Here's an easy one for you all-- the Perfect Pom Pom tutorial!
Long before I sewed, or knit, or attended middle school, I crocheted. In fact, (and I'm aging myself here), I crocheted before the Internet. I crocheted shawls and blankets and little hats for years. And all that time, I made crummy pom poms.
Pom poms that would fall apart, where the yarn would pull out, that would fall off the hat, and pom poms that just generally looked scraggly. After a while (somewhere around the 7th grade), I became discouraged and decided that pom poms were childish and a waste of good yarn, and I never made them again.
This is a fairly simple method, with a few tips along the way for making a secure, full looking pom pom.
The Perfect Pom Pom
First, take your yarn and begin winding it around your fingers, holding down the edge with your thumb.
To make identical pom poms, count how many times the yarn is wrapped your hand. For this bulky yarn, I wrapped around forty times-- thinner yarn would have to be wrapped more.
Slip it off your hand to tie it off. For an extra secure pom pom, use a surgeon's knot.
Here's a close up of what the knot looks like.
Here's the secret to getting a really secure, baby proof hold-- use both wool and sewing thread to tie the pom pom.
Use the same surgeon's knot with the thread and pull tight!
And there you have it, a perfect pom pom for a very special hat.
And here is the hat all finished. I had so much fun making these that I can't believe I missed out all those years!