Interestingly enough, a lot of the people who have been following this blog
don’t actually know how to knit or crochet.
So if there is anyone out there who really wants to yarn bomb
but has a fear of needles or gets frustrated by pattern terms such as;
Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each rem sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (16 sc)…
Have no fear!
The pom-pom is here!
- Cut out 2 cardboard circles. These can be any size you would like, the important part is that they are the same size as one another. I just traced the rim of a standard drinking glass to make mine (see below). Remember, the size of the circle = size of the pom pom.
- Cut out a centre hole in each cardboard circle. Again, the size doesn’t really matter. You’re just going to use this hole to push through the yarn. Mine were about 1 inch in diameter.
- Cut a straight line to the centre hole. This will help later when you’re trying to separate the cardboard from the puffed up yarn.
You can skip the first three steps by buying the plastic models from craft store – but this just feels much more DIY.
- Wrap it with yarn. When I pom, I usually cut a length of yarn about 2 arms length, then I keep looping it through the centre hole to cover the edge of the cardboard circle. You should go around the entire circle at least 3 times – the thicker your layers, the denser your pom pom will be.This is the fun part because there are so many combinations you can do! Single colours, double, triple, etc. You can wrap different colours simultaneously, or create layers like a sandwhich, or do certain quadrants certain colours. The sky is the limit!
- Cut along the outer edge. Once you’ve finished all your layers, cut the yarn where it has folded over the side of the outer circle. Once you’ve made it around the entire circle you’ll need to take a single piece of yarn and slip it between the two cardboard circles and tie a knot. The knot will be hidden at the centre of the pom pom and will keep those freshly cut threads from falling out.
- Remove cardboard. Save these pieces, and use them for your next pom pom 🙂
- Trim. Inevitably you’re going to have a few loose strands, or some really long ones. Don’t worry, just bring out the scissors and do some yarn-scaping.