Knitted Floor Pouf - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, February 22, 2016

Knitted Floor Pouf


I've been getting the itch to knit lately, but I thought it was getting late in the season to be making more scarves and blankets that we'd just end up packing away soon. I've seen a lot of cute floor poufs online lately and thought I'd try to knit my own!


This floor pouf was super easy to make, so if you know how to cast on, knit, and cast off, you can make one too! As this was my first floor pouf, there's definitely some things I'd do differently next time. 1) I'd make my pouf quite a bit bigger. It turned out way smaller than I expected. 2) I'd knit in the round instead of sewing the two ends together. The seam isn't very pretty and a seamless circle would have been the better way to go.


Want to make your own? Here's what you need!)
- Thick yarn (I used Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Vanilla)
- Size 15 circular needles
- Sewing needle with large eye
- Bean bag filler
- Trash bag


Here's what you do!
- Cast on 35 stitches.
- Knit each row until you have a rectangle about 3' long. Cast off.
- Using a sewing needle, sew the two ends of your rectangle together with spare yarn. You should now have a large "tube".
- On the bottom of your pouf, thread your needle through a loop at the end of a row. Continue to thread through every second loop, pulling your yarn tightly to bunch the bottom together. If there's a small hole, carefully sew it together and tie off your yarn.
- Your pouf should now be like a basket. Insert a trash bag filled with your bean bag filler until basket is full.
- Following the same technique as the bottom of the pouf, use your sewing needle and yarn to tighten the top together. Sew together the small hole and tie off your yarn.


Easy, right? You could completely customize this pattern to your liking - change the size, type of stitch, etc. I'm excited to try different techniques to make more floor poufs for our apartment! Think you'll make one too?

Sarah & Nick

6 comments:

  1. What a simple yet lovely idea! You said that in hindsight you'd make it bigger so how many stitches would you recommend rather than the 35 you first mentioned? Thanks for the great tute!

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    1. Hi Leah! Thanks for your comment! I'm definitely going to knit another floor pouf soon, so I'll get to test out some different options and I will add an update to this post! I think I will try 50 stitches next time. I also plan to knit in the round (as opposed to sewing the ends together.)

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  2. Hello, I see your pouf is much bigger than mine, you mentioned to knit until 3 inches long? But that is too short for me, or am I misunderstanding the pattern? Kind Regards. Lindy

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for your comment! The pattern is actually to knit until 3 feet (3') not 3 inches (3") - sorry for any confusion!

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  3. Hey Sarah, I am keen to make this (I am a novice knitter) but have a champion friend who is going to help me. I too think I'd like to make a larger version of your pouf however I would like to order some yarn and am not sure how much I will need. Can you give me some advice please. If I did the 50 stitches how much would I need? I am going to use the same yarn as you so I hope that helps. THANKS!

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    1. Hi Shauntel - sorry for the delay in responding to you! I made this pouf awhile ago and unfortunately don't remember if I used 1/2 of a large skein or 1 and 1/2 of a large skein. I know I definitely had some leftover though! You could always purchase more than you think and return what you don't use or save it for another project. I'm sorry I can't be of more help! I'm a novice knitter as well, so I'm going to take note next time I share a project to indicate exactly how much yarn I needed!

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