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
9 or 10 balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn in Pumpkin**
Size US 19 Knitting needles
A couple of old pillows and/or an old duvet or comforter
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):