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Just when I was beginning to get over my phobia of display plates, it appears that all things knitted, weaved and crocheted are making a resurgence too. Not that it hasn't been a long time coming, celebrities have been flashing around their knitting needles for quite a while, and even your grandma was in on the craze before you were.

So it's no surprise that earlier this month at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, it was the unlikely union of tubular steel and weaved textiles (clothed polyurethane foam to be precise) that grabbed the attention of many. The design of new architecture/design trio Imaginary Office, the Pleats-Pleats Sofa is an unexpected combination of precision steel and squishy handicrafts.





Outdoor furniture is in on the craze too. These crocheted poufs from Ineke Visser are made from UV resistant polyester yarn that is reportedly as soft as cotton. Perhaps even less expected than weaves and tubular steel however, these pouf covers are designed to be pulled over rubber tyres. In the event that this isn't an ingenious means of reusing car tyres, Ineke has also designed crocheted pot plant covers to even out the green scorecard.

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This latest trend for handicraft/homeware hybrids wouldn't come as any surprise to Rotterdam-based Christien Meindertsma, who has been creating hand knitted poufs under the banner of FLOCKS for the last few years. Christien collaborates with knitters, spinners, farmers and felters
from around the world to create her bespoke range of knitwear, and although she focuses primarily on fashion, her hand felted, hand knitted poufs are practically a classic. Yes, a classic pouf. You heard it here first.




I know what you're thinking. Hand knitted? Those must be some BIG knitting needles she's got there.


And you're absolutely right. Grandmas and A-Grade knitting celebrities alike would be hard pressed to fight back feelings of severe knitting needle envy. 

So get your hands on a weaved sofa, a knitted pouf and a crocheted pot plant, and while you're at it, hang your favourite plates on your walls too! Everything old is new again, and Grandma would be proud.

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  1. How to crochet

    Apr 6, 2009 at 5:41 am

    WOW!!! What a great idea for a flower pot! I just wonder how big is the crochet hook need to be?

  2. Rachel

    Apr 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    WOW, this is awesome! Such inspiring designs.

  3. Doratha Haemmerle

    Apr 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    FABULOUS! Is there any way to get these patterns?

    • lin bruce

      Feb 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      would like to get the patterns for the poufs and planter covers. thanks lin

  4. coutureuse

    Apr 7, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Amazing !!!

  5. louann powell

    Apr 7, 2009 at 4:33 am

    I would like to know where to get the extra large knitting needles that I saw in the picture.I really like the way she was knitting.I would like to try to use those big knitting needles.So I can try to make an of those projects.

  6. aldg

    Apr 13, 2009 at 12:12 am

    this is amazing! such an inspiration to knitters and crafters alike! =]]

  7. Mrsc825

    Apr 16, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Love all of the pods and am all ready getting ideas. What about a chair out of the tire tubes with the tire for a base? Would that be a comfortable chair? I’d like to try it.

  8. Alyssa

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    That is so amazing!
    I’m doing an English project about yarn and I am so excited to show my fellow classmates this!

  9. Susan

    Oct 31, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Who sells yarn that thick? Amazing concept. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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  11. liz

    Jun 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Your designs are beautiful :)

    I would love to know where to find there large knitting needles, I have looked everywhere and cannot find them.

  12. cecilia

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm


    these needles are 68 cm long and 25mm

    Don’t know if they are big enough but they are Big all the same.

  13. Lynn

    Feb 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Just wanted to share a link where people can get these large needles. If it’s not ok to share the info just let me know.

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