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by Michelle McLaughlin


Poofs are very friendly little monsters that resemble pygmy puffs. They are small and round and poofy, and they love the company of humans. Always be nice to them because they do bite if provoked.

Finished dolls measure approximately 2-1/2” tall (5 cm).

Difficulty: Advanced beginner – knowledge of working in the round required.

Abbreviations:
ch chain
sc single crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch
st stitch

Materials:
Worsted or bulky weight yarn
Crochet hook size D
12mm Safety eyes
Stuffing
Yarn needle
Slicker brush (available in any pet store)

Which Yarn to Use: Different yarns will create different lengths and thicknesses of fuzz.  The thicker and fuzzier the yarn, the better the poof.

Pattern:
Row 1: Begin at top of head and leaving a long tail, ch. 4. Join with sl st into first st. Work 8 sc into center ring and around tail. Do not join. Pull tail to close the hole in the ring, 8 st. Place marker at the beginning of the row.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around, 16 st.
Row 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around, 24 st.
Rows 4-14: 1 sc in each sc around, 24 st. Join with sl st and end.

Begin brushing: Using the slicker brush, brush from the top of the poof down using quick, short strokes. Continue brushing from the top down all the way around the poof, working each area at least 10 strokes. Turn poof around and work sideways, again brushing in short, quick strokes all the way around.

Face: Add safety eyes and facial features at this point. Using the slicker brush, push fuzz away from eye area. Place eyes 4 sc apart. Do not brush around eye area until poof is finished so the eyes do not get scratched.

Bottom:
Row 1: Leaving a long tail, ch 4. Join with sl st in to first st. Work 8 sc into center ring and around tail. Do not join. Pull tail to close the hole in the ring. 8 st.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around, 16 st.
Row 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. 24 st. Join with sl st and end, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing: Use the tail to sew the bottom to the bottom of the body, leaving an approx. 2” opening for stuffing. Stuff firmly and finish sewing the body closed. To hide the yarn end, insert the needle into the body and push up and through the other side. Pull the yarn tight, and cut it close to the body. That will hide the yarn end inside the body and prevent it from coming loose.

Finish brushing: With the slicker brush, brush the poof from the bottom up all the way around. After bottom has reached the poofiness you desire, then brush the poof from the top all the way to the bottom and style the fuzz. Be careful when brushing around the eyes.

Enjoy your Poof!
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