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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)


I just love this but dont know how to knit to save my life! Can this be crocheted? Do you know how to?
have just finished making the yoga mat bag n it looks amazing!
you have some really neat n unusual designs! Anymore crochet ones?


desember 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergopika

We are working on a crochet version of the pouf, the pattern will be posted soon! Thanks!

desember 2, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

Hi, I fell in love with this pouf and decided to give it a try! The knitting part is going very good, the only thing I'm struggling with is how much I should knit to get the measurements quite right. I'd like it to be the size that is pictured above, because that would be perfect for me. (I've been reading the comments and saw the one about 175cm and 150cm around.) It looks stretched out nice and there's no fabric hanging loose. I'm using 100 gram balls of acryl and knitted almost 1 meter with 3 threads and used these 3 balls. How much should I knit?! Thanks so much :D

desember 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

Oh, forgot to ask how high this pouf is...

desember 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

HI! How tall it is varies, as you can make it flat or tall depending on how you stuff it. We can´t remember how long the piece was, but 1 meter sounds too short. Knit a bit more and stretch it our from time to time and measure it. When you´re reaching 175 cm you should stop.
Good luck!

desember 19, 2009 | Registered Commenterpickles

Thank you for posting so soon! I'll be knitting some more and hoping I can finish this week so I can assemble the pouf. Can't wait!

desember 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

I am really excited to start this project, but I'm confused about a few things.
1. What size needle should I be using? In one place it says " "suitable for size US #13 needles" and then it says "US #19 circular needles." Am I looking for yarn that's for #13 needles but using #19 needles?
2. What is Eskimo yarn?
3. And while I'm asking, I should have 18 50 gram balls of yarn, right?
4. Finally, I think someone else already asked this, but what do you mean by using " three threads?"

Sorry for all the questions! Looking forward to making this!!! Thanks!

januar 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarianna

Hi, am interested in this pouf too.. just need to know how many ozs. or grams of yarn total? and how what would the gauge be for your pattern size? thanking you in advance


januar 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hi your pattern for a pouf is great, but am wondering how much yarn is needed total>? as in either grams or ozs. Also.. how many stitches required to measure of inch so I m able to find appropriate yarn to use. Thanking you in advance..

januar 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

18 balls of 50 g. The yarn we used is bulky and requires 9mm needles. The gauge is impossible to give you as the pouf is stuffed.

januar 24, 2010 | Registered Commenterpickles

Just wanted to say thanks for the pattern and kudos to you for keeping your cool with so many repetitive questions!

If I may - Folks, using three threads means using three strands of yarn held together. That means knitting with three strands held together. Eskimo yarn is made by Garnstudio and is a bulky weight, 100% wool yarn. Google is your friend. You don't have to use Eskimo yarn. I personally am going to use the acrylic yarn languishing in my stash and hope that my cat will love his new bed, even if it doesn't smell like sheep! Maybe I'll stuff it with fleece...

januar 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

This pattern looks great, Can't wait to get started.

Sorry for more (maybe slightly obvious) questions but does knitting with 3 strands mean that you use 3 balls of wool at the same time? and does that then mean that the wool doesn't need to be as thick as you would usually use for size 15 needles?

Thanks for your help!!

mars 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTriona

Is there a crochet version of this pattern available? I would really like to try this as a crochet project.

mars 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Hi Pickles girls!
Thanks so much for this excellent idea. I've made a kind of puff daddy of my own.
Mine is green-bleuish (but somehow looks very greyish blue in pictures), and a lot smaller:

april 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwavebunny

AMAZING! I've only knitted small things so far and would love to tackle a project like this...especially for something we would actually use a lot! Thank you for posting the photos and pattern :)

juni 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonkeytailz

I've started my own Puff Daddy! It's looking a little small right now, but I'm hoping that it will stretch out beautifully. I'll keep you all posted, and send links to photos.

juli 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

One of our members posted this on her blog ( as one of her favorites and I wanted to come check your blog out.... fantastic!!

I'm so glad she shared it!! I'm off to see more....

Melissa -

august 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Marro

Hi - can you give me a finished dimension of the pouf. I am trying to estimate how much yardage I need for the project and how big it will actually be. Thanks!

september 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

Here's the one I made, but in miniautre:

november 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Shopping Sherpa

I love this! I think I came across the designers' pictures a few weeks ago and logged it away to try at a later date. But now that you've already written a pattern out...! I was wondering if I could use a few of your photos to illustrate a post about your pattern in my blog? Please let me know as I don't want to offend or infringe on copyright laws. Your Pouf is beautiful! I can't wait to try making one myself :) Thank you so much for posting this.

november 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Please can u help, I can't pull the rectangle tight enough for there not to b a hole. There is still a hole and it is not lying flat.

november 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Please can u help, I can't pull the rectangle tight enough for there not to b a hole. There is a large hole and it is not lying flat.

november 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Hey there !

Great project. Just wondering: how can I adapt this to the yarn I have home (acrylic 100%, suitable for size 4 needles (US 6)? Maybe using 4 strands instead of 3 with little bit smaller needles (e.g. size 10 (US 15) )? Or should I just convince myself it's ok to have it a bit smaller and use only 3 strands on size 10 (US 15) needles?

Thanks anyway, it looks super cool! :)

desember 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCha

I love this!! I made one for my self using two strands of a light brown and one strand of a maroon colour, it looks wonderful. I also used two layers of 5" foam cut into squares to stuff it. The foam was given to me, and I am on a knitting project budget. I am about to start one for my Mom tonight, in browns and green. I will post a picture when they are both completed! Best knitting pattern I have ever stumbled upon.

desember 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hi there! I love this pattern and I know this post is a bit old but I am working on it right now- do you use the 3 strands to weave through the top & bottom, or a single strand?


desember 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

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