Pompoms are enjoying a renaissance in today’s hip market. You can see them everywhere on designer handbags, gift wrap, fashion trim, and right here on Rover, Row by Row Junior’s adorable dog row pattern in 2017.

Many of us have fond memories as kids making them in the 60’s using cardboard donuts or semi-circle discs. Every winter, we had to have a new set to wear on our skates. Oh! The memories of Grandma’s knitting bag.

But my Grandma never used this method. It uses a common dinner fork. You can find dozens of tutorials online for this method but we put one together here just for you our Row by Row Jr. fans.

You will need about 3 yards of yarn. Cut off an 18 inch length and slip it through the center tines of a dinner fork. Draw it back away from the tines as shown above.

Loosely wrap the rest of the yarn around the tines of the fork.  About 30 wraps.

Bring the ends of the 18″ piece around the wraps and tie together in a tight knot. Get help to place a finger on the knot to keep it tight while you tie the knot.

Slide the pompom off the fork.

Grasp the pompom by the long knot ends. Slip the point of scissors into the loops and snip them.

Now it’s time to give your pompom a haircut. Be careful not to cut the two long ends. Work around the pompom trying to cut the loops to all the same length. This is messy. Putting a tray or paper on your work surface can help with clean up.

“Haircutting” your pompom may seem awkward and you may feel like you aren’t doing it right.  At this stage, roll your pompom around in the palms of your hands like making a meatball. It will fluff up and “come together” for you.  Just a few more snips and trims are necessary.

Now you’re ready to thread one of the long ends through a large needle. Poke it into the fabric just beyond the tip of Rover’s nose. Draw the needle to the backside. Unthread the needle and let the yarn end dangle. Thread the other yarn end through the needle and poke it through to the back, right next to the first. Tie both yarn ends together on the back side to attach the pompom securely.

Have fun making lots of pompoms. Other sizes can be made using larger forks like salad tongs or grilling forks. You will need to experiment with the number of yarn wraps needed. You can use variegated yarn or carry strands of different colored yarns together as you wrap them around the fork for multi-colored pompoms.

Let’s have a pompom party!

Our Row by Row Junior mission:

We want to enhance your Row by Row Experience with “kid friendly” educational materials that foster the love of fabric and machine sewing, strengthen inter-generational family relationships, and support local quilt shops everywhere.”

Kids can!  All they need is opportunity, practice, a few good tools, and a willing adult.  

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Jeannette Kitlan, your Row by Row Junior author and designer.