So it's time to start knitting tiny hats again - the Innocent Big Knit is back! I'm knitting them for our local Age UK this year - if they get over 1500 hats they get a share in the proceeds, so for the next month my needles will be going crazy trying to beat my target from 2 years ago (93! Last year I did something like 7, let's just forget about that...). My friend's mum is collecting them so I don't even have to do all the faffing with postage part, yay :) She also taught me a super quick method for making pompoms, which was actually the thing that put me off making them last year - spending ages wrapping wool round cardboard wasn't exactly exciting OR quick... These ones aren't quite so perfect, but they take a fraction of the time, which definitely makes them a winner!
Right, let's get started!
1 - First, choose your wool and wrap about this amount round two fingers (about 2 layers)
- If using more than one colour, wrap the next one round the top of that, or you can wind them both at the same time.
2 - Now the fiddly part - slip the wool off your fingers and onto your lap, then tie a length of wool around the middle (double knotting it obviously!)
3 - Grab your wool in one hand and some sharp scissors in the other (taking care to keep your fingers out the way...) and cut along the loops on both sides.
4 - Holding on to the tie strings, give it a shake out, trim the longer bits and voila! One super quick, super cute pompom for your tiny hat!
If you want bigger pompoms just use more fingers and wool - I've mostly made wee ones but the two blue striped hats in the top pic were done using three fingers, so you can see a difference.
Anyone else knitting tiny hats? Direct me to your pics for inspiration!