Pompoms for Moms, with Vickie Howell

Hip, hip, horray: Mother’s Day is just a few days away! Don’t worry, though there’s still time to make that mom in your life something special. What’s the easiest way to bring a crafty, bright spot to her day, you ask? Well, we here at Yarnspirations always say, “Put a pom on it!”

Here are 5, perfectly pommed projects — to knit, crochet or craft — that’ll leave your mama cheering, “Man, my (grand)kid’s awesome!”

satin-pompom-change-purseCute Coin Purse: Thanks to the ombre pompom on this crocheted bag,
it’ll never get lost in the depths of despair that is many mothers’ purses. Precious and practical = extra points!


7121_1Pompom PresentGive the gift of yarn, then wrap it up in a yarn-y embellishments!

Chunky Pompom Slippers:  I mean, mom’s either going to feel super-happy, or semi-ridiculous when she stares at these knitted beauties on her feet.
The point is: one way or the other you’re giving her “the feels”, AND a license to put her feet up!

Bi-colored Booties: Mama-to-be will squeal upon receiving these, sweet shoes. Tiny. Pompoms. What more is there to say?

4ef8062e98aeb93b2932ae54d40a6775Bauble Blossoms: Get the littles involved in crafting for mom or grandmom! These finger knit, and pompom flowers
are a project from my latest book, Finger Knitting Fun (Quarry Books). Since we’re days away from Mother’s Day,
though I thought I’d do you a solid and post this project excerpt here, now. Here’s how to make ’em!


• 1 Ball each of Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell, Chartreuse(ish), Hot Pink(ish), Robin’s Egg(ish), Yellow(ish), and White(ish))

• yarn needle

• small tree branches

• vintage flower brooches or earrings

• hot glue sticks and glue gun

• gold spray paint, optional

• 3″ (7.5 cm) piece of cardboard

Finished Size

The blossoms are approximately 3 ½” (9 cm) circles.

Make It!

(Make 3; one in each color.)

Step 1. Yarn wrap around four fingers—4 stitches.

Step 2. Finger knit until the piece measures approximately 22″ (56 cm).

Step 3. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Finish It!

Create Blossoms

Step 1. Roll the piece into a spiral blossom.

Step 2. Thread the tail into yarn needle and whip

stitch piece together. Weave in the ends.

Step 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create each blossom.


(Make 1 of each, in the remaining 2 colors.)

Step 1. Using a 3″ (7.5 cm) piece of cardboard, wrap the yarn around cardboard approximately 50 times. Slip wraps off cardboard and tie a piece of yarn tightly around the center of the wraps, leaving a tail.

Step 2. Cut both ends of the wraps and fluff the pom-pom. Trim, but not too perfectly—a little scraggly looks cute!

Paint Branches (Optional)

Spray paint the branches. Let dry.


Step 1. Hot glue vintage baubles to blossom centers.

Step 2. Glue a blossom or pom-pom to each branch.

Wishing every mother, grandmother, and mother-type figure a wonderful holiday surrounded by lots of love (and pompoms!)


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