How-To-Tuesdays: The Double Pom-Pom

First of all, let me say that my heart is heavy today. For anyone who is prominent in the crochet community of Facebook, dear Liz over at Playin’ Hooky Designs tragically lost her 5 year old daughter to a severe asthma attack this weekend/week. She fought hard and tough, but lost the battle. I have been deeply saddened by this all day. I hope you’ll all take a minute to consider making a granny square to add to her Memory Blanket. (Guidelines for square: Please make your square 6″ in size, in worsted weight acrylic, if possible.) IF this is something you’d be interested in, please send your square to:

Bryn’s Memory Blanket

c/o Heidi Fernandez

1763 N. Williwaw Way

Wasilla, AK 99654

I sincerely hope her family is able to feel peace soon. The loss of a child is NEVER..ever easy.

So on that sad note.. I have had a free tutorial in mind for a few days. There comes a time when I have to make certain things out of necessity for friends, family, or photographers, and when I can’t seem to find a pattern to match what is in my head, I like to create it myself – and hope to make it as easy as possible.

I have come up with a pretty easy, and self explanatory method for a newborn sized double pom hat that should have you done in no time at all, with an adorable, photo worthy piece. I’ve included pictures to help you along!

Any yarn – I am using Yarn Bee’s “Alpaca” – this is adorable with a thick and thin, or hand spun yarn, but worsted will work as well.
Any hook – I’m using a K/6.5mm hook
Tapestry needle
– to weave in ends

The reason there is no actual “pattern” or stitch count to this tutorial, is because I have created the concept around measurement, not precise stitches. Therefor, your hat should come out the same size, regardless of yarn, hook, or gauge. This hat tutorial will make a newborn size.

Begin by creating a slip knot and chaining until you reach 12-12.5″. If your yarn is very stretchy or you’re using a larger hook, 12″ will probably suffice. If you’re working with a tighter, worsted yarn or a cotton that doesn’t stretch much, 12.5″ is a safer bet.

Chain until you reach 12-12.5″.

Join, careful not to turn, so that your chain forms a ring. Once joined, HDC in to the joining stitch. HDC around, and sl st to join in the first HDC. Ch1, but don’t turn.

Join to form a ring. Be careful not to twist.

Continue to HDC around, (joining with the first HDC after each round and ch1) until your piece measures 5″. Add two rows of SC. Fasten off.

The finished body of hat.

Turn your hat inside out, and sl st across the TOP of the hat (this will NOT be the edge with two rows of SC). Fasten off, and weave in your ends.

Weave in your ends.

Turn your hat right side out! And perk it up so it looks adorable, like this guy:

To begin your pom poms, begin wrapping the yarn around your four fingers, index to pinky. Give it as many wraps or as few as you’d like. Then, slip off your fingers and tie in the center. Cut the ends, and fluff it up.

Cut ends

Now, attach to hat by sewing on.

YOUR HAT IS DONE!!!! And it’s cute, to boot 🙂

Trim any loose ends, and spruce it up. Viola!

Have fun with it!


3 thoughts on “How-To-Tuesdays: The Double Pom-Pom

  1. That is some heart yanking news, being a mother of 2 i can’t imagine. What size of granny square are being made and is it any color?

    • Hey Elvira! Silly me, forgetting the size – it’s 6″. I’ve updated it now. Liz has two other children as well, and just had a baby a few weeks ago. It’s so, so tragic.

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