you use it. Please link to us if you do;)

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Reader Comments (131)

haha! very cute, it's like a zafu.

april 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZaz

Can you give the approximate proportion of the short side to the long side? Like is the long side of the rectangle approximately two or three times longer than the short side? I'm trying to decide how long I should knit, since I'm using a different yarn than you.

mai 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Approx 175 cm stretched out.

mai 2, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

Oh I love it! But I do wonder where I can find yarn for 9 mm needles. Hmmm.

mai 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRain

Awesome! I love how the garter stitch makes a nice ribbed design. I'm just curious about one thing: Is it washable? I'm not worried about the yarn used since acrylic normally is, but will something that big fit in any washer/dryer? If not, how do you suggest we clean it?

mai 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChar

hi, the needles here are in US 15 or 15 european milimeters?

mai 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbillete

15 mm, european

mai 15, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

if you use circular needles, it must be possible to knit a circle, thus avoiding to have to stitch the short sides, no?

mai 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbillete

are the pillows you used to fill it round or square? does it matter?

mai 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbridget

We actually used duvets. You can use pillows instead, doesn´t matter if they are square or round as long as you manage to fold/shape them into the stool.

mai 29, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

Great project :) Would it be possible to use a beanbag sack instead of duvets as filling do you think?

juni 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebs

Sure! It´s not big enough for a regular bean bag, so you´d have to sew a smaller bag for the beans;)

juni 8, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

Thanks for this explanation. I am so doing this!

juni 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranna

you might be able to make it washable if you close up the bottom edge with a cord with one of those plastic cord stop widgets, pull it tight to close and stick the ends inside the stuffed pouf. Fish out the ends, open it up and pull out the stuffing when you want to wash it.
If you are going to do this you should not use wool, lest you felt your pouf.

juni 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBenedita

make your own yarn by PLYING ... take many different yarns - different colors &/or thicknesses ... and hold them together as if they were one big, thick yarn ... cast on and knit carefully because turning your work may cause twisting that causes knots and confusion ... i put all my yarns in a big popcorn bowl or box - then i turn the bowl or box as i turn my work - this is especially helpful for large projects (like this) because the work is not draped all over me and my chair and i can put it away quickly and keep it clean and undisturbed by pets and children and friends and family and whatever else finds it irresistable

juni 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

okay i am in looooove with this! i love how it looks like a giant sea anemone... it is so super cute. I want to make it so super bad but I have no idea how to knit... well, okay that's a lie I know how to do a basic stitch.
But I am pretty crafty and think I can figure it out but I am not really sure how to follow this pattern, not ever having looked at a knit pattern before.
Is there any way you could post photos of the progress of the puff along with the directions?

juni 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersunshine

Hi there!
Thanks for your comment!
The puff is done, and as we´re not planning to make another one, we can´t post photos of the process. Sorry. But it´s all really very easy. You knit a wide, thick scarf and sew it in together, then you sew the top and the bottom together. Good luck!

juni 14, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

This is such a cute idea. I am currently working on my own version, but it will probably be quite a while before I finish! I posted a little about it, with a link to your pattern, on my website :).

juni 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara Diane

This is so fantastic! My stitch and bitch group had our annual yarn swap and I swapped with your pattern in mind...cannot wait to get started! Thank you for sharing. I will link to your pattern on my blog

juni 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusan

This is a such a great project! Thank you for sharing!
I just decided to make this puff daddy when I came across the most perfect yarn for it in the recycling centre: a dark orange carpet wool. For only a few euro's! Me and this project, it's meant to be :)

juni 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I'm a little confused about the "cast on using three threads" part. Did you mean that you actually used three strands of yarn (like from separate skeins) at the same time? Also, what size duvets did you use to stuff it? I'm guessing if you used two, it was probably the smallest (twin) size?

Beautiful work! Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to make it.

juni 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Did you say that it can be done on circular needles? I love this Puffy Daddy!

juni 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchile

You can. However you wouldn´t get it to be as stretchy as this one, cause it would be stretched the other way. But it´ll probably still work out;)

juni 20, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

If I use circular needles to knit a circle, how many stitches do I need?

Thank you,

juni 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana

Hi Adriana,
We really don´t know as we havent tried it, but you should perhaps knit a small test cloth, and then go from there. Keep in mind that knitting in the round changes the direction of the knitting structure, and the "stripes" will go horizontally instead of vertically. This might cause the pouf to be less stretchy, and it might be much harder to get it to look good in the top and the bottom. Good luck! We would love to see it if you have a go!

juni 30, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

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