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Pompon Scarf

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Pompon! I don’t know which makes me happier, the sound of the word or the tactile pleasure I derive from the object itself. Don’t they resemble coconut balls from a distance?

pompon scarf

Inspiration


Image credits: one, two & three.

I’ve been doing a lot of stash-busting lately, partly to make room for my Ice Yarn hauls (of which I have another to document), and when I saw this adorable pompon scarf from Anthropologie, it seemed like the perfect solution to some cream acrylic I had left over from my novice knitting days.

pompon winding

I made a template with outer circle diameter 11cm, and hole diameter 5.5cm, and began winding. I was quite happy with my floppy pompons, until my Mum decided to have a go…

pompon scarf

On the left is her perfect pompon, and on the right is one of mine. >_>

She wound hers so tight that it took a lot of effort to cut through, and my poor template looked quite battered afterwards, but she did create a pompon that all other pompons can aspire to, and that only needed some light trimming. Mine all needed shearing! Never mind, the offcuts will be good for stuffing.

pompon scarf

I made 10 pompons in total and used about 400g of aran-weight acrylic yarn. In my opinion, this is definitely a project for cheap yarn, even if you wear it around your neck.

Suggestions

I don’t think I need to teach any of you how to make a pompon, but I do have a few suggestions:

  • Use a surgeon’s knot when tying your pompon up. It’s just like a regular knot, but you pass the end of the yarn through the loop twice. This keeps the knot from sliding before you make another overhand knot. Useful for bows too!
  • Leave the ends of the yarn you use to tie up long, as this makes it easier when it comes to attaching your pompons together.

Assembly

This is really the trickiest part. Here’s the solution I came up with…

pompon scarf

Thread both ends of the yarn through a large tapestry needle. Align the next pompon so that its strings point up, and poke the needle into the bottom of it, pulling until the loop left is as long as you want the gap between your pompons to be. My idea in using two strands was that the pompons could be tucked through the loops to secure the scarf around my neck, so if the idea appeals to you, you might want to check that you can fit a pompon through the gap you leave.

Once the two strands are poking up out of the top of the next pompon, I tied all four strands two-by-two to each other. Just keep knotting until the pompon is secure and can’t slide up or down. Then repeat the same for all the other pompons.

ta-da!

You can experiment with smaller or larger pompons, different colour combinations (can we see an ombre pompon scarf, please?), and maybe even make use of some child labour. ;)

pompon scarf
pompon scarf
pompon scarf

When not around your neck, pompon scarves make really lovely garlands you’ll want to fondle constantly.

pompon scarf

And did you know you can trim pompons into a heart shape? It’s true! :)

Pom pom pom…

10th February, 2013  // How To, Style // tags: , , , .

Bun & Bow: A Knitted Hairstyle

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sock bun with bow

In case I’m not the very last person to fall for the careless convenience of sock buns, here is a cute project you can knit up this evening while watching a film. And if you watch something good, please leave me a recommendation in the comments! :)

sockbun

The tutorials I’ve seen online all recommend cutting off the toe of a sock (hence the name) and rolling it up. I didn’t happen to have an odd sock in the right colour, but I did have some Sirdar Snuggly DK in an almost-edible chocolate brown which has been in my stash for nearly 10 years. So, since toe-less socks are armwarmers by another name, I knit a pair. They have ribbing at one end and eyelets at the other, so they can be worn either way up, and you can thread ribbon through the yarn-overs too. The bows are held on with safety pins and can be positioned anywhere you like.

bow armwarmers

If you put your hair up in a sock bun when it’s wet and sleep in it (not at all uncomfortable, since it’s nice and squishy), you’ll wake up to large, soft curls the next morning. Conversely, it’s also a great solution for bad hair days. I’m going to keep my pair rolled up in my handbag from now on, in case of cold, a wardrobe emergency (requiring safety pins), or an impromptu sleepover. ;)

bow armwarmers

What You Need

Approx. 100m of DK-weight yarn
Small amount of light fingering-weight yarn
3mm DPNs
2mm straight needles
Tapestry needle
2 safety pins
Bobby pins / hairpins

bow & pins

Armwarmer Instructions

With DK-weight yarn and 3mm DPNs, CO 36 sts and join to work in the round.
Work 1×1 rib for 2cm.
Work st st for 12cm.
Next round: (Yo, k2tog) around.
Work st st for 6 rounds.
Bind off. Weave in ends.

Make two.

Bow Instructions

With light fingering-weight yarn & 2mm needles, CO 4 sts.
Knit 30 rows in garter st.
Bind off tightly, cut yarn leaving a tail 15cm long.
Using either cast-on or bind-off tail, sew cast-on edge to bind-off edge. Tie a knot to secure.
Wind yarn tightly around the piece, covering the central seam evenly and hiding the loose end. When the centre looks neat, thread end through tapestry needle, sew the yarn under the centre, secure with a knot if necessary and snip off any excess.

Make two. Attach the bows to the armwarmers with safety pins, or to your bun by sliding them onto bobby pins.

sock bun

How to Make a Sock Bun

There are numerous videos on Youtube on how to achieve a sock bun, but here’s a quick explanation:

  • Roll up your armwarmers into a donut shape. I used both armwarmers, but you may just need one, depending on how long and thick your hair is.
  • Brush your hair neatly into a ponytail, whereever you would like your bun to be, and secure with an elastic. You may want to spray some water or hairspray to smooth your hair, especially if you have layers.
  • Wrap the end of your ponytail around the rolled-up armwarmers, and begin rolling it in on itself. Your hair should get caught up in the “donut”.
  • Keep rolling, spreading your hair evenly around the rolled-up armwarmers, keeping the ponytail as taut as possible until you reach your scalp.
  • Secure the bun with a bobby pin or hairpin.
  • Slide a bow onto a bobby pin and poke it into the base of your bun.
  • Ta-da!

sock bun with bow

A Few Recommendations

  • Use a yarn colour that blends in with your hair colour.
  • Knit to a tighter gauge than your yarn requires.
  • If you’re planning on making a sock bun with damp hair, you may be better off using plant or synthetic fibres, that way your handwarmers won’t felt with use, and you won’t smell “sheepy”.
  • Make lots of itty bitty bows in different colours to coordinate with different outfits.
  • Attach your bows to all kinds of things using pins, string or clips.

bowmark

15th January, 2013  // Arms & Legs, Layers, Style // tags: , , , .

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