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We really like 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:
Pickles Fat & Happy, 2 skeins (1000 g)
US #15 circular needles
2 cheap duves (feather and down)

Circumference 70"
Height 16"

How we did it:
Cast on 35 stitches.
Knit garter stitch until you´ve knitted up almost all your yarn, and there is just enough yarn left to assemble 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!(Use a stronger cotton yarn if it is difficult) 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.


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november 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermw

Are you sure that a cheap duvet will work for this? Will it keep its shape as you use it? I made my pouf a couple months ago and didn't buy the duvets because I really thought it wouldn't work or keep it shape. I looked far and wide for something to use. I finally settled on using some old curtains (to make a kind of column in the middle) and then wrapped quilt batting around that column. It still doesn't really work very well. Instead of being like a pouf it increasingly falls flat into a pancake. I knead it back into shape but it's a pain to keep doing that. After much use is your pouf still keeping its shape with the duvets? Please let me know, I would love to have my pouf be functional and not just decorative!

desember 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

You can try wrapping yarn or string around it before stuffing it to make it stay in shape longer.

desember 23, 2011 | Registered Commenterpickles


I need help with the pouf. After knitting a large rectangle using Lion Brand yarn "Thick and Quick" ( double strand), I attempted to draw the top together as outlined in the instructions. Well, my husband helped and there is no way that the top/bottom would come together. Instead there were gaping holes and an excessive yarn waves all around the pouf. Since I was using the color "pumpkin" the result looked like I had created a pumpkin. I have thought about using a single strand instead of a double strand. Any advice?

januar 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFran

There are instructions in the Fall 2009 Stitch Magazine to make a Moroccan Pouf out of fabric. Their pouf is stuffed with 2- 5" pieces of upholstery foam cut in a disk shape or circular shape stacked on top of each and then the whole thing is wrapped in batting.

I believe (though I haven't tried it) that this would make a a very stable pouf that would hold its shape.

januar 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

It probably would;)

januar 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for posting this pattern, I fell in love with Christien Meinderstsma's stools and I have been searching for a pattern!

februar 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreen Girl

Hi, I just made my first pouf and loved it except I couldn't figure out to finish correctly. I pulled some threads through to gather the top and bottom, but it was so thick that it gathered and wouldn't lay flat. It also wouldn't close the circle completely. Any thoughts what I did wrong? I have no idea.

april 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheralyn

Would stuffing it with beanbag beans work??

august 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirsti

Sheralyn, it is qute difficult, but possible to close it, by doing it in steps. Gather some of the stitches around first, and then more in a second go, and so on until it is closed. Beanbag beans would probably work out great, but you´ll need to sew a cover for them first.

august 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles

I've bought a 'supa-dupa' chunky wool which requires size 15mm needles, do I have to change the pattern at all to allow for this size yarn? i.e. still cast on 35 stitch and knit until the end of 1000g, will the proportions still be correct?


september 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

sorry I forgot one other question. the blue pouf in the picture has a different stitch pattern, what is that and will it work with any stitch i.e. moss/seed, raspberry, cable?

thanks again.

september 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

It is puff daddy's baby, moss stitch:)

september 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles

I just want to make sure I understand this. You used two skein's of yarn, for a total of 328 yards? I'm an intermediate knitter, and I sometimes still have trouble understanding gauging. I found a yarn that is near the yardage, but it's not 500 grams. That makes me think the yarn isn't thick enough...

oktober 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLila

That is correct, the yarn is really chunky :)

oktober 3, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles

I used Lion's Brand Thick N Quick, 3 skeins single strand. 19 circular needles. I only knit to 160 cm and it was more than enough for the same sized finished product. The pro's of single strand: very easy to pull the ends closed. The downside: it's super stretchy, so you can see through it a little to the comforter. I love the finished product! But wanted to share experiences since I learned so much from others comments here. Thank you!

oktober 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommygyver

What do you mean by 'Assemble the short sides as neatly you can'? Surely you are going to have to sew the top and bottom together? The pattern is really not clear.

oktober 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLibby Summers


got 2 skeins zpagetti and found this great pouf pattern! :-)
But I wonder where to find the pattern for the tourquois pouf?
I'd prefer this structure.... ;-)

thx ever so much in advance!
poppy wool

november 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpoppy_wool

It's called Puff Daddy's Baby.

november 7, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles

Hi Pickles,

I really love the two colors you shown in your photo, but can't find these two colors in your shop? I also have problem understanding how to finish it off too, would you mind further explain it? Thank you so much for posting this pattern!

november 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYujai

They are sold out, we will get more of the yellow, but the green is discontinued for now. Yu knit a long scarf, sew the short ends together and then tighten the top and bottom to make a pouf. It will all be clear as you knit it we think :)

november 16, 2012 | Registered Commenterpickles


Please can I link to this on my blog and use one of your photos?


desember 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKittyB

As long as you link to us:)

januar 1, 2013 | Registered Commenterpickles

using up lots of left over aran to make it striped how long does it need to be for puff daddy?

januar 27, 2013 | Unregistered

Hi, sorry we didn´t measure it as the pattern uses exactly two skeins, but it looks like a long scarf before assembeling.

januar 28, 2013 | Registered Commenterpickles

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