How To Make a Speckled Pom-pom

Well hello there,

I recently released a knitting pattern called Ogee & Gosh, two colour work hats with different brim lengths and of course pom-poms! One of the hats features a particular little speckled pom-pom that stirred up a few questions about how it was made, so I thought I should make a quick tutorial for it even though there’s not much to it. It really is very VERY simple to make, especially if you are familiar with making pom-poms or have a trusty pom-pom maker. So let’s go ahead and get started!

Tutorial Begins

You will need:

  • yarn, in any weight or colour, but preferably wool or other natural fibre
  • yarn scraps in a contrasting colour from your other yarn
  • pom-pom maker
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • something to attach finished pom-pom to, such as a hat

 

 

1. To start, make a pom-pom with your pom-pom maker and yarn as per the manufacturers instructions (here’s a quick link to the Nordic mart blog that has great photos on how to use a pom-pom maker.) Tie it off tightly leaving two long tails (for attaching to a hat or other accessory), and trim. If your pom-pom is not perfectly trimmed at this stage, don’t worry, you can do more trimming at the end.

2. With your scrap yarn, cut 18-20 pieces that are slightly longer then the finished diameter of your pom-pom. My pom-pom measures 1 1/4″ in diameter, so I cut my pieces to about 2″ long. Thread one of the strand on to your yarn needle, leaving one end pulled through longer than the other.

3. Grasp the longer end of the strand firmly, and insert the yarn needle through the centre of the pom-pom. When the needle has passed completely through the pom-pom, and without letting go of the long end of the yarn strand so that it doesn’t get pulled through, let the other end of the scrap yarn slip out from the needle and trapped within the pom-pom.

4. Repeat step 3, inserting the yarn needle in at different angles through the pom-pom. When you have used all your strands of scrap yarn, you should have a strange looking creature pom-pom like this:

If desired, cut more scrap yarn and continue to repeat step 3.

5. When you have added enough strands of scrap yarn to suit your taste, you can manually adjust the strands to spread them out evenly over your pom-pom. Next, trim all the strands that are sticking out so that they are flush with the surface of the pom-pom. Take the time now to also trim your pom-pom some more if it needs to be cleaned up a bit.

And voila! Your speckled pom-pom is complete. Now it can be attached to the top of a hat, or you can do whatever else you want with it!

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