Maya’s Pouf

Whoa, that was a quick one! My pouf is finished and it took me about two evenings to complete it, and I have to say I’m absolutely in love with this Jersey be Good yarn…eh…strips…eh…stuff. I’m pretty pleased with my just-start-and-see-what-happens design as well.
The pouf that I have made, in addition to being a cool and comfortable accessory for any living room, is also meant to be used as storage for spare duvets. There is plenty of room,
this one contains one single bed duvet and two medium sized cushions. To access the duvets easily when needed I’ve made this pouf with an opening. If you’d rather fill your pouf with old shredded clothes or just don’t bother with an opening, the pattern also explains how to make a closed pouf.

Maya's Large Pouf

It is a few years since I’ve properly written a pattern, and although this is an incredibly easy one, I do feel a bit rusty so please let me know if you spot any mistakes. The yarn used is a crochet hook 10mm and 4 cones of Jersey be Good, 2 in each colour. Jersey be Good is an upcycled, eco-friendly product made of selvedge from the thriving textile industry. Please note that this pattern is written in
UK English, BUT I’ve made a crochet term conversion chart that translates between
UK English, US English and of course Norwegian, which you can find over here. This is a super easy project that you easily can do if you are a beginner, still it should contain enough action to keep the more experienced crocheter entertained as well.

Techniques used in this pattern:
Magic loop
Slip stitch (sl st)
chain stitch (ch st)
Double crochet (dc)
increase double crochet (inc dc)
decrease double crochet (dec dc)

Note on decreasing:
Normally when doing a dc dec you put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again the same in next stitch before you do a yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. However, for the pouf I changed this a bit as I think it looks neater. So the dc dec used in this pattern is; put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again do the same in next stitch, then pull this loop through the other two loops on your hook, skipping the last yarn over you would usually do.

Maya's Pouf

INSTRUCTIONS

With colour A, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around this 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
10th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, inc dc, *9 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
11th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, inc dc, *10 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
12th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, inc dc, *11 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
13th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, inc dc, *12 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
14th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, inc dc, *13 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
15th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, inc dc, *14 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

16th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
17th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
18th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Change to colour B:
19th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
20th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
21st round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
22nd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
23rd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
24th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
25th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
26th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
27th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
28th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
29th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
30th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
31st round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
32nd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
33rd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close

This last part is made in colour B.

34th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, dec dc, *14 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
35th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, dec dc, *13 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
36th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, dec dc, *12 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
37th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, dec dc, *11 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
38th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, dec dc, *10 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
39th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, dec dc, *9 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
40th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, dec dc, *8 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
41st round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, dec dc, *7 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
42nd round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, dec dc, *6 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
43rd round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, dec dc, *5 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
44th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, dec dc, *4 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Maya's Pouf with opening

If you like to be able to open your pouf to access what’s inside continue as follows:

45th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.

Now make the covering lid to put inside the opening:

With colour B, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around the 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *1 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, 1 dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.
All done, now all you have to do is fill the pouf and start using it!

If you prefer a closed pouf continue as follows:

Before working the last few rounds fill your pouf. Make sure it is fully stuffed in a round shape, try to avoid large air pockets and tighter stuffed lumps of fill, stuff the pouf as evenly as possible.

Now close the pouf:

45th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, dec dc, *3 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dc, dec dc, *2 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dec dc, *dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
47th round: *dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, weave end through last 6 sts and pull to close tightly, then weave in the end.
All done, now all you have to do is start using it!

Maya's Pouf

21 thoughts on “Maya’s Pouf

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  2. Hi. I love this pattern. Before i get started could you tell me the finished size of this pouf. Worried if might be too big for my needs.
    Thanks

    • Hi Pam

      Sorry for the late response on this.

      The diameter of the finished pouf is approx. 55cm so it is quite large. When using it for storage I can easily fit two duvets and a few pillows in there. BUT remember, this is a very simple pattern which you can adjust yourself to get the perfect size you’re after. You start by making the top which is the first 14 rounds of the pattern, when you reach your desired diameter just skip to working on the sides, and remember to reduce the same number of rounds when doing the bottom as when you stopped working on the top.

      Hope this was of help.

    • Hi again Rhys

      I’m afraid I don’t have any experience with the Fettuccini yarn. However, I would recommend the Jersey be Good which has the same weight as the Hoopla used in the original pouf.

  3. The first round leaves you will 11 DC. The second round doesn’t make sense. There are not enough stitches for round 2.

    2nd round says 2 DC then DC inc. that takes up 3 stitches. You have to do that 6 times. That is18! Plus you have a DC and a DC inc before that. Please help!

    • Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

      As it says in the pattern:

      You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around this 1st stitch.

      So the first round leaves you with 12.

      It seems like a round is missing from the pattern, which should be 2nd round:
      1 ch st, inc dc *1 dc, inc dc* repeat from * to * five more times, close.

      I have updated the pattern, and believe I have corrected the errors, let me know if you run into more problems.

  4. hi, do you know how many meters of yarn this takes to make? Not sure if I can get the yarn you have used so need to make sure I buy enough as I am making it for someone!
    Thank you

  5. Hi,
    Thank you for the great tutorial!!
    Im on round 34 and im not sure I understood the Note on decreasing that you have wrote.
    When I dec Im with 3 loops on my hook befor the end.
    How to avoid 1 loop please??
    Thank you again for sharing this tutorial.

    • When you have three loops on your hook you pull the last one through the other two – one loop remaining as it should when you continue to next sts.

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