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Striped Pom-pom Tutorial

For my Pokéhat, I decided to add a fun little pom-pom that has three colors: a hemisphere each of white and red with a black stripe running down the middle, making it look like everyone’s favorite Pokémon catching contraption. Curious how to make your own? Here’s how:

Materials

Materials needed: yarn (in red, black, and white), pom-pom maker, scissors

Starting The pom-pom

Start by unfolding the arms to the pom-pom maker and winding white around one side.

One round of yarn complete

Wind around the arm several times to make a “layer” from left to right.

The white yarn done on the pom-pom

Continue going back and forth, making more and more “layers” until the arm is almost full.

Starting the black yarn

Cut the white and start a layer of black.

Finished the black yarn

Make 1-2 layers of black until most of the white is no longer showing. You can be more generous with the black than this!

Starting the other side with the red yarn

With the other arm, start with red.

Finished with the red yarn

Continue going back and forth, making more and more “layers” until the arm is almost full.

Starting the black yarn

Cut the red and start with the black again.

Finished with the black yarn

Make 1-2 layers of black until most of the red is no longer showing.

Winding is complete!

Put the arms back together.

Cut the wound strands

Using a pair of scissors, cut along the groove all the way around, making sure to get all of the strands.

Here is me cutting the strands

Here’s what cutting the strands should look like.

All the strands are cut

Here is the yarn cut all the way around.

Tie a piece of yarn around the center

Take a string, preferably in your main hat color, wrap it around the groove, and tie it tightly in a knot. This will hold all the strands together.

The pom-pom after being tied

The knot after being tied. You should double-knot it to keep it tight.

Release the pom-pom from the pom-pom maker

Unfold the arms of the pom-pom maker.

It will need some fussing

Separate the two arms of the pom-pom maker to get your pom-pom.

Finished with the pom-pom!

Fluff it out and mess with it until you are happy. Trim any uneven strands. Notice how the long strands are to the side (the pom-pom is currently sideways)?

To get the pom-pom to face horizontally, tie another double-knot around the pom-pom using the long strands, placing the knot where you want the bottom of the pom-pom to be. Attach the pom-pom to the hat.

To reinforce the pom-pom to the hat, bring the long strands back up through the hat and tie a tight knot around the pom-pom, perpendicular to where the long strands are already tied around the pom-pom. Cut the long strands short enough to hide in the pom-pom.

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Finished!

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Mrs. Luedeke

Mrs. Luedeke is a knitwear designer that designs free, pop-culture inspired knitting patterns

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