Put Your Feet Up…

pouffesMr T are spending our third week here in Cockermouth (West Cumbria or “The Lake District” if you’re not sure where that is). We’re here under quite sad circumstances, but the enforced slower pace and chance to spend time with family has been very welcome. This is my adopted home town, being an “Army Brat” I never really settled anywhere, so this is a place I feel fond of, it’s familiar and welcoming. If things were different I could see us  setting up home here.

I’ll write about my daily walks around the town another day, but right now I wanted to share the story behind a pattern I designed which has just appeared in Knit Now issue 31.

I don’t submit knitting patterns very often, but when I saw the call out from Kate (editor), I thought these chunky pouffes might just be worth a go. Mr T approves of them as they serve a very practical purpose and the ones we have at home are just the right height to put your feet up and slouch on the sofa in front of a “Box Set” (currently Game of Thrones or the Good Wife, depending on our mood).

knit now pouffe

Kate suggested a yew yarn for the magazine version, Navia Chunky, which I hadn’t come across before and as there was a limited yardage available I stuck to the plain and simple version (click here for the Ravelry entry). Knitted in the round on circular needles, it would be very easy to adapt this to suit a budget yarn, or to incorporate a textured pattern. The originals were knitted in Sirdar Big Softie (the pale blue version) and Cygnet Seriously Chunky, but Rowan Big Wool would be ideal if you’re looking for a decent wool content. I have been sketching out a version with huge cables and ribs, which may eventually find its way on to my needles in time for next winter!

As there is only a limited amount of shaping (decreases to form the rounded top), this is a great project for a novice knitter. I have already helped a friend’s teenage daughter pick out some bright yarn to knit one for her bedroom and she tells me it’s a great post homework  project as “All you have to do is put on the tv, put your feet up and knit”!!

What a wise young lady she is…

Happy Knitting x

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