So when it came to making an actual pouf, like Pickle's, I was nervous. I'm not good with the circular knitting needles, so those patterns were out. I decided to go the way of Wise Craft's sweater cozies for candle holders and try to crochet them. I loved the way her cozies looked, so I thought I'd just try that crochet stitch, essentially just the Half Double Crochet done millions of times! And as luck should have it, I received about 10 pounds of yarn from Brad's Aunt Cathy that I've been needing to knit up.
Left: Wise Craft's sweater cozies // Right: Caron One Pound of Yarn
10 skeins of one-pound skeins of yarn, that is. So I thought I'd finally use one in pursuit of adorable-ifying this lame-o pouf. This is more than enough yarn to make this pouf and it's a bargain if you get it at the store- around $8 for a whole pound of yarn! [Caron One Pound Yarn at Jo Ann's]
Be forewarned: I'm not an expert crocheter. The first time I learned to crochet, I asked my mom how as she was on her way out the door to work. She said, "Oh, it's like this," and showed me how to make a basic chain. She said, "And you just keep doing that into each stitch over and over again." So I was like, okay, let's try this and I attempted to crochet a scarf that day. When my mom got home, I showed mom, and she said "How'd you make that?" to which I responded "I crocheted it!" -- to which she responded, "Oh I didn't know what I was doing earlier." Soo I never really learned how to do this correctly. I figured that this project would be a good opportunity to finally learn how.
Wisecraft said she taught herself to crochet by watching YouTube videos, so I took the same approach in my quest to learn to crochet. I liked the look of her candle cozies, so I thought I could just vaguely follow her pattern and theorized that I could round it at the top by decreasing the stitch count. [Crocheting into every other stitch- instead of every one- exponentially decreases the size of the pouf and rounds it into the shape of the circle.]
The basic stitch is the Half Double Crochet [HDC], but in this pattern you're going to HDC into every stitch - not every third like the video shows (unless otherwise noted). [PLEASE NOTE: Crafting videos are ALL pretty creepy. I didn't purposely pick a terrible one.]
So I finally have learned to crochet properly- thanks to this creepo video- and am ready to give you my crocheting tutorial -- for your own crocheted pouf :)
For my pouf, I doubled up on the yarn. Every skein has one end of the yarn wound around it and the other on the inside, but you can access both ends. I just took them both from the same skein and crocheted them together as one.
For Your Own Crocheted Pouf Cover:
Sides of the pouf:
Round 1: make a chain that fits the bottom of your pouf nicely, tightly, snugly.
Round 2: HDC into every stitch.
Repeat Round 2 until it is as tall as your pouf is.
Top of the pouf:
Round 1: HDC into every other stitch
Round 2: HDC into every stitch
Repeat Round 2 three times.
Repeat Round 1 once. Repeat Round 2 three times.
Carry out the pattern until you get to this point - 2.5" in diameter circle remains to be crocheted up.
Repeat Round 1 until the hole is totally closed.
Pull the yarn through the loop and weave it into the pattern.
Voila, a crocheted pouf!
And it's on color scheme :)
Hope you enjoyed my little project. I'll be around, crafties.
Ah, yes- an interpretive photo of my cat. My brother thoroughly enjoyed playing with Photo Booth on my computer when I first got it. There are at least 200 pictures of him on here.
Have a good one!