I'd never crocheted a floor pouf before but when I received this "Kartopu Home Decor" yarn from Hobium Yarns, It was just begging to be made into a floor pouf. When it comes to stuffed projects, I'm always torn between the tight weave of single crochet and speed of double crochet. So I was so excited to find the "linked double crochet" stitch! It's tight enough to make this durable floor pouf but is worked with the speed and ease of double crochet. Plus, working in a spiral means no unsightly seams!
Even more exciting, this pattern comes with my first ever Youtube video tutorial! Check it out if your a visual learner (like me 😉) .
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For the time being, it seems Hobium Yarns isn't up and running anymore (bummer!) but I've found a great "dupe" for the Kartopu Home Decor yarn that I used in this pattern. It's from Ice Yarn called Tube Cotton Jumbo and it comes in a bazillion colors!
For this pattern you'll need about 525 yards (480 m) of a super bulky cotton tube yarn or t-shirt yarn.
I used a 11.5mm crochet hook but use whichever hook you feel gives you the tightest gauge while still being comfortable to work with.
You'll also need two removable stitch markers.
dc(s)=double crochet(s) sc= single crochet ch=chain sl st=slip stitch st(s)=stitch(es) rnd=round
ldc= linked double crochet - illustrated below
A Note About Stuffing
With this pattern, the size of the pouf is completely customizable. My finished pouf was 10" tall and 18" across.
For stuffing the pouf, I recommend two round pillow inserts about 2 inches wider than your pouf circumference.
However, I used a couple old pillowcases and stuffed them full of re-purposed cloth like old towels and blankets. My pouf has a little more "character" and a lump or two here and there but I liked being able to use up some old fabric I had around the house.
Linked Double Crochet
Before we start the pattern, lets review the linked double crochet stitch. To complete a linked double crochet (ldc), Insert the hook into the horizontal bar in the center of the post of the previous dc stitch (shown in green), yo and pull up a loop.
Insert the hook into the next st, yo and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through 2 loops twice (like a normal dc). This links your double crochets and makes a new bar to work into (shown in blue).
To begin, make a magic loop and chain 1
Round 1: Make 3scs into the magic loop, then make one regular dc into the magic loop. Make 6 more linked double crochets (ldcs) into the magic loop. Tighten the loop, and make 1ldc in each sc stitch from the beginning of the rnd (10sts -not counting scs).
Round 2: Make 1ldc in the next st, place your marker in the st you just made to mark the beginning of rnds. Make 1 more ldc in the same st. Make 2ldcs in each stitch of the rnd (20sts).
Round 3: Make 2ldc into your marked stitch. Move marker up to the first of those 2 sts. Make 1ldc into the next st, 2ldcs into the next st. Repeat 1ldc, 2ldc to the end of the rnd (30sts).
Round 4: Make 2ldc into your marked stitch. Move marker up to the first of those 2 sts. Make 1ldc into the next st, 1ldcs into the next st, 2ldcs into the next st. Repeat 1ldc, 1ldc, 2ldc to the end of the rnd (30sts).
Continue increasing in this fashion. Make 2ldcs into the first stitch of the round and put one more ldc stitch between your increases each round.
When your piece is as wide as you want your pouf to be, stop increasing and only work 1ldc in each st of the rnd, making sure to move your marker ever rnd.
Work 4 rows of no increases (more for a taller pouf, less for a flatter pouf) and don't yet fasten off.
Repeat the whole pattern to make a 2nd identical piece.
You can stuff your pouf before you seam or after you've seamed the pouf about half way.
Insert your pillow forms or whatever stuffing method you prefer. As I mentioned above, I filled my pouf with a pillowcase full of old towels. Not glamorous but it did the job!
Line up your two pieces with your last stitches of each piece side by side. Using the working yarn from one piece, slip stitch the back loops of your last rounds together. I did this by working half way around the pouf with the working yarn from the bottom piece, and the other half way with the working yarn from the top piece.
This gave me a small hole between the final stitches of my two pouf pieces that I seamed up with a little extra bit of yarn.