How to Make Crocheted Pom Poms

Overview

Most people think of fluffy yarn balls when thinking of pom poms. Long ago, however, crocheted balls (pom poms) were intricate patterns used to embellish everything from furniture to socks. Learning to create a crocheted ball is a bit challenging. Knowing crochet basics like the chain stitch, single crochet, yarn over and fasten off are necessary.

Step 1

Start one crochet pom pom by chaining six foundation stitches and joining the ring. Work 12 single crochet stitches into the ring. Work another two single crochet stitches in each of the 12 single crochet stitches you just completed. You should have 24 single crochet stitches.

Step 2

Work a single crochet stitch in each of the 24 single crochet stitches. Chain another six foundation stitches. Roll stitch in each of the 24 single crochet stitches. If you know the roll stitch, skip the next two steps.

Step 3

Begin one roll stitch by bringing the yarn over the hook 10 times. Put the hook in one single crochet stitch and yarn over again, this time pulling the hook through one loop. You're halfway there!

Step 4

Yarn over the hook once more and, then, carefully, pull the hook through all 10 yarn overs. It's easiest to pull the hook through one yarn over at a time. Once you finish with the 10 yarn overs, yarn over one last time and pull the hook through. Repeat this roll stitch in each of the 24 single crochet stitches.

Step 5

Ffasten off, but leave a 12-inch tail of thread. Insert one bead into the shape you've just created. Thread the needle and weave the thread through the bottom stitches of the crocheted ball until it closes around the bead. Knot the thread and weave it into the pattern.

Step 6

Practice the above steps until you are a pro at making crocheted balls. Once you have the process down, create a simple trim with multiple rows of single crochet stitches. Sew the pom poms to the edge of the trim, at even intervals, using a tapestry needle and thread.

Things You'll Need

  • Size 10 white cotton crochet thread
  • Size 7 steel crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Wooden beads (3/4 inch)
  • 1 tapestry needle

References

  • Free Crochet Pattern, Child's Poncho
  • Free Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Who Can Help

  • Crochet a Ball
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About this Author

Jennifer Marlowe is a seasoned journalist with experience since 1994. As a former reporter and columnist, she has written for a variety of publications including "The Cleveland Plain Dealer," "Sew Simple Magazine," "Northern Ohio Live," "Ohio Game & Fish," and "The Country's Best Log Homes." Marlowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Akron.

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