Monday, March 19, 2007
(Left: via Elle.com. Right: via The Sartorialist)
On scarves, hats or handbags, pom-poms are a quick and easy way to add flair and fun to accessories. If you've never made onn before, you can either buy a pom-pom maker or make your own template using cardboard. They tend to look better when they are more dense and full, this means wrapping the yarn around the template until you have a thick layer of yarn. My other tip is using very sharp scissors to trim the pom-pom. I used tailor's shear to make mine.
(Left: pom-poms are made from Fable Handknit Pure Baby Alpaca, which gives it that velour look. Right: my template for pom-poms)
Dk or worsted weight yarn
1. Transfer the given template onto cardboard. Cut along the lines (make 2).
2. With both cardboard templates held together with notches aligned, wrap yarn around the "c". Wrap tightly and densely until covered.
3. Using regular scissors, cut all around between the cardboard. template Cut a long strand of yarn and fold in half. Place it between the cardboard and pull the ends through the loop tightly Wrap yarn again, tying it securely.
4. Release the pom-pom from the cardboard template and loosen the yarns to fluff up the pom-pom.
5. Shape pom-pom by trimming the edges with sharp scissors. If you are attaching the pom-pom to a garment or accessory, do not cut of the strand of yarn holding it together; use it sewn it on.