Ever wanted to know everything NOT to do when making a pom-pom? Some of the most helpful posts I have come across have been when other bloggers share their mistakes, and how they fixed them! I took my first foray in pom-pom making this week and it did not come out the way I was expecting! Ready to find out what not to do and how to fix it?
I generally use free patterns but I recently took the plunge and bought the adorable Baa-ble hat pattern off Ravelry (worth it!). I love the sheep! Unfortunately it just doesn’t look complete without a pom-pom, so I set out to make one.
I’ve seen you can make little poms with forks and things but I decided to use the cardboard circles method – I just traced a bowl about the size of my palm and cut a circle into the middle.
My FIRST mistake was not re-reading a tutorial before I actually went ahead and did it – I looked at a couple quickly the night before and was like “nah I got this.” I did not! This tutorial has a really good illustration that shows you need to sandwich the strand that will actually tie your pom together in between the two circles BEFORE you start winding around. Oops! I had to cut halfway in and then thread the yarn through. Do not recommend!
My second mistake was alternately winding white and black yarn. I wanted them to come out kind of mixed together – if you want this make sure to wind both strands at the same time!! If you do one and then the other you will come out with a striped pom, which became clear once I started cutting into mine. At this point I had a minor panic because I had used up the rest of my black yarn looking to make one big, luxurious pom. Yikes!
Because the stripes really bothered me I actually took it all apart and rearranged the strands (I am embarrassed I took the time to do this). I cut off the string tying the strands together and transferred them three at a time to a new pile to mix the colours together. At this point I was praying it would all come back together and that I hadn’t made a big mistake taking it apart! The good news is I was able to get it reassembled by just picking up the pile in one hand and re-tying it around the middle. Success!
My third mistake was that I had tied the pom-pom with black yarn (I used acrylic even though this hat is a lovely wool because the wool yarn was very loosely spun and was pulling apart as I tried to tie it). After I had done that I realized I had to weave it into the top of my hat, which is gray, and the black would probably show through (not cool). I carefully re-parted the pom and retried it using gray yarn, and cut the black yarn off.
The last step to finish your pom-pom is to trim it so it’s even on all sides (if you want). Then attach it to your work!
I am super happy with my hat, pom-pom and all! I definitely recommend you learn from my mistakes and do your pom-pom the easy way instead of the hard way. Good luck!