Monday, October 17, 2011

How to Make a Knitted Pouf Ottoman

It suddenly hit me the other day that I'm already 6 months along in this pregnancy.  I definitely had a "holy shit!" moment.  Part of me in astonishment for making it this far (considering we weren't sure if we'd ever make it to this point), another part of me freaking out about childbirth (bleh) and the other part of me feeling a sense of urgency to get this nursery done!!!


So I've been working non-stop on getting this nursery together and my latest project is a knitted pouf (poof?) ottoman.  This is the one that I wanted from CB2 which retails for $89.95 and would total $103.90 with shipping.



I thought, hell, I can knit, why can't I just make this???


And so I did. 


I want to give credit to a site called Pickles, they came out with the original pattern.  Here's the link if you want to check it out. It's great inspiration but I was really unclear about how the final project comes together.  So I thought I would document this process in case you want to try it.



Knitted Ottoman Pouf


Materials:


9 or 10 balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn in Pumpkin**

Size US 19 Knitting needles

Tapestry needle

A couple of old pillows and/or an old duvet or comforter


Instructions:

1. Cast on 35 stitches using 3 strands of yarn at the same time.  It's a little weird at first, but you need all three strands to create a strong, bulky knit.




2. Knit every row. 

Yeah, it's that easy.  It's a totally mindless activity you can do while watching TV at night. 
3.  Stop knitting when you get to your desired length.  The length will become the diameter of your ottoman.  


** As mentioned above, you may need 9 or 10 balls, it all depends on how big you want your ottoman to be. Just make sure you have enough yarn to cast off and to sew the ottoman sides together. 


4. Sew the short sides together (the 35 stiches side) using yarn and a tapestry needle.




5. You will now have a cylinder with an open bottom and top.  These open sides will become the top and bottom of the ottoman. 




 Sew the bottom together looping your yarn through the the last stitch of every other row and cinch the yarn together, pull tight until there's remains only a small little hole in the middle. 



6.  Now stuff your ottoman with pillows or duvets or whatever you have around the house that you want to use as stuffing.  Note: wrap your pillows with the duvet or a piece of fabric so your ottoman will look more round and not lumpy.



7.  Sew and cinch the top together.  And there you have it: a lovely knitted ottoman.  This cost me approximately $47.90 using Michaels 40% off coupons and an old comforter and pillows that I almost threw away.

Here's my cute hubby trying it out and being a very fashionable chair/ottoman model. 



And one more close up (I'm really glad he didn't wear his socks with holes that day):




23 comments:

  1. This is great!
    I'm so going to make this :)

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    1. NEL,
      Happy knitting!!! So glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. omg. thank you so much for posting this! i am almost 5 months pregnant and i have been trying to find a navy knitted pouf for the nursery...and i know i can make this!

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    1. Hi Ashley!!
      Congrats on the soon-to-be new arrival! Share a picture if you're so inclined. I would love to see it. Also, let me know if you have questions. Happy Knitting!

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  3. I love it- what a fantastic ottoman - I can't wait to get to this project...thanks ever so much for publishing it!!!!

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    1. Hi Jac,
      You are ever so welcome. I'm so glad that so many people are finding this post helpful!!

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  4. Oh man, I'm super-excited to make this! I found the original pattern and was confused, so thanks for posting a step-by-step tutorial. I pinned it on Pinterest--hope that's okay!

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    1. Mica - you are super welcome! And yes, feel free to share it on Pinterest. It's nice to know that this post has been so helpful to others. I hope you enjoy your ottoman!

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  5. I kept thinking the same thing, but had no idea how to go about it since I'm a very basic knitter. Thanks - this helps so much & now I think I can tackle making one!

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I'm so glad you enjoyed this tutorial. The cool thing about this project is you literally only need basic knitting skills to do it (that's my ability too!). By the way...super cute blog at Sew Can Do. I'm digging your tutorials!

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  6. thanks for that the pics have anwsered the question of the stuffing. this Oz girl is going to try and do it on round needles that is one less side to sew up if it dont work then I will do it your way they are great

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    1. Hello Oz girl...I hope your Ottoman turned out wonderfully!! Let me know if you have any questions. Happy knitting!

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  7. Wanted one of these for a while but couldn't afford it. Glad I found your site! Making this as soon as I'm done typing this.... THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Hi Jennifer...the price of one of these type of ottomans is ridiculous. Making it is so much cheaper...especially after using a couple coupons to get the yarn. We are still enjoying ours...a year and half later. We just have to fluff it up from time to time since my son likes to jump on it and smash it down. Happy knitting!

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  8. My daughter recently left for college and I've been turning her room into a "creating room" for myself. A few weeks ago I saw a knitted ottoman in a mag and thought it would be perfect in the room. You're right though, they are so expensive! I'm a very beginning knitter so I didn't think I could even tackle something like this. Your tutorial is great and now I'm waiting for a coupon from my local craft store so I can get started!

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    1. Colleen,
      Happy knitting!! I hope your project and creating room turned out beautifully!!

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  9. I saw that store ottoman in a catalog recently, fell in love with it, and I thought, "I bet there is a pattern out there somewhere for that!" So I did a search and found your blog. Thanks for your tutorial....now I can make one, too!

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    1. Sandra!! I'm so happy to hear that. Seriously, who has the ridiculous amount of money those stores want you to shell out for such a simple item? Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  10. Thanks so much for the directions...I was looking to buy one in beige to go with my nautical style family room, but knitting one will be so much more satisfying! My 2 yr old grandson will love to climb on it when it's finished. I used to work at Michaels as a floral designer before I began babysitting...they usually have extra coupons at the registers if you ask! Or you can sign up for email and get them there.

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  11. Hello! I am super excited to start this project. I had a quick question: Can I use any type of thick yarn? Can I knit 2 strands of yarn at a time instead of 3?

    Thanks!

    -Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle, sorry for the delay. Honestly, I think you can use what ever yarn makes you happy. There's no reason why you couldn't knit 2 strands together. You may need to go down in needle size though to get a tight enough knit.

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  12. Hi thank you so much for the pattern! These are rare to find in our country and very expensive! I really want to make one for my baby room in a smaller size. Will have to figure out the amount of stitches needed for my smaller size. How wide and high was the one you made? Regards Edith

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    1. Hi Edith. You're very welcome!! I hope you enjoy making the project. Hmm...I honestly can't remember how long or wide it was....just a guess off the top of my head...maybe 2.5 feet wide by 4 feet?? Sorry, it was a while ago. I hope your project turns out great!

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