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Mini Pom Pom Animals

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Micha’s Pom Pom Piggy

You know I love to crochet. And I utilize Pinterest for most of my addiction fixes. Well one day while searching for more crochet patterns to add to my ever-growing Pinterest boards, I stumbled upon the cutest of all cute DIY crafts: mini pom pom animals!

Mini Pom-Pom Pets by April Chorba

Mini Pom-Pom Pets by April Chorba

For Christmas this year I was lucky enough to be gifted Mini Pom-Pom Pets by April Chorba; complete with everything you need to make 20 or so mini pom pom animals of your own. So of course, Christmas night, I just had to bust open the box and make one of my own!
The pattern itself is really easy and not much of a pattern really. If you know how to make a pom pom, you’re pretty much set.

 

  1. Make sure you have everything you need to get started:
    Susan Bates Easy Wrap Pom Pon Maker
    Worsted Weight Yarn in the color of your choice
    Small Craft Scissors
    Ruler or Measuring Tape
    Small Beads (for the eyes)
    White Glue
    Felt or Paper (for ears, nose and tail)
  2. Measure 144 inches of yarn and cut it in half. Set both strands aside. Then measure 12 inches of the same yarn and set that strand aside.
  3. Wrap your first long strand around pieces A and B of your smallest (white) pom pon maker. Repeat this process on the second set of A and B pieces with the other long strand of yarn.
  4. Join both A and B sets of the pom pon maker together, forming a complete circle.
  5. Cut the yarn between pieces A and B. I promise, it will be fine. I was totally nervous too the first time I did this.
  6. Wrap the 12 inch strand around your newly cut pieces of yarn. Tie a very right knot. Then tie another knot on the other side of the ball. Tie one more on this second side…just in case.
  7. Remove all 4 white pom pon pieces.
  8. Your pom pom looks awkward. This is completely normal. Much like a newborns misshapen head. Cut all of the longer strands so that they are the same length as other strands.
  9. Shape your pom pom using your fingers. Then, while looking down at your pom pom, use your scissors to create a cricle. Then just trim the rest of the ball so that everything is the same length.
  10. Congratulations, you have a mini pom pom.
  11. Glue on your animals features, always starting with the nose to use as a reference point. For the pig pictured, I used the paper nose, ears and tail and two beaded eyes from Chorba’s kit.

See? Easy peasy. Now you can create your very own Mini Pom Pom Animals farm, zoo or jungle!

Be sure to share your creations in my comments section below!

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Hipster Slouch Beenie

While I was out on maternity leave, a good friend of mine taught me how to crochet.  I took to it with ease and have been crocheting up a storm!  One of Hipster Slouch Beenie Side ViewHipster Slouch Beenie Back Viewmy first projects was the “Jenny Slouch Hat” which I have dubbed the “Hipster Slouch Beenie.”  I mean, look at it.  It totally belongs on every head in Silver Lake and Los Feliz!

The pattern works up very fast, and is super easy to make.  Be sure to keep your stitches loose on the single crochets, or it will be too tight.  I made one for myself and one for Layla.  For Layla’s version, I kept to the pattern, but for mine, I had to add a little room as I not only have a large head, but I have a crap ton of hair too!  Modifications are easy enough on this one.

Hipster Slouch Beenie Front ViewTwins

Little Monkey Crochet is the author of this pattern which can be found on their site by clicking HERE.  For this pattern, I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn in Claret Heather (Knit Picks makes the BEST heathers).  Find this yarn (and a huge selection of others) HERE.

Post your modifications, photos and/or links to your finished beenie in the comments!  I would love to see them.