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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How to Make a Pom Pom -- Quick and Easy!

The school color hats that my daughter knits for her band friends are quite a hit around the high school. So much so that parents are now asking Elizabeth to knit hats for their other children who aren't even in high school yet.

Recently one mom whose oldest is in the high school band with Elizabeth asked for hats for her two younger children. She wanted them in the school colors, but she wanted pom poms on the top. Elizabeth gladly knitted up the two hats but she needed help with making the pom poms as she had never made one before. So we had a little lesson. This is how it went...

You don't need any fancy gadgets or equipment, just yarn and sharp scissors.

How to Make a Pom PomFirst cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long and set it aside. You will use this piece to tie up your pom-pom yarn to keep it all together. Then start wrapping your pom-pom yarn around your hand.

How to Make a Pom PomKeep wrapping...

How to Make a Pom Pom...and wrapping...

How to Make a Pom Pom...and wrapping.

How to Make a Pom PomFor a nice full pom pom, you need to wrap A LOT of yarn. Don't be shy. You can always pull some out if it's too full, but adding more yarn after your pom pom is made is impossible.

Pull your bundle of wrapped yarn off your hand carefully and lay it down over the cut piece of yarn that you had set aside, holding the folded ends firmly.

How to Make a Pom PomWrap the cut length of yarn around and around and around the middle of the bundle, pulling it very tightly with each wrap. Tie a good strong knot but DO NOT trim the ends of the tying yarn. You can use these long ends to attach the pom pom to the top of the hat.

How to Make a Pom PomUsing your sharpest scissors, cut the loops on one side of the tied bundle.

How to Make a Pom PomThis is what it will look like. Then cut the loops on the other side.

How to Make a Pom PomNow you have a nice little crazy looking ball of yarn, with two long ends sticking out. You can leave it this way if you like, or you can give it a haircut.

How to Make a Pom PomFor a nice tight pom pom, again using your sharp scissors, trim all around the pom pom so that all the yarn ends are even and the pom pom is the size you want it.

How to Make a Pom PomAnd there is the nice little puff ball among all its clippings. Kinda reminds me of my old neighbor's dog right after a grooming!

How to Make a Pom PomYou can attach the pom pom to the top of a hat, or to the ends of a drawstring on a hoodie or sweater, or to a zipper pull. I remember years ago it was popular among ice skaters to have pom poms on the ends of their skate laces. I am going to put some on the ends of the Dr. Seuss Knitted scarf I am making for the Special Olympics. I think that is appropriately Seuss-ish, don't you?

So there's a fun and easy way to make pom poms without needing any of the many gadgets you can find in craft stores or online. You can use any kind of yarn, thread, cotton, floss, what have you. Use as much as you want to make a pom pom as full or as floppy as you like. The more yarn and the closer you trim it, the fuller it will be.

You can make a multi-colored pom-pom, as seen HERE, by holding yarn strands of each color you want to include together as one while you wrap them around your hand. This will evenly distribute the colors throughout the pom-pom. If you don't want the colors mixed up in the pom-pom, then wrap a lot of one color, then a lot of another color and so on, until you have used all the colors you want to include. Make a few and see what you come up with.

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  • Thanks so much for the pom-pom help! I'm making a "where's waldo" costume for halloween and needed something for his hat :-)

    By Blogger Unknown, At October 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

  • your tutorials are very easy... thank you

    By Blogger G.AruljothiKarikalan, At December 29, 2010 at 4:16 AM  

  • Thank you so much for the great instructions for the pom pom. I just finished crocheting a Winter hat and the instruction asked for a pom pom on top but unfortunately did not give instructions on how to make one. Your instructions were a life saver. The pom pom turned out great and looks so cute on the hat.

    By Anonymous susan, At December 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM  

  • I just made a big ol' puff last night--thanks to your tutorial! Thanks for posting this.

    By Blogger AC, At November 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

  • Great ! instructions I've never been able to make a nice pom pom thank you so much for posting you're wonderful instructions very easy.

    By Blogger Unknown, At April 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM  

  • I love these instructions. Very helpful. I'm just wondering if anyone else has a problem with the strings wanting to pull out of the pom pom part when finished?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 11, 2017 at 7:23 PM  

  • HI Anonymous and thanks for writing! The key to making sure the strings don't pull out is to tie the pom pom as tightly as possible. I find it very helpful to wrap the tying yarn around twice then pull it as tightly as possible, then have someone else put their finger on it to keep it from slipping loose while you tie it again into a knot, kind of like when you put ribbon on a gift and you have someone put their finger on the first tie of the ribbon. As with most things though, practice makes perfect, so don't give up. Keep trying and you'll eventually get the hang of making a good pom pom!

    Hope this helps,

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At February 12, 2017 at 9:17 AM  

  • I plan on putting a pom pom on an already existing wool cap or beanie. How would you suggest I do that when using this method of pom pom assembly?

    Great tutorial by the way, I plan to utilize it once my above question has been replied to.

    By Blogger TIGERshanked, At March 28, 2017 at 10:10 PM  

  • Hi Tiger, and thanks for the question! I would recommend leaving a long tail on the yarn that you use to tie the pom pom. Once the pom pom is tied and secure and trimmed, use the long tail and thread each end into a the top of the hat about 1/4 inch or so apart from each other, then tie the ends securely from the inside of the hat. Some people even make a bow with the remainder of the yarn and leave it inside the hat. Hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At March 31, 2017 at 9:04 PM  

  • Thanks for helping!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 1, 2017 at 7:09 AM  

  • Thanks for the great info! It's all super helpful and easy to understand!!! I can't help but wonder, as I came across site researching for my degree in addiction counseling, if you meant the name as a joke, or didn't even realize the double meaning?? As an ex heroin addict (6 years clean) "hooked on needles" has a very different and at all comical meaning. Not trying to be negative just generally curious.

    By Blogger Opiumbrella, At September 3, 2017 at 3:50 PM  

  • Thank You, a pom pom was just what the preemie hat needed!

    By Blogger Patty, At February 20, 2018 at 10:57 AM  

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