Pom Pom Party!

Who loves pom poms?

 

Me!

 

And I’m sure you do too!

 

Pom poms are so versatile and a fantastic pop to any project, so they deserve their very own party! Lots of crafters are currently in on the Pom Pom Party, just look over at the Craft Yarn Council, who hosted a Pom-Pom-Along earlier this month. There are so many cute ideas!

 

But how do you make one of your own? Well, luckily, it’s pretty easy! You have two options: using a Clover Pom Pom maker or creating one by hand, which isn’t nearly as daunting as you might think.

 

The Clover Pom Pom maker sure does help take a lot of the guesswork out of the process and are incredibly easy to use, which is super helpful! Though, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t read the instructions and absolutely MANGLED my first attempt at a pom pom because I thought I had to cut the yarn in a different section and it was just an absolute mess–don’t be like me! But they’re actually much easier than my silly self mistook it for:

Image result for opened pom pom maker
from Krystle DeSantos (check out her blog, it’s cute!) Click through!

That’s a really cool and helpful photo to show you how it’s supposed to be done! You can also use cardboard discs for help winding. Another cool one is the video on making tiny pom poms with a fork! They’d be really adorable for baby projects, so keep it in mind! And this is a really intense post on making a giant pom pom in 60 seconds–it’s wild! I don’t personally think I need a pom pom that big, but everybody has different crafting needs, so I had to include it (also because it’s pretty cool).

 

So you have a ton of options when it comes to pom poms. Their versatility makes them incredibly useful decals for hats, scarves, and so much more! You can find some really cool projects like the following:

A pom pom rug (which ingeniously uses two toilet paper rolls to make the poms!)

diy pom pom rug

 

Some cute animal ears (from my Animal Headbands post)

Chevron scarf with pom pom detail

Columbia Chevron Super Scarf Pattern by Two of Wands

Or you can even glue them onto party hats and give your hat an extra pop of color!

 

While I’ve been really busy lately, mostly stressing about intangible stuff, I’m really looking forward to making some new things and the pom pom party has given me just the right kind of push that I needed to get back into the flow of it all! I hope you found this a bit inspirational, I’d love to see all of your pom pom projects on the usual internet places–you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest–and I’ll find you on the #pompomparty!

Until then,

Gilliane

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Apple of My Eye Crochet Hat

 

 

 

Hey everyone!

 

Welcome back! I know I’ve said it probably dozens of times, but I’m ready for Southern California to decide to join in on the fall love. Today is the FIRST DAY OF FALL! And I’m really in love with how the weather has been the past couple of days! I know the weather will probably warm back up next week and it will feel like summer once again here. And that’s ok, can’t have it all, you know? But even so, I can still hop in on all of the fall pastimes, like apple picking! I went apple picking a couple of years ago in Apple Valley with the now-fiance (whaaaaat?) and had such a great time! It was really cool to see all of the varieties of apples and pick them yourself–we brought home a whole bag of them, and they were super delicious. So that’s what influenced me to create this hat, just that quintessential feeling of picking apples.

I love the simplicity of the hat, and the chunkiness just makes it super cozy, so I really do love it! I am also working on a delightful version of the hat done in loom knitting, which I’ll be sharing here, so keep on the lookout!

Without further ado, here’s the ingredient list so you can bake up your own apple hat!

 

Materials:

Chunky (5) red or green yarn and brown
I used Charisma
Worsted weight (4) Dark Green yarn
I used Red Heart Super Saver
M hook
H hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used (US terms):

Fhdc= Foundation half double crochet
DC = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
BLO = back loops only
ch = chain
st/sts = stitch/stitches
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

 

 

 

Instructions:

Apple body
With hook and your chunky yarn, ch 23
Row 1: DC in third chain from hook, DC across (21)
Row 2: Ch 1, DC in BLO across (21)
Rows 3- ??: Ch 1, DC across until piece measures 22 in
Ch 1, fold piece in half so that last row worked meets with beginning row, sc across, bind off, leaving long tail
Thread your tail through your tapestry needle and cinch your crochet tube together. Stitch extra stitches to keep it together because of the chunky yarn, then tie off. Turn out hat so that your seam is on the inside.

Stem
With L hook and brown yarn, Fhdc 10. For help with the foundation half double crochet, I’ll relay you over to this helpful video from One Dog Woof! Leave a long tail after binding off. Fold over your “stem”, and stitch the halves together with a running stitch, then work it back down to create some stiffness in your stem piece.
Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, I knotted it on the underside of the hat, flipping it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

Leaf
With H hook and worsted weight yarn in Green, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first st, 1sc in next, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 (5)
Row 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st, ch 1 and turn (7)
Row 5: Sc2tog, sc next 3 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (5)
Row 6 : sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 7: Sc2tog, sc next, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn (3)
Row 8: Sc all 3 remaining sts together, ch 1 and sl st down the middle of your leaf to meet your beginning tail and bind off

Thread each tail and stitch into the top of your hat, flip it inside out to get a tight knot. Flip back around.

I like the spiky look of the apple leaf, and will likely use it for lots of other things! Reduce, reuse, recycle your project elements, right?

 

Once you have all of the pieces stitched into your hat, you’re ready for apple picking! You can fold over the brim, or wear it as a slouchy beanie, both options are pretty cute and it’s great to have options.

I hope you enjoy the hat and, as always, I’d LOVE to see your creations, even if you remix it! Feel free to tag me on all of the usual avenues and let me know your thoughts! Share with the class! Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

 

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