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Animal Hat Basics Series: Pom Poms

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Did you know that you don’t need special tools to make a cute pom pom for your hat? All you need is a piece of cardboard (and your typical crochet tools)!

This is the second tutorial in a blog series I’m calling “Animal Hat Basics.”  You can also download my FREE e-book by the same name, which includes the following tutorials, all in one handy PDF:

Click here to request the FREE e-book!

Here we go!

How to Make a Pom Pom | Photo Tutorial by Little Monkeys Crochet

1. Cut a piece of cardboard, or other thick material, about 4” long by the width you want your pom pom to end up. (So for a pom pom with a 2” width, cut it to 4” x 2”. For a 3” pom pom, cut it to 4” by 3”.)

2. Wrap your yarn around the width of the cardboard. (If using multiple colors, hold strands together.) You will want to wrap approximately 150 strands around the cardboard, so if you’re using one color, wrap is 150 times. If you’re using 3 colors, wrap it 50 times (3 strands x 50 wraps is 150 total wraps.)

3. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail about the length of your arm (from shoulder to fingertip). Thread the tail through the eye of a yarn needle and carefully insert the needle through the strands as shown, moving the needle up and down through the yarn as you go. Pull through.

4. Turn the cardboard over and continue along the opposite side, moving your needle up and down in the same way. Pull through.

5. Carefully remove all of the yarn by pulling it off the edge of the cardboard at the end that is wrapped by the yarn tail. Hold the yarn carefully as you pull it off, so that it doesn’t separate.

6. Wrap the tail around the yarn one full time. Pull tight (but not so tight that you end up breaking the yarn) and secure it by tucking it under itself and making a knot.

7. Take a good pair of scissors and cut along the outer rim of the yarn, being VERY careful to not cut the tail off. (You still need it!)

 Give your pom pom a haircut! (Again, be careful to avoid cutting off the tail.) Begin by cutting a sizeable chunk off the top. Then trim as you turn it, looking at it from every angle, until you have a nice round sphere. This may take some time, practice, but you’ll get the hang of it.

 If you used multiple colors, cut off the tails of all but one. Thread that one through your yarn needle again and push it through the top center of your hat; pull through. Push it back up near the center, through the pom pom, and pull through. Push the needle back through the pom pom (try to get as few yarns trapped under the tail as possible). Repeat once or twice more until you feel the pom pom is secure, then knot underneath the hat, weave in your ends, and cut off the excess.


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  • T. Denise November 13, 2017, 9:06 am

    Rebecca, thank you for sharing such a cute pattern. I’ve come to recognize your crochet company name and have seen your work before. You are always complete in the information you provide and your website is clean and neat. Here in Michigan we have a Crochet & Knit meet up each Monday and a crochet along twice a month. Can we coordinate a crochet along with you sometime early spring of 2018? I have another question, “do you happen to have a YouTube video to teach the stitch that you are using to make this hat?

    • Rebecca November 13, 2017, 7:16 pm

      Hello! Are you referring to the sock monkey hat pictured in the tutorial? It’s just half double crochet. 🙂 As far as the crochet-along… I have never been asked about coordinating something like that with a specific group, so I would love to know more. You are welcome to email me at littlemonkeyscrochet@gmail.com 🙂

      • T. Denise November 13, 2017, 9:45 pm

        I was referring to the white snow hat with the pom pom. Thanks

        • Rebecca November 13, 2017, 10:33 pm

          I am still not sure what pattern you are referring to. Could you link to it?

  • Joanne Hosler November 25, 2017, 1:35 pm

    Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions for making pom-poms. I’ve been crocheting for years and pop-poms have always been my demise. I knew about the cardboard method, but never the details of sewing through them etc… I even have a pom-pom maker to no avail. Today I needed two pom-poms and the method that you so generously shared worked like a charm. Thanks again! Joanne