A vintage poodle toilet tissue holder or cosy is a crochet pattern from the 1960s. Poodles became a popular cover for teapots, bottles and any item a crocheting grandmother could get her hands on. The poodles sport pompon pompadours, legs, muzzle and ears from handmade or manufactured pompons. The crocheted poodle toilet paper holder is crocheted using the chain, single and double crochet stitch techniques. The decorative toilet paper cosy is set on the toilet tank cover or within easy reach on a shelf or counter top.
Make a chain of five stitches with an H or I hook. Slip stitch to join and form a ring. Make a three-stitch chain that counts as a double crochet. Make 13 double crochets in the ring for row one. This makes a total of 14 double crochet stitches. Slip stitch in the top of the chain 3.
Make a chain of three stitches. Make a double crochet in the same space as the chain 3. Crochet two double crochets in each double crochet around the ring for a total of 28 double crochets for row 2. Slip stitch in the top of the chain 3.
Make a chain of three stitches and one double crochet in the same stitch to start row 3. Make one double crochet in the next double crochet and two double crochets in the next double crochet. Continue making one double crochet in the next and two double crochets in the following double crochet around the ring for a total of 42 double crochets. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3.
Crochet a chain one stitch and one single crochet in the same space to start row 4. Make one single crochet in the next two double crochets and two single crochet stiches in the next double crochet around the entire ring. This will give a total of 56 stitches. Join with a slip stitch in the chain 1 stitch.
Make a chain of three stitches. Make a double crochet in each single crochet around the ring. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the chain 3. Repeat this row until the sides of the holder are tall enough to cover a toilet paper roll. There will be a total of 10 to 12 rows according to the size of your crochet stitches.
Crochet a chain 1 and single crochet around the entire ring for a rim. Join in the chain 1 stitch. Cut the yarn leaving a 3-inch tail. Weave the loose yarn through the stitches to hide the end.
Cut a 4-inch-high piece of cardboard tube. Set it aside.
Make a chain of six stitches and join them with a slip stitch to form a ring. Make a single chain stitch.
Crochet two single crochets in each of the stitches in the chain and join with a slip stitch in the chain 1 stitch for row 1.
Make a chain-1 stitch. Make two single crochets in one single crochet and one single crochet in the next single crochet around the small ring. Join with a slip stitch to finish row 2. Crochet a single crochet and make two single crochets in the next single crochet and a single crochet in the following single crochet around the ring. Join with a slip stitch in the chain 1 to finish row 3.
Crochet a chain-1 and single crochet in each stitch around the ring. Finish row 4 by joining with a slip stitch. Continue making this row until the sides of the tubular shape are 4 inches tall. Slip stitch to finish the final row and cut the yarn.
Insert the 4-inch high cardboard tube inside the crocheted head. Sew the head to the body of the toilet paper holder with yarn and a large eye needle.
Crochet a chain of 12 stitches. Turn and make a double crochet in each stitch. Chain two and turn the crocheted row. Make a second row with one double crochet in each double crochet. Chain two and make one double crochet in each double crochet along the row. Make a slip stitch in the top of the previous row. Cut the yarn.This is one ear. Crochet a second ear.
Glue or sew a 2-inch pompon to the bottom of each ear. Sew the ear to the top side of the crocheted poodle head with yarn. Glue or stitch the 3-inch pompadour on top of the centre of the poodle head covering the area where the ears are stitched in place.
Glue or stitch the four 1 1/2-inch pompons onto the body for the legs.
Glue the 1/2 inch pompon onto the face for the muzzle of the poodle. Glue the tiny 1/4-inch black pompon nose to the muzzle.
Glue the wiggle eyes onto the face of the crocheted poodle toilet paper holder.
Tie ribbon bows on the ears or around the neck for a decorative collar. Match the colour of the poodle to the colours in the bathroom.
Tips and warnings
- Tie ribbon bows on the ears or around the neck for a decorative collar.
- Match the colour of the poodle to the colours in the bathroom.
Things you need
- H or I crochet hook
- Worsted yarn
- Four pompons: 1 1/2-inch, 1 3-inch and 1 2-inch
- 1/4-inch black pompon
- 1/2-inch pompon
- Wiggle eyes