Why shouldn’t your hat toppers be as cabled as your hat? As textured as your hat? As patterned as your hat?
Now they can be!
I love the ways that these designs play with the pompom concept. Pomballs are really flexible in terms of design. They can be zany or elegant, playful or sweet.
On the functional side, they’re really lightweight and sturdy. I find they stand up to kids better than pompoms do. I first did this sort of ball topper in 2008 on a hat for my tornado of a son. Despite years of use and having to rescue it from the dog a few times each winter, it still looks great.
Here are 5 hats that begin to explore the possibilities of pomballs: 2 worsted, 2 bulky, and 1 fingering weight pattern. They explore cables, colourwork, and texture. Every pattern includes a photo tutorial for attaching the pomballs. It’s simple and they sit really solidly on the hats. Over the next week, I’ll feature each hat on its own and give you a look at its details. In the meantime, for those of you eager and curious, here is the link to the Ravelry page.
The pomballs are easy to work. Directions are written for DPNs, but those of you who prefer other methods of working in the round will find them easy to adapt. Speaking of adapting, the three hats with larger pomballs also have a smaller size for the baby/child sizes so if you want to sub a smaller one on adult sizes you can.
This is my first collection! That means you can buy all of the patterns at a reduced cost when you get them as an ebook. Separately they’re $5 Canadian, but the ebook is $15 Canadian. Of course, I’ve got my typical celebratory mood going and everything is 25% off until March 13.
I’ll be knitting Zig over the next few weeks as a way to answer a few questions you might have. I’ll show you how to stuff the pomballs, how to block hats with pomballs, and how to knit colourwork hats inside out to help with tension.