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January 5, 2007

Flower Pom Pom

One of the questions I've gotten a lot about my first roll-brim hat was how to make the pompom on top:

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Yarn: Lana Grossa Colore Print in color #004, 100% virgin wool, so soft!
Pattern: Try the easy roll-brim hat pattern


Making this flower pompom is really easy! It's made just like an old-school regular pompom, but you don't cut the ends.

I first learned how to make pompoms when I was in the 5th grade and was OBSESSED with roller skating. The roller skating rink in our town sold pink and green pompoms with bells for $12 a pair. I coveted a set of bell pompoms, you put them on the toe laces of your skates. We couldn't affors that astronomical price of course (TWELVE WHOLE DOLLARS) and neither could a lot of my friends, so we made our own.

We didn't have a pompom maker like you can buy in the stores now (in fact, until I started knitting I didn't know there was such a thing!) and while I definitely use my store-bought pompom maker now for traditional toppers, this flower pom-pom only needs yarn and a "guide" made from one of the following: a knitting stitch ruler thingy OR a sturdy postcard OR a piece of cardboard approximately 6 inches long and 3 1/2 inches tall.

This works best with bulkier yarns. I am using my stitch ruler/needle size guide I picked up at Michael's when I first learned to knit.

Supplies:
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Yarn, pompom "guide" plus scissors and scrap yarn to tie the middle.


Step One: Wrap a whole bunch of yarn around the guide. Try to make it so that the yarn is mostly in an even layer (not wrapped in a bulge all in one place).
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Step Two: Once you have a good amount of yarn wrapped, carefully slide the yarn off the guide. Pinch it in the middle.
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Step three: Use a small piece of yarn to tie the whole bunch in the center.
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Step four: Fluff into a rounded shape! Voila!
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Happy Friday! It's windy here, so make sure your flower pompom is securely fastened to your hat. It's been so windy that every leaf and piece of yard debris in a one mile radius has somehow ended up on my back patio. We have wind that has actually closed roads here. California, I tell you what. Crazy!

Posted by laurie at January 5, 2007 9:15 AM