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Knitted pouffe in upcycled yarn

Knitted pouffe made from recycled cotton jersey
Knitted pouffe made from recycled cotton jersey

I wanted to try knitting something super chunky and had a look online for some inspiration. Chunky knitted pouffes caught my attention and I decided to have a go at my own project.

The pouffe is knitted using cotton jersey fabric (nearly 3m of 60″ wide in total) that I cut into 2cm strips and joined together to make one long ‘yarn’. Using garter stitch and 12mm needles I knitted a rectangle that was twice as long as it was wide. To shape the top and bottom I threaded a strip of fabric through alternate stitches and pulled it up tightly to close.

Knitted poncho & crochet trim

adult-poncho

I remember wearing a poncho when I was a child, that my mum knitted for me, and I haven’t thought about them since. Until last year when I borrowed one to wear, as I was a bit chilly, and loved it and thought I’d knit one of my own. I started it in early 2012 and didn’t finish it until that Christmas (I was distracted by other projects) but finally, here is the finished piece.

I was planning to just knit it, but having completed it I thought the edges could do with a little finishing touch. Over the Christmas holiday my mum worked out a pattern to give it a curly edge. I played around with this and opted for three different stitch patterns, mostly to conserve wool as I was nearing the end of my ball of wool! It is so warm and fits perfectly.

You can download the pattern from Etsy and have a go yourself.

Felted bag

Felted bag

Last Christmas I was given a felted bag knitting kit. It took me a while to get around to starting it and then it took a while longer to knit (but I was determined to finish it before the following Christmas!).

I hadn’t felted any knitting before, so the process was unfamiliar to me. The bag was knitted on circular needles and was quite large and flimsy when finished. I then knitted one long skinny handle (only 4sts wide). The next step was to felt the bag and handle. To do this I put them in the washing machine with a little washing powder and a large towel (which apparently helps with the felting process) and put them on a hot wash. When I took them out I was surprised how much smaller the bag had become and how much thicker the pieces were. The next step was to attach the handle and I also added a small button fasten to the top using a simple crochet chain.

I wanted to add a little finishing touch to the bag and thought of making some crochet flowers. I came across a crochet flower tutorial on Mollie Makes and set to work with some oddments of wool I had lying around; sewing a bead to make the centre of the flowers.