Thursday, 13 February 2014

Knitted Puff Daddy pouffe footstool

I know, it might not be pc to call a pouffe a pouffe but in the same manner that fairy cakes have always been fairy cakes then squashy footstools were always called pouffes. I can't remember if it was the chicken or the egg that came first with this. Anyway a Puff  Daddy is a Very Fast Make! I think I had admired the Puff Daddy made up on Clicky Needles' blog or did I see the Sirdar Indie yarn in the exact colours of our curtains and cushions as bargain of the day on Get Knitted's website and then went looking for a knitted footstool pattern?
It was the colour combos in the yarn that did it. There were 13 balls left at sale price, and although the pattern called for 20 balls equivalent, I calculated I'd be OK with 13.
I cast on at Knit and Natter at Get Knitted on Friday 31st Jan 2014 and finished the knitting on Sat 1st Feb and sewed it up and stuffed the blooming thing on Sunday 2nd Feb. A record make, I wasn't knitting that much either!!
The Puff Daddy pattern is not overly taxing, but stuffing it is. For British knitters of a certain age (in your 40s at least) then you can liken the process to wrestling with Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks on a Saturday afternoon! The pattern is to cast on 35 stitches, knit tripled in garter stitch until the yarn runs out. As I had two thirds of the yarn I decided to knit with two strands, on 15mm needles, it worked out fine. Sew up the short seam and run running stitch around the bottom and draw up, shove in an old duvet rolled up and a pillow down the middle to fill it out a bit and I felt like I had gone 10 rounds with Frank Bruno! With a great deal of huffing and puffing and pummelling I finally managed to get a sort of cylindrical ball shape.

Now I can knit with my feet up, total cost £25 as opposed to £80-£150 on trendy websites.

PS I have been delaying posting this to take some better pictures but as it hasn't stopped raining for 2 months I have given up, so here is Puff Daddy

6 comments:

  1. I've just found your blog and what a brilliant idea for a 'footstool'. I too have to remember it is not a pouffe just like I don't want a rubber handed to me to rub out some pencil marks! Yes, sadly I am of a vintage to recall Giant haystacks and Big Daddy as well. Love the stuffing idea too. I recently made a bit of a boob (can I SAY that?!) as I bought £10 worth of polystyrene beads for a project not realising it would be the size of a half a wheelie bin liner so I am a bit reticent at buying stuffings right now.

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    1. Boob is definitely allowed! Husband suggested bean bag inners...but all the bean bags we have ever had have always come to part company, aggh!

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  2. OK, what is wrong with saying "pouffes"? What have I missed? I love the name pouf! I adore your footstool.. I've wanted one for ages but I'm scared of trying to make one, so I'm really impressed with your industriousness!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. Love this and may we have your rain, summer here and stinking hot and dry

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  4. I love it! Have been really craving some big chunky knitting too - maybe this will have to go on my to-do list!! x

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  5. I've admired these knitted pouffes/footstools in lots of shops lately and wondered how difficult they are to make. I also wondered how they were stuffed, so thank you for telling us that! I am tempted to make one of these, I like any project that knits up quickly. x

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