|Almost finished hat|
I also dragged my feet on making pom-poms 'cuz my experience with the process has not been positive. However, I did find a couple of interesting links to modified pom-poms--or acceptable alternatives (check out this link from Repeat Crafter Me on how secure your traditional pom-pom). I chose the alternative option which was a small crochet ball using this pattern (crocheted pom-pom, a free pattern on Ravelry.com). Well actually, my first one was a HUGE ball that was much too heavy. I re-worked the pattern to make it smaller. These are my mods (somewhat following the pattern, except with different stitch counts):
Round 1: chain 4, slip stitch & then work only 4 sc.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (8 st)
Round 3: sc in each sc (8 st)
Round 4: sc in first stitch and then 2 sc in next stitch (12 st)
Rounds 5-7: sc in each stitch
Round 8: sc in 1st stitch, then draw loop through 2 sc to decrease (8 st)
Round 9: sc in each sc
Round 10: stuff ball with filling & then decrease by drawing loop through 2 sc (4 st)
Cut long piece & then draw yarn through last 4 sc. Pull tight & secure.
|Finished hat complete with faux pom-poms|
What do you think of the finished hat? The balls actually look like pom-poms 'cuz the yarn is so fuzzy. Bonus: my niece loves it so much, she's been wearing it non-stop (she loves hats anyways, so this gift was a no-brainer).
|My niece in her hat|
|Poor substitute for finished photo of wrist-warmers|
Now I can get back to knitting for l'il ol' me. ;)