A Pom-Pom Homage to Saint Nick

Capture the essence of jolly old Santa Claus with a pom-pom that looks like his belly, complete with a black belt and gold buckle. Imagine these little gems gracing your tree as DIY ornaments, or as gift wrapping embellishments! It’s easier to make than you might think. If you can make a regular pom-pom you can make Saint Nick.

For this tutorial, I’m using the Clover 2″ Pom-Pom Maker, but almost any pom-pom maker will work. See more options in Love of Crochet Winter 2017. Try our Yarn Hack to further nail down your pom-pom making skills.

Getting Started

SIZE Between 1″ to 2″ – See Tips Below

YARN Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Glamour (96% acrylic, 4% metallic polyester; 202 yd [185 m]/1. oz [50 g];): #861-114 red stone (MC), #861-153 onyx (A), #861-171 gold (B), 1 skein each.

NOTIONS Yarn needle, 2.” pom-pom maker, scissors.

Pom-pom

Belt center

Open half of pom-pom maker by lifting 2 arms on one side. Wrap A around middle of arms 4 strands wide and 3 layers deep. Secure and cut yarn (Figure 1).

Buckle

With 2 strands of B held tog, wrap to left of A 4 layers deep (Figure 2). Wrap over A 4 strands wide and 2 layers deep. Wrap to right of A 4 layers deep. Secure and cut yarn (Figure 3).

Belt front

Wrap A along entire length of arms on both sides of B 2 layers deep. Do not wrap over B (Figure 4).

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Belly front

Wrap MC over A and B and fill in length of arms. Secure, cut, and close (Figure 5).

Belt back

Open second half of pom-pom maker. Wrap A across arms 2 layers deep. Secure and cut yarn (Figure 6).

Back

Wrap MC over A and fill in length of arms. Secure, cut, and close (Figure 7).

Finishing

Cut strands along groove between each set of arms (Figure 8).

Use a strand of C to tie strands tightly (Figure 9).

Remove from pom-pom maker (Figure 10).

Trim strands even (see tips) (Figure 11).

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Hanging loop

Cut 10″ strand of MC. Using yarn needle, thread through top center, then through middle. Pull halfway through. Thread through bottom center, then through middle, and pull back up. Tie ends together (Figure 12).

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Tips

  • The yarn from the belt buckle area can unwind a little when you switch colors. To keep it secure, use a yarn needle to thread the tail through some of the loops of yarn on the pom-pom maker.
  • The Clover Pom-Pom Maker has 4 “arms,” 2 on each side. You will wrap the yarn around both arms one side at a time.
  • The pom-pom is removed from the Clover Pom-Pom Maker by lifting up all of the arms and separating the halves of the Pom-Pom Maker.
  • It can be trimmed to any size between 2¾” and 1¾”. Smaller pom-poms will look fuller and crisper.

For more fun projects and a list of pom-pom makers, check out Love of Crochet Winter 2017!


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