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Crochet Maker 201: Hats

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How to Use PomPom Maker Tool

Vickie Howell

Crochet Maker 201: Hats

Vickie Howell

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13. How to Use PomPom Maker Tool

Lesson Info

How to Use PomPom Maker Tool

All right, now we're ready to make a palm home. But instead of just going rogue and using our fingers like we did on during another lesson, we're actually going to use one of these cool tools. This is called upon pa Maker. It's by a company called Clover. Um, and I it they've become kind of my favorite way whenever I need a really nice palm bomb that I want to be uniformly shaped because it makes it really easy. So I'm gonna show you how to use it. So you're gonna open up one of the sides. You can see they both open up and there's different parts. There's a front in the back, so the parts are staying together right now, and you're going to grab your yarn and start wrapping it around both the front in the back pieces and you want to make sure is you're wrapping that you're fully covering the plastic little arm, so I'm going over it with a few layers of yarn. Just so it'll be a nice full pom pom on a little bit obsessed with pom poms. I have an entire Pinterest board called Pomp. Pomp. E...

liza, that is kind of an ode to pom poms, pom pom rugs, pompon flowers, pump pump characters. The same company actually makes a pom pom maker that will make a heart pom pom, which is pretty often so. I play with this tool a lot, all right, And we're wrapping and we're wrapping. And this is just something that you can find at a craft store online. Super easy to find again. For this project, though, this hat project you can use any method for making pom poms you want as you want. You can do what I did at the for the other hat, which involved just wrapping the yarn around fingers. Or you can cut a piece of cardboard you could even use, like a CD case. If you have one of those lying around and just wrapped the urine around that, whatever method works best for you. Okay, we're getting pretty close to being done, but I do want to make sure you can see here how much thinner or less deep it is right here that it is here. I want to make sure that it's relatively even. I mean, you know, don't obsess over it. It's doesn't have to be perfect. But, you know, just kind of use your fingers to feel and make sure that you fully covered those arms. Okay, so I've fully covered this arm. It looks like it looks pretty good. So I want Teoh clues. This and I used these little you can see they have thes little clips, just kind of slide the yarn there as toe hold it, cut the yarn, and then we're gonna do the same thing on the opposite side. This one is just gonna hang out. We're gonna repeat the entire process for our second side. So again, that went out of the way. Don't know why I cut that tail so long. It was totally unnecessary. In fact, I'm gonna cut it cause it's getting in my way. CNN has a mind of its own, keeps jumping everywhere. Okay, so we've been rapping, rapping, rapping and we're coming up to towards the end of the second arm of being finished. So I'm just gonna keep rapping again, checking to make sure that there's about the same depth of wraps evenly across the entire arm that's feels pretty good and close this side and cut. Cut the yarn. Okay, so you get a little something that looks like this. Now we're ready to start cutting. So you want to just find an entry point, which is right in between these little guides right there, and you want to start cutting, right? So we're gonna cut through all the wits and because you have, you know, tons of strands of yarn you're gonna have toe put a little muscle into it. Unless you have awesome. Like, you know, the scissors that your mom always said, Don't use out anything else, like Africa scissors. Or at least my mom did. She put the fear of God in us if we used her fabric, scissors on paper, those air, the scissors that you'd want to use on this, and then it would be super smooth. Okay, so we're gonna cut all the way around that site, and then we're gonna move to the next side and do the exact same thing. Okay, so now we've got it. Looks like we've got them all. Cut some like crazy pieces today. And then we need to bring in if you've got strings. String works the best, probably. But some time since I'm wanting to add this. I might actually see it. I'm just gonna use yarn, but you could use a really strong, stiff string since this is roving urine. And I mentioned before that it can be a little Terry. I just have Teoh be gentle with it. So what I did is I put it in the channel. You can see there's a channel, the one that we just cut around a Titus string and then I'm gonna pull and you can see Can you see all the little strands coming in? I'm gonna not it. I knew that was gonna happen. There's the roving urine breaking as I said so again, it would be It's a really good idea to use string if you can. I'm gonna bring in a whole new piece as a safety line and really the only reason that it matters, cause I could just tie that off right then. But we're gonna be using the tail too. Um, so this onto the actual tat top. So I want to make sure that I've got a nice string and I'm actually going to kind of ditch the other one. Okay, so now we're ready to take it out of its little magical maker. Nous, you can kind of just like openly arms and then pull them off and you magically have a pom pom that just needs a wee bit of a haircut, like barely a hair cut again, just like these little pieces. But that was really it. Like, you really didn't need to do anything at all looking how, like, lovely and gushy mushy, that palm promise. I mean, come on, that's a good poem. Both right. So then you want to take a needle? I happen to have an even larger I needle, which is really great when you're using, you know, a double strand of yarn. You want to just find the center ish of the hat, jab it through, pull it through, and then you're just gonna kind of so it on. Really? And this doesn't have to be pretty. Just get it on there because you've got all those layers of bunched up fabric. You won't be able to see beautiful stitches or anything. So I want to make sure so if you can see here like that, that won't dio look at that. That's like sad right you need it to be way more secure than that. So what I do is I come back up with the needle and I kind of pick up. You have to be careful so that you don't explode all the little yarn hairs everywhere. I'm pulling through. So I have a nice secure handle on the pump home again, and then I'm gonna come back down. I lost one the tail. So I'm gonna come back out and go back and get it. So can meet its little tail sister in here. I feel I felt better about that. Join. So now that I feel like it's secure now, I can just kind of not it off a bit. So I'm gonna go ahead and put this yarn back on the needle that I had just taken it off of when I was feeding the tales through. And I'm just gonna dio No, no, maybe, like, a little bit of a not. And then bury those ends, tie it through, and then you would go through the entire hat and we've in all of the ends. And then that's it. You're done. I mean, come on. What's pretty cute, right? congratulations. You now know how to make two completely different types of hats. Which means you pretty much have hats go making down. So good job high fiving you from the studio. Please. If you make these, I would love, love, love to see your finished projects. Just tag at Viki Howell on social media on and also at Creativelive will see them. I'm thrilled to see works in progress and finished projects That just makes my whole heart happy. So make sure you do that again. Listen to craft ish podcast while you're stitching and hopefully you'll come back and take some more classes with me here a creative life.

Class Description


A creative practice such as crocheting is best learned with others, particularly as your ambitions begin to outpace your technical knowledge. When your only method of advancing your skills come from flat diagrams and instructions in a book, the prospect of making new garments can seem daunting.

Master crafter Vickie Howell will help you visualize and create beautiful hats in this fun, informative class. Join us, and you’ll learn:

  • How to crochet a toboggan hat and a granny square hat
  • How to crochet ear flaps and braided ties for your toboggan hat
  • How to crochet the crown and ribbed brim for your granny square hat
It can be hard to set aside time for your creative outlet, and even harder to put time and energy into doing the research and legwork to advance your skills. Vickie Howell turns this formula on its head. Your craft should be your inspiration, and learning new techniques should be fun, attainable, and energizing.

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