Making your own traditional crochet pouf is easier than you think!
- 8 x 200g balls Papatya light grey
- 9mm crochet hook
- 70cm zip in a matching colour
- matching thread
- polystyrene beads for stuffing
- 1 x continental pillowcase for inner
- sewing up needle
Finished size: 50cm X 60cm
ch – chain; dc – double crochet; sl st – slip stitch; cont – continue; st(s) – stitches
For the base
Ch4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch2, and work 10dc into ring. Sl st into 2nd ch of initial ch2 to join the round (11 sts).
Round 2: ch2, 2dc into each ch. Sl st into 2nd ch of initial ch2 to close the round (22 sts). Use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round.
Round 3: Work 1dc into same st as the ch. Now work the following: 1dc into next st, *2dc into next st, 1dc into next st*. Rep * to * making single dcs between each 2dc. You will end the round with a single dc into the last st. Sl st into 2nd ch of initial ch2.
Round 4: Work 1dc into same st as the ch. Now work the following: 1dc, 1dc, *2dc, 1dc, 1dc*. Rep from * to *, ending the round with your single dcs. Sl st into 2nd chain of initial ch2.
Round 5: Work 1dc into same st as the ch. Now work the following: 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, *2dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc*. Rep from * to *, ending the round with your single dcs. Sl st into 2nd chain of initial ch2.
Cont increasing in this way, with each round increase the number of single dcs between the 2dcs, counting carefully and making sure to start each round with a ch2 and dc into the same st, and ending each round with the single dcs.
If work starts looking wavy, do a no-increase round before continuing to increase. Cont until base measures 50cm in diameter. Work the sides of the pouf as no-increase rounds until sides measure 50cm in height. Fasten off. Make another 50cm diameter base. Hand sew zip into place on sides and ‘lid’, with pouf turned inside out. Sew remainder closed. Fill continental pillowcase with polystyrene beads (an old duvet inner will also work, depending on size and tog rating).
Sew pillowcase closed to form your pouf inner. Open zip and insert inner into pouf.
FEATURE: YOUR FAMILY TEAM PHOTO: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: November, 2016