So you’ve knit your cunning and charming pomball and now you need to attach it to your hat. It’s simple! The key is making sure you attach it broadly enough that it doesn’t just flopple all over. (Flopple is a word I just invented, but I think you can see how immediately useful it will be as a verb in your life. Feel free to use it widely and snicker as much as you want to.)
Using darning needle, bring both ends from the ball through the top of the hat.
Knot them together and then weave in one, leaving the other to attach the ball.
Centre the pomball on the hat and use one hand to hold them together. (It’s like holding a fat, juicy sandwich.)
Working in a spiral from the centre out, use a running stitch to secure the ball. Here’s a running stitch tutorial, but honestly it’s just the simplest possible way to make a stitch. The key here is working in a spiral. Occasionally stop and flip it so that you can see if your pomball is still centred or if it has wiggled off a bit.
Don’t be skimpy – work your spiral out to a good 1” – 1.5” / 3-4 cm diameter or more. (Depending on the size of the pomball of course.) This gives the pomball a nice, sturdy platform and keeps it from just flopping about. For example, after I knit this one and had it on, I realized I want to make my base of connection even wider so I’ll be grabbing some yarn and a needle later this afternoon.
More Pomball Tutorials:
Try Knitting Your Colourwork Hats Inside-Out
But how do I Wash and Block the Pomball?
Even more tutorials on the Knitting Tutorials page.