Let’s knit a pouf – a knit event in Lucerne

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poufsYesterday I’ve been in Lucerne. I’ve visited the knit event “Let’s knit a pouf” (a pouf is a seat cushion with a knitted cover). On Ravelry there are already lots of pattern for poufs (from left to right): the one we’ve started from Anne-Catherine, Anna & Heidi Pickles Puff Daddy (free) and the pouf from Drops.The event was hosted by Anne-Catherine from Knit Kit. By following her blog I’ve seen her announcement and was immediately into it. To knit together it’s more fun, right?

As part of the “Design Schenken”, that’s a design event hold over several places in Lucerne, they featured a creative space knitting and crochet related called Strickecke. There were crochet headbands from Appa, knit kits from Knit kit, plant dyed yarn from Anna&Juan and yummy cupcakes from Zuckerbäckerin.

strickecke - unravel the yarn

Around 8 ladies met to knit a pouf together. You had to sign up in advance so Anne-Catherine could order the yarn in your colour choice. With 15mm thick needles you make a provisional cast on (to sew the ends invisible together by grafting). After a few rows on waste yarn you start to knit with the yarn for the pouf. As it is very difficult to get thick yarn we took 6 strands of cotton yarn held together to knit with. We’ve used Cotone by Lang Yarns. E.g. you can also use stripes of bed linen. When you use 6 strands sometimes the yarn get tangled, so some of us had to untangle it. Anne-Catherine was very patient with us and willing to help everyone.

strickecke - my progress

Knitting with thick plastic needles isn’t that easy as it looks like. After a while my fingers convulsed as I’m not at all used to knit with such needles. I’m more a fingering or lace weight knitter (that means 3.00 to 4.50mm needles) and I prefer wooden needles. In the photo above you see my progress after two hours. (Hint to myself: don’t wear corduroys when knitting with bright yarn) Steady but slowly I’ll work now on my pouf.

It’s great to see there are also knitters in Lucerne. It’s a growing and friendly community – as everywhere in the world. I hope there will be more events like that. Anne-Catherine is eager to share her experience and teach.

What do you think about poufs? Do you like them? Would you like to have one?

8 Responses

  1. Gracey
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    Seems like a fun night! I like your color choice…

    • donnarossa
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      I’m definitely a green and blue lover. My living room is mainly in green. No question which colour should be the pouf. You should have seen the face of my boyfriend when I supposed a different colour for the pouf :-) No chance.

  2. Tina
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    Auf Deutsch, denn das kann ich einfach besser :-) Ich finde diese Sitzkissen sooooo genial und du hast dir eine super Farbe dazu ausgesucht!!!

    liebe Grüße
    Tina

    • donnarossa
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      Kommentare sind willkommen – in welcher Sprache auch immer, ganz wie Dir der Schnabel gewachsen ist ;-) Mein Wohnzimmer ist bereits grün, so durfte ich keine andere Farbe nehmen. Die Sitzkissen sind toll, aber man kommt nicht so schnell vorwärts wie man denkt. Mit den dicken Nadeln lässt es sich nicht so einfach stricken…

  3. Tina
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    Mit was werden die Kissen dann eigentlich gefüllt??? Das muß ja richtig fest werden oder?

    Grüßle
    Tina

    • donnarossa
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      Die Poufs werden mit Daunendecken oder -kissen gefüllt. Gemäss Angabe braucht man dafür 1-3 kg. Bin aber noch nicht so weit, dass ich das Ding schon füllen könnte :-)

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