Naptime Craft: Pom-Pom Hat

When I was pregnant- actually, just a couple of days after we found out we were having twins- my in-laws bought the boys these Thing 1 and Thing 2 outfits:

Not only are they SO ADORABLE, but they happen to just now fit perfectly! So, for Halloween, the boys are going as Thing 1 and Thing 2:

The Big Problem: have you ever seen a fluffy blue wig made to fit a 5-month-old baby? I didn’t think so.

The Slightly-Smaller Problem: if I were to actually find a tiny fluffy blue wig, I would need to buy 2. And usually things like tiny specialty wigs don’t come cheap. (I assume.)

So what’s a girl to do? Find yarn and make two of these hats! They have a big, wild, curly pom-pom on top and they are perfect: warm, soft, and silly- and only 7 rows, so they crochet up fast. Here’s Robert showing one off:

Pom-Pom Hat

I used Lion Brand Hometown USA super-bulky yarn* in Charlotte Blue and a size 13 (N) hook.

I made mine to exactly fit my boys (xx inches around & xx inches from top to bottom, not including pom-pom), but they could very easily be modified to be any size you want. Just play around with number of stitches, increases, and rows.

Starting with the magic adjustable ring (thank you, Jenny Cordero and Pinterest!):

R1: Chain 3 into the ring (this is your first DC) then DC (double crochet) 11 into the ring (12 sts).

R2: 2 DC in each st around (24 sts).

R3-7: 1 DC in each st around. Slip stitch to finish and weave in ends.

For each pom:

Wrap the yarn around something an inch or so bigger than you want your pom pom to be. (I used a plastic baby photo album.) Wrap the yarn around about a dozen times- less for a sparser pom, more for a denser one. Carefully slide the looped yarn off so you have a bundle, then tie a longer piece of yarn around the middle of the bundle; knot tightly. Cut the loops open and unravel the strands so they’re in four curly pieces. Use the two longer pieces (that you tied around the middle) to attach the pom to the top of the hat.

*The two hats, minus pom poms, used one skein of yarn. It took the rest of that skein and about another quarter skein for the pom poms. You could probably get one whole adult- or older-child-sized hat out of a skein.

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