Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 527 • Easy Pom Pom Hat

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‘Tis the season - for pom poms! There are loads of different methods to making pom poms. Some people prefer to use a pom pom maker and some just wrap the yarn around the right sized object. Click here to check out our tutorial for one easy way to make pom poms.

Whichever method you use, make sure you have enough yarn to avoid a wimpy pom pom. Proper trimming is key. You can trim until you have a perfectly round sphere or let loose with a shaggier, wilder, more free form pom pom. Either way pom poms are always fun!

Here are two fast and easy pom pom projects to show off your best pom poms.

Pom poms for your hat band (right): Read more on the right to learn how to make multiple pom poms, assembly line style, from hanks of yarn. We show these pom poms strung together and used to decorate a hat band.

Easy to knit pom pom hat (above): Worked in the round, knit a simple tube then seam the top. Pom poms attached at corners are reminiscent of animal ears - a cute and fun to wear hat.

Susan Mills   

published December 5, 2017

MountainTop Blackthorn

50% wool, 50% superfine alpaca
  • 3-3½ sts/inch on US 11-1½0 (8-6.5 mm) needles
  • 120 yards/100 gram hank
  • handwash cold/dry flat
  • 8 naturally undyed shades

Undyed alpaca and wool merge in a plump, squishy 100 gram hank of fiber scrumptiousness! Part of the MountainTop Collection of yarns spun from natural, undyed fibers, Blackthorn is the soft, chunky counterpart to worsted-weight Vista. The superfine alpaca makes pieces soft and warm, while the wool lends it strength.


60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora
  • 6½ sts/inch on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
  • 164 yards/50 gram hank
  • hand wash cool, dry flat
  • 33 colors

Fresco is a smooth and even 3-ply sport weight yarn. The plies are twisted together tightly enough to make a firm, springy yarn, but not so tightly that the yarn loses its lofty, soft hand. The fiber blend – wool (for warmth and strength), alpaca (for loft and sheen), and a bit of angora (to provide a soft halo) – makes a yarn that's warm, soft, and slightly fuzzy.

Make Multiple Pom Poms!


1. Find four (or more) hanks of yarn - the same kind of yarn or same hank size

2. Unwind and stack together

3. Tie off tightly at regular intervals around all hanks (approximately 4" apart).

4. Cut at mid point between each tie.

5. Trim (and trim and trim, then trim some more). You have pom poms!

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