Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sunny Day Poi

These simple poi are great for beginners or practicing new moves. 

What you need:
Cotton yarn, I used Sugar 'n Cream
Size I (5.5 mm) hook
Small bean bags or balls
Clip to keep place

Work in continuous rounds
  • Chain 2
  • Round 1- Work 6 sc in first chain
  • Round 2- Work 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc
  • Round 3- *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 sc
  • Round 4- *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around - 24 sts
  • Round 5-10- Sc in each sc around
  • Insert beanbag or ball
  • Round 11: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around - 18 sts
  • Round 12: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around - 12 sts
  • Round 13: Sc2tog around. 
  • 2 sc across gap to center it for chain of the handle
  • Chain 70
  • Sl st in 20th chain from hook (creates finger loop)
  • Tie overhand knot over sl st
  • Cut off left tail of unused thread

I like shorter poi since I am not very tall. For my husband's poi (the blue) I chained 90 since he has longer arms. Always check length before tieing finger loops.

The "beanbags" I used are little t-shirt bags 3.5 inches wide and filled with 1/4 cup of rice.
You could use any lightweight ball. If using a tennis ball you will have to do an extra row or two of increases and decreases.

An assortment of poi

This is my very first written crochet pattern. I am just learning how to write it down.

Sunny Day Poi on Ravelry