I love pompoms! And let’s face it, who doesn’t like them. They can give your project that little extra that was needed and will transfer any project into a more huggable version in no time!
The downside of a classic pompom, is that they’re not baby-friendly. It is fairly easy to pull out the little fibers of the pompom, which forms a potential danger for babies. Your little one might end up putting these fibers in his/her mouth and we want to avoid that at any cost.
That’s why I designed a new technique to create a babysafe pompom that still has that lovely huggable and squeezable effect.
Faux-fur pompoms where a pretty hot item last winter. This trend will, for sure, return this season. So let’s crochet our own faux-fur pompom! Okay, I hear you. You don’t like crocheting with fuzzy yarn, because of… well… all the fuzz… It can really frustrating, yes. But that is all history if you use my technique!
Let’s keep on smiling an make some fuzzy pompoms!
Here’s 2 great tutorials how to make some fantasticly looking & baby-friendly pompoms.
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ch = chain
sl = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
Before you start with this tutorial, you first need to make a ball, that’s crocheted in the backloop only. You can read all about it in my previous blogpost “How to crochet the perfect sphere.”
To make this pompom, you’ll need furry yarn with long fibers. I used James C. Brett – Faux Fur. It’s a really good quality furry yarn, that almost looks like real furr! You can buy it at lovecrochet.com.
- Join the furry yarn in the front loop of the first stitch made on the ball with a sl (photo 1) and make a sc in the same stitch.
- make 1 sc in every next front loop, until you the last stitch. (photo’s 2 & 3)
- And you’re done! If the fibers aren’t sticking out, you can pull them out a bit with your fingers or gently brush them with a plastic brush.
Now think of some really fun projects for your pompom. Here’s some examples:
- Attach your pompom to a beanie.
- Make 2 and attach them to the cords of a hoodie-sweater.
- Pimp a scarf with some of these furry pompoms.
- Make a stem for your pompom and you have a furry dandelion!
The frizzy pompom
I’m calling it frizzy, because it makes me think of frizzy hair. This technique takes a little bit longer to make, but the result is all worth it. I promise! My 21 months old son just loves this one and always runs around the house shrieking with laughter while squeezing the pompom.
You can also make this one more fluzzy, but this technique works just fine with non-fluffy yarn.
I used DMC natura just cotton for this tutorial, but why not try out mohair for this pompom?
- Join yarn with a sl in the front loop of the first stitch made of the ball (photo 1) and make 1 sc in the same stitch.
- chain 4.
- Make 1 sc in the next stitch.
- Repeat step 2 and 3 until the last stitch on the bal.
And you’re done! Feel free to ad more chains, to make it even more fluffier. Experiment with your chains, until you’ve found your perfect pompom.