Secrets to Great Pom Poms

By Kay Gardiner
October 11, 2018
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  • Totally agree that a lame pompom is worse than no pompom. Steaming = brilliant, and as delicious as dimsum.

  • Steaming = genius! There’s a whole bowl of pompoms on the mantel that will be getting this treatment (as soon as I figure out where I put the steamer…)

  • Oh, my gosh! Yet another use for my Jiffy! 🙂 I never like the look of homemade pompoms because they are so … Fresh-Haircut-looking. The steaming is GENIUS!!!

  • I’m not sure how you do it, but you ladies always come along with exactly the piece of information I need, exactly when I need it! Last year it was the “how to sew on a zipper” tutorial, just as I finished a hoodie for my son that needed a zipper, and now steaming the pom pom, just as I finished a Tin Can Knits Snap hat. Just made a perfect pom pom in a mix of the colors I used in the hat (I’d send you a picture if I could–it’s that perfect). Thanks so much!!

  • Now this makes perfect sense, but I never realized it before in making dozens of unsatisfactory pompoms. Duh! The trimming is key because it gets you down to the denser center of the pompom. The outer areas can’t be as dense because the angle veers away from the center, leaving you with strands that are essentially rays diverging. If you were to make a larger pompom you’d have to wind many more rounds to get an equivalent density.

    • PS. I have to get one of these Loomes.

  • Hypnotic. And Villasinee could market these to beauty schools.

  • Kay, I feel the same way you do when it comes to sewing on buttons, sewing up seams, etc. very interesting video. I was with her until the trimming part. What. A. Waste. Of . Yarn! I just can’t bring myself to destroy leftover yarn like that, sadly, so I shall remain Pom Pomless. Just can’t get past my frugal, hoarder gene and go for pompoms…….no matter how cute they look☺️

    • You could save your trimmings to use for another project, either for stuffing a small knit or crocheted amigurumi or doll (you can encase the snippets in a piece of old nylon stocking if you are worried about bits migrating out) or you can trap a colorful handful of snippets between pieces of packing tape, clear contact paper or clear laminating strips to make a snazzy yarny bag/ luggage tag (can include a card with ID info as well). Guilt free poms!

  • Ever since I got the Loome tool from you guys I have been a fool for pom poms! I’ve made hundreds. Given them away. Finally I’m making a dent in my leftover sock yarn stash. My fellow knitters look at me strangely when I express my joy for this simple little non-knitting thing but I don’t care. However I never steamed them so now I will have to try that. Have to make more!!! More I say!!

  • Wow!! I was wondering how you got the pom poms so meticulously floofy. Now I know!

  • Oh I love this! Thanks for the videos. I have hats that are in serious need of pompoms and I have been procrastinating as one does. Bonus that they use up more yarn!

  • Thanks. I too procrastinate on the non-knitting tasks. Fear of ‘unskill’? And then after I finally do them, I wonder why I was so fearful. And so I try to remind myself that it will really work out. — And thanks for the steaming tip!

  • I’m not the pom pom type but I ran across this the other day –
    I might have to try this way of making a pom pom fluffy for the nieces.

    • You know I want to do that just to use the cat brush.

    • Yes! I am going to try that with next pompom:)

    • Genius!!!

  • You ladies make me laugh and learn something every day. What a combo!! And then, when you’ve read the article, the comments are worth your time too. MDK brightens my day, thank you.

  • I wonder if the Big Floral Damask Thing likes eating steamed pom-poms…maybe with a nice Chianti and some fava beans….

  • Beautiful sock monkeyish hat family! Loved the video, and also the picture with the washi tape because I didn’t quite envision how that would help with trimming but now all is clear. I understand about the Laura I. thing, too, as I have a basket full of socks that need darning and have been trying for weeks to conjure up my inner Louisa May Alcott.

  • Goodness! Now I want to live in a Pom Pom Rich Environment!

  • I actually make my pom poms removable by running three strands through the tie on and braiding each side. Pop through the top of the hat and tie in a bow knot.

    That steaming tip is just genius

  • Kay, I think a large glass vase of beautifully steamed pompoms in a variety of colors and neutrals would make a nice decorative addition to any knitter’s home. Project ready! No need to rummage thru the stash for that perfect 1/2 ball of yarn to match your FO. Hmm.. Maybe a pompom party would be fun for a knit group meet up- bring your 1/2 balls of yarn, steamers and pompom tools! Woot!

  • To tell you the truth, never in my mind would I have thought I’d be interested in making pom poms, but now I’m gearing up to do a bunch of steamed beauties to use as jar fillers, in place of bows on holiday packages and who knows what!

    Kudos to Ann for sucking me into this post – I missed the original earlier this week, but was charmed by her comment in this week’s Snippets. Who could resist, “To hear Kay tell it, you’d think she invented. . .” Such a southern statement that I felt like i was sitting and listening to my mother and aunts chatting over coffee. What a bonus for me – a great post AND a warm, gentle reminder of good times with those four lovely ladies.

  • Dimsum…..or dim sum…..had to google it… words…..thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for the steaming tip! It has upped my pompom game! ❤️

  • This is the most wonderful tutorial and I’m a pom pom fan forever now! Thank you Mason Dixon Knitting for always delivering the goods!

  • How I can join in your group to learn doing pom pom.