Knifty Knitter Pom Pom and Tassel Maker
Pros: various sizes of pom poms, easy to use
Cons: takes a few practice tries
I have been loom knitting for a few years. When I purchased some looms a while back I received the Knifty Knitter Pom Pom and Tassel Maker as a bonus with my order. This single, simple craft tool helps create pom poms and tassels easily and in varying sizes. The orange colored rod is about 14 inches long, only 1 inch wide and less than an inch deep. There is a small ball located at one of the long ends of the tool.
When you pick up the pom pom maker you will hear that there is something inside of it. At the opposing end of the ball you will find a removable cap. Remove the cap and you will find two metal pegs each almost three inches long. These pegs are used to make both pom poms and tassels. The pegs will be inserted into holes on the pom pom maker.
There are 13 holes spaced about half an inch apart. To create a pom pom you must first tie a piece of yarn around the rod. Next, place the metal pegs into two of the holes. The further apart the holes, the larger the pom pom will be. Next, wrap the yarn around the two pegs. At first the pegs may feel a little loose but after the first few wraps they will feel more secure. The more you wrap the pegs, the denser the results of your pom pom.
When you have finished wrapping, you take another piece of yarn and wind it around the cents of the wound yarn. Tie it, remove the entire ball from the pegs, then cut the closed ends. Your pom pom is done! It will take a couple practice tries to figure out how many times to wrap the pegs as well as how far apart to place your pegs. I have not yet had a need to make a tassel, but the process is very similar to making a pom pom.
An instructional pamphlet comes with the pom pom and tassel maker. It has step by step illustrations that follow along with the written instructions. Both are clear and precise. I have found the pom pom maker to be a handy tool to create pieces that nicely top off hats that I create.
Prior to using the pom pom maker, I made my own pom pom template that I had found online. I made it by cutting out two “C” shapes from cardboard. I had been successful with the cardboard method and at the time was content with it. However I have found the Knifty Knitter Pom Pom and Tassel Maker to be of more benefit. It is easier to wind the yarn around the Knifty Knitter tool. I can also easily change the size of my pom poms by moving the pegs. Prior to having the pom pom maker if I wanted to make a larger pom pom I would have to make a new cardboard piece using the template.
If you make hats that you like to top with a pom-pom, or if you plan on making a project that needs tassels, the is a good little investment. It may be hard to find now, but it could be a worthwhile search. I’m glad I have it