How to make pom poms – mini pom poms, fork method

I love mini things and these super-easy mini pom poms are no execption.

You will need:

A fork
Yarn – 4ply works well, you can use DK (as I did in the pics) but it’s a bit more fiddly.
Scissors

Instructions:

Take the fork and place the end of the yarn through the middle of the prongs from the back to the front, leaving a longish tail. Next, wrap working yarn around all of the prongs, approx. 50 times. Cut the working yarn from the ball leaving a 15cm long tail. Thread the tail through the middle of the prongs at the bottom and wrap it around the wrapped yarn, making a bow shape. Tie in a tight knot with the other end. Slip the bow shape off the fork.

Take a pair of scissors and VERY carefully insert them into one side of the box shape. Cut the loops of yarn in half, taking care not to cut the yarn wrapped around the middle. Repeat on the other side. It looks a little flat right now, but fear not. Roll the pom pom between your hands to shape it into a ball and then snip, snip, snip it into a more refined shape.

Make these in lots of different colours and tie them together for a fun, rainbow posy. These would also look lovely in different hues of the same colour.

Kx

 

How to make Pom Poms – Using Cardboard

Morning all!

I’ve got a thing for embellishements lately and you can’t get one much easier to make than a pom pom. These are brilliant things to do with the kids over half term as well. This tutorial talks you through making a 5-6 cm pom pom,  more sizes will follow in later posts so stay tuned.

You will need:

An empty cereal packet or other sturdy card
DK yarn cut into 1m lengths – you can use all one colour or mix it up
A pair of sharp scissors
A circular object approx. 6cm wide and another about 2cm wide

Instructions:

Take your card and fold it in half, place the large circular object on the card and draw around it. Take the smaller circle and place it in the middle of the big circle and draw around it. Hold the folded card tightly and cut around the large circle. Fold in half and cut out the inner circle. You should be left with two doughnut shapes.

Place the two circles back together again and take the first length of yarn. Thread it through the middle of the circles and then start wrapping the yarn around the card, through the middle over the top and back through the middle again. You don’t need to worry about securing the end of the yarn, just wrap over it a few times. When you have finished the first length, repeat the process with the next piece of yarn and continue in this manner until you have enough layers. The more layers you have the fluffier and denser the pom pom will be.

When you are happy with the colours and number of layers, you need to pick up the scissors. Holding tightly to the pom pom with one hand, start carefully snipping the yarn at the edge until you can see the edge of the two pieces of card. Insert the scissors between the two pieces and continue carefully snipping the yarn all around the edge. When you have got back to the beginning, place the pom pom on the table and take a piece of yarn approx. 20 cm long. Wiggle the yarn inbetween the pieces of card, loop it around and tie the two ends together in a tight knot. You can now take the card off, you may be able to carful tease them off or you may have to cut them off. Fluff the pom pom up and give it a trim to neaten it.

Et voila! A pom pom. You can add these to hats, put them on bags, make lots and thread them onto a crochet chain to make a toasty warm scarf, the uses are endless. I’ve also found they make good cat toys.

Pom pom on!!!

Kx

Sock Knitting on 4 needles – An update

The socky saga continues!

After having ditched the original pattern and picked up a new one, I’m now on to the foot. Hooray!

However, something seems to have gone a smidge awry on the heely bit. I think it went a bit wonky when I had to start decreasing for the shaping. knitted sock heel

As you can see there is a raised, overlapping section at right angles to the heel flap. I’m pretty sure it’s not meant to look like that.

If there are any knitters out there that can see what mistake I’ve made, I would be incredibly grateful if you could let me know.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Kx

Sock knitting with 4 needles and two hands

Last year I thought I’d challenge myself and knit a sock. I bought a kit, cast on, just about managed to get it joined in the round without twisting and then all hell let loose.

There were needles getting in my way and stabbing me in the hand, my stitches were sliding of the other end of the double points and I couldn’t manage to get a proper join at the beginning to stop it all unravelling.

In short, I needed at least four more hands and far more patience. So I put the kit away at the back of the cupboard. As you do.

If you remember, one of my non resolutions this year was to get to grips with dpns. So last week, I dutifully picked the kit up again and settled down for another go.
5 un picks later, I have an inch of a top down sock which I’m really rather pleased with. Oh and a new pattern that makes sense, I do find that helps.
beginning of a knitted sock

Watch this space, for at some point this millennium we may even have a finished pair!

What was your first sock knit like?

Kx