Jersey knit pouf

Learn how to make a cute and sturdy knit pouf footrest with this photo tutorial. The pattern uses jersey yarn (made from eco-friendly T-shirt leftovers), which will take a lot of wear and tear with very little pilling. It's a great material for making poufs.

The pattern also explains how to stuff the pouf with either soft or firm fillings.

There are two sizes shown: LG (16x12 inches) and XLG (18x13 inches). Both are great sizes for footrests or low seats.

Difficulty: Moderate. You will need to know how to knit in the round. You will also need to know how to do a M1 increase and a K2TOG decrease, although it is briefly explained in the pattern. There is also a little bit of assembly required to stuff the pouf.


  • Illustrated Knitting Pattern
  • US Imperial Measurement with Metric Measurement

Materials you need at home:

*Wool and the Gang Jersey Be Good T-shirt yarn in the color of your choice. Each cone is 109 yards (100 m), so you will need 2 cones for the large size and 4 cones for the XLG — or you could split a third cone into 2 halves for the XLG * Size 36 (20 mm), 32-inch circular knitting needle. I recommend Addi Turbo needles * 2 yards 72-inch felt in coordinating color * Piece of bulky yarn about 2 yards long to cinch up your filler bag * Yarn needle for cinching up filler bag (I use #13 Susan Bates) * Stitch marker * Cord stop (I like Dritz brand clear ones) * Stuffing: You can use just about anything to stuff your pouf: polyester fiberfill (available at craft stores), old clothing, blankets, towels, foam shreds, beanbag pellets or pillows. For the firmest seat, roll up sheets or strips of foam — instructions follow in the pattern.

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Cara Corey

Wielder of giant knitting needles at Cara Corey Designs. Mom of two littles living in California.

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