Pom Pa Pom... Tadah!!!
Here we have it, the big reveal! Along with my first post in months and months - and the first post on my new blog platform! Oh yes, and... My first video tutorial! Lots of new things!
I've been busy making this super size cream blanket over recent months. It took a while but I got there in the end! Alternate sections of granny stripe and trebles (dc for the US readers) with a front post/back post rib at each end. It's made for a lightweight throw which would work over a bed or as I use it, for snuggling on the sofa or in our van when we are out adventuring!
Of course, any of you who know me would recognise the remarkable restraint I have shown in working only in cream yarn for this entire project... Well almost all of it! No sooner had I finished the final row and I was trying to work out how to add just a dash of colour.
I had used this smashing pom pom edging technique before with my spring cushion project. I adapted it from this tutorial but for this project I didn't want just a single colour for the border and in order to add just little pops of colour, without the chains and dc/sc's in between, I needed to develop a new way.
So I worked out a nifty technique for making little bobble stitch pom poms, straight into any edging, in any colour and with no need to use the same thickness of yarn. The technique hides the first end of the yarn when joining and uses the tail to sew it up into the familiar pom pom shape whilst leaving it hidden in the centre. A very satisfying technique indeed!
My blanket was worked with a 10mm hook and aran weight (worsted) yarn but my pom poms are made with double knit and a 4mm hook. As you just join to one single space at a time and there are no stitches in between each pom pom, there is nothing to pull and gather if you work with different yarn weights.
I have written out the pattern for the pom pom's below, but I have made my first tutorial video and I would be stoked if you could find just a few minutes to watch it and comment. If you share this pattern or the video, please credit and link back to me, and if you make anything using the technique, I would be so excited to see photos of your makes! Tag me on social or comment straight onto this page.
Pom Pom Edging instructions:
Pull a loop up through the stitch or space you wish to join a pom pom to. No slip knot, just leave a long tail and then continue working with both strands together until tail is hidden. Sl st to join.
Ch3, make Bobble Stitch in 3rd ch from hook. ch3, make Bobble Stitch in top loop of previous bobble stitch, ch1, fold down and sl st to join in same place as first sl st. Ch1 to fasten off leaving long tail.
To finish, snip any remainder of first short tail to hide. The rest should have been secured when working with the double yarn strands at the start. Thread the long tail onto a yarn needle and stitch up the two sides of the bobble stitches to create a more complete pom pom. Snip yarn close and then pinch and tweak the pom pom into the correct shape.
The possibilities are endless... The images below are from my pom pom Pinterest board. You are not limited to merely crocheted projects either... It would be easy to add these to a sewn project, to either tacked stitches, or a crocheted border. That dress hem for example - Divine! So much joy to be found with these little pops of colour!