Hats and Pompons

 

I’ve been going through my stash to knit some charity stuff – our local hospital has a great need for all kinds of items. With the leftovers from the Op Art Baby Blanket, I’ve been knitting a few bright hats! With the exception of the red and black hat (Pattern: Bumble by Tincan Knits) these hats are me winging it with color, using some size information from Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

At first, I wasn’t going to put pompons on all of them, but I really can’t resist. With the Clover Pompon maker, it’s easy and they look great – the secret is to fill them up all the way, and to tie the knot tightly.

Plain ones are obvious, but I like to play a little more. If you wind together 2 or more colors together – you get an easy multicolored one:

If you switch out colors while keeping one dominant one, the effect is a subtle striping, which works especially well with a striped hat:

The most distinct is to switch single colors in and out:

This hat will go to the baby that got the blanket – because it’s so much fun! It’s like a party on the top of the head!

What are your favorite ways to use pompons?

 

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