Yesterday 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.
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.
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?