Make this beautiful Tunisian crochet pouf for your home.
- 10 x 200g balls Papatya charcoal
- 9mm Tunisian crochet needle
- 50cm zip in a matching colour
- sewing needle
- matching thread
- polystyrene beads for stuffing
- 1m grey polycotton fabric for inner
- sewing machine (or you could sew by hand)
Finished size: 55cm x 50cm
Working Tunisian simple stitch
Right-to-left row: pick up sts across (as many as indicated) from the vertical loops in the row below.
Left-to-right row: yarn over and pull through one loop, *yarn over and pull through two loops*, repeat from * to
* until one loop remains.
Creating segments to form a circle
Row 1: Pick up 2 (3 loops on hook), work back
Row 2: Pick up 4 (5 loops on hook), work back
Row 3: Pick up 6 (7 loops on hook), work back
Row 4: Pick up 8 (9 loops on hook), work back
Row 5: Pick up 10 (11 loops on hook), work back
Row 6: Pick up 12 (13 loops on hook), work back
Row 7: Pick up 14 (15 loops on hook), work back
Base and top
Chain 26. Next, working through the back of the chain sts, pick up 25 sts onto the crochet hook (you should
now have 26 sts on your needle. Referring to the ‘creating segments to form a circle’, create 12 segments,
which will take you to a full circle. To close the circle, sew together at the radius of the circle.
Repeat for the base.
Make 51 st chain.
Working in Tunisian simple stitch, pick up 50 loops from the back of each chain stitch. You should have 51 sts on
Continue in Tunisian simple stitch until your work measures 165cm. Pin the edge of the side to the outside of one of the circles to check that your worked-up fabric is long enough for the ends to meet and there are no gaps or extra length.
Cut one piece measuring 165cm x 50cm and 2 circles measuring 50cm diameter from the grey polycotton, allowing for seam allowances. Pin the 50cm edges together and sew together into a cylinder. Pin the lid and base to each end of the cylinder and sew in place, making sure you leave a gap to fill the inner with the polystyrene balls.
Fill the inner and hand sew the gap closed.
To make up
Turn inside out and tuck in the zip where the side and base join.
Tack the zip in place.
Turn right side out and, using the same yarn as the pouf, sew the edges together around the circumference of the base of the pouf. Roughly determine where the zip will be positioned and DO NOT permanently stitch where the zip will sit, just loosely stitch in place to hold the edges neatly.
Turn inside out and tuck the zip in where the side and base join.
Tack the zip in place. Turn back around to the right side, unpick the loose stitching covering the zip placement, and neatly stitch the zip in by hand.
Slip the inner into the body of the pouf and sew the top onto the main body.
Note: In the instructions above, each ‘row’ means working right-to-left AND back from left-to-right to complete one
Tunisian crochet row.
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