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Pompoms : advanced techniques

April 9, 2019
A confetti pompom is the perfect topper for a bright and fun Snap hat!

We LOVE POMPOMS (yes, shouty caps are required).  How do we love them?  Let us count the ways!

We have a tutorial that illustrates how to make a pompom here, but I want to share a few more fun techniques that will take your pompom to the ‘next level’.  Yup, this is serious stuff!

how to make two colour or layered pompoms:

It’s not too hard, use the same as for the basic pom but each half of the pom pom maker has a different colour.

The Twisp is definitely improved with a half-and-half pompom!

how to make ‘sparkle’ or ‘confetti’ pompoms

Select your yarns (I’m using a rainbow of odds and ends), then, holding all of the strands together as one, wrap your pompom maker. This technique looks great on a Snap hat!

The Snap hat looks great with a confetti pom!

maybe full rainbow pom is needed?

I mean, why stop at just 2 colours right? For our Prism hat we pulled out all the stops and went ROY G BIV.

Hunter’s low contrast Prism hat got a high contrast rainbow pom!

the VERY LARGE pompom can be hilarious and fun

It might give you a stiff neck… but it looks cool, right?! For these giant poms I used the big blue size.

My favorite is probably the green maker, but sometimes a hat just calls for big blue or wee yellow or pink!

Some rather giant poms on the Honeypie hat.

the VERY LITTLE pompom can be cute and comical

We like some comedic value in our pompom-ing. How about a teeny tiny electric yellow pom on an otherwise serious black and grey hat?

Or perhaps your next Beloved bonnet would be EVEN MORE adorable, topped with a wee pom?

This Beloved bonnet is extra cute with a teeny pompom….or maybe it’s adorable Samantha!

and when you run out of hats… what other items can be improved by the gratuitous use of pompoms?

When you inevitably become enamored of pom poms, you will eventually run out of hats… no fear! You can always make a pretty pompom garland for your home, it’s the perfect tiny project for yarn ends too!

Well we generally think everything is better with a pom pom on it, but I do find it’s very hard to fit a wildly pompom-ed hat under your bicycle helmet. So, there is at least one downside to pompoms, but I can’t think of any others, honestly…

So tell us, are you pro pompom?

Lily was LOVING a fade to pink Snap hat, and the big pom on top cinched it!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Siobhan Sargent permalink
    January 20, 2021 10:48 am

    A hat is not fun if there is no pom pom. I purchased the pom pom makers a few years ago, after a few tries I mastered it and oh I love making pom poms 💕🧶

  2. April 17, 2019 4:52 am

    That some giant pompom! But colorful pompoms on a wool cap loos awesome!

  3. April 13, 2019 2:10 pm

    I’m pompon-neutral, thanks for asking.

    They do look like fun to make though!

  4. Karin permalink
    April 11, 2019 6:41 am

    I love pompoms! I knit a hat for a friend out of yarn I dyed myself, then used the leftovers to make an epic pompom!

  5. Connie permalink
    April 10, 2019 4:39 am

    please explain, what means “ROY G BIV. ” ??
    I am not a native speaker and I am used to use vocals ;=)

    Cheers, Connie

    btw: funny ideas, thank you!

    • April 11, 2019 12:20 pm

      Hi Connie – You bet! It’s an acronym for the colours of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. We say it like it’s a name but that’s what it stands for.

    • Pamela permalink
      April 12, 2019 11:25 am


  6. Michelle permalink
    April 9, 2019 1:06 pm

    Tiny pompoms at the end of that eye cord tie would be super cutie !

  7. April 9, 2019 11:06 am

    Great post. I’ll have to try this someday. Love seeing all of your beautiful children.

  8. April 9, 2019 7:47 am

    So long ago that I made a pompom! Therefore, thanks a lot for the cute inspirations!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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