Stripey Pouf – Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have random balls of yarn in your stash that you have no idea what to do with? Or do you have leftovers that you don’t want to throw away, but don’t know what to do with either? This pouf pattern is perfect for all leftovers and odd balls of yarn. No matter what colors you use, it always looks amazing.

stripey pouf free crochet pattern

I made this pouf using a lot of random yarn, different brands, materials and weights. Doesn’t matter what you use; the stranger the combination the more unique the end result.

Materials

To make a very short summary, you will need lots of yarn to make this pouf, especially because you need to use your yarn double stranded. I used something like 4000 meter to make mine. In my pouf I have mostly acrylic yarn, but there is also a bit of wool and cotton in there. Yarns I used include Stylecraft Special DK left over from the Dutch CAL 2015, DMC Tapestry embroidery wool that was left over from a large project, and Scheepjes Stonewashed XL left over from designing Stephan and Vincent squares.

In addition to the yarn you will need a 3.5mm hook and lots of pillow stuffing. I used two old duvets to stuff my pouf.

Colors

You can use any and as many colors as you like. You can also use your colors in any way you think looks nice. I often used two different colors of yarn in one round. When I ran out of one color I simply joined another in its place; also if it was mid round. This gives a very playful look to the pouf. For the most striking effect, use a different color each round.

colors stripey pouf free crochet pattern

Final Measurements

The final size of your pouf depends on how large you decide to make it. Mine is approximately 60cm in diameter and 40cm high. You can however easily make it larger or smaller if you wish.

Abbreviations

Please note that US Crochet Terminology is used for this pattern. If you are more familiar with UK terms, please use this conversion chart as needed.

Notes

It is important to have a dense fabric for the pouf to keep the filling in and to make it more durable for use around the house. For this reason use a much smaller hook than recommended for the yarn.

If you use worsted weight yarn you can use this as a single strand, but if you use double knit yarn use this double stranded. Sport or baby weight yarn is best used triple stranded. I used mostly double knit yarn double stranded with a 3.5mm hook.

Work away yarn tails by working over them as you go. Otherwise it will be a lot of work to weave them all in. Additionally, as you close your pouf it gets hard to reach them. Don’t leave you ends dangling on the inside of your pouf as they could easily come undone during use.


Instructions

Work the pouf in 3 distinct stages; first make the top circle of the pouf (TC rounds), then the sides (S rounds) and finally the bottom circle (BC rounds).

Top Circle (TC)

In the first part of the pattern increase the diameter of the pouf till the right size is obtained.

Round TC1

With any color ch4, close to first ch with ss, ch1, 6sc in ring, close with ss to first st. Cast off.  [6 sc]

Round TC2

Attach new yarn in any st with ss. ch1, 2sc in each st. Close with ss to first st. Cast off.  [12 sc]

Round TC3

Attach new yarn in any st with ss. ch1, *1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, MS. *
Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Close with ss to first s. Cast off.  [18 s]

Round TC4

Attach new yarn in any st with ss. ch1, * 1sc in next st till marked st, 2sc in MS. MS. *
Repeat from * to * 5 more times. 1sc in next st till completing the round. Close with ss to first st. Cast off.  [6 more st than the previous round]

Repeat round TC4

Continue repeating round TC4, increasing each round with 6 stitches, until you have the desired outer diameter of your pouf. I made 60 rounds, but you can easily do more or less rounds. Your pouf will look something like this at a certain point.

top stripey pouf

 

Side of pouf (S)

In this part the diameter of the pouf is kept constant and the height of the pouf is made. Leave the stitch markers in position in the last round worked and work over them. When we start decreasing the diameter again we will come back to the stitch markers.

Round S1

Attach new yarn in any st with ss. ch1, 1sc in every st. Close with ss to first s. Cast off.  [same number of st as last TC round]

Repeat round S1

Repeat round S1 till the pouf has the desired height. I did 50 rounds.

 

Bottom of pouf (BC)

In this part of the pattern the diameter of the pouf is decreased back to 6 stitches. Each round 6 stitches are reduced. Bring the stitch markers from the last TC round to the equivalent position in the last S round just worked.

Round BC1

Attach new yarn in any st with ss. ch1, * 1sc in next s till MS, sc2tog over next 2 st. MS in sc2tog. *
Repeat from * to * 5 more times. 1sc in next st till completing the round. Close with ss to first st. Cast off.  [6 less st than previous round]

Repeat round BC1

Continue repeating round BC1, decreasing each round with 6 stitches. At a certain point your pouf will start to look like this. Then continue even further till you have an opening of about 10cm.

closing stripey pouf

 

Stuffing the pouf

When you have an opening of about 10cm stuff your pouf. This is a lot of work and needs to be done with care. Be sure to spread the stuffing evenly and compact it really well. When you think you can’t possibly stuff any more in there, stuff some more. It is the only way to make sure that your pouf is sturdy enough to sit on.

Close by repeating round BC1

Again, continue repeating round BC1, decreasing each round with 6 stitches until there are 6 stitches left. Close this last part with a thread and needle. Take real good care to close it good and tight. With all the stuffing in there it is going to be hard work, trust me. Work away your last yarn tail.


And then you are all done! A tip for later; you will notice that as you use your pouf the filling becomes more compact, which in turn can lead to dents in your pouf. If the dents are too deep, cut open the last 4 or 5 rounds on the bottom of your pouf, stuff more filling in and pay extra attention to filling up the dents. Close your pouf again by working the last few rounds of the pattern with new yarn. This should fix the problem.

Stripey-pouf-3

This pouf is a serious part of my home decor. My boys use it for everything from sitting on when watching TV to using it as a bat to hit each other with. Boys will be boys…. Nonetheless, it is a great project to use up scrap yarn and I really like how it came out. Feel free to share your hand-made stripey pouf on my Facebook page or tag me into one of your posts on Facebook or Instagram.

With love,

Esther

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How to speak crochet slang

“I had a WIP that I was considering frogging before it turned into a UFO, but I picked it up again and now it is HOTH.”

Are you looking at that and thinking “Huh?? What is she talking about?” You see, there is more than just stitch terms and definitions when it comes to crochet. There is a whole set of terms that people use to describe their work, what they are doing and what the end result looks like. In this episode of my Crochet Fundamentals series I am listing as many of those strange terms as I could find.

how to speak crochet slang

There are a lot of terms that I know because I use them myself, but then there are always less common terms that you sometimes see floating around. Here is a list of things that I could find online and their explanations.

  1. Ami – short for Amigurumi, the Japanese art of making crochet animals and toys
  2. Bistichtual – this is someone who both knits and crochets
  3. C2CCorner-to-Corner Crochet
  4. CAL – Crochet Along, a project in which a new part of the pattern is released every week or fortnight. A crochet along is a great way to work on the same project with people from all over the world.
  5. CnC – Critter and Crochet photo, this a photo of your pet with your crochet work, usually your cat or dog that is preventing you from getting to your crochet because they are all over it.
  6. De-stashing (also know as Un-stashing) – when you give away or sell some of your yarn stash, usually to make room for more yarn that you really want.
  7. FO – Finished object
  8. FOTH – Fresh off the Hook
  9. Freeform (also called freestyle or freehand) – crochet worked without a pattern, just taking it one stitch at a time and seeing where it goes.
  10. Frog or Frogging – ripping out your work. The word comes from the sound that a frog makes, ‘ribbit’ which sounds like ‘rip it’.
  11. FS – For Sale, when posing an item such as yarn or crochet project in a social group which is available for sale.
  12. Hooker – A proud crocheter; very true for me, for you too?
  13. HOTH – Hot off the hook
  14. HSPY – Have not started project yet
  15. ISO – In search of, usually yarn or a pattern
  16. JOTH – Just off the hook
  17. LYS – Local or little yarn store, a very dangerous place!
  18. MAM – Mile a Minute afghan, a project that works up really fast.
  19. MGBTC – Must get back to crocheting
  20. NCR – Not Crochet Related, often used in crochet social groups when posting something that is not related to crochet.
  21. OCD – Obsessive crocheting disorder
  22. PABLE – Patterns accumulated beyond life expectancy
  23. PHD – projects half done
  24. PIGS – projects in grocery bags, this is not a good sign actually….
  25. PTP – Permission to Post, especially applicable to social groups that have strict rules about what may and may not be posted.
  26. SABLE – stash accumulated beyond life expectancy
  27. STASH – all your yarn, also that hidden yarn that your husband isn’t allowed to know about
  28. TALC – Take along crochet
  29. TIA – Thank you in advance, often used in social groups when asking a question.
  30. TOAD – Trashed object abandoned in disgust, never going back to it again.
  31. UFO – Unfinished object, this might become a TOAD at a certain point if you don’t watch out.
  32. USO – Unstarted object, a project you have all the yarn for but have not started yet for which ever reason.
  33. WIP – Work in progress
  34. WIM – Work in mind, your crochet to-do list
  35. WIVSP – Work in very slow progress, can lead to a UFO
  36. YAP – Yet another project
  37. Yarn Barf (also known as Yarn Vomit) – The yarn mess that comes out of the center of a ball of yarn if you don’t get the starting tail right.
  38. Yarn Bomb – An object that has been covered by crochet or knitted fabric. Often public property such as lamp posts, benches and trees.
  39. Yarn Cake – the winded yarn you end up with when winding a skein of yarn using a yarn winder.
  40. YART – Yarn acquisition road trip. Always set yourself a budget before going on these.

Were there terms in there that are new to you? Bet you will never look at a frog in the same way again!

frog

By no means do I claim this list to be complete. If you know terms that should be on this list, please leave a comment and I will add it. I would love to get an overview of as many strange crochet terms as possible. Thank you for helping me with this❤

With love,

Esther

 

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Video tutorial Demelza – Flat Flower #2

Today is a happy for many as I know that many of you have been waiting for the release of the next part of our Demelza blanket. Wait no more, as today we start with part 3 in which we are making the second flat flower square in the blanket. In the original pattern designed by Cathering Bligh it is referred to as “Flat Flower #2”.

demelza-flat-flower-2-4

The Demelza blanket is designed by Catherine Bligh and is accompanied by a photo tutorial in English and Dutch. There is also an update available with UK terms. The design is inspired by the character Demelza from Poldark, a series of novels written by Winston Graham in the 20th century and adapted for television by the BBC.


Video tutorial

You can find the video link for the this week’s square, along with all other parts of the Demelza video series on my dedicated page here on my blog or on my YouTube channel.


Colorway

I am using 13 lovely colors of Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn with a 3.5mm hook to make my Demelza blanket. Similar to last time I have made 4 squares each in 2 different colorways to come to the required 8 squares total. Here my colorway for this week.

demelza flower squares #2

Round   Colorway A  Colorway B
1 Moon Stone (801) Citrine (817)
2 Moon Stone (801) Citrine (817)
3 Lemon Quartz (812) Lilac Quartz (818)
4 Canada Jade (806) Corundum Ruby (808)
5 Red Jasper (807) Deep Amethyst (811)
6 Moon Stone (801) Moon Stone (801)
7 Boulder Opal (804) Boulder Opal (804)
8 Citrine (817) Citrine (817)
9 New Jade (819) New Jade (819)
10 Moon Stone (801) Moon Stone (801)
11 Amazonite (813) Amazonite (813)

I had some indecisive moments regarding the center two rounds of this weeks squares. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use a Moon Stone or Citrine center for colorway A and likewise for colorway B. Hence they are a bit mixed with some colorway A squares starting with Moon Stone and some starting with Citrine and vice versa for colorway B. If you are following my colorway, just go with the flow and use the Moon Stone and Citrine centers as you like.

My flowery blanket is really starting to look nice. My squares go well together and I really like how it’s all coming together.

Demelza elements

demelza flower squares #2

Yarn amounts so far

At this point I have used varying amounts of the all my colors. Rounding up, I have used the following balls of yarn so far: 2 x Moonstone (801), 2 x Boulder Opal (804), 1 x Canada Jade (806), 1 x Red Jasper (807), 1 x Corundum Ruby (808), 1 x Deep Amethyst (811), 1 x Lemon Quartz (812), 2 x Amazonite (813), 1 x Green Agate (815), 1 x Coral (816), 1 x Citrine (817), 1 x Lilac Quartz (818), and 1 x New Jade (819). You can buy Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Deramores (UK), Paradise Fibers (US/CA), Caro’s Atelier (NL), or your local Scheepjes Stockist.


Joining the CAL

The Demelza blanket is already completed and if you want to you can start right away. However, I am partaking in this project as part of a crochet along hosted by the Facebook group Pippin Crochet Club. If you want to partake in this CAL, join the Pippin Crochet Club. This is also THE place to show your work. And if that is not enough reason for you to join the group, the admins are running a giveaway each week of the CAL. Maybe you are the next lucky winner of a great prize!

demelza squares part 3

I hope to see you in two weeks when we continue with our lovely blanket. Which part of the blanket will be next….?

With love,

Esther

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Peacock Tail Bag CAL – bag & video tutorials completed

With a smile I look back on the last few weeks in which we have been making our Peacock Tail bag. Just a bit of assembly and finishing some details and our bag is all done. Is it just me, or do you also love the end result? You can find all the parts of the written pattern and many translations for the Peacock Tail Bag on Tatsiana’s blog.

peacock-tail-bag-cal-part-6-1

Video tutorials

I have made step-by-step video tutorials to help you make your own bag. On my dedicated Peacock Tail bag page and on my YouTube channel I have grouped all the videos together. I have a separate video for the front and back parts and a video showing how to assemble everything.

Yarn & Colorway

To make this bag you will need 6 balls of Scheepjes Linen Soft yarn in 5 colors; for the main color of the bag you will need 2 balls and of the other 4 colors you will need 1 ball of each. There are (were) two kits available that contain everything you need to make your bag; one in a Peacock colorway and the other in a Pastel colorway. Linen Soft is available from Wool Warehouse (UK/International), Paradise Fibers (US/CA), Deramores or your local Scheepjes stockist. I am using Linen Soft in the following colors: 2 balls of 614 as that is my main color, and 1 ball each of 622, 625, 626 and 627. In addition to the yarn you will need a bag handle, 2 30mm D-rings, an 18mm magnetic clasp or zipper, interfacing and fabric for the lining.

peacock tail bag

I did not follow the colorway set in the pattern; I am always very bad at following color instructions. You can find all the details for my colorway in my color chart.

peacock tail bag

Final touches

When you have completed the crochet part of the bag there is just one more part left to do, making the lining and attaching the closing clasp. I will be honest, I am very bad at sewing but luckily I am blessed with a mother that is good at it. She not only made the lining for me, she also made a matching zipper into my bag. This makes for even better closing of my bag than with the magnetic clasp. I love my mom❤

zipper in peacock tail bag

lining in peacock tail bag

With this my Peacock Tail bag is completed. I hope to see you again soon for a new project.

With love,

Esther

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