Still in the theme of trying to use up my stash of yarn, most notably my cotton yarn, I thought I’d try my hand at designing a basic bath pouf. I know there are many patterns for them floating around out there, and they’re pretty much all the same, or close to the same. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if what I’ve created here already exists! (I hope not, but there’s never that guarantee!). I’ve tried a number of them, but they’re always so thick and never dry properly. The ones here that I’ve created, I hope that you’ll agree that they aren’t quite as dense as other pouf patterns. Some people love, and swear by, these crocheted bath poufs, others are firmly set against them…it’s really a matter of what you personally prefer. **I must note that I’ve found that the better air circulation you have in your home, most notably in the bathroom, the better and faster any handmade bath pouf will dry.**
You’ll see in the photo above that one of those poufs looks different…I have a lot of Red Heart Scrubby (the polyester kind), and so I thought I would also make a pouf that can act as an exfoliant too! My thought was that it would make a great foot scrubber, or if you have a messy occupation or hobby, like painting or working in a garage, it would work wonders at helping get the extra filth or grease off. Myself, well, it’s officially barefoot and sandal season and I need something to get my tootsies clean, lol. And being polyester, you can just throw the pouf in the wash (machine wash warm, gentle cycle, tumble dry low…but you could hang dry it if you prefer). I also find that the polyester lathers up a bit better than the cotton.
The photo tutorial below shows the brightly colored/multicolored pouf being made. I changed colors with every round.
Before you begin making one of these, I must warn you that this is a huge yarn-eating pattern. I used left-overs, so I can’t really give you an exact measurement in how much yarn was used. But it would be best if you buy at least 5 oz to 7 oz worth of yarn to make one pouf.
The first pouf I made with this pattern is the brown/white one. I used a 6.5 mm hook, but then changed to a 5.5 mm hook for the other two poufs. The 6.5 mm hook made it too loose, I think, but if that’s what you prefer, then by all means use the larger hook 🙂
For the multi-colored pouf (looks blue in the photo above, but is the one in the photo tutorial below)– a 5.5 mm hook, Peaches & Creme 100% Cotton, medium (“4”) weight yarn, sold in 2.5 oz/70.9 g; approx. 120 yards/109 meters balls– a small amount in the color “Black Currant”, a small amount in the color “Bright Pink”, about a 1/4 to 1/2 ball in the color “Sunshine”, and almost one full ball in the color “Bright Blue”. (I was working with left-over balls of yarn, so I don’t know exact measurements, sorry).
For the brown/white pouf– a 6.5 mm hook, Peaches & Cream 100% Cotton, medium (“4”) weight yarn– in the color “Chocolate Milk”–, sold in 14 oz cones- again, this was left-overs, and it took up in between 1/4 to 1/2 of a cone.
For the yellow exfoliant scrubby- a 5.5 mm hook, Red Heart Scrubby 100% polyester, worsted (“4”) weight yarn–in the color “Duckie”–, sold in a 3.5 oz/100 g ; approximately 92 yards/85 meters balls. And a small amount of the Peaches ‘n’ Creme cotton for the hanging loop and first round–in the color “Royal”. I used almost exactly one full ball of the polyester Scrubby. In fact, I was left with only about 100 inches/2.5 meters/2.7 yards. So if you use a larger hook, or your tension is looser than mine, you might want to buy an extra ball of this.
OH, and for all the poufs, make sure you use a stitch marker to mark the first dc of each round, so that it’s easier to see where you have to join at the end of each round.
Finished Measurements- the Multi-colored pouf and the Yellow scrubby pouf, approximately 5 inches in diameter; for the brown/white pouf, approximately 6 inches in diameter (using the larger hook).
Gauge: I don’t find that gauge is overly important because there are multiple stitches in each stitch, and the rounds have to become wavy and unruly. However, if you are keeping track, it’s roughly 4-5 dc in 1 inch. And 3 rounds of dc’s is about 2 1/2 inches. Since the stitches are so bunched up, it’s a bit hard for me to get an exact measurement.
Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):
sl st- slip stitch
dc- double crochet
Instructions: ***The instructions for all poufs are the same, just the color scheme is different. The instructions below show how to make the multi-colored pouf. Change your colors as you wish 🙂
With Black Currant,
Step 1- Ch 6, sl st to first ch to form a ring
Step 2- Ch 35, sl st into the first ch to form the hanging loop, then sl st into the small ring from step 1
Round 1- Ch 2 (does not count as dc), make 20 dc in the smaller ring, join with sl st to the beg dc (20 dc)
Change to Bright Pink,
Round 2- Ch 2 (does not count as dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beg dc (60 dc) (It will start to look wavy now, which it is suppose to do)
Change to Sunshine,
Round 3- Ch 2 (does not count as a dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beginning dc (180 dc) (It’s getting really wavy now)
Change to Bright Blue,
Round 4- Ch 2 (does not count as a dc), make 3 dc in ea dc around, join with a sl st to the beginning dc (540 dc). Fasten off and weave in your loose ends.